“The mindset of loss of a loved one is to understand that the loss will never be undone. You must live with it, like it or not. But, to live well, you must turn that loss into something positive. That way, you can become the best version of yourself; scarred, flawed and unstoppable”
I am fortunate that my mom is from Maria, Siquijor, so it was easier for me to ask the locals which destination should I feature in my blog. It was not my first time visiting the island, so I am pretty much familiar of the beaches and at the same time, my sister became my tour guide and driver during my tour.
Maria is one of the six municipalities of Siquijor and is considered as marine sanctuary capital of the island. Most of the beaches are white sand and some are shores are rough because of the corals from the sea. However, what I love about the beaches of Maria because there are only few resorts in the area and the local government wanted are preserving the marine life not only for the tourism purposes but for the welfare of the locals.
This is located at Brgy. Minalulan, Maria, Siquijor. There are no resorts in the area so it is expected that what you see in the beach are just seaweeds and small boat parked near the shore.
Minalulan Marine Sanctuary
Below the lighthouse in Brgy. Minalulan, Maria, Siquijor is the marine sanctuary. I was able to meet the caretaker of the sanctuary and they are very strict when it comes to illegal fishing. Locals are prohibited to catch fish within the sanctuary area and are penalized if caught.
The beach area is also located at Brgy. Minalulan, Maria, Siquijor few meters away from the barangay plaza. It is said that there was a beach resort constructed in the area before however, since most of the tourist stays at San Juan, it resulted to bankruptcy. But the regional tourism has included the beach as one of the must visit beaches in the island. When I went to the beach, it indeed a nice one. No resorts at all and all you need to do is bring your beach towel, sun protection lotion and you can stay all day at the beach without any disturbances. But, you are responsible in your personal belongings.
Olang Marine Sanctuary
The sanctuary is located at Maria, Siquijor. There are road since that will lead you to the beach front. It is around a kilometer and half away from the nation road. Once you reach the dead ended road, you will need to trek towards the shore. There are no resorts and only few residents live in the area.
Salagdoong Beach is located near the Olang Marine Sanctuary. Though this is a beach resort, but they are maintaining the balance between a tourist attraction and preserving the marine life. The 30ft cliff jump is a must try activity in the resort aside from snorkeling, free dive and scuba diving.
- Motorcycle Fee – Php 350 (good for 24 hours)
- Salagdoong Beach Resort Entrance Fee – Php 60