Coco Grove Groovin’

Coco Grove Beach and Dive Resort, Siquijor
www.cocogrovebeachresort.com
reservations@cocotravelsafaris.com
+6335 225 5490

Once upon a time, there was a woman known as Maria. She hailed from Cebu, but uprooted herself and transferred to Siquijor where she started her healing practice and became known as the best healer in town. Her fame spread beyond the town, and soon she became so famous that the doctors around the region, becoming jealous, started a nasty rumor that she isn’t in fact a healer, but someone who has otherworldly powers. This did not stop her believers from coming to her, including, at one point, a certain First Lady of the Philippines (can you guess who?) who wanted healing of her scaly, snake-like skin condition. Her reputation, however, and that of Siquijor’s, was already tarnished. Forever.

I woke up from a restorative nap to this narrative from my mother, who apparently was able to chat with a vacationing elderly Dumaguete local whom she asked about – gasp! – the truth about Siquijor’s aswangs! I would’ve liked to challenge the story, but it was hard to be immersed in it when my eyes and mind were engrossed in all this beauty:

Coco Grove Siquijor

The Olympic Pool, one of the three (although I only saw two) swimming pools in the resort

I had just spent the past three hours swimming and eating halo-halo, after which I fell asleep. Buhay baboy. And so, stories of mystics could not be farther from my mind. I just really wanted a breather, and Coco Grove, which for the past 26 years has been the go-to resort in Siquijor, was a good choice.

Sitting on an 8-hectare property, it has 91 cottages & villas, 3 swimming pools, 2 restaurants, a dive center, and a souvenir shop; all coexisting with countless trees – a tropical garden, they like to call it – and fronted by an 800-meter beach.

Coco Grove Hotel Siquijor

Coco Grove Hotel

Siquijor Coco Grove

800-meter stretch of beach fronting the resort

We stayed in one of the stand-alone cottages with a veranda.

Aurora I Coco Grove Siquijor

Aurora I

The room isn’t huge, but it’s enough for two people. It is air-conditioned, has TV with cable, cabinet, hot&cold shower, toiletries, two bottles of mineral water, and a mini-bar. They also provide beach towels aside from the regular ones.

Coco Grove Siquijor

Inside the room

I love the rest of the resort, and the room was okay, but I have some complaints:
– Lights are dim yellow. Nice for photos but not for anything else
– I got a few bedbug bites when I woke up
– Water supply was not very strong, but they said it was a specific case of something being fixed that weekend
– No slippers provided

As for the restaurants, we tried both the Sunset Restaurant – right on the beach with beautiful view, serving Filipino and European cuisine; and the Salamandas Restaurant closer to the center of the resort, serving seafood and international cuisine. I liked both equally, but my mom liked Salamandas better.

Grilled squid at Sunset Restaurant Coco Grove Siquijor

Grilled squid at Sunset Restaurant

Salamandas Restaurant Coco Grove Siquijor

Salamandas Restaurant

Sunset Restaurant Coco Grove Siquijor

View from Sunset Restaurant

The resort also has a game room – billiards, foosball and darts. There are also bars by the pool if you fancy a nightcap.

Night bar at Coco Grove Resort Siquijor

Night bar

Water activities are also available – kayaking (free), hobie cat sailing, paraw, glass bottom boats, surf skiing, snorkeling, wind surfing, speed boat riding, and banana boat rides.

We didn’t have enough time to explore Siquijor and its towns, but there are many other beaches, falls, churches, etc to see. Just hire a tricycle for the day. We saw St. Francis de Assisi Church, Siquijor’s oldest, on the way back to the port to Dumaguete. It’s beautiful. I truly wish I’d get the chance to explore more of Siquijor next time, aswang stories notwithstanding.

St Francis de Assisi Church Siquijor

St Francis de Assisi Church

HOW TO GO TO SIQUIJOR FROM DUMAGUETE
– There are several ferries going to Siquijor at the Dumaguete Passenger New Terminal, travel time ranges from 45mins (fast craft) to 1.5hrs, Php120-150

Coco Grove Groovin’ was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Acrosscities

5 Comments:

  1. Waaah! I still regret not having been able to go there back in 2013. Did you just stay at the hotel?

  2. hindi ko makita dito sa office ung pictures nakakainis.

    namimiss ko na siquijor. a year ago andyan lang kmi (second time ko na un). overnyt lng din kmi. nadaanan namin yang coco grove. mukhang expensive dyan e. hehehehe. tpos hinanap namin ung Sunset resto na yan, sarado nung dumaan kami.

    ang ganda ganda dyan sa siquijor. madami pa din nga kming ndi pa naexplore dyan. sama ako senyo pagbalik nyo.

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