Coco Grove Resort, Siquijor island
Siquijor island lies 30km south east of Negros. It is a beautifully idyllic and unspoilt island which is just beginning to attract numbers of nature lovers, ramblers and those looking for a break in a tropical haven. The centre of Siquijor is dominated by jungle and forest covered hills that run down to the coastline. There is an air of mystique to the island and the mist covered hills and the sense of tranquillity serve to enhance that.
The people here are extremely friendly and the island is well looked after, there are no unwanted piles of rubbish and debris, the circular beach road is immaculate and there is a riot of flowers in most of the gardens. For now the island is a gem little-known outside of the Philippines so you will find that it retains an atmosphere free from any of the negatives that tourism brings. However, it is easy to travel around and an extremely comfortable place to visit.
The local reefs are perfect for diving and the beaches just right for sunbathing but there is a great deal more to do here. Take a trip inland and travel up the hills for breathtaking views over the island and out to sea. There is a maze of spectacular caves in the interior and local guides will take you deep into the heart of the system. There are a number of beautiful churches to visit on Siquijor including reputedly the oldest convent in the Philippines. Or just take time out to relax and absorb a way of life that seems to have been by-passed by so much of the rest of the world.
You can reach Siquijor by ferry from Dumaguete. All of our accommodation packages include complete round trip transfers from either Cebu or Dumaguete to the resort.
Coco Grove Beach Resort is fronted by a white sandy beach and is close to the small town of San Juan. The resort is well maintained and has a friendly and tropical atmosphere. All the bungalows here have air-conditioning, hot showers, mini-bars and large verandas. In the gardens there is a swimming pool surrounded by palm trees.
The Restaurant and Bar
The restaurant is situated on the edge of the beach and you can enjoy meals here with the sand underneath your feet. The food is international and Filipino style. There are two bars to chose from, the Sunset Bar or the poolside Paradise Bar.
The Dive Centre
Within the grounds of the resort is the Sea Explorers PADI 5 Star Gold Palm Dive Centre. The centre has a full range of rental equipment, multimedia classroom and of course has direct access on to the beach. The full range of PADI courses are available here.
There are 12 dive sites within close proximity of the dive centre, 23 in total around Siquijor and it is relatively easy to manage three to four dives each day. The main attraction here is the world class macro and night diving.
Paliton Wall is a spectacular wall dive that starts at 7m deep and runs down to over 40m. The dive is often blessed with great visibility and the wall has a large overhang and a cathedral like cave opening. Soft corals and fans cover the surface of the wall and it is home to fusiliers, mackerels, anthias, lionfish and glassfish. Watch out too for solitary tuna or barracuda passing in the blue water.
The Sunken Island is just ten minutes from the dive centre and is a sea mount that rises to within 10-12m of the surface and slopes down to approximately 35m deep. Sometimes currents here can be a bit tricky but that also helps bring in even more fish life. The normal dive plan is to circle and slowly ascend the mount looking at the myriad of fish life here. Sometimes turtles, barracuda and even eagle rays make appearances.
Maite Point is the place for macro life, you may well see mandarin fish, pipe fish, Spanish dancers, nudibranch, cuttlefish, shrimps and so on.
The Tubod sanctuary is in front of the dive centre and contains over 170 different kinds of corals and a number of giant clams.
Packages last updated: 22nd July 2008, 1:00pm (Manila time)
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