Siquijor. A small island in the central Visayas in the Philippines, and one of the wonders of this country. For Filipinos, Siquijor is synonymous with witchcraft, mystery, and the unknown. It is famed for its mangkukulam, healers sometimes known as witchdoctors who provide traditional remedies for contemporary illnesses. In reality, it is a beautiful island paradise you should get to before the mainstream tourism beast gets its talons into it.
We arrived via ferry to an island surrounded by turquoise waters, but shrouded in dark clouds and a mighty breeze. Having survived the usual crush of the oncoming drivers competing for our custom – as happens whenever you arrive anywhere in Asia – we made it to our accommodation. Within 20 minutes of investigating the adjacent beach, I knew we’d found a special place; one which would offer a bountiful harvest of stunning photo opportunities.
We were not wrong. Words are usually adequate at expressing thoughts, emotions, feelings, and sights, but on this occasion it is best to simply show you how you beautiful Siquijor is.
SIQUIJOR: ISLAND PARADISE
SOME TRULY BRILLIANT NATURE
EXCITEMENT ALL AROUND.
THOSE MAGNIFICENT SUNSETS
In the end, it all comes down to love.
The photos in this post have been taken on either an iPhone 5c or 6, or a GoPro Hero 4+ and are personal snaps we’ve decided to share with you because we were so enamoured by the beauty of this place. Siquijor might be remote, it might be full of shamen and witch doctors and warlocks, but in reality it is somewhere you need visit… and soon.