Siquijor is an island province of the Philippines, located in Visayas, considered to be the third smallest province in the country. Even though small, this island has a lot to offer: stunning beaches, caves and waterfalls.
- Book a flight to Dumaguete. Major airlines like Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have direct flights to Dumaguete City in Negros. Travel time: 1 hour 30 minutes.
- From the airport, ride a tricycle to Dumaguete City Port. Travel time: 15 minutes. There are tricycles already waiting outside the arrival area. We suggest getting a tricycle outside the airport compound to get cheaper rates.
- From Dumaguete City Port, ride a RoRo or a fastcraft to Siquijor Island. Travel time for RoRo is 2 hours while the travel time for a fastcraft is only 1 hour and 15 minutes. The schedule usually changes for the boat rides so we recommend booking an early flight to Dumaguete so you could be at the port in the morning.
- Upon arriving in Siquijor port, book a tricycle tour. There are tricycles outside the port that offer island tours for P1,000 per tricycle. (Standard rate for whole island tour is P1,000) which will bring you to destinations of your choice around the island.
The main mode of transportation in Siquijor is through tricycles, which costs a lot. A ride from a town to another can cost you P200 – P700 so it’s best to get an island tour instead. This will save you a lot of money.
THINGS TO DO
1. Take a dip in Cambugahay Falls
Cambugahay falls is a must-visit when you’re in Siquijor. It’s very easy to reach; no long hike needed. From the parking area, there’s a sign leading you to the waterfalls. You’ll just have to go down a flight of stairs. It will only take you around 5-10 minutes. (Read more: Cambugahay Falls Siqujior: Enchanting Waterfalls at the Island of Fire)
2. Try the rope tarzan swing
If you want a more quiet and peaceful ambiance, there are two more waterfalls above the lowest tier. Both basins are also swim-able and less frequented by visitors. People usually crowd at the 3rd tier where the Tarzan swing is. (Read more: Cambugahay Falls Siqujior: Enchanting Waterfalls at the Island of Fire)
3. Have a foot spa at Lazi’s Balete tree
You can find this balete tree in Lazi, Siquijor, south of the island. Jusk ask your habal-habal or tricycle driver to drop you off there. It’s not hard to find. It’s just along the main circumferential road. The tree is said to be over 400 years old
4. Enjoy the white sand of Salagdoong Beach
The beach is very clean and well maintained, ideal for swimming. It boasts fine white sand like most beaches in Siquijor. The most fascinating feature of this beach is its crystal blue waters. You can see how it changes shade as you go deeper. (Read more: Salagdoong Beach Siquijor: Adventure Paradise)
5. Jump-off a cliff at Salagdoong Beach
If you’re facing the beach, head to the rocky outcrop on the right, head up the stairs and you’ll see two diving boards at varying heights. Most tourists usually go to this rocky outcrop to take photos of the white sand beaches of Maria. More daring ones, jump. (Read more: Salagdoong Beach Siquijor: Adventure Paradise)
6. Watch the sunset at Tubod Beach
Tubod beach is located at the town of San Juan. The main stretch is located infront of Coco Grove Beach Resort. Tori’s Backpacker’s Paradise is located a few meters away from it’s main stretch. (Read more: Sunset Beaches of Siquijor)
7. Swim at the pool of Lugnason Falls
Apart from the famous Cambugahay falls of Siquijor you can also choose Lugnason Falls as a side-trip. Even though it is smaller than Cambugahay, it is still a delightful place to drop-by especially because it’s free to visit. (Read more: Lugnason Falls: Perfect Side-trip for a Cooldown)
8. Explore the quiet Paliton Beach
If you want a quiet lazy afternoon at the beach, we recommend going here. You can also see Apo Island and Dumaguete from here. This beach is most swim-able during the high-tide when the waters reach the fine sand. (Read more: Sunset Beaches of Siquijor)
9. Take an afternoon stroll at Solangon Beach
The shore is less rocky than Paliton and we reckon more swim-able during high-tide. The beach is not hard to find. It’s just the along Siquijor Circumferential Road. (Read more: Sunset Beaches of Siquijor)
OTHER THINGS TO DO
You can also visit Kagusuan beach at the town of Maria southeast of the island. You can include this in your island tour.
If you want to cool down, you can also try Capilay Spring Park in San Juan. The park is not difficult to spot since it’s just along Siquijor’s main circumferential road. The natural pool is right in the middle of the town plaza and is open to the public for free. If you want to have a picnic there are tables and chairs around the area. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous you could go spelunking at Cantabon Cave.
WHERE TO STAY IN SIQUIJOR
There are multiple resorts on the island. Depending on your budget, you can choose from backpacker hostels to hotels. We recommend staying at the town of San Juan where you could view Siquijor’s majestic sunset. It’s also near the port so going back wouldn’t be so difficult. You can also stay at the towns of Lazi and Maria near the main tourists spots; but the downside is it’s far from the port.
We stayed at Tori’s Backpackers Paradise at the town of San Juan facing Tubod beach. They have dorm rooms for P300/head and also private fan rooms for P500/night. The place is relaxing and the owners are really accommodating and helpful. They have a small restaurant which serves as a common area for guests as well. They could also help you get a tricycle back to the port. If you can drive a motorcycle, you could rent one from them for only P300/day. Here’s a list of hotels you could book in Siquijor Island. To compare prices, here’s a list of hotels from Booking.com.
Going around Siquijor can be quite expensive. We recommend getting an island tour. For only P1,000, the tricycle will bring you to destinations of your choice like Cambugahay Falls, Kagusuan Beach, Balete Tree, Salagdoong Beach, Capilay Spring park, and a lot more. Two days are enough to explore Siquijor.
- 0630 Arrival at Dumaguete City Airport. Take tricycle to Dumaguete City Port.
- 0630 Arrival at Dumaguete City Port. Book RoRo to Siquijor. Travel time is 2 hours.
- 0700 Departure of RoRo to Dumaguete City Port.
- 0900 Arrival at Siquijor Port. Book a tricycle tour.
- 1000 Arrival at Tori’s Backpackers Paradise
- 1000 Tour Cambugahay Falls, Balete Tree, Salagdoong Man-made forest and Salagdoong Beach and cliff-diving.
- 1700 Back at Tori’s to watch the sunset. Freshen up. Dinner and light’s out.
Also Read: Cambugahay Falls Siqujior: Enchanting Waterfalls at the Island of Fire & Salangdoong Beach: Siquijor’s Adventure Paradise
- 0900 Wake up Call and Breakfast
- 1000 Start tour Lugnason Falls, Paliton Beach, Capilay Spring park and Solangon Beach
- 1400 Back at Tori’s to pack-up
- 1500 Departure from Tori’s to Siquijor Port
- 1600 Ride fast craft to Dumaguete City Port
- 1730 Arrival at Dumaguete City
Also Read: Sunset Beaches of Siquijor & Lugnason Falls: Perfect Side-trip for a Cooldown
- Transportation: We booked a Cebu Pacific flight bound for Dumaguete for only P700 roundtrip. Tricycle ride from the Airport to Dumaguete City port is P50/tricycle. Tricycle rates in Dumaguete City is P8-10 per person. Day 2 short tour of Paliton Beach, Solangon Beach & Lugnason falls P200.
- Accommodation: P500/night for Private Fan room at Tori’s Backpackers Paradise. Dorm room costs P300/head with common restrooms.
- Food: There are meals available at Tori’s ranges from P120 – P300+
- Fees: Cambugahay parking fee P10. Balate Tree entrance P5. Salagdoong beach entrance per head P25. Salagdoong Tricycle entrance fee P25/tricycle.
- Upon arriving at the port, get the schedule of the boat trip back to Dumaguete to avoid the hassle.
- Check the weather before visiting Siquijor. This can make or break your trip. You can go there year-round just make sure that there are no typhoons.
- If you can, visit on a weekday.