Most of the beautiful waterfalls we’ve visited over the years are located a good distance off the nearest paved road or highway. Many require a hefty amount of trekking to reach. Not this waterfall – or so we thought – as we made our way from where our rented trike was parked and crossed the road towards the entrance to Cambugahay Falls on the opposite side. Continue reading Cambugahay Falls: Lazing Away at Lazi’s Natural Haven
After our ferry from Dumaguete landed at Larena town we were off to our home for the next three days – a dive resort at a secluded beach in the northeastern tip of Siquijor island province. Our short trike ride took us through a scenic coast past a sleepy, charming countryside before detouring into a narrow track and into Sandugan Beach where Kiwi Dive Resort is located. It may not be as beautiful as Paliton Beach and the other more popular beaches at San Juan and Maria towns, but Sandugan Beach is a hidden gem in itself.
You won’t find this beach on the itinerary of most tours being offered in Siquijor. But after observing a few pictures of it online we were determined to see Kagusuan Beach for ourselves. Our chance came during our visit to Siquijor two years ago. Apparently not all locals know the way to this beach but fortunately Dondon, the driver of our rented tricycle, knew the route. As we detoured from the main highway into the interior and finally down a narrow, unpaved track through a wooded area, we realized just how secluded Kagusuan Beach is.
It’s a destination so notorious for witchcraft and sorcery that many friends wondered aloud why we would ever want to visit the island in the first place. Travel shows highlighting folk healing further added to the mystique about the island province of Siquijor but we were after other attractions here. Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) almost put a stop to our travel plans but before 2013 was over we hopped aboard a ferry at Dumaguete City on our way to the island Spanish colonizers called “Isla del Fuego” (Island of Fire).