Siquijor is an island province in Central Visayas where the famous Cebu and Bohol lies. Though this island is considered as the third smallest island in the Philippines, in terms of land area and population, it is abundant of pristine white beaches, ancient churches, world-class dive sites, magnificent waterfalls, unforgettable sunsets and other natural gems that are waiting to be discovered.
Many people believe that Siquijor Island is infamous for witchcraft, shamans, black magic, and other form of sorceries which frighten most of the Filipino that even I myself never thought of visiting this island way back then. However, when I heard my friend is attending a conference on the said island, I jumped in and asked him if we could go there together (he attends the conference and I travel) and he accepted my proposal. Right there, I started planning out this one of those spur-of-the-moment-unexpected-getaway of mine.
- How to get to Siquijor Island:
- Cebu to Dumaguete
- Dumaguete to Siquijor Island
- Getting around the Island
- Siquijor Port
- St. Francis de Assisi Church (Siquijor)
- San Juan Beaches (San Juan)
- Century Old Balete Tree (Lazi)
- San Isidro Labrador Church and Convent (Lazi)
- Cambugahay Falls (Lazi)
- Salagdoong Beach (Maria)
- Lilibeth’s Pan Bisaya (En. Villanueva)
- Where to Stay:
- Siquijor Sample Budget
How to get to Siquijor Island:
There are many ways to get to the island of Siquijor from Cebu. You can travel by ferry all the way from the port of Cebu to the port of Siquijor via Dumaguete or you can opt to take a bus from Cebu City and travel down to Liloan Port in Santander and take a ferry from there to Sibulan Port and down to Dumaguete, then board another ferry from Dumaguete Port to Siquijor Island.
Cebu to Dumaguete
By Ferry: Cebu – Dumaguete
Travel Time: 5 Hours
- From Cebu City Port, take a taxi and ask the driver to drop you off at Pier 1 for Cokaliong Shipping and Ocean Jet or Pier 2 for George and Peter Lines. You can buy the ticket ahead or on the day of your departure. Estimated fare for both shipping lines is roughly 300 – 400 peso including the 25 peso terminal fee. Sailing time is roughly 5 – 6 Hours.
By Bus and Ferry: Cebu – Liloan, Santander – Dumaguete
Travel Time: 5 – 6 Hours
- From Cebu City take a taxi going to South Bus Terminal and take the bus to Liloan, Santander. Bus fare is 200-250 and travel time is 4 – 5 hours.
- From Liloan Port, buy your ferry ticket heading to Sibulan for 70 peso and in less than 25 minutes, you’ll reach the other island.
- From Sibulan Port, take a jeepney bound to Dumaguete for 10 peso or hire the entire tricycle for 150 peso to take you directly to Dumaguate Port.
Dumaguete to Siquijor Island
Travel Time: 1.5 Hours
- From Dumaguete Port, there are numerous shipping companies in Dumaguete port that travels to Siqujor daily which departs every 2 hours. You can buy your ferry or fastcraft ticket upon arrival. Ferry fare to Siquijor Island is 170 plus 15 peso terminal fee.
- From Siquijor Port, you can hail a trycicle (50-100 per person) and ask them to take you to your resort or you can rent a motorbike (350 per day) and go to your resort and start exploring the island.
Getting around the Island
Upon arriving the port of Siquijor, all those worries from my childhood disappeared when I saw its natural beauty. All those fears were replaced with hunger, hunger to uncover the gems of this mystical island.
If you’re traveling with a companion, there are plenty of tricycles for touring in Siquijor. The tour rate will start at 1000 peso and climbs up to 3000 peso depending on the number of your group and depending on your haggling skill.
On the other hand, if you’re traveling solo then this small island is best explored by motorbike if you know how to drive one. Normally, a bike will cost you 350 peso per day excluding fuel. However in my case, I got it for 300 per day as I rented it for two days and I spent 2 liters (58/Liter) of fuel for my entire ride. So, all in all, I spent 716 peso for the bike that let me circle the entire Siquijor Island. I didn’t really have a solid plan on which places to see first, all I have in mind is that those gems are nesting mostly along the main road of Siquijor and are very accessible. So, I just started the motorbike and spontaneously went from one spot to another.
I often travel and I have docked into various ports and so far Siquijor port has the clearest water and cleanest port I have ever been in my entire life.
The water in the port is crystal-clear, you can start your beach bumming in here even.
St. Francis de Assisi Church (Siquijor)
When you exit the port of Siquijor, this will be the first spot you will see. It’s hard to miss as most of the tourist flock around the “Welcome to Siquijor” sign which is just in front of the church.
San Juan Beaches (San Juan)
San Juan is where the pristine white beaches are on this island. No wonder why most of the tourist and travelers chose to stay in this part of the island. Luxury resorts, budget hotels, backpacker’s guesthouses, cafes, and restaurants are all situated here. I was lucky enough that my accommodation has an amazing fine white sand beach shore and huge palm trees lining affront the resort.
Century Old Balete Tree (Lazi)
This 400-year-old Balete tree in Lazi is somewhat enchanting and interesting. It’s a gigantic tree which has a small pool at the foot of the tree where visitors can enjoy a free FISH foot SPA. There’s a 10 peso entrance fee and 5 peso parking fee. Aside from the Balete tree, there are small stalls that sell snacks and beverages and also charms and potions. I advise that you buy your pasalubong (souvenir) in here as there is not much to find later.
San Isidro Labrador Church and Convent (Lazi)
San Isidro Labrador Church or commonly known as the Lazi Church is declared as one of the National Cultural Treasure of the Philippines. I was looking forward to seeing all the beauty of this ancient structure, however, it was closed for renovation when I visited there. Thus, I immediately headed to the Lazi Convent, the largest convent in the country.
Cambugahay Falls (Lazi)
Famous for its three-tiered gorgeous falls and Tarzan Swing. It’s well worth the 150 steps hike down.
Don’t miss trying out the Tarzan Jump. It’s an amazing experience that you will surely do all over again once you did your first jump. Expect to pay 50 peso though to those kids you will help you swing through the vines.
Salagdoong Beach (Maria)
This is where the diving platform is situated. Salagdoong beach a privately own resort in Maria so there is an entrance fee of 30 per person and 20 peso parking fee. To my dismay, it was low tide when I reached there and thus they did not allow any guest to jump. I was really looking forward to be jumping in here before I came but nature didn’t permit. This gives me reason to come back.
So, I decided to have my lunch at their restaurant instead, watch people beach bumming, and headed to my next stop after.
Lilibeth’s Pan Bisaya (En. Villanueva)
The best place to end your Siquijor day tour is right here in En. Villanuea. Lilibeth’s pan bisaya is just a simple plain bread that is somewhat very delicious, soft and so filling. Pairing it with a cup of hot coffee is a meal already.
Below is my Siquijor Travel Route:
Where to Stay:
Unlike other tourist destinations in the Philippines, there are a few accommodations for now to choose from in Siquijor and they are mostly full at the weekend. Thus, make sure you book in advance before heading to the island so you will not hop from one place to another just to secure a room for your stay.
Blue Wave Inn Beach Resort, Siquijor
Address: Dumanjug, Siquijor, Siquijor
Contact: 0975 199 0450
The Bruce Resort, San Juan
Address: San Juan, Solangon, Siquijor, Philippines
Contact: 0928-6011-856 or 09273574286
Coco Grove Beach Resort, San Juan
Address: Tubod, San Juan, Siquijor
Contact: +63915-2535130 / +63939-9155123
Address: San Juan, Siquijor
Lorna’s End of the World Resort
Address: Lala-o, San Juan, Siquijor
Siquijor Sample Budget
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Ferry Cebu to Dumaguete
Cebu Terminal Fee
Ferry Dumaguete to Siquijor
Dumaguete Terminal Fee
Bike Rental for 2 Days
Fuel for 2 Days
Blue Wave Inn Resort
Century Old Balete Tree
Lazi Convent Entrance
Salagdoong Beach Entrance
Salagdoong Beach Parking
Lilibeth’s Pan Bisaya
The Bruce Beach Resort
Meal for 3 days (6 Meals)
Ferry Siquijor to Dumaguete
Tricycle Dumaguete to Sibulan