Out of all the sight in Siquijor, I was probably most excited to go to Salagdoong Beach Resort. Like the usual traveler, I did my research on the places I could go to and upon seeing photos of the place, I really expected to see one of the best beaches in the province tucked away in the town of Maria.
Salagdoong is a Government owned resort and is open to the public. The good thing about it being operated by the local government is how the place is being maintained properly despite the influx of locals and tourists alike. Waters are kept pristine with clear aquamarine color and aside from the beach in Siquijor port, it was officially the first beach of its kind that I’ve seen.
The resort has two beaches separated by one huge rock where cottages have been built for guests to enjoy a wonderful view of both coves while hanging out. Aside from that, slides and ledges were installed for people to use if they wanted to jump off a 20 ft. cliff into the turquoise water below where corals could be seen through the crystal waters.
The resort is popular for day trips and excursions from people who live in nearby islands. Those who wish to stay overnight could check in to Hotel Agripino as it is the most popular one and rate can be found here.
I wanted to explore both beaches but the other one had too many people and I was not in the mood to mingle with the crowd. The three of us settled to stay in an empty cabana by the other beach where the sand is a little more coarse because of the pebbles and seagrass. Gael, once again wandered off somewhere, I guess since she still had to maintain the title of being the Pinay Solo Backpacker. She needed solo moments once in a while so we let her be.
A short footbridge can be found leading to the huge piece of rock that split the beach in two, I climbed my way to see the ledges and check just how high the view is from above.
Several groups of teenagers were already there having an absolute grand time jumping from both ledges or taking the slide into the water. I think the installation of these ledges and slides were very controversial to those who have been here before the development as they said Salagdoong was a lot more beautiful without it. But of course it was. Any natural wonder that gets developed in any way, regardless whether intentions were good or not, gets a little part of their beauty or charm taken away from them. Their ‘natural’ quality diminishes and it’s a sad thing.
On the bright side, things have been more convenient for tourists. And hey, the place still looks really awesome so kudos to those who are maintaining it.
I reached the edge of the cliff and I was so tempted to jump. My usually fearful heart told me to take the leap. The water waiting underneath was just too gorgeous. It was inviting me, calling my name. I saw photos of my friends doing the same feat and it made me a little jealous. I really wanted to jump.
But I didn’t. My hear of heights did not tamper with my head but my concern for the depth of what’s waiting below kept me from actually jumping. I don’t know how to swim. Swiftly, I went back down to the beach an decided to take a dip and swim to the spot where one would land after jumping off the ledge to check just how deep the area was. I was barely halfway to my destination but the water was already past my head. I went back a little disappointed. At that one moment, I was over my fear of heights but my fear of drowning took over. Just great.
We couldn’t stay long. After the disappointment, I just decided to go back to the cottage and take a nap. At one point I felt something crawling on my arm and saw a tiny white transluscent spider making its way around my arms. I thought it was cute so I took a video of it for a whole minute as it kept crawling on my skin. Afterwards, I softly flicked it away y finger and it subtly went down to the sand via its web. When I showed the video to Dylan that night, he said that it was the same type of spider that bit one of his neighbors a long time ago. The said neighbor died because of the bite.
That was… close, I guess.
It’s funny how one fear could prevent me from having a once in a lifetime experience while my ignorance almost potentially put me in danger. I may have missed out on the jump, but I’ll make sure to learn how to swim so that when I come back, I can conquer that 20 ft cliff jump.