Cliff jumping at a Siquijor Island Beach

Cliff Diving Siquijor: Coco Grove Resort to Salagdoong Beach



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Preston and I took a short overnight trip to nearby Siquijor Island. We got in a visit to the cliffs of the Salagdoong Beach, played several games of “horse race” courtesy of Kyle and Melissa from my Peace Corps group. Preston even found the swimming pool he was looking for at the Coco Grove where we stayed for the night.

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    Siquijor is just an hour from Dumaguete by boat, so it was easy for us to go over there for just one night.

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    Nice splash!

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    Kyle and Melissa introduced us to the game "Horse Race". Melissa embroidered the game on a piece of fabric herself.

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    I've forgotten the rules exactly, but it is a dice game.

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    I may not remember the rules now, but I do remember that I cleaned house when my horse won the race a few times in a row!

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    After horse racing, we had some fried fish and pork from the nearby kitchen for dinner.

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    After dinner it was videoke time. This fellow seemed to enjoy Preston's singing.

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    You can find a videoke machine pretty much anywhere in the Philippines.

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    We scored a great deal on the little house we rented for the night. While it was a bit of a walk to the main part of Coco Grove, it was worth it to stay there for only about $13 a night.

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    Palm trees tower over the beach at Coco Grove.

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    This is a kalachuchi flower, in the Philippines there is a festival in May called the Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May). The flower is celebrated as the favorite flower to use as an offering to the Virgin Mary. (Thanks to Riza Inoc for the information about the kalachuchi flower).

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    Preston wanted to stay at a place that had a pool, so we picked the very very nice Coco Grove. The resort is guarded by this chatty red cockatoo.

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    When they are backlit by the sun, I really like the way that palm fronds look.

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    Preston may not have been backlit, but he liked the shade of this palm tree.

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    This little bangka awaited an open sea voyage.

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    Preston grabbed this primo beach chair to read his book.

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    A beach, a bangka and some palm trees are always a classic scene in the Philippines.

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    And the short trip to Siquijor was over and we had to catch a tricycle back to the pier to meet the boat back to Dumaguete.

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    Here's a pier photo of the Schultz brothers.

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    We planned to catch the Delta I back to Dumaguete, but it broke down while we were waiting for it to leave.

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    After the Delta broke down, we had to rush over to Larena, the next pier over and catch a different boat back to Dumaguete.

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    Here's a herd of hood ornaments on a truck parked at Coco Grove.

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    Here's the pool.

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    That afternoon we met up with Kyle and Melissa from my Peace Corps batch for an island tour. We hired their co-worker and friend Joel, and unfortunately he had a flat on his jeepney tire. Luckily there was a spare and we were back on the open road in only a few minutes.

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    The first stop was Salagdoong beach which features this high cliff over the sea.

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    The drop is about 40 feet and it took Preston a little while to decide whether he was going to jump.

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    But he caught some pretty good air when he decided to go.

  • Siquijor Island - March 2005

    Siquijor Island - March 2005
    It can hurt your feet a little when they smack into the water from this height.