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 waiting for touts and tricycles.
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.
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.
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.
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 price per day means 24 hours or i.e. 8AM to 6PM (some resorts require you to return the motorbike before sunset). You won’t bear 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
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Siquijor island: Enchanted Balete Tree and Fish Spa
The Biggest Old Convent in the Philippines
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