One of the highlights of our trip to Cebu was Siquijor. It was our first time to visit this beautiful place. Actually, all of the people we met traveling around the Philippines highly recommended us this island. It is one of the most beautiful places we have ever been so far. There are many things to do in Siquijor Island. It´s quiet and beautiful plus there are some lovely, peaceful beaches you can go to. These beaches are perfect for swimming alone, with loved ones, and/or friends.
If you are planning to visit Siquijor, one thing you should know is that during the Spanish colonial period, the island was called Isla Del Fuego (Island of Fire). Keep reading our Siquijor travel guide with the best things to do in Siquijor, where to stay in Siquijor and how to get to Siquijor!
How to get to Siquijor Island (Siquijor Travel Guide)
From Dumaguete to Siquijor, you can get to Siquijor by 1.5-hour ferry ride which costs around 140-170 pesos per person. From Cebu to Siquijor, you will have to ride a bus until Liloan 4.5 hours from South Terminal. Once in Liloan you will ride a ferry to Sibulan. Once in Sibulan you have to ride a jeepney/tricycle to Dumaguete City and from the city to Dumaguete port. And from Siquijor to Cebu viceversa and the whole trip will take you 7-9 hours depending on the trafficd and the waiting time for buses, jeepneys, tricycles and ferries.
Once you get to Siquijor island, you can ride a tricycle to go around and get to your place. Or you can even rent your own motorbike for $7 per day. We totally recommend hiring a motorcycle and moving around the island. Public transportation like jeepneys almost don´t exist and sometimes you will wait for a long time waiting for the tricycle in Siquijor.
Internet Connection in Siquijor Island
It was a challenge for us to do our online job since the connection and phone signal are really weak in the island. Near San Juan, you will get the best internet connection in town. You will find WiFi in hotels and restaurants around the area. There are many things to do in Siquijor so if you dont need online connection will be a win for you!
Things To Do in Siquijor Island
It will only take around 3-4 hours to go around the island since it’s not really big. You can rent a motorbike, a tricycle or a tour, like we did as we teamed up with Orientwind Travel. Check out our favorite spots of our Siquijor travel guide:
1. Visit Churches in Siquijor Island
There are a few churches in the island like San Isidro Labrador. For me, it was kind of funny since I’m from Madrid and the festivity of the city is called San Ignacio Labrador, like how we call it in Madrid. It lies on the same day and people celebrate the same thing, a festivity for the farmers. You can also visit St Francisc de Assisi Church another sacred place in Siquijor Island.
2. Cambugahay Falls
Cambugahay waterfalls are really amazing and very quiet, too. The water is transparent and clean. You can swim, jump, and even use a rope to go into the water. There are two levels. The first part is the huge waterfall where people jump and swim. The second level is more quiet, perfect for swimming and relaxing. Also, there is no entrance fee guys. This is really awesome and one of our favorite things to do in Siquijor Island!
3. Old Enchanted Balete Tree
You would see a very old tree in the island. It is 400 years old and the place is mystical and spiritual. It´s located in Lazy and it´s one of the symbols in Siquijor Island, it´s a must stop and take a look around the tree!
4. Salagdoong Beach
There are two beaches for swimming where you can even practice cliff jumping. The water is so beautiful and you have to include in your thigns to do in Siquijor. We took nice shots with our drone and enjoyed a nice swim too. Check it out!
5. San Juan Beach
The beach was really quiet and the colors of the island were stunning! It´s perfect for snorkeling if you bring your own gear and it’s really perfect for taking underwater shots, too. This beach is quite long and you will find some spots with no people around.
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6. Rent a Sccoter
For going around Siquijor Island we recommend you to rent a scooter, you will feel free and you can reach less touristic places, the directions are easy and the roads are in good conditions. Plus the island isn´t very big. Prices starts 350-400 pesos for one day.
7. Paliton Beach
Paliton Beach was our first stop in Siquijor Island. The beach is very beautiful with white sand, blue and clear water. You can even practice snorkeling. It´s a hidden beach and not all the people know about Paliton Beach in the area of San Juan.
8. Tubod Marine Sanctuary
Just in front of Coco Grove Resort, you can grab your snorkeling and you will have amazing time. You can rent right there and the ladies are super friendly and smily people as Filipinos do.
9. Lugnason Falls
Philippines is famous because of the beaches and waterfalls. Turquoise water, very quiet and perfect for swimming. Read here about Kawasan Falls if you are heading to Cebu after visiting Siquijor Island.
10. Lazi Convent
We already mentioned that Siquijor Island is historic island and there are many landmarks, churches. And Lazi convent is huge and nominated for UNESCO World Heritage.
Where To Eat In Siquijor Island
There are a few restaurants and carenderias around. Prices are very affordable, starting from $1 per dish in carenderias and little bit more expensive in restaurants. Bars and restaurants close very early. At 11 pm, Siquijor is almost empty even in San Juan Beach area.
Where To Stay in Siquijor
We stayed at Lagkaw sa Sawang Homestay. The place is quiet, peaceful and has all the comfort you’ll need. It´s perfect for backpackers. Your cottage costs 750 pesos per day which is $15.
You will find here some towels, kitchen with plates, and cutlery. You can even heat water for tea, coffee, or noodles. Everything was very clean and well conserved.
Outside the cottage, it is also very relaxing. There are tables, a hammock, and palm trees. So beautiful! It´s a 10-minute walking distance to the beach and we recommend that you rent a motorbike if you’ll stay here and you want to move around the island.
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If you are planning to visit more places around Siquijor, click here to read our experience in Dumaguete, Moalboal and if you are planning to visit Cebu for a few weeks, read here our full travel guide.