Welcome to the island of witchcraft and natural healing. This bewitched island is an off the beaten path destination in the Philippines and magical in many ways. A Siquijor Tour is a great experience for every adventurous traveller. This lush green mountainous islet lies South of Cebu and East of Negros and can best be reached by boat from Dumaguete.
Siquijor Island blog
The green hills of the island are full of waterfalls, hiking trails and ancient natural healers. On the coast you will find turquois waters that are undeniable and great white sand beaches and snorkelling spots. Driving around you will get a feel how laid-back this place is. Empty roads, amazingly friendly people working in the fields and an ocean breeze that will make you smile!
When visiting the island you have to make a Siquijor Tour. The best way to do this is renting a motorbike. Bikes can be rented everywhere around the island from local shops. It is all very chilled, not like Thailand where you have to check every scratch. Driving around the island is super easy as roads are good and totally deserted. Use Google maps to get to places, download the Siquijor map when you have Wi-Fi and go out and explore the island on your own.
Siquijor Tourist Spots
There are couple things not to miss when visiting the island. One of them is the Salagdoong Beach Resort Siquijor.This resort is not worth a stay, but one of the most famous Siquijor Tourist Spots for adventure. It is famous for its cliff jumping (25 and 35ft.) and a waterslide directly into the ocean!
Besides that it is a cool beach to hang out. The resort itself is old and needs urgently investment! The entrance to the ‘waterpark’ is only $1, including your motorbike parking fee.
What to do in Siquijor
Drive your scooter up to the parking lot and start a little hike to discover some inland waterfalls up in the hills. In the Mt. Bandilaan Nature Park you will find the highest peak on Siquijor Island. It is a welcome activity on a hot sunny day. Climb up to the highest point and enjoy amazing views of nearby islands. On your way up you will discover natural springs, caves, and waterfalls. On your way back visit the enchanting butterfly farm.
Resorts in Siquijor
There are not that many resorts in Siquijor and if you are looking for a luxurious place to stay on the island you don’t have much choice. Luckily there is Coco Grove Beach Resort, the best resort in Siquijor and one of the very few upscale places on the island.
This huge resort sits on the best beach of the island, a perfect 800m long perfect white sand beach that is for resort guests only. The resort has a little over 100 rooms, villas and suites spread out over 3 acres, which means you won’ t see you neighbours probably. A huge retreat with a personal touch. There are 3 swimming pools, a dive center, 3 bars and 2 restaurants. You won’t get bored spending your days here. You must think this place is expensive, but if you can find a good deal, they already offer rooms for around $60. There are also group rooms, and then the price per person is like a bargain.
Interested in a luxury private island stay in Philippines then read about my experiences on Sumilon Island.
My answer to where to stay in Siquijor on a budget? There are numerous guesthouses that are a bargain for budget travellers around the main town San Juan on the Southwest side of the island. They have great walk-in rates, so booking in advance is not a requirement.
Best restaurants in Siquijor
Who doesn’t want pizza and beer for sunsets? Head to Marco Polo a little out of San Juan for a real Italian experience with great pizzas. In the back you can sit at the sea side and enjoy the sunset.
If you are looking to dine with a view then head up to one of these places: Villa Marmarine Restaurant or Restaurant Saki. Both have absolutely fantastic views. Food and drinks are obviously more expensive but still affordable.
Larena Triad Coffee Shop will be remembered to me as the toilet with the most amazing sunset view. This place lacks charm, not appealing at all and the beer I ordered was cold. It is a bit of a drive up, but the views are fantastic. Only a good photo spot I would say, but ok a beer is about $1,5 so it won’t hurt you drinking a beer up here and watch the sunset.
How to get to Siquijor Island
There is only one way to get to the island and that is by boat. There is an airport that serves Dumaguete very irregular and extremely pricey so if you really want everything is possible, just like resorts can arrange private speedboats. But there are a bunch of ferries that go mostly every day in the morning and one in the afternoon to Dumaguete for around $3. From Dumaguete there are regular flights to Cebu City. Or you will have to take a tricycle ($1) to Sibulan ferry terminal where there are regular boats to Liloan on the Southern tip of Cebu Island. For all my blogs about the Philippines visit my Philippines Page.