The Isla del Fuego Experience

My friends I were so desperate for a summer getaway adventure and so we planned and planned on where to go. We had a few choices but we ended up choosing Siquijor (Isla del Fuego) because most of them haven't gone there yet. The plan was somehow concrete already and then most of my friends backed out (because one had to go home to her province, the other one had work, the other one had a Civil Service exam the following day, [insert more reasons here!]). And so I was left with RJ who was really willing to go on with the plan with me.

Both of us were really itching to go to Siquijor and so we adjusted our plan because this time, only the two of us are going. Just when we had really really concrete plans, Andrea decided to join us. Haha! So there were three of us already. Yay! 

Since RJ was in Cebu, he had to travel from Cebu to Dumaguete, then together with me and Andrea, we travelled from Dumaguete to Siquijor through Delta. Fare is Php 140 + Php 15 (terminal fee)

RJ and I at the Dumaguete port terminal
RJ and I at the Delta terminal
There's our Delta! :)
Me, Andrea and RJ. All smiles! Right before we discovered Delta's aircon was busted! Super INIT!
We were all giddy as we stepped foot inside the Delta fast ferry. Super excited to go to Siquijor. Although it wasn't my first time there (HELLO?), but it was my first time to be with RJ and Andrea (Sila na ang first timers sa Siquijor!).

Upon arriving in the port of Siquijor, a trike driver came up to us and offered his service. We asked him how much it would cost us to go to Salagdoong Beach, which is in Maria - three towns away from Siquijor, Siquijor. We finally agreed on Php 400. That's already expensive for a trike ride but we agreed on such price because we knew we're going to have a lot of stop overs because we still had to buy a lot of stuff (a.k.a. ba-on) and we also had to go to the pier in Larena because RJ had to buy his ticket (Siqujor-Cebu) for the following day.

There's our small trike! In case you need a tour guide or trike, just contact Kuya IP at 09272633983. He's really nice and kind to us but PLEASE HAGGLE WITH HIM. You should also ask him (or the trike driver you chose) to pick you up from Salagdoong on the day of your departure. 
RJ buying some more ba-on for our Salagdoong trip.
The way to Salagdoong Beach from the high way. Parang yung man-made forest ng Bohol. :)
It took us about 1 hour and 30 minutes (including the stop overs) to finally get to Salagdoong Beach. We were so ready to hit the beach but we had to set up our tent first and cook lunch. You can rent tents there so no need to worry if you don't have one or if you're too tamad to bring one. A small tent (good for 3 people) costs Php 300 only. That's just Php 100 per person/night. :) I think they also have a big tent that is good for 5-6 people which costs Php 500. Not sure with that though. We also rented a table (with 4 plastic chairs) for Php 50/day.

Andrea with our tent and our table. Camping na ito!
If you have noticed in the picture above, we brought a cooler with us. Haha:) It was really a brilliant idea because we stayed at the beach shore the whole time! So in case you go there, PLEASE DO BRING A COOLER with you for your ice cubes. You can actually buy ice cubes at the canteen of Salagdoong Beach, but we were too tamad to go there back and fourth just for ice so we hoarded! Haha.

So after we got settled with our tent and stuff, we started cooking our lunch. Yes, we brought raw meat and grilled it there. There's actually food in the canteen but we were just paranoid. The next day, we were too lazy to cook and decided to order food in the canteen nalang. Haha:) After we had our lunch, the inuman has begun at 2 in the afternoon. Drinks (alco and non-alco) are sold at the canteen too, but we just had to bring our own Jagermeister. We bought our beers at the canteen though. San Mig Light at Php39.


Jager test tube shots. 
We went swimming from afternoon till night time. We had to make the most of our time there and since that was what we wanted (BEACH!), so go na sa swimming! Haha:) Night time came and we had dinner at the sand. We ate the remaining food we had from lunch and some canned goods we brought. Then the inuman continued.
The 3B essentials pag pupunta ng beach: Baraha, Beer, and Banig (wala kaming banig so sarong nalang) Haha:)
Light drawing. SIQ... UIJOR. Haha:)
Our attempt for a jumpshot. Omg J, your legs are so tiny wtf!
Salamat sa tripod! Haha:)
Rj playing with my poi. :)
The next day, it rained very hard WTF so me and Andrea woke up very early. Like 5:30am early! We couldn't go back to sleep anymore so we decided to go swimming. Salagdoong has a really amazing sunrise but we weren't able to witness that because of the rain. Boohoo. Rj woke up at around 9 already.

Beer for me at 5:30 in the morning. Yayyy! Nothing beats morning beer! :)
We had the whole morning to enjoy the beach for ourselves, because the place started to get crowded during noon time. It was a sunday kasi. I suggest bakasyonistas to go there during weekdays if you want a more peaceful outing. :)
The whole Salagdoong to ourselves...
...but it got really crowded come lunch time.
The slide to the open sea! 

Salamat sa tripod again! Haha:)
In the afternoon, we went home to Pop's house in the 'bayan' to wash up and rest since RJ was already leaving in the evening while Andrea and I decided to leave the following day since there were no trips to Dumaguete already. 

Dead tired from the beach.
We just had to withdraw. Haha;) Yes, there's an ATM in the bayan. :)
So that's probably it - the whole of our weekend getaway to Siquijor! Hahah. Too little time, I know. We wanted to tour around the island and see the whole of Siquijor but we had no enough time. Well maybe next time, yeah? :) 

SIQUIJOR AYOS!

2 Response to The Isla del Fuego Experience

June 20, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Haha. Nice to know you had fun. Next time, rent a motorcycle for 400 pesos, go around the island and do some cam-whoring for posterity's sake. :D

June 20, 2011 at 3:55 PM

That was the original plan, but we realized we brought a lot of stuff (i.e. cooler, speakers, tripod, etc.) Haha:) Maybe next time!

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