Every place has its own magic. Situated right in the heart of Central Visayas is the peaceful island of Siquijor. For most of us, the place is commonly known for being rich in traditions like folk healing, whispered myths of sorcery, and let’s not forget, the supernatural. But fret not, despite such beliefs, Siquijor has wonderful beach resorts and majestic places to explore!
Siquijor was once called by the Spanish colonizers as “Isla de Fuego or Island of Fire” because of the glow of numerous fireflies that would come to show every night. If you love nature, Siquijor offers secret swimming spots with turquoise waters, white sand beaches, waterfalls, mountain that features hiking trails, natural springs, butterfly sanctuary, and caves.
There are also areas for the spiritual to pray and reflect. Visit caves with stalactite and stalagmite formations with small, tranquil pool. There are so much to see in Siquijor that the traveler in you don’t want to miss!
There is no direct flight to the island of Siquijor, you will have to take a flight to Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental with a travel time of an hour. Upon arrival, ride a tricycle to the Dumaguete sea port or pier in Looc, and take a ferry to Siquijor. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines offers flight schedules to Dumaguete. Travel time is approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes.
Take a flight to Dumaguete City, and ride a tricycle to Dumaguete Port. From there, ride a ferry en route to Siquijor. Travel time is 1 hour.
If you want to travel by land and coming from Bacolod, you can ride a bus at Ceres Bus Line. Travel time is almost nine hours going to Dumaguete. Then take a ferry to Siquijor.
You can explore the beauty of Siquijor via jeep, tricycle, and multicab. Jeepneys are the cheapest way to go around the city, although unfortunately, there are no fixed schedules. Unless you intend to rent a jeep for your whole stay. If you’re going alone, you can hire a motorbike for around 250-350 pesos/day.
Do you like visiting churches at places you travel to? Visit St. Francis de Assisi Church. It is said to be one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. Construction of the church started in 1793 during the colonial times in the Philippines and was done in 1831. And San Isidro Labrador Church and Convent in Lazi, Siquijor. It was constructed by Augustinians Recollects in 1857.
Enjoy the serene setting of a three-tiered falls that is Cambugahay Falls, surrounded by trees and turquoise water. If you want to have more fun, look for the improvised swing that’s free to use.
Go spelunking in Cantabon Cave, a subterranean cave that was discovered long time ago by foreign hunters. It may be difficult to enter, but it would be worth it. Enjoy the sight of stalactite and stalagmite formations!
Siquijor offers a lot of beaches. Salagdoong beach is one of the most popular beaches. A white sand beach located in the town of Maria. If you can’t get enough of Salagdoong,try checking out Kagusuan Beach, San Juan Beach, and Paliton Beach.
To complete your experience, see the enchanted old Balete tree, covered in roots and vines.
Want to relax and unwind? Head over to Guiwanon Spring Park. Hidden within mangroves and wooden bridges, you can surely relax and refresh your tired body while enjoying the fresh air coming from the ocean.
Siquijor has a lot of beaches with natural formation of boulders. Go cliff jumping if you want to experience something extreme. Just make sure to take extra precaution when doing so.
Go scuba diving or snorkeling and see the wonders of the ocean beneath.
Charter a motorbike and get yourself a map of the island and explore the inland of the place. Siquijor offers a lot more than what’s the usual. It’s good to discover new places!
Discovering the specialities of each place is a must for every traveler. Kawayan Holiday Resort in Cangmunag is close to the sea so you can have a good view of it and not to mention, have the chance to watch the sunset or the sun rise. Though they have a pricey set of menu, they offer Asian and western cuisine.
Dagsa is an instagrammable chill restobar found in San Juan, Siquijor. Food is affordable and tastes really good!
Triad Coffee shop does not only offer great food, but a perfect and unique view of the island of Siquijor. Visit this shop in the elevated area of Larena. If you’re craving for some pizza, head on over to Shawarma Pizza from Dexter’s, located in Santa Catalina. Price starts at P250 for a whole pizza.
If you still want to party at night, visit Czar’s Place for live bands and good drinks. It is located in Maite, San Juan, Siquijor.
If you’re tight in budget, there are a lot of available hotels in Siquijor that are affordable and nice. Try Villa Marmarine Resort that usually charges P1,000+ per day for a room. Others that you may also want to check out are Das Traum Guest Haus in Pangi, Coray Cay Resort in Colangon, Danish Lagoon in Paliton.
Tumamak Lodge is located in Port Area, North Poblacio. It’s location provides easy access to the city’s must-see destinations. Palm Village Guesthouse is located in San Juan and is near a beach. Lastly, check out Hotel Essencia, also located in San Juan. Their standard room costs about P1,200 per night for two, and is inclusive of a breakfast buffet.