This Siquijor Itinerary is perfect for any first timers looking to visit this beautiful island. 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 place. The island is full of friendly locals, gorgeous sunsets, pristine beaches and waterfalls. You won’t need long on the island to see everything as it is quite small. Here is everything you need to know to help plan your Siquijor itinerary.
Dumaguete to Siquijor
To get to Siquijor, you’ll have to catch a ferry from Dumaguete port. Siquijor has 2 ports of entry. The main one is Siquijor Pier and the other is Larena which is located further north on the island. If you have accommodation already booked, be sure to pick a ferry company that goes to the port closest to your accommodation. From Dumaguete to Siquijor Pier it takes roughly 1.5 hours.
There is usually a ferry leaving Dumaguete to go to Siquijor every 2 hours. There are different companies 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
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. 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.
How many days is enough?
Siquijor is a very small island that can easily be travelled within 2 days. How many days you need is totally up to you, depending on what you want to do. You’ll only need about 2 days to see all of the main attractions on the island but what’s the rush! Siquijor is a super laid back island and if that’s something you enjoy, we definitely recommend staying a little longer. We stayed on the island for a total of 5 days and just took our time enjoying the island life.
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Salagdoong Beach should be at the top of your Siquijor itinerary. It’s a very well-known spot for cliff jumping. If you’re not into cliff jumping don’t worry! There are also bamboo rafts set up with hammocks and swings for you to relax on for the day. Salagdoong Beach is the ideal place to spend the day by the perfect white sand and clear blue waters. Additionally, those looking to explore the marine life have the option of renting kayaks as well as snorkelling gear.
Entry into Salagdoong Beach will cost you 25 peso per person as well as 20 peso for scooter parking. If you’re interested in relaxing on the bamboo rafts, it will cost you 300 peso for the whole day. You can also rent out a table for 200 peso. For everything you need to know, be sure to read our full blog post on Salagdoong Beach here.
Another Siquijor itinerary favourite is Cambugahay Falls. It’s the most Instagrammed waterfall on Siquijor which consists of bright blue water. There are three different levels for you to enjoy. You’ll also find a few rope swings which are popular amongst tourists looking to have a fun time. If you’re intimidated by the big rope swings that you first come across, there is a much smaller one located at the top tier. You can also jump off the waterfalls edge into the water below. Alternatively, you can relax on the bamboo raft if the locals have it out in the water. For extra safety or for any weak swimmers, you can also hire a life jacket to use for the day.
Cambugahay Falls attracts many visitors so if you’re looking to have the place to yourself, be sure to head there early. For more tips and information about Cambugahay falls, you can read our full blog post here.
Natural Fish Spa at the Old Enchanted Balete Tree
Locals say that this mystical tree is 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 cheap at 5 peso, making this the cheapest fish spa ever!
It’s not your usual tourist attraction, but it’s still worth a visit on your Siquijor itinerary. The water is super clear and you’ll be able to see all the fish. Just grab a seat along the edge, put your feet in and the fish will slowly make their way over. If you’re ticklish, it might take you a bit to get used to the feeling. You’re feet are sure to feel nice and soft once you’re done.
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!
Paliton Beach is the main beach in Siquijor and is where you’ll find most people hanging out for sunset. It’s not far from San Juan so it’s the perfect place to finish off a long day exploring. The sunsets in the Philippines are usually vibrant and fiery so you’re sure to have a magical ending to the day.
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.
Best places to eat on 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. 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. You’ll find 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 it’s not in the main area of San Juan. You will have to drive about 25 minutes but it sure is worth it! This cafe is located near the turn off for Cambugahay Falls so it’s 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. You can expect to pay between 250 – 300 peso for one meal not including drinks.
Where to Stay
The majority of accommodation on Siquijor is located on the West of the island. We would recommend staying in this area since you will have easy access to plenty of the nearby restaurants. Siquijor has a variety of accommodation options from budget to unique glamping experiences. There is definitely a place for everyone!
White Villas Resort – Luxury: This lovely hotel is situated right on the beach so you won’t have to venture far for a perfect ocean view! The rooms are very clean with many having an awesome view of the ocean. It’s the perfect place to relax and unwind and is especially suitable for families on holiday.
Glamping Siquijor – Midrange: Glamping Siquijor is the most unique accommodation option on the island. It’s especially popular with people looking to capture some awesome photos with the super cute teepee tents. This accommodation is also located in a central location. The tents are only metres from the beach which is a bonus to this already amazing place.
Chelle’s Guesthouse – Budget: Chelle’s Guesthouse is a super affordable accommodation option on Siquijor and has everything you need. They have a great communal area with outdoor hammocks and tables in their lovely garden. You can also choose stay in a dorm or a private room.
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