There are so many awesome things to see on Siquijor Island and Guiwanon Spring Park is one of them. After snorkeling at Tubod Beach, we decided to head to this mangrove forest and spend the rest of the day relaxing.
Mangroves are is a type of coastal vegetation. They look like small trees growing out of the water. The mangroves are salt-tolerating trees and they play a vital role in the ecosystem. Mangroves protect the shorelines from storms but most importantly, they serve as a nursery for fish.
Visiting the Guiwanon Spring Park was a great decision because I had the chance to see the mangroves closely and learn about their importance. It was also a relaxing walk and the views were pretty stunning.
Quick jump list
1. Guiwanon Spring Park entrance fee and opening hours
It costs 10 PHP per person to enter Guiwanon Spring Park. Children under 7 years have free entrance. Renting a cottage for 24 hours costs 250 PHP.
2. About Guiwanon Spring Park
Once you enter the park, you’ll see that the suspended path is built from wood and bamboo. You’ll walk on a bridge built on stilts and all around you will be the mangrove forest.
There are several suspended cottages along the way that you can rent for a few hours or the whole day. The whole place is very tranquil. Take your time to admire the surrounding forest and the views.
As you’ll continue to walk, you’ll get to a large area with lots of tables and chairs. I imagine that all sorts of events are organized here. It could as well be a restaurant but when we visited there was nobody there.
There were a few posters on the walls explaining the importance of mangroves in the ecosystem which was great because I learned a few new things.
Since there are no shops or supermarkets nearby, I recommend bringing some water and snacks with you, especially if you plan to rent a cottage for a few hours.
Although there are several places where you can see mangrove forests around Siquijor, Guiwanon Spring Park is the only place where you can get very close to them. It’s an interesting experience, especially for someone like me who never saw mangroves before.
All in all, I had a great time at this spring park. The mangroves, the views, the wooden stilts, and the cottages are beautiful. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy a walk.
3. How to get to Guiwanon Spring Park
Guiwanon Spring Park is located in Luyang, Siquijor. The entrance is right on the edge of the main road but it’s not very obvious. We had a hard time finding it. We passed right by it and we didn’t see it. The best thing you can do is to closely follow Google Maps.
To get to Guiwanon Spring Park, I recommend renting a motorbike. We rented ours from our guest house and we used it to explore the entire island. Renting a motorbike for a day usually costs around 500 PHP.
If you’re not comfortable driving a motorbike, you can take a tricycle. However, this option is a bit more expensive. Just make sure to tell your driver to wait for you.
4. Where to stay in Siquijor
I’ve been searching for the best accommodation in Siquijor, for every budget. Even though Siquijor is not as developed as other islands in the Philippines, there are a few awesome hotels and guesthouses. Please find below my recommendations.
- Budget – Miki’s Guest House – cozy house, good facilities (including scooter rental), AC, WiFi
- Mid Budget – Tropical Fun Ta Sea – excellent location, sea view, clean and spacious rooms, excellent amenities
- Luxury – Infinity Heights Resort – incredible private villa with sea view, luxurious design, very spacious, friendly staff
I’m sure that you’ll have a great time visiting Guiwanon Spring Park. While you’re in Siquijor, don’t forget to visit Tubod Beach and the famous Cambugahay Falls. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments section below.
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