2017 SIQUIJOR ISLAND: YOUR ULTIMATE TRAVEL GUIDE

SIQUIJOR ISLAND

2017 SIQUIJOR ISLAND: YOUR ULTIMATE TRAVEL GUIDE

Siquijor Island also known as the Mystical Island is an ideal place for tourists and vacationists. The serene Siquijor is blessed with scenic beauty, archaic churches, and natural  attractions. The minute I landed at the port of Siquijor, I already fell in love with its unspoiled environment and the warm hospitality of its people.

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Salagdoong Beach Resort at Siquijor Island

Siquijor is a small island in Visayas, Philippines. You can experience a   coastal tour of the island in just one daytime. Legend tells that Siquijor rose from the ocean during a tremendous thunderstorm cited as evidence is fossils and shells which can even be found in Mount Bandila-an, Siquijor’s highest point. While the coastline is mostly white sand beaches,   the interior of the Island is mountainous.

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Siquijor Island: Guiwanon Spring Park

The whole island of Siquijor was declared a marine reserve and tourist zone in 1978 by virtue of Proclamation No. 1810. No wonder why many nature lovers and adventurers were enticed to explore its numerous caves, springs, and rivers, and to climb up Mount Bandilaan, the highest peak at the center of the island.  For tourists who simply want to lay back and relax like me, the island provides a long stretch of beautiful white sand beaches.

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the port at Siquijor island serving Dumaguete – Siquijor

GETTING THERE

There are two ferry terminals on the westward side of the island: Siquijor town and Larena. At the end of the pier of each, you’ll find some touts tricycles to bring you to your hotel or resorts.

There are several passenger boats daily from Dumaguete to Siquijor Island town and some larger Roro boats   There are also several boats a week between Tagbilaran on Bohol and Larena. I advise you get hold of the Roro because it’s more stable on rough seas.

In our desire to make it a little more easier for you, we have listed below several shipping companies traveling to Siquijor Island and their schedules. Please take note that they may change their voyage schedule depending on the sea conditions.

 Ocean Jet – Fast Craft Vessel | http://www.oceanjet.net

Cebu City – Siquijor, Siquijor Island via Tagbilaran City, Bohol – Dumaguete City  – 03:35 PM
Tagbilaran City, Bohol -Siquijor, Siquijor Island via Dumaguete City – 05:45 PM
Dumaguete City -Siquijor, Siquijor Island – 07:40 PM
Siquijor, Siquijor Island – Dumaguete City – Tagbilaran City, Bohol Cebu City  06:00 AM

Delta 1, DIMC Shipping

Dumaguete City – Siquijor, Siquijor Island – Monday and Saturday  – 6:00 AM |Daily                                              – 9:00 AM
Siquijor, Siquijor Island – Dumaguete City – Monday and Saturday – 7:00 AM | Daily                                             10:15 AM

Delta 3, DIMC Shipping

Larena and Siquijor, Siquijor Island – Dumaguete City – 5:35 AM
Siquijor, Siquijor Island – Dumaguete City -12:30 PM | 03:00 PM
Dumaguete City – Siquijor, Siquijor Island – 10:15 AM | 01:30 PM | 04:30 PM

GL Shipping | M/V Jaylan 2 – Vessel ( No Trips on Saturdays)

Siquijor, Siquijor Island – Dumaguete City -06:30 AM
Dumaguete City – Siquijor, Siquijor Island – 12:00 PM

MBca Jaziel ( Fast Motorized Boat) No Trips on Saturdays

Dumaguete City -Siquijor, Siquijor Island – 05:45 AM | 12:00 PM
Siquijor, Siquijor Island – Dumaguete City – 09:30 AM |03:30 PM

MBca Jaylan 2 | Fast Motorized Boat (No Trips on Saturdays)

Siquijor, Siquijor Island – Dumaguete City – 05:50 AM | 01:00 PM
Dumaguete City – Siquijor, Siquijor Island – 10:15 AM | 04:30 PM

M/V Kristina, Montenegro Shipping Lines | www.montenegrolines.com.ph

Larena, Siquijor Island – Dumaguete City – 6:00 AM
Siquijor, Siquijor Island – Dumaguete City – 4:00 PM
Dumaguete City – Siquijor, Siquijor Island – 10:00 AM
Dumaguete City – Larena, Siquijor Island  – 6:00 PM

M/V Siquior Island

Siquijor Island – Dumaguete City ( Saturday ) – 06:00 AM
Dumaguete City – Siquijor Island ( Saturday ) – 5:00 PM
Lazi, Siquijor Island – Iligan City ( Monday and Thursday ) – 10:00 PM
Iligan City – Lazi, Siquijor Island ( Tuesday and Friday) – 5:00 PM

Palacio Shipping Corporation

Cebu City – Tagbilaran City – Siquijor Island
Siquijor Island – Tagbilaran City – Cebu City

Lite Shipping Corporation

Cebu City – Siquijor Island (via Tagbilaran, Bohol )
Siquijor Island – Cebu City (via Tagbilaran, Bohol )

Cokalinog Shipping Lines, Inc.| http://www.cokaliongshipping.com/

Cebu City – Larena, Siquijor Island ( Monday) – 1:00 PM
Larena, Siquijor Island – Cebu City ( Monday) – 11:00 PM

SIQUIJOR ITINERARY AND BUDGET

In my trip to Siquijor, I made an Itinerary just for an overnight visit. While you can do a day tour in Siquijor, experiencing an overnight stay will surely complete the experience.

Click here my Itinerary and Budget in my latest Travel to Siquijor Island

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 WHERE TO STAY

Siquijor is a tourist friendly place, they offer a wide array of selection of places to stay even for budget travelers. While it would be nice to book your hotel in advance, it is relatively easy to get a home to rest while on the Island. The minute you get in at the port, you can take a tricycle to take you to different resorts and they will wait for you while choosing your hotel.

We listed Hotels and Resorts found around the Siquijor Island.

Click here for the LIST OF HOTELS AND RESORTS IN SIQUIJOR

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One Sunset View Hotel

THINGS TO DO

There are many things that one can do at Siquijor even just for a day trip. Apart from enjoying the beaches, you can ride a tricycle to see the beautiful tourist spots of the Island. For those who love historical places, you can visit the old churches of the island which tells amazing stories of the past.These places are also for free, very ideal for budget travelers.  You can also do the Tarzan jump at Cambugahay Falls, and much more.

We have listed several activities you can do at Siquijor with the description of the places.

Please click here for the List of Siquijor Tourist Spots | Things to Do

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GETTING AROUND

Rent a Motorbike. It is possible to rent a motorbike for 280- 350PHP/day (gas not included)  from either pier or in some shops near hotels.  Before hiring, check if helmets are included and if the price per day means 24 hours or i.e. 8 AM to 6 PM (some resorts require you to return the motorbike before sunset). You don’t need to leave your passport with the tenant, they accept even just an Identification Card.

Hire a tricycle. The most popular and budget friendly way of transit around the island is the tricycle. Tricycles are now using a tariff system with fixed prices for tourists. They appeared much more expensive than on other islands. But what is good about this fixed tariff is that any tourist won’t feel that they were taken advantage with the fare.

Start on a Jeepney. While it would take time for you to get to your destination, jeepneys  (not very frequent) run between the principal towns along the island.

Van Rentals. For bigger groups, van rentals are available right at the seaports. They also have a fixed tariff for this.

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Calipay  Spring  Park

TRAVEL TIPS WHEN TRAVELING TO SIQUIJOR

  • Summer is the best time to visit the island, so don’t forget to bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, and other skin protection.
  • While there were no mosquitos during my visit, it would still be best to bring some insect repellant lotion.
  • The place doesn’t have much to eat especially if you are doing a tour. So It would be best to slip some snack items in your bag.
  • Bring bottled water when traveling around the island. I have a very sensitive stomach so I don’t drink water just anywhere when I travel.
  • Bring your medicine kit.
  • Cellular phones are essential when traveling especially when there are emergencies. So don’t forget to bring some power banks.
  • Travel light, remember the mode of transportation in Siquijor is by Tricycle.
  • If you wish to navigate the Island by yourself using a rented motorbike, make sure that you inform the hotel of your itinerary.

Click here for our review of  the Ancient Balete Tree in Siquijor

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Siquijor island: Enchanted Balete Tree and Fish Spa

SIQUIJOR-DUMAGUETE 9

The Biggest Old  Convent in the Philippines

Click here for our review  of San Isidro Labrador Church and Convent

 

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Default Comments (39)

39 Comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Every time I see blue waters I am tempted to run away on vacation.

  2. Er. Um. YES PLEASE! I would NOT say NO to taking a trip to this magical destination!!

  3. Great post. I recently visited Siquijor and indeed this place is a paradise. If you want to relax and have some time alone, try visiting Siquijor. I’d also like to ad on your post that there is now an online booking store where you can book a motorbike or scooter ahead before going to this small island. At least you are sure that you have something to use to tour around when you visit Siquijor.

  4. Magnificent Photos! I am totally convinced now to go there with my friends! Is Calipay Spring Park a hot or cold spring? Does it feel like you are surrounded by nature like the ones at Hidden Valley Laguna? Hope to enjoy my trip here soon! Thanks bro!

    • Thanks Ryan, I have not been to Laguna yet. But it’s in my bucket list 🙂 Yes, the spring is cold 🙂

    • calipay spring is a cold spring,the good news is thats free,yes there is no registration to pay and you will enjoy the calipay spring. on the top of the hill is the san juan parish church

  5. This island looks amazing! I would love to vacation there!

  6. Siquijor Island looks like an amazing place for a vacation. These are amazing photos the water is so beautiful.

  7. What a beautiful and intriguing place!
    I would visit.
    Great photo shots!

  8. That is one of the beautiful place to visit. I really love the beach

  9. I really love go to that beach! such an amazing photo and looks like a enjoying place

  10. Siquijor! Lovely place! Would definitely be grateful to visit that place one day!

  11. Another destination to add to my list of vacations. It’s beautiful!

  12. I’m definitely convinced to go now. What a beautiful location, and your photos are lovely!

  13. Wow. What an island! I’d love to visit there someday.

  14. Great photos! Everything is so beautiful and inviting. Siquijor Island is definitely a bucket list item!!

  15. The beach is breathtaking. I need to add Siquijor to my travel list.

  16. I’d never heard of Siquijor before. But it looks like a beautiful place.

  17. what a beautiful place to visit. Looks refreshing there and i want to go there with the family

  18. Those beaches are calling my name! I love all the photos you posted. I want to tag along.

  19. I really must visit your country!

  20. Looks so beautiful. I would love to travel there.

  21. I love that little hidden beach front, the Salagdoong Beach! It looks so cozy and less crowded. Thanks for sharing all these awesome places to go to in Siquijor!

  22. I don’t think I know anyone who has been there. It looks so inviting.

  23. I have lots of friends who tells me Philipines is lovely so I can’t wait to visit. Looks like fun!

  24. that looks like such a tranquil beach to visit. i could use a holiday in the sun right about now

  25. Can you be my tour guide haha! I would love to go I think it would be an incredible experience!

  26. I’d love to vacation there. Everything looks so inviting and beautiful. Maybe one day I can have my dream vacation there.

  27. h how I would love to go swimming with the waterfall…what a lovely post of your vacation!

  28. Such a pretty place and I love all the water. Wish I was there right now.

  29. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    That sounds like a lovely place to visit. I would love to go there someday.

  30. I’ve been to Siquijor three years ago and I must say that this island had an enchanting effect to me… in a good way of course! Can’t wait to go back in Siquijor! 😀

  31. Siquijor is really beautiful especially its falls and beaches. It would be nice to visit Siquijor and enjoy nature.

  32. this is one of my dream places to visit.. hopefully i’ll get a chance to travel that far soon.. but what i like to visit here the most is the Lazi Church ^_^

  33. Wow Siquijor is such a beauty. Been dream to travel the country a lot and visit places like this one.

  34. What an enchanting island to visit! This is a hidden gem on my bucketlist.

  35. This island looks awesome,such an awesome place to have fun.Nice share,worth visiting this island.

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