The small island of Siquijor is known for its mystical tales of witchcraft and sorcery, but don’t let that stop you from visiting this gorgeous island. The island of Siquijor is full of friendly locals, gorgeous sunsets, pristine beaches and waterfalls. Karaoke is very popular on the island with many bars and hotels hosting parties every Friday night with live music for anyone to join.
Getting to the island of Siquijor
We caught a ferry from Dumaguete port heading to the main pier on the island of Siquijor. Siquijor has 2 ports, the main one, Siquijor Pier and Larena which is located further north on the island, so make sure you pick the liner that goes to the port closest to your accomodation. From Dumaguete to Siquijor Pier it takes roughly 1.5 hours.
Theres usually a ferry leaving Dumaguete every 2 hours as there are different liners to choose from. Each charge different prices so you can expect to pay between 150 – 300 peso per person depending on which port you wish to arrive at.
Getting around the island of Siquijor
Once you arrive at the pier, you will find plenty of tricycles and motorbike rentals. To save money we rented a scooter for 300 peso per day from the pier and drove ourselves about 20 minutes into San Juan to look for accomodation.
If you prefer to grab a tricycle, there is a large board displaying the prices to different areas on the island so be sure to check the board before you agree to a price given by the driver to avoid being ripped off. If you’re traveling in a large group they also have vans that can drive you to your hotel.
Where to stay on the island of Siquijor
Accomodation on the island can be tricky if you’re on a tight budget like us. There are plenty of shared dorm rooms and guesthouses however we found that these prices were above average ranging from 1000 – 1200 peso per night for a private room or 350 – 400 for a bed in a dorm.
Coral Cay is the first resort you will come across entering San Juan (the main area). We found that the further down you drive the cheaper the accomodation gets so don’t take the first one you see. When we arrived, most places were fully booked however with abit of asking around we managed to score ourselves a private fan room with a bathroom at Czar’s Place for 600 peso. The rooms aren’t anything fancy but it suited our needs as it was spacious with a private bathroom. The hotel also has a shared balcony and yard so you can relax outside in the fresh air. They have a bar and restaurant downstairs and host a big party every Friday night, so if loud music bothers you its best to not stay on a Friday.
Best places to eat on the island of Siquijor
The food on the island ranges from local street food to classic bars and restaurants as well as Filipino barbecues. If you’re on a budget it may take you a bit longer to find a perfect place but we found that the nightly barbecues beside the road were cheap, delicious and very filling. A hefty meal and drink for 2 set us back roughly 300 peso. For breakfast and lunch we often ate at local family owned stores that had large pots sitting outside on tables for you to pick and choose from. A decent meal would cost you less than 100 peso per person.
A great affordable lunch spot is Twenty4 Cafe, however its not in the main area of San Juan so you will have to drive about 25 minutes but it is worth it! This cafe is located near the turn off for Cambugahay Falls so its a good idea to stop here for lunch after you’ve visited the waterfall.
For some good vibes and western food head to Monkey Business located at the start of San Juan, but expect to pay between 250 – 300 peso for one meal not including drinks.
Things to do on the island of Siquijor
- Salagdoong Beach – Located on the eastern side of the island, this Beach is well-known for its popular cliff jumping. Check out our Salagdoong Beach blog for more info click here.
- Cambugahay Falls – The most instagrammed waterfall on Siquijor, consisting of 3 tiers of bright blue water and popular rope swings which attracts many tourists. For tips and information about Cambugahay falls click here.
- Old Enchanted Balete Tree – This mystical tree is said to be around 400 years old. Tourists visit to observe the enchanted tree and enjoy the natural fish spa located at the base of the tree. Entrance fee is extremely inexpensive at 5 peso, making this the cheapest fish spa ever!
- Watch an unforgettable sunset – Explore the island and find yourself a dirt road leading to the ocean front where you can enjoy the sky explode with colour. There’s plenty of hidden tracks that lead to secluded areas so don’t be afraid to get out there and get lost!
- Tubod Beach – If you’re looking for a great place to snorkel or relax by the ocean, head down to Tubod Marine Sanctuary located in San Juan. You’ll see a sign beside the road where you can park your bike and then continue to walk down the path towards the beach. If you’re snorkelling you can rent gear and you’ll also have to pay a 50 peso access fee, however if you’re just looking to cool off and swim theres no need to pay.