The Century Old Balete Tree Siquijor is one of the top tourist attractions on the island. Here’s all you need to know about visiting the 400 year old tree.
Century Old Balete Tree Siquijor – A Complete Guide To Visiting
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Century Old Balete Tree is located on the South Coast of Siquijor, around a 30 minute drive from San Juan.
It’s actually visible from the road and you can park directly next to the entrance, so completely suitable for all fitness levels.
The best way to get around Siquijor is to rent scooters for around 350 Pesos per day and explore. If you’re not confident on scooters there are always locals hanging around on trikes, just make sure to barter the price before you ride.
The Century Old Balete Tree Siquijor is easy to find when following google maps. Just a few kilometres off the main road, it makes for an easy stop off on your way to Cambugahay Falls or Salagdoong Beach.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
Entrance – 10 Pesos
Parking – 5 Pesos
Fresh Coconut – 30 Pesos
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Open daily: 6am-6pm
We were on the way home from Salagdoong Beach and decided to stop by to see what all the fuss was about. After all, the incredible tree is still standing tall at over 400 years old!
Located at the side of the road we found a small shop with a restaurant on the upper floor, and the entrance to the tiny grounds of the Century Old Balete Tree.
There’s no walk or much to do, apart from stare up at the giant Balete Tree or let the fish nibble at your toes in the natural springs that flows right beneath it.
To the side, a lady sells small plants, cactuses and fresh coconuts.
The history behind the tree is a little unknown. Balete Trees in general are said to be home to mysterious creatures of the night. Apparently locals tell tales of how spooky and eerie Siquijor is and that a lot of magic goes on on the island.
In fact when we first talked to our Filipino friends about Siquijor, they all said to be careful when visited due to the mythical creatures and history of magic that the island holds.
Safe to say we survived and saw nothing more than an awesome old tree and some epic waterfalls!
Luxury – Mandala Tribe Treehouses – Located in Siquijor, within less than 0.6 miles of Paliton Beach and a 17-minute walk of Pontod Beach, Mandala Tribe Treehouses provides accommodation with a terrace and as well as free private parking for guests who drive. Featuring a garden, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The rooms include a balcony with views of the garden. At the hotel, the rooms have a wardrobe. At Mandala Tribe Treehouses, each room comes with a seating area. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a à la carte or an American breakfast. Solangon Beach is 1.2 miles from Mandala Tribe Treehouses.
Mid-Budget – Monkey Business Bungalows – Located in Siquijor, 100 yards from Solangon Beach, Monkey Business Bungalows provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking and a bar. This pet-friendly resort also has free WiFi. All units at the resort come with a seating area. At Monkey Business Bungalows, each room includes air conditioning and a private bathroom. Pontod Beach is 0.8 miles from the accommodation, while Paliton Beach is 0.9 miles away.
Budget – Amber Homestay – Located in Siquijor, Amber Homestay provides free WiFi, and guests can enjoy a bar, a shared lounge and a garden. For added convenience, the property can provide towels and bed linen for an extra charge. The homestay offers a continental or Asian breakfast. Amber Homestay offers a barbecue. Both a bicycle rental service and a car rental service are available at the accommodation.
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