Old Enchanted Balete Tree

Siquijor Circumferential Rd., Campalanas, Lazi, Siquijor

Old Enchanted Balete Tree
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Sopia S.
5.0 Stars
3

After a dip in Cambugahay falls, this is the best place to visit after. The fish spa relaxes your feet! I can stay here for more than an hour.

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Josette P.
5.0 Stars
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The Old Balate Tree is a great place to visit for that fish spa you've been wanting to have. For only Php 5 as donation, you can sit under this 400 year old tree that stood through time and have your feet be cleaned by these little fish. Some big ones are there too like the tilapia which will make you scream once they come closer to you and bit you "kalyos" away. The water is clear and cold. Even if the tree is located near the road, it manage to maintain its peace and serenity. Some pasalubongs can be found nearby too.

This is worth more than those fish or foot spa you usually have. You can stay here for as long as you want and please help the locals and donate. It's for maintaining the place.

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Julie L.
4.0 Stars

Nice to have another session at their fish spa.

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Casey D.
5.0 Stars
4

As per our tour guide, this balete tree is more or less 400yrs old. It's big and kinda scary. But I was more excited with the free fish spa. There were lots of Dr. Fish in different sizes. 128077128077 it was kinda slippery, so always be careful. There's also a souvenir store nearby, where you can also buy "love potions" and other herbal oils. No entrance fee, but you can offer donations. 128521

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Christa U.
4.0 Stars

It's been close to 6 years since I was last in Siquijor, and since I last made a visit to the tourist attractions that are now filled with visitors, tourists, and locals manning the places. One of them is the Old Balete Tree.

This centuries-old balete tree stands tall and firm in the mountains of the Municipality of Lazi. According to legend and folklore, balete trees are home to ghosts and spirits, which exactly fits the mystery surrounding Siquijor as a mystical island where witches used to live in.

Coming here 6 years ago, I remember the tour guide telling us to be wary and careful of what we say around places like the balete tree, as a lot of old spirits dwell near these places. When I was last here in 2010, there weren't any other people around so you could really feel the quietness and tranquility of the place. There wasn't a fish spa yet, and the "pond" barely had any water. It felt very different back then, and I think we were even visited by a spirit back then as when we were taking a picture, we thought we saw parts of the hanging leaves moving - even if there wasn't any wind.

Fast forward to our recent trip..the old balete tree is such a tourist attraction. Somewhat noisy in fact. I'm a little disappointed that the spirit and mystery of the place, is probably not understood by majority of the local and foreign tourists who go there. It made me wonder if anyone who really went there went for the balete tree, or just the fish spa and the tourist-souvenirs you can get nearby.

Still, I'm very glad that in some way it's providing livelihood for the locals in the vicinity. And idealistically, I hope that the spirits that reside in and near this balete tree are happy that so many visitors are coming by and filling its days with energy and laughter.

In the end, just remember to say "tabi-tabi po" and not to say anything mischievous when you're nearby.

PS. You can donate money to help provide support for those taking care of the tree and the fish.
PPS. You can also buy interesting souvenirs such as the love potion, healing bracelets (I had one back in 2010 too!), and other pieces, nearby.

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Julie L.
5.0 Stars

Saw this find at Old Balete Tree in Siquijor.

I liked this place because it has a free fish spa but you can also donate if you want to plus the amazing balete tree. 127795

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Jeanne Stephanie E.
5.0 Stars

While in Siquijor, we visited this old enchanted Balete Tree. They said that this tree is more than 200 years old. Water flows underneath the tree which flows to a man-made stream with fish doctors were you can have your own foot spa totally free. Just give a donation at any amount. It's so relaxing being here, so clean and beautiful. You can also buy souvenirs and pasalubongs like magnets, keychains, shirts and love potions. Lol!

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Reich T.
4.0 Stars

A tree huggers guide to the universe.  Terrible rip-off from a classic.  Forgive me. 

I posted a review of Isla Del Fuego a couple of days back.   I briefly mentioned the Old Enchanted Balete Tree.  I decided to write a separate review about the latter.

Balete Tree is synonymous to superstition.  Every local horror movie bastardized its reputation.  If the tree is an actual person,  all of the movie executives will be sued for oral defamation. 

First,  i dont believe in the supernatural.  My perspective changed when I met Michael Shermer.  Listened to a couple of audiobooks, i feel like Michael and I are kindred spirits now.
 
Balete are several species of trees from the genus Ficus.  A number of these are known as strangler figs wherein they start upon other trees later entrapping them entirely and finally killing the host tree.

Source:  Wikipedia

I ain't gonna lie,  it felt a lil eerie when i first laid eyes on the tree.  I grew up watching Magandang Gabi Bayan.  Even if i don't believe in the supernatural,  i still cant  shake off the eerie vibe.  Media and the stuff they put in your head.

I applaud the local government for preserving the tree and making it a tourist attraction.  This way we can break the supernatural element.  No kapre and tikbalang will come out,  no evil spells casted by dwarves and all that rigmarole.  It is simply a tree,  aides in photosynthesis,  home to a vast number of insects,  a product of nature.

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Bianca F.
4.0 Stars

First thing that popped in my head was that this and the one in Baler have the same name and age. 128514 i think a person can fit in the tree but the fam didn't try na since we had lots to visit pa.

Oooh! Tourists can enjoy the Fish Spa by just giving a donation. 128076

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Zia M.
5.0 Stars

Fish spa for Php 5.00? 128524

Enjoy feeding the fish with your dirty feet while looking at the enchanted balete tree beside you. 127796

The old balete tree is believed to be 400-years old. It is so huge that it cannot fit in one photo. Did I say it's perfect for hide and seek? Haha

Funny is that there is a water flowing underneath it, where you can do fish spa. I just didn't understand where it is coming from?

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Justin J.
5.0 Stars

One of the favorite places we visited in Siquijor. Why? Because Fish Spa! Haha.

This was one of the relaxing parts of the trip. Just sitting underneath the shade of this age old balete tree, sippin on fresh BJ. And having your dead skin eaten off by fish. Haha. 128514128514128514

This was a first for me. It felt really good and tickly at the same time. My feet felt soft after. 128077

This is where I also found the courage to submerge my Z1 Compact underwater. 128561128556128514

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Tei A.
4.0 Stars

This balete tree is about 400years old, what makes it mystical is that water flows from under its roots until if created a pond around it. The townsfolk just concretized the area so it created a small pool. There were fishes living in the pool and you could have a fish spa. It was quite ticklish when I tried it but it was a fun experience. 128077128521

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