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Capilay Spring Jan 17, 2023

Capilay Spring

Location Google Map: Capilay Spring, San Juan (municipality), Siquijor Island (province), Philippines

Famously Ignored Natural Spring
The biggest, most visible and best-known natural spring in Siquijor is in San Juan - Capilay Spring. It is also the most underrated and taken for granted. Why? Ironically, perhaps because of its visibility and accessibility. It's right beside the municipal building and along the very public transport route. The park system shows neglect and I only see people take a dip there on weekends.

Back in 2010
I was last there in 2010, enjoyed myself and even surprised that such a wonderful natural water park was free. My fond memories of San Juan were largely because of Capilay Spring. Normally, when you go into a swimming pool, it's usually in chlorine-treated water or perhaps the more expensive salt-water pool. But a natural spring swimming pool? That's rare. Now in Siquijor, I simply had to come back.

Commuting from Cliff Garden
Even though I was booked in Cliff Garden in San Juan, I still had to commute by jeep...with my folding bike. Even though it's ok with the driver and passengers (they are quite tolerant about these things), it was still cumbersome and inconvenient. But at least I'd have a bike transport to explore the rest of San Juan.

Arrival
Alighting at the San Juan poblacion, the water park is right there...across the street from the municipal building. The park was empty and the grounds looked unkept and even neglected. Perhaps it was due to its closure during the plandemic.

Capilay Spring
the span of Capilay Spring water park

There were picnic tables (free) but I didn't see any changing room, so I just wrapped myself with my towel and changed there. I also used my bike as clothesline. It was all good. I'm a mountaineer...used to grit the harsh elements, so this minor inconvenience is nothing.

Taking a Dip
The water wasn't clear...almost murky greenish. But that's because the flooring is natural mud. Only the edge of the spring has been manicured with a concrete perimeter. I had my dive mask with me, but there was nothing to see. Visibility was maybe 6 inches. But the water was refreshing. Even though it wasn't clear, it was clean...as clean as spring water gets when it comes out of the ground. I didn't stay long. I already had my dip and I felt complete already.

Ending Thoughts
Even though Capilay Spring is underrated, it remains the biggest draw of San Juan for me. If I decide to settle around San Juan, it would be because of Capilay Spring. Just think about it...you bathe in natural spring water and a few steps out, you can dip into the salty sea. How magical is that? And Capilay still remains free. I wish the local government can provide more funding to make this place pristine again.

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More on San Juan:

More on San Juan:

San Juan Local Tips
  1. Resorts - San Juan is the district in Siquijor with most of the upscale resorts, and thus the most popular area. The coastline is lined-up with resorts that open up to the coral reef for snorkeling. Fine white sand beaches are rare along the San Juan coast.
  2. Transport - from Siquijor Poblacion, jeep, tricycle and motorcycle rides are available. There are local jeeps and tricycles that charge between PHP 20-40 until San Juan Poblacion. Tricycles and motorcycles can be contracted privately at higher fees.
  3. Capilay Spring - San Juan has a free, open-air and public bathing spring right along the highway. It could be cold but definitely refreshing.

Blogs

San Juan, Siquijor Blogs
San Juan SAN JUAN

  • Canghaling Cave November 14, 2023
  • Siquijor Star Meditation Center Aug 31, 2023
  • Heeeere's Johnnie! Feb 26, 2023
  • Capilay Spring Jan 17, 2023
  • Siquijor: In Search of Resonance Jan 9-14, 2023
  • Riding Around Siquijor's 86km Coastal Road Apr 3, 2012
  • Exploring the Cantabon Cave of Siquijor Feb 23, 2012
  • Jovee and Missy's Excellent Adventure Nov 6-7, 2010
  • Freediving in Siquijor's Marine Sancturaries Apr 23-24, 2010
  • Island Tour of Siquijor Apr 22, 2010
  • Kram's Siquijor Wedding Apr 21, 2010

  • More on Siquijor Island:

    Siquijor Island Local Info

    Jeeps - there are only 2 routes for jeeps within Siquijor Island - and they are rare. Most people have their own motorcycle transport.

    1. Siquijor Port to Lazi - last trip leaves at 3pm from station near market
    2. Lazi to Siquijor Port - jeeps depart from the Lazi Port area. 5 jeeps, the last trip at 12:30 pm. Lazi to San Juan, P50.
    3. Larena Port to Lazi - jeeps are unpredictable. As of this writing, there is only 1 jeep plying the Larena-Lazi route. This jeep leaves Larena for Lazi at 9:50am. After that, no more jeep. You'll have to take a tricycle to Siquijor Pob for jeeps going to Lazi
    4. Lazi to Larena Port - 6am (daily) and 9 am (M-Th)

    Food - these were suggested by a local to me

    1. Lechon manok & liempo - roasted pork belly and chicken at Joel's in Siquijor Poblacion. I've tried this myself...yummy, even if the chicken was no longer hot
    2. Bibingka - sweetened rice cake by Fidy's Bibingka (P30) in Sawang, Maria. I've come back for this and I buy for other people as well as 'pasalubong' - they love this
    3. Siopao - at the Rosita store near Thrifty (P25) in Siquijor Poblacion
    4. Peanut butter - by Rene. Just ask around in Siquijor Poblacion. It's popular
    5. Torta - sweet cakish bread at the Thrifty story in Siquijor Poblacion
    Siquijor Island Map
    Siquijor
    Siquijor - Dumaguete Boat Trips (as of Jan 2023)
    1. Montenegro Lines - at Siquijor Port, P234.00/pax, P169/bicycle, 7:30am/10:00am/2:00pm/4:30pm

    2. Montenegro Lines, Siquijor to Dumaguete

    3. Aleson Shipping - at Siquijor Port, 6 am and 6 pm daily, 1:30 pm M-Sat, Regular P200.00/pax, Aircon P250.00/pax

    4. Aleson Shipping, Dumaguete to Siquijor

    5. Ocean Jet - 40 mins,at Siquijor Port, 0919.066.5964, www.oceanjet.net, marketing@ocenajet.net, 6:00am/6:00pm, P350/pax (tourist/open air), P580/pax (business class)

      Ocean Jet


    Siquijor - Tagbilaran - Cebu City Boat Trips (as of Jan 2023)

    En route to Cebu City, the ferries usually make a stop-over to Tagbilaran (Bohol) to pick-up more passengers or unload.

    1. Ocean Jet - 8:20 am, at Siquijor Port
      To Tagbilaran: P800/tourist & open air, 2 hours (arrive 10:20 am), P1200/business class
      To Cebu (Pier 1): P1600/tourist & open air, 4 hours (arrive 12:40 am), P2400/business class
    2. Lite Ferries - at Larena Port, no Senior Citizen discount for online ticket purchase
      To Tagbilaran: T-Th-Sun, 3 hours, depart 7 pm - arrive 10 pm, P475/standard (Tourist, PHP 750)
      To Cebu: T-Th-Sun, 10 hours, depart 7 pm - arrive 5 am, PHP 605/standard (Senior P484), Tourist, PHP 770
    3. Apekoptravel - at Larena Port to Tagbilaran: 1:00 pm, xxx hours, P750
      Reserve through call or text: Cleare - 0938 283 4760 | Grace - 0936 534 6564 | Jessel - 0961 759 6711, Pay via G-Cash: +63-917-880-1464, Email: momovillageadventure@gmail.com, Facebook messenger: Apekoptravel. Enter your birthday and nationality to get discounts: 0 to 3 years old free, 4 to 9 years old will have 20% discount, 10 years old and above full price, Filipino Senior Citizens will also have 20% discount


    Siquijor - Plaridel Boat Trips (as of Jan 2023)
    1. Lite Ferries - at Larena Port, T-Th-Sun, 2:00 am, 5 hours, PHP?


    Siquijor - Cebu (Liloan) - Cebu City BUS Trip (as of Jan 2023)

    There is only one bus plying this route - Sugbo Urban. Tourist class coach, a/c, comfortable, Sun-Fri (these dates keep changing). P420 for bus, P275 for ferry to Liloan. Larena Port around 5 am, makes a clockwise roundtrip around Siquijor Island - Larena, Enrique Villanueva, Maria, Lazi (stops at Lazi market for breakfast and leaves 6:50 am), San Juan, Siquijor (arrives 8am, P50 from Lazi to Siquijor Poblacion) and catches the 1pm ferry at Larena Port (Sundays at 3 pm) for Liloan, Cebu and resumes its land route. Arrives Cebu City (South Bus Terminal) 10 pm.

    Sugbo Urban is the cheapest and most convenient way because it goes around the island (clockwise) along the circumferential road, passing through - Enrique Villanueva, Maria, Lazi, San Juan, Siquijor...and back to Larena where it takes the ferry at 1 pm. This saves you the hassle and high transport cost of a tricycle. Besides, it's a long trip from the other side of the island to be taking by tricycle.


    Sugbo Urban

    Sugbo Urban

    Suggested Destinations After Siquijor Island

    These are the nearest popular destinations from Siquijor by boat

    1. Bohol - Bohol is an island northeast Siquijor. Tourist attractions are Chocolate Hills, Tarsier Monkey, Loboc River Cruise, Beaches of Panglao, whale sharks (recent offering), freediving (recent offering)
    2. Cebu - Cebu City is the usual gateway into the Visayas. But in Cebu Island itself, there are many offerings - Whale Sharks of Oslob, sardine run at Moalboal,Thresher Shark of Malapascua
    3. Dapitan (Zamboanga del Norte) - I haven't been there but a lot of island ferries ply this port. There must be something here.
    4. Dumaguete - Dumaguete is a small charming progressive coastal town in Negros Oriental. Cafe and restaurants line the famous Boulevard Boardwalk. Tourist attractions include Japanese Shrine, Casaroro Falls, snorkeling along the southern coastline (Dauin, Masaplod Norte, etc), Balinsasayao Twin Lakes
    5. Plaridel (Misamis Occidental, Mindanao) - I haven't been there but a lot of island ferries ply this port. There must be something here.

    Blogs

    Siquijor Blogs
    Siquijor Island
    1. Goodbye Siquijor April 18, 2024
    2. January Chronicles: Bandilaan Meditation January 2024
    3. My January Yoga Practice: A Journal January 31, 2024
    4. Jan 2024: Squid, Balangawan, Margarita Pizza January 2024
    5. December Chronicles: Yuletide Season December 30, 2023
    6. December Snapshots: Bolo Bolo Dip, Christmas Lunch, Tuba Denizens, Friends Forever, Men Working, Cow / Crow December 1-30, 2023
    7. Eggplant Bulad Pizza December 20, 2023
    8. Canghaling Cave November 14, 2023
    9. Kings and Queens November 13, 2023
    10. Barangay Vote-Buying October 22, 2023
    11. Real Estate Mapping October 1, 2023
    12. Learning Cebuano: Oct October 1-31, 2023
    13. Oct Food Hack: Pizza, Kinilaw, Coconut Bread, Fish Okuy, Carrot Omelette,Lemon-Grass Tea October 2023
    14. Sep Snapshots: Fisherman, Granny, Pedicure, Big Fish, Garbage September 1-30, 2023
    15. Sep Food Hack: Fish Tinola, Ratatouille, Chayote Omelette, Flat Bread September 2023
    16. Together Forever Sep 11, 2023
    17. The Cigarette Talk Sep 1, 2023
    18. Siquijor Star Meditation Center Aug 31, 2023
    19. The Lost Dogs of Siquijor Aug 27, 2023
    20. Moving to a Bungalow! Aug 22, 2023
    21. Aug Chronicles: CDO produce August 31, 2023
    22. Aug Snapshots: Pan de Sal, Palpitate, Taho, Tuna, Pineapple August 1-31, 2023
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    24. July Chronicles July 31, 2023
    25. July Snapshots July 1-31, 2023
    26. Learning Cebuano: July July 1-31, 2023
    27. June Chronicles June 31, 2023
    28. June Snapshots June 1-31, 2023
    29. Learning Cebuano: June June 1-31, 2023
    30. May Chronicles May 31, 2023
    31. May Snapshots May 1-31, 2023
    32. Learning Cebuano May 1-31, 2023
    33. In Search of a Cool Climate May 25, 2023
    34. The 64 km Bike Ride May 16, 2023
    35. Lazi Fiesta May 15, 2023
    36. The Boulevard Opening May 5, 2023
    37. April Snapshots April 1-30, 2023
    38. Learning Cebuano...Again! April 1-30, 2023
    39. Kris Visits Siquijor Mar 17 - Apr 15, 2023
    40. Exploring Siquijor with Marky Mar 25 - Apr 11, 2023
    41. Siquijor Healing Festival April 5-8, 2023
    42. The Talk at United Church of Christ April 2, 2023
    43. Mar Snapshots Mar 1-31, 2023
    44. Vigil for the Ghost Ship of Siquijor March 31, 2023
    45. Judging an Essay on Gender Equality Mar 29, 2023
    46. The Thief, the Shaman, the Elves and the Police Mar 20, 2023
    47. Finally Acquiring the Motorbike Mar 18, 2023
    48. Bitcoin Blunder Mar 15, 2023
    49. Maria's Unsung Beaches Mar 11, 2023
    50. Lagaan Falls Mar 9, 2023
    51. Tibhong Spring Water Source Mar 8, 2023
    52. Bolo-Bolo Natural Spring Mar 2, 2023
    53. Reasons to Get a Wife March 1, 2023
    54. Feb Snapshots Feb 28, 2023
    55. Camagung-Ong Natural Spring Feb 28, 2023
    56. Heeeere's Johnnie! Feb 26, 2023
    57. Manifesting a Motorbike from Thin Air? Feb 18, 2023
    58. The 'Bad Guy' of Siquijor Feb 15, 2023
    59. Amazement from Drivers License Renewal in Siquijor Feb 15, 2023
    60. Locong Falls Feb 9, 2023
    61. Inguinal Hernia? Goodbye ABS! Feb 4, 2023
    62. Jan Snapshots January 31, 2023
    63. In Search of Tubod Cold Spring Jan 27, 2023
    64. 1:4:2:3 Nadi Shodana Jan 26, 2023
    65. Lazi's Boulevard Jan 22, 2023
    66. Lazi: A Monthly Stay Jan 21, 2023
    67. 7 Days in Maria, Siquijor Jan 14-21, 2023
    68. Capilay Spring Jan 17, 2023
    69. Siquijor: In Search of Resonance Jan 9-14, 2023
    70. Riding Around Siquijor's 86km Coastal Road Apr 3, 2012
    71. Exploring the Cantabon Cave of Siquijor Feb 23, 2012
    72. Jovee and Missy's Excellent Adventure Nov 6-7, 2010
    73. Freediving in Siquijor's Marine Sancturaries Apr 23-24, 2010
    74. Island Tour of Siquijor Apr 22, 2010
    75. Kram's Siquijor Wedding Apr 21, 2010

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