We made a punctual early start as the boat trip to Siquijor is around one hour-enough time to wake up with a couple of cups of tea and enjoy the fresh sea breeze whilst taking in the spectacular surrounding views. Not forgetting the actual boat itself; a traditional Filipino design but with the added luxuries of a flush toilet, fresh water shower, sundeck and cabin.
Isla del Fuego or Siquijor is an island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region. Its capital is the municipality also named Siquijor. To the northwest of Siquijor are Cebu and Negros, to the northeast is Bohol and to the south, across the Bohol Sea, is the island of Mindanao.
Our first two dives were at the Paliton wall, where some parts go as deep as 50 meters. The huge sea fans and soft corals at the Paliton wall were beautiful. There is huge overhang of about 35 meters where the site comes alive.
We spotted Turtles, Cuttlefish, sea snakes, Moray Eels, Blue Ribbon Eel, Bumphead Parrotfish, Spanish Mackeral, Jackfish, Lionfish and much more.
After the second dive we ate a delicious traditional Filipino meal of halang halang (chicken in coconut milk) and pork adobo, followed by a short siesta.
Our third dive was at Maite Point, due to the many crevices and cracks of the dive site, interesting small sea creatures were easy to find. The Maite Point has soft and hard corals intermingling.
Each dive was great with excellent visibility. The dive masters were professional and experienced, boat crew very efficient and good quality dive gears. The new boat is fantastic. All this along with the delicious lunch and unlimited tea and coffee made it a perfect day diving around Siquijor. Highly recommended.