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.
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.
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.
the port at Siquijor island serving Dumaguete – Siquijor
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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The Biggest Old Convent in the Philippines
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