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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Mystery of Siquijor unraveled (Beach I)

   
The boy on the ship with his make-believe telescope.
Who does not want to have a telescope,
given the blue waters of Siquijor and its green mountains?....

Siquijor Island from the slow ferry

Right at Larena Pier, we can already see the mountain ranges of greens and the pristine blue hue of the oceans of Siquijor, the Philippine's third smallest island next to Batanes and Camiguin.

At Larena Town, we stayed at Casa De La Playa (http://www.siquijorcasa.com/) where we were given a charming villa fronting the seashore with kitchenette. meanwhile, since there are four more of us, my friends were just up the cliff in a villa where they had a luxurious panoramic view of the whole beach.

It was a good thing that we had a villa with kitchenette equipped with burner with gasul and some pans, knife, spoons and plates. There was no time waste looking for what and where to eat. Also the resort food ranges from 170 to 300 per serving for 2 pax. There's no native chicken binacol or sinigang on the menu as the resort owners I surmised are German or French. Fried potatoes, I guarantee!

Then we booked for the next day a jeep tour to explore the island for the next day. On our first day, we enjoyed the low tide shoreline and waters with shy sunset as it took refuge in a black cloud afar as well as the lyrical rush of the waters as it approached our villa as the evening got deep.

Despite the low tide and shy sun, we had a great time looking closely at the living organisms in the area of Sandugan Beach, from its small to big starfishes to its black to bright orange sea urchins. There are many colorful seaweeds and worms we cannot name, too.

To fill your eyes with the grandeur and serenity of Siquijor waters, here are some photos during our short stay.


We had our lunch by the seaside in San Juan town proper of, Siquijor.

SAN JUAN, SQUIJOR. A great pose my sister managed to make
despite the gust of wind...Summer breeze, Sea Breeze, salty breeze...


SALAGDOONG BEACH, SIQUIJOR.
Right before sunset... we reached Salagdoong Beach
where there's a slide on top of the beach rock....
The sand here is white but not as refined white as that
of the Sandugan Beach area where we have our villa.

POSTCARD FROM SALAGDOONG BEACH. Posing in front of one of the few karsts... 

SALAGDOONG BEACH, SIQUIJOR. The slide, up close but not too close.

SALAGDOONG BEACH, SIQUIJOR:
On top of the karst where the slide is perched!!!
Look at the waters...still brilliant blue.

SALAGDOONG BEACH, SIQUIJOR:
A photo me of the location and down under.

SALAGDOONG BEACH, SIQUIJOR:
The slide leading to the deep blue ocean...

SALAGDOONG BEACH, SIQUIJOR:
Look, even without the sun, the water is such a blue wonder...
we swaM on this side of the karst.

LARENA, SIQUIJOR. A view before docking at Larena Port.

CASA DE LA PLAYA, LARENA, SIQUIJOR.
Our villa and the beach waters at 10 am...

SANDUGAN BEACH, LARENA, SIQUIJOR.
A photo op before heading to a jeep tour...


SANDUGAN BEACH, LARENA, SIQUIJOR
A picture speaks a thousand pixels...
A POSTCARD FROM  SANDUGAN BEACH, LARENA, SIQUIJOR: iI don't care how sun kissed
I would turn out to be. I want to swim in the beach waters this pristine blue.

A POSTCARD FROM  SANDUGAN BEACH, LARENA, SIQUIJOR:
A view taken from the villa of my other friends.
The roof below is the roof of our assigned villa...

A POSTCARD FROM  SANDUGAN BEACH, LARENA, SIQUIJOR:
A woman with her basket searching for sea urchins.
I love her reflection in the waters.
Picture perfect.

A POSTCARD FROM  SANDUGAN BEACH, LARENA, SIQUIJOR:
Low tide made our late afternoon walks possible.

A POSTCARD FROM  SANDUGAN BEACH, LARENA, SIQUIJOR:
Nothing but pretty in my eyes. Nature's gift, indeed.


A POSTCARD FROM  SANDUGAN BEACH, LARENA, SIQUIJOR:
I photographed with these corals the kitchen knife we borrowed
and used to sample some sea urchins.

A POSTCARD FROM  SANDUGAN BEACH, LARENA, SIQUIJOR:
The sun is so shy but we waited for it with joy in our hearts
and with meditations for our spirit.

A POSTCARD FROM  SANDUGAN BEACH, LARENA, SIQUIJOR: Couldn't help it. I have to swim.
The waters are clear and the saltiness of the beach is surprisingly manageable
while the clear white sand is admirable. 

A POSTCARD FROM  SANDUGAN BEACH, LARENA, SIQUIJOR:
A photograph that can speak a thousand words on how clear is the waters...

A POSTCARD FROM  CASA DE LA PLAYA, SANDUGAN BEACH, LARENA, SIQUIJOR...

A POSTCARD FROM  SANDUGAN BEACH, LARENA, SIQUIJOR:
This amazing photograph of me enjoying the beach almost alone was taken by my friend Bads...

A POSTCARD FROM  SANDUGAN BEACH, LARENA, SIQUIJOR: Im was supposed to be swimming, not dancing... Photo taken by my friend Bads.

A POSTCARD FROM  SANDUGAN BEACH, LARENA, SIQUIJOR:
One more pose before I leave the blue beach with a heavy but anticipating heart;
we are on to a jeep tour!