Old Enchanted Balete Tree, Siquijor Island

Experience the fish foot spa at Old Enchanted Balete Tree--a 400-year-old tree believed to be the oldest and largest in the province. Its eerie aspect features prominently in Philippine folklore. A spring originates from its massive roots, flowing into a pool where you can dip your feet and let the tiny fish nibble away the dead skin. Vendors on site sell food and water, as well as souvenirs. Put Old Enchanted Balete Tree at the forefront of your travel plans using our Siquijor Island holiday builder website .
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  • Very amazing tree! Near the road. Easy to just take a picture and hit the road again. Big and nice souvenir shop and the fish pawn is big, bud didn't try it this time.  more »
  • Only 10 pesos for an unlimited fish spa. Drank fresh coconut juice. Yum! Souvenirs not really of the best quality but with a really cheap price (ballpen is 35 each or 3 for 100 pesos; same pen is 60 p...  more »
  • This ancient and impressive tree hosts some additional half harted tourist necessities (souvenirs). The spring has been made into a pool with cleaner fish - great idea and a good setting for it!  more »
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  • The main attraction is the fish soa right below the tree. You could also walk around the place they have some animals there as well. There is a souvenir shop there which sells at a good price. No bathroom tho...
  • Let's start with the tree, which is huge and beautiful. But the locals started to ruin the place with all sort of buildings and tourist attractions. There is now a huge half-finished concrete "house" just 20 meters from the tree. Don't know what is that for? In a few years they will probably cut the tree to build more tourist traps.
  • Huge beautiful old tree with free fish spa underneath. They also have a mini zoo for the kids with some native species as well. Kids loved the place
  • Nice shady place to put your feet in the water and enjoy the fish massage, a welcome retreat from the heat of the day. Has a curios shop with food and drink and also animal enclosure. reasonable entry price. Also have to pay for parking.
  • This place is strange. First of all, it's right next to the road, I was expecting it to be a secluded garden or something. The tree is indeed beautiful and HUGE. On its foot there's a fish spa, which I think was created as a smart tourist gimmick. Or should I say tank filled with some fish. Some of them are too big to be in the "spa" category. At first I found it actually terrifying to put my feet in the water. But the worst is the "entrance". You need to pay a 5 pesos fee to a woman in a stall nearby (you know, because you're in FEE-lipphines). There were two dogs in a small cage and a small monkey in another. No idea why they were there but it was absolutely cruel and heartbreaking to see them there. Overall not sure what to think about. It's a weird place but the fish spa is definitely a nice touch!

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The small island of Siquijor offers plenty of accommodation choices for tourists, mostly clustered along its beaches, with a couple of hotels nestled in more remote spots or in the town. 3-star resorts line the coastline, offering private rooms, on site restaurants, and easy beach access, while the budget-conscious traveler can choose from the backpacker-style hostels and dormitories. You can find a variety of beachside cottages for rent, or as part of a resort.
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