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Century Old Balete Tree In Siquijor – A Complete Guide

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.

How To Get To Century Old Balete Tree

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.

A popular day trip, that includes a visit to the Balete Tree, if you are staying in Dumaguete is the Siquijor Island & Cambugahay Falls Private Tour.

Century Old Balete Tree Entrance Fee

Entrance: 10 Pesos per person

Parking: 5 Pesos

Century Old Balete Tree Opening Times

Monday – Sunday: 6am – 6pm.

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The size of the century of balete tree is wild

Best Time To Visit The Century Old Balete Tree

Although the temperatures are good all year round, the best of the weather is normally between the months of December and April.

The Century Old Balete Tree is a popular tourist attraction on the island of Siquijor but most people don’t stay too long. Therefore, it never seems to get too crowded.

I would recommend dipping your feet in the cool spring water and getting a quick foot spa before you leave!

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

Quick Dry Towel

GoPro

Lifeproof Phone Case

Dry Bag

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The grounds are pretty small in comparison to the tree

What To Expect At Century Old Balete Tree In Siquijor

We were on the way home from Salagdoong Beach and decided to stop by to see what all the fuss was about. After all, this incredible tree is still standing tall at over 400 years old!

The Balete tree is part of the ficus or fig tree family that grows in the Philippines. Known also as stranger figs, these trees grow beside another tree, gradually killing off their host.

When we arrived, 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 real walk, or much else to do here, apart from admire the impressive Balete Tree or let the fish nibble at your toes in the natural springs that flow right beneath it.

To one side, you will find a local lady sells small plants, cactuses and fresh coconuts.

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Fish can be seen swimming beneath the tree in the springs

Local Folklore

Local folklore says that the Balete tree holds mystical and magical powers and, come night time, fairies and other spiritual creatures appear.

In fact, when we first talked to our Filipino friends about things to do in Siquijor, they all said to be careful when visiting, due to the history of magic and mythical creatures that the island holds.

However, some people will say that the massive Balete tree attracts thousands of insects and fireflies, making it light up and come alive at night. Hence, making this massive tree look very mystical and magical!

Whatever the truth, it’s safe to say we survived and saw nothing more than an awesome tree and some epic waterfalls on this beautiful island.

However, if you have an itinerary that includes some time on Siquijor, then seeing this unique tree has to be one of the best things to do in the Philippines.

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Grab a fresh coconut for just 30 Pesos
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The century old balete tree is definitely worthy of a quick stop

Where To Stay In Siquijor

Luxury

Mandala Tribe Treehouses

Mandala Tribe Treehouses are a 3-star property and one of the most luxurious available on the remote island.

Featuring a garden, this accommodation has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom.

A terrace, a garden view and a wardrobe come with all rooms.

Mid-Budget

Monkey Business Bungalows

Monkey Business Bungalows is a branch off from the popular on-site restaurant.

The units at the resort offer easy access to the bar.

All rooms feature a private bathroom and free WiFi.

Budget

Amber Homestay

With barbecue facilities and a garden, Amber Homestay is located in a prime location on Siquijor.

Air-conditioning and free WiFi come as standard.

Some of the rooms feature a seating area with a flat-screen TV, and a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area. Some units have a terrace and/or balcony.

For more places to stay in Siquijor, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight.

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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