Coco Grove Beach Resort in Siquijor

For my 28th birthday, I really wanted to go to Siquijor but since it was my first time there, I didn’t want to go alone. My mom and sister agreed to go with me, trusting we’ll have a good time. Pressure!

As soon as we landed in Dumaguete, we took a tricycle straight to the port and boarded the roro that was just about to depart. Then off we went to Siquijor!

My family didn’t see pictures of Siquijor yet, but I kept telling them it’s beautiful. As soon as we were close enough to see the shore, they started smiling and I knew I made the right decision. The coastline alone took my breath away! The water was so clear that even at the port, you can see the seabed. The sand was powder white and soft, I wanted to immediately take off my slippers and just walk along the shore.

Lunch at Sunset Restaurant, one of Coco Grove's restaurants
Lunch at Sunset Restaurant, one of Coco Grove’s restaurants

I had pre-booked a driver and tour so he was waiting for us at the port. We decided to eat lunch first after checking in at Coco Grove Beach Resort before starting our half-day tour.

Our booking included free drinks upon arrival, and they gave us a watermelon shake that was refreshing and delicious — this, coming from a person who only drinks orange and mango shakes!

The food is actually pricey for the serving quantity. While tasty, I would recommend eating outside if on a budget. There’s also free drinking water stations and they provided free bottled water inside our rooms. You can just refill your bottles at any of the three restaurants’ water stations.

After lunch, we were escorted to our room, which was closer to the other end (Coco Grove has two entrances). We got a mini tour of the place. As someone who has been to numerous resorts around the country, Coco Grove is one of my favorites. The place felt rustic but premium, soothing and large enough that you will have your own space and quiet. Since I was looking to relax, that was the part I loved the most.

Coco Grove has 3 pools and you can swim in whichever you fancy
Coco Grove has 3 pools and you can swim in whichever you fancy
Coco Grove also has a game room. My foosball-loving heart skipped a beat at the sight of that table!
Coco Grove also has a game room. My foosball-loving heart skipped a beat at the sight of that table!

When we got to our bedroom, we appreciated the little details.

Good for two adults, we just added an extra bed on the floor
Good for two adults, they just added an extra bed on the floor
I loved this little detail! A rack for your wet clothes.
A rack for your wet clothes. I think all resorts should have one.
We even had a terrace in case, and they thoughtfully put a stone on top so the cover wouldn't fly away
They put a stone on top of the table so the cover wouldn’t fly away.

After our tour, we went back in time for the sunset and to enjoy the beach. However, their dive shop was already closed at 4pm so we couldn’t kayak anymore. We just enjoyed the pool nearest to our room and I kept looking at the sky so I can catch the sunset.

Coco Grove Beach Resort's Olympic-sized pool
Coco Grove Beach Resort’s Olympic-sized pool
Panoramic view of the beach and sunset in Siquijor
Panoramic view of the beach and sunset in Siquijor.
Heavy clouds obscured the sun but created a beautiful halo-like scene
Heavy clouds obscured the sun but created a beautiful halo-like scene

My current header photo was actually taken during dusk in Siquijor. That’s unfiltered and unedited, and all raw.

Dusk was way more beautiful but my panorama didn't stitch well!
Dusk was way more beautiful but my panorama didn’t stitch well!

We had dinner at their Salamandas Restaurant. Again, the food choices were limited but the cuisine is international. Since it was also as pricey, we just opted for the cheapest items. Note that the food here is not sharing. The service was pretty slow too, but they provided baked bread which helped to fill the hunger.

After dinner, my sister and I went to the game room and played a couple of rounds of foosball. And before I went to bed, on the eve of my birthday, I grabbed a chair by the dark beach (there were only , ordered a mango shake, and stared at the stars while praying. That was one of the most memorable events I ever had in Siquijor. I feel like I found a part of myself and felt very at peace despite all the confusion I was going through that month.

The next day, we woke up bright and early so we can fully enjoy the beach and go kayaking.

Breakfast was plated and filling enough for breakfast. Food does not seem to be one of their strong points.

Morning view of Salamandas Restaurant, where we had our dinner and breakfast
Morning view of Salamandas Restaurant, where we had our dinner and breakfast
Sister in her cape surveying the morning low tide view
Sister in her cape surveying the morning low tide view

After breakfast, we went kayaking. Coco Grove’s beach front is actually the Tubod Marine Sanctuary. The water is so wonderfully clear that we were able to enjoy the marine life even though we didn’t get off our kayak. Mama enjoyed kayaking so much she actually did it for almost an hour! Meanwhile, I tried snorkeling but I quit quickly because I got tangled in the seaweeds, and my El Nido experience came crashing back and I started to panic.

We were very careful not to tip over because of the numerous sea urchins below
We were very careful not to tip over because of the numerous sea urchins below

The beach at Coco Grove Beach Resort is not as fine as in other white sand beaches, but it was good enough for us. It was very clean they had numerous huts and hammocks.

You can kayak, dive, or swim right in Coco Grove Beach resort
You can kayak, dive, or swim right in Coco Grove Beach resort

We hardly saw any Filipinos and mostly aged foreigners who either swam or went sunbathing. I think we were all just looking to relax. If you’re getting a room, I suggest you get one near the beachfront and not the one in the hotel area.

They also have a spa but since we were still going to stay in Dumaguete overnight, we decided to have a massage there instead. They also offer tours but their rates are pretty expensive compared to the tour we booked with the driver directly.

Happy guests at Coco Grove Beach Resort
Happy guests at Coco Grove Beach Resort

At less than P5000 for 3 adults, we felt that Coco Grove’s ambiance, comforts and facilities were well worth it and I highly recommend staying there if you can afford to splurge a little. If we’re going back to Siquijor, I know we’ll be staying at Coco Grove Beach Resort again.

This is not a sponsored post. Please don’t grab any of my images. These are unedited except for the watermark.

Coco Grove Beach Resort
Tubod, San Juan, Siquijor Island, Philippines
(+63) 917 325 1292 (Globe)
(+63) 939 915 5123 (Smart)

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