What comes into your mind when you hear the place, Siquijor? I’m sure it would be either sorcery island or land of magic, and faith healers. But other than that, Siquijor also boasts white sand beaches and waterfalls that attracts tourists.
It is considered as one of the top destinations when travelling Dumaguete X South Cebu, and can be explored even just a half-day.
Here’s a guide on how we spent our DIY travel to Siquijor, overnight.
HOW TO GET THERE?
Siquijor is closest to Cebu and Dumaguete. But we used Dumaguete as our jump off point.
Via Dumaguete City
Siquijor have two ports, Siquijor Port and the Larena Port. Both ports can be accessed via Dumaguete Port, from there choose the shipping line that suits your schedule and preference. There are fastcrafts and roll-on/roll-off (if you’re bringing your own vehicle) vessels traveling to Siquijor. It normally takes 1 hour or 1 hour and 30 minutes to get there.
One-way tickets start at ₱120 for roro and up to ₱210 for fastcrafts.
Montenegro Shipping Lines leave Dumaguete at 7AM, 10:30AM and 2:00PM daily while Aleson Shipping Lines have 8:30AM, 10:30AM, 3:30PM and 6AM schedules to Siquijor.
In our case, we opted for the Aleson Shipping Lines that travels between Dumaguete and Larena Port.
GETTING AROUND SIQUIJOR
There are a lot of options on how to tour the entire island. These are as follows:
• By tricycle tour
This is the most popular choice as it is cost-efficient and tailored to budget travelers especially if you are travelling as a group. Depending on how much time you spend on each tourist spot, you can explore almost all the attractions there is on the island. Rates start at ₱1,000 to ₱2,000/day depending on your haggling skills and number of pax.
• By van tours
If you are in a big group, this is the most ideal option. Also it offers more comfort, just think about enjoying the spots inside an air-conditioned van and away from the scorching heat of the sun. Thanks to the tinted windows.
• By motorcyle
Motorcycles are up for rent in the island. As soon as you arrive, locals will welcome you with this offer. The normal rate is at ₱350/day and you’d be the one to gas it up. During this trip we opted for this kind of transportation as I want to explore the island at my own pace, pull over to some spots I find interesting.
We rented our motorcycle from Sea Breeze Lodge and Motorcycle Rental. It is located just outside the Larena Port.
Note: Please bring your drivers license, as they are not allowing rentals if you don’t have one.
WHERE TO STAY?
You can actually explore Siquijor on a day trip, we even had ours just for a half day. But if you choose to spend at least a night, there are several accommodation ranging from 300 PHP per night. When booking for accommodation, my personal choice of booking platform is Airbnb, as you will have a lot of option depending on your budget and type of accommodation. Don’t have an account yet? Sign up using this LINK, and get 1 600 PHP off on your first accommodation booking and 600 PHP off on your first adventure.
Going back on where to stay, we have stayed at Palm Village Guesthouse for 1 000 PHP per night.
It is beachfront cottage with aircondition unit, wifi, tv and refrigerator in every room and wide veranda where you can witness the alluring sunset. A perfect and tranquil place where you can have your rest to ease your stress away with your love ones. Each room is good for 2pax with an additional charge of 200p each for extra persons for a maximum of 6pax. They also have cooking wares if you choose to cook your own food.
Tents can also be used during your stay at the beach if you want to but with additional fee of 100-200p depending on the size.
WHERE TO EAT?
There are several restaurants in Siquijor that offers wide range of cuisine. But due to limited time in the island. We have only tried two restaurants:
My personal favorite out of the two is Baha Bar, not because the food is slightly cheaper than the other one but because there food is great plus the a good ambiance and a live band.
For cheap options on food, there are food hawkers along the road enough to fill you in. Traditional and delicious Filipino food are widely available in San Juan and Siquijor. Gipit bes? There are a lot of carinderias in there too, and did I mention they have Jollibee? Yes they do.
Now let’s go over on the next topic:
TOP DESTINATION TO VISIT
This is based on how we explore the island as this is what we think is ideal. But feel free to explore the island based on your preference.Century Old
Century Old Balete Tree
Enjoy the fish spa on this century old balete tree. Also drop by the various souvenir shops and restaurant just outside.
Lazi Church & San Isidro Labrador Convent
We just pass by these sites, but if you’re a catholic and fond of visiting old churches. It is the place.
The multi tier level falls. Enjoy the turquoise blue waters, and if you”re an adrenaline junkie enjoy the tarzan swing.
I think, this beach is more famous because of its cliff diving sites, but besides that this is also a good place to swim and enjoy the school of fish.
Triad Coffee Shop
Went here to enjoy the sunset. This place is perched in a hill, overlooking Negros and Bohol islands. They also serve food and a souvenir shop.
St. Francis of Assisi Church
This church will welcome you once you arrive in Siquijor Port.
TRAVEL EXPENSE GUIDE
- 7 AM – Arrival at Dumaguete Port. If you decide to roam around Dumaguete before heading to Siquijor, I suggest to drop by the port first to check the schedule of fastcraft and RoRo trip. 10 PHP per person for the tricycle fare.
- 8:30 AM – Departure via Aleson lines. 210 PHP for the Roro fare per person.
- 9:30 AM – Arrival go straight to motorbike rental, for 350 PHP + 150 PHP for the gas.
- 10:30 AM – Arrival at Palm Village Guesthouse, 1 000 PHP for the accomodation
- 12:00 NN – Lunch at Monkey Business, 650 PHP for food and drinks.
- 1:00 PM – Century Old Balete Tree, entrance 10 PHP per person.
- 2:00 PM – Pass by Lazi Church and San Isidro Labrador Convent, free.
- 2:30 PM – Cambugahay Falls, at 25 PHP per person for the entrance.
- 3:30 PM – Salagdoong Beach, 25 PHP per person for the entrance + 30 PHP for motorcycle parking fee.
- 5:30 PM – Triad Coffee Shop, no entrance, unless you would order some food and drinks.
- 6:00 PM – Pass by St. Francis of Assisi, free.
- 8:00 PM – Dinner at Baha Bar, 800 PHP for food and drinks.
- 7:00 AM – Light breakfast (coffee & bread), 50 PHP.
- 10:00 AM – Depart Siquijor, 210 per person for the fare.
Estimated total expenses per person: 2 005 PHP for two days and one night.
Also please note that travelling on a weekend means a lot of crowd, so if you want to have nice shots with less people on the background I suggest travelling on weekdays or off peak season.
Check out more photos from our trip.
So there you have it, the things you need to know about The Mystic Island of Siquijor: DIY Travel.
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