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 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.
Entrance: 10 Pesos per person
Parking: 5 Pesos
Monday – Sunday: 6am – 6pm.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.