Day 105 – Siquijor, Philippines

The adventures continue in Siquijor. Kathleen and I shared some cornflake crusted French toast for breakfast this morning. Then, we rented a pair of motorbikes to explore the island. (Sorry, Mom!) I had so much fun cruising on the road passing by the banana leaves and coconut trees on both sides of me. Our first stop of the day was at at Cambugahay Falls.

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We parked our bikes and walked down to the falls with one of the local guides. Cambugahay Falls is a series of waterfalls, but we spent a majority of our time at the top falls. There were only a handful of people in the water when we arrived, and we soon became the only ones swimming for a bit. There was a little cave underneath the waterfall that our guide showed me, and they also have a rope so you can swing into the water.

After a few hours of relaxing in the cool freshwater, we left Cambugahay Falls and headed back towards our hotel. On the way home, we stopped at the Old Enchanted Balete Tree. A little bit about Siquijor. The island is known as a mystical island. It’s known for witchcraft, magic and natural healing. The “Old Tree” as it is referred to by the locals, is said to be over 400 years old. At the base of the tree is a small pond where you can dip your feet in the water and have the small fish nibble at your toes as they eat away the dead skin. It was such a strange feeling in the beginning and I kept withdrawing my feet, because it was a tickling sensation.

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After our natural spa treatment, we left the Old Tree on our motorbikes and headed back to the Salamangka Beach and Dive Resort, where we had lunch. Tomorrow we are leaving Siquijor Island and going back to Dumaguete. My time in the Philippines is quickly coming to an end, and I can feel the end of my 4-month trip starting to draw near. Looking back, I am still in awe with all the things I have seen, all the things I have done, and all the wonderful people I have met. This trip has truly been a life-changing experience.

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