Sunday, August 30, 2009

Siquijor: Salagdoong Beach

While we stayed at the Coco Grove beach resort, we never actually bathed in their beach. I guess we found their pools more inviting. And it really was. We, however, were bent on finding a really good beach in the island. Thus, we asked the resort staff what Siquijor's best beach was. Their automatic response was, naturally, Coco Grove. A little more prodding and you'll get them to say Salagdoong Beach.

Salagdoong Beach

The day before, we asked our trike driver, the same one that took us from the port to the resort, if he could hook us up with land transport for our inland tour. So he did. We didn't use his trike, though. We boarded the back of some sort of a mini-pick-up truck. The ride in and around the island was great. We got to see the real Siquijorenses. The coastal views were amazing, too. Real amazing.

Salagdoong Beach

Our first destination was Salagdoong Beach. It was about a 30 to 40-minute ride from Coco Grove, which was actually on the opposite side of the island. Upon leaving the provincial highway, we got to this narrow tree-lined, zig-zagged road, leading to the beach. It was really pretty.

Salagdoong Beach

Upon arriving, we saw this white-sand beach with crystal-clear blue-green water. The rocks there didn't really matter, because after the rocks, you have this wide open space, shallow enough to wade through but deep enough to swim in. The best part is its fine-white sand below. It was as if the rocks were intentionally brushed to the sides to form this natural pool. It was something I have never seen before.

Salagdoong Beach

Salagdoong Beach has its own restaurant and, as far as I know, a hotel, too. We were here lunch time so we rented a picnic table and ordered two of their very crunchy home-made pizzas. Very home-made, I should say. But good enough. If you wanted to cook your own food, however, you could. There are these outdoor grills around for guests to use.

Salagdoong Beach

Salagdoong Beach is actually two beaches. One side is the rocky part (at least, when we were there). The other side is the one that looked more like a beach. The sand on this side, though, is not as fine. A lot of small rocks. But I presume it's still worth the dip.

Salagdoong Beach

A very huge rock boulder divides the two beaches at Salagdoong. They have built a concrete footbridge leading to the top of this rock boulder. I really should stop calling it a rock boulder, because they've turned it into a very high viewing deck. And the views there are nothing short of breathtaking. Crystalline turquoise water as far as the eye can see. Really breathtaking.

Salagdoong Beach

Salagdoong Beach


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