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National Park Island of Siquijor

Central Visayas, Philippines

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Siquijor is the Philippines’ most bewitching island destination, in more ways than one. For starters, its natural attractions feel less touristy and more pristine, including Paliton Beach’s coconut-fringed shoreline; Cambugahay Falls’ scenic curtain of water; Salagdoong Beach’s death-defying cliff jumps; and Llihan Cave’s dark majesty. 

Further out to sea, Apo Island and its dive sites take divers to an undersea paradise populated by giant turtles flitting between colorful reefs. 

The mystery of Siquijor deepens as you meet the local shaman healers, who help both locals and tourists with practical magical spells that cover everything from falling in love to repelling enemies with curses. 

To get to Siquijor, fly from Manila to Dumaguete or Bohol, then cross the sea from either port to Siquijor.