Balete tree is a part of ficus or fig tree family that grows in the Philippines. Many people believes that balete tree is the house for mysterious and mythical creatures like (dwende) elves and (tikbalang) demon horse.
Balete tree in Lazi Siquijor considered as the oldest tree in Siquijor. It is 400 years old balete tree. It also one of the famous destination in Siquijor Island. Local call it Fish spa. What makes it really unique is that a natural spring flows right underneath the trees. Locals do not know where the water is coming from but all they know is it clean and safe.
Surprisingly, the man made pool have very clean water with fish swimming on it. Some tourist who visiting here swim in the cold spring pool. They also have foot spa where the doctor fish nibble around your feet for unwanted skin. You can just dip your feet into the cold spring and then the doctor fish just coming to you. Of course, we tried it. The doctor fish nibble our feet. Its a little bit tickles. I heard a lot of tourist laughing when they dip there feet in the cold spring to try the foot spa.
Besides in Balete tree you can buy a souvenir items like tshirts or key chain. There prices is very affordable. Its cost about 35 to 300 pesos depend in the items. If you wish to drink something. They also offer fresh buko juice. They don’t have restaurant here. If you want body massage they will offer it to you also.
The entrance fee in Balete tree is only 10 pesos. It is really very worth it to visit.
How to get there to Balete Tree
From Manila you need to go first in Dumaguete. You must take flight bound to Dumaguete. The estimated cost about 2000 pesos. From Dumaguete you must take boat bound to Siquijor it cost about 200 pesos. You can also choose ocean jet it cost around 350.
From Bohol you can take ocean jet bound to Larena Siquijor it cost about 750 pesos
When you arrived in Siquijor port or Larena port you can take tricycle going to Lazi Siquijor where the Balete tree located. Most local transportation knows the way; therefore it not be hard to explain where you want to go. If you know how to drive motorbike you can rent motorbike and go yourself. Its more nice to drive your own because you can manage your time.
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