Siquijor Travel Guide: Exploring the Mystical Island of the Philippines

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Located in the Visayas region of the Philippines is the tiny island previously known for witchcraft and mystical elements- Siquijor. However, the island is definitely not as scary as it has been described all these years. It’s actually such a peaceful, laid-back place that makes you feel really safe.

During the Spanish colonial period, Siquijor was called Isla del Fuego, which translates to Island of Fire. This is because the Spaniards used to see tiny glows emanating from the mountains as they sailed at night. Later on, they found out that the light came from the many fireflies that dwelt on the island’s forests.

Now, Siquijor has become a known tourist destination as it boasts of many sights and natural attractions, despite being the third smallest province in the Philippines. Touring the island somehow reminded me of CamotesCamiguin, and a little bit of Siargao.

Where to Go

The small island of Siquijor is divided into six towns: Lazi, Maria, San Juan, Larena, Siquijor, and Enrique Villanueva. In this post, I’ve listed down all the tourist spots in Siquijor that I know, plus my experiences on the ones I have visited.

Lazi

Enchanted Balete Tree

Balete trees have always had a creepy reputation because of old stories that say these are usually haunted. This particular tree in Siquijor is more than 400 years old, the oldest in the island, and is believed by the locals to be enchanted. The most interesting part of it is that the water in the man-made pool at its base is said to come from the tree itself.

There are also fishes in the water, the kind that is used for fish spa. During our visit, we didn’t see anybody swim in the pool, but there were a lot of people who dipped their feet into the cold water for the fish spa experience.

Entrance fee: Php 10.00

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Lagaan Falls

Channel your inner Tarzan as you swing on the rope and fall into the cool waters of Lagaan Falls, which is accessible by a short trek from the main road. But if you doubt your arm strength, you can slide or jump from the mini waterfall. There is also a smaller natural pool on the upper level where you can just chill, but beware of mosquitoes!

Entrance fee: Php 50.00
Rope swing: free

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Cambugahay Falls

One of the popular spots in the island that people flock to is Cambugay Falls. I must tell you, getting there takes knee power as it requires getting down a flight of stairs. But when you do get there, all the exhaustion will be swept away as you lay your eyes on the beautiful electric blue water.

Cambugahay Falls has three levels, but usually, the middle one is empty. Also, just like in Lagaan Falls, you can also swing on the ropes. There’s one at the first level, and another at the third. However, compared to Lagaan, Cambugay can be a bit more crowded.

Entrance fee: none
Rope swing: Php 20.00 (unlimited)

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Other sights and attractions in Lazi:

  • Mt. Bandilaan
  • Lazi Convent

Maria

Salagdoong Beach

One of the things that I’ve been looking forward to since I planned our trip to Siquijor is cliff jumping at Salagdoong Beach. I’ve tried cliff jumping in Boho Rock Resort in Camotes, but I still got a bit scared as I stood in one of the platforms in Salagdoong. There are two, one at 20 feet above the water, and the other at 35 feet.

We didn’t get to spend much time here because this was our second to the last stop and we were in a hurry, plus I also got injured. Hehe. A reason to go back, perhaps? (To explore the place and go cliff jumping again, I mean. Not get injured. lol)

I don’t even have any decent pictures of the place except for the one below. And a screenshot from my travel video. 🙁 I want to spend an entire day here next time.

Entrance fee: Php 75.00

Siquijor Island (25)It took the boyfriend and I a couple of minutes before taking the plunge from the 20 feet high platform (because looking down before jumping is really a bad idea), but when we finally jumped and reached the water, I felt so alive despite all the body pain that the impact gave me. Haha.

Lesson learned: Never hold hands while jumping. You’ll end up with a swollen hand and painful wrist. Haha. Also, watch your posture. You’ll regret falling on your butt. 😀

Salagdoong Forest

The man-made forest in Salagdoong is said to be the biggest of its kind not only in the country, but in Southeast Asia as well. You’ll pass through it on the way to Salagdoong Beach.

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Other sights and attractions in Maria:

  • Kagusuan Beach
  • Talisay Beach
  • Maria Church

San Juan

Capilay Spring Park

Located in the center of the town of San Juan is the Capilay Spring Park, where you can swim in a vast spring pool with tilapia fishes.

The pool has three levels. The upper portion is where the natural springs can be found. The middle portion, on the other hand, is the swimming area for visitors. Lastly, the third portion, which is located near the road, serves as the “laundry pool.”

Cottages are available in the park for those who wish to spend a day or a few hours there. The water in the swimming pool is deep, so if you have children with you, be sure to look after them closely.

Entrance fee: none
Swimming fee: Php 20.00 (adult), Php 15.00 (child)

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Paliton Beach

To reach the beautiful white sand beach of Paliton, it requires entering a “private property,” which isn’t really private, by the way, because anyone can go in. We went here early in the morning, during our second day in Siquijor. Other than us, there were only a couple of fishermen present in the area. I really loved the tranquility of the place.

There is also a marine sanctuary on the other side of this beach. The entrance can be found a few meters before the “private property” sign.

Entrance fee: none

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Other sights and attractions in San Juan:

  • Lugnason Falls
  • Bulalakaw Forest
  • Solangon Beach
  • Tubod Beach
  • St. Augustine Church

Larena

Triad Coffee Shop

When you see a dome-like figure atop a mountain in Larena, that’s the Triad Coffee Shop. This was our last stop for the tour. However, we went here not for the coffee, but for the view.

Entrance fee: Php 20.00 (consumable)

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Other sights and attractions in Larena:

  • Larena Church and Bell Tower

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Sights and attractions in Siquijor proper:

  • Boulevard
  • Dumanhog Beach
  • Candanay Sur Beach
  • Guiwanon Spring Park

Enrique Villanueva

Sights and attractions in Enrique Villanueva:

  • Camogao Beach
  • Sanduguan Beach
  • Tulapos Marine Sanctuary
  • Cang-Isok House

Note: I will be updating this post once I get the chance to go back to Siquijor… maybe some time next year. 🙂

Where We Stayed

Tori’s Paradise

The reason why I picked this resort was because it’s located near the port. Also, the other resort that I tried to contact didn’t respond to me. Sigh. Anyway, it’s located in Siquijor proper, specifically in Dumanhog. It’s a big resort and the view is pretty nice.

We stayed at the Family Suite. The room had a decent view of the beach and it was near the restaurant and swimming pool. It was really spacious, had three beds, sofas, air conditioning, cable tv, hot & cold shower, and a refrigerator. However, the bathroom was really small and didn’t quite match up to the beauty of the rest of the room. Also, our accommodation, which was priced at Php 4,300 per night, didn’t even come with free breakfast. Bummer!

The beach was nice, but it sort of resembles Santiago Bay in Camotes Island, where you have to walk a distance to get to the deeper part of beach. However, you have to be careful around here because there are A LOT of sea urchins. (Watch the video at the end of this post and see for yourself. Haha)

Siquijor Island-Toris Paradise (6)For more information about Tori’s Paradise, you may contact the resort through these channels: 
Mobile number: +63 912 209 5789
Website: www.torisparadise.com

Other accommodations:

Tori’s Backpacker’s Paradise
San Juan, Siquijor
+63 907 132 6666
torisbackpackersparadise@gmail.com
www.torisbackpackersparadise.com

Charisma Beach Resort
San Juan, Siquijor
063 35 481 5033
resortcharisa@yahoo.com
www.charisma-resort.com

Casa de la Playa Beach Resort
Larena, Siquijor
(035) 377 2291 / (035) 484 1170 / +63 917 323 2656
laplaya@gmx.net
www.siquijorcasa.com

Salamangka Beach and Dive Resort
San Juan, Siquijor
+63 917 5886 873
info@salamangkaresort.com
www.salamangkaresort.com

Islandia Beach Resort
San Juan, Siquijor
+63 939 761 2772 / +63 936 901 2228
islandiabeachresort@gmail.com

Kawayan Holiday Resort
San Juan, Siquijor
+63 916 907 9955
www.kawayanholidayresort.com

Coco Grove Beach Resort
San Juan, Siquijor
(035) 481-5008
www.cocogrovebeachresort.com

Coral Cay Resort
San Juan, Siquijor
(035) 481 5024 / +63 919 269 1269 / +63 915 450 2902
scoralcayresort@yahoo.com
www.coralcayresort.com

White Villas Resort
San Juan, Siquijor
+63 947 507 3164 / +63 908 165 6277
email: white.villas@yahoo.com
www.whitevillasresort.com

Buco Beach Resort
Maria, Siquijor
+63 917 815 9022
bucobeach@yahoo.com
www.bucobeach.com

Garden Bungalows
Pulangyuta, Siquijor
+63 908 813 3850
info@gardenbungalows.ph
www.gardenbungalows.ph

How to Get Around

By Motorcycle

If you’re traveling solo or as a pair, you can get around the island on a motorcycle (if you can drive one). As you arrive at the port, you will see motorcycle rentals in the area. The rental fee is around Php 350 per day (without gas). This is cheaper, and also much preferable compared to renting from a resort because you’ll have your own transportation going back to the port when it’s time for you to go home.

By Tricycle

Another option if you’re traveling as a pair or in a group of three is by tricycle. From what I’ve read, tours cost around Php 1,000 per day.

By Van

If you’re traveling with a group, renting a van may be the better option. Since there were six of us, we opted to rent a van (with driver) that would take us around. I contacted PLG Travel Services via Facebook and I was so happy that everything went smoothly during our tour.

Rates:

  • Coastal Tour – Php 2,500
  • Mountain Tour – Php 3,000

Facebook page: facebook.com/PLGtravelservices
Contact number: +63 927 915 5125

By Multicab

I’ve heard that you can also tour Siquijor by renting a multicab for almost the same price as the van rental. I’m not sure about the exact rates though.

How to Go to Siquijor

If you’re coming from the Dumaguete City Airport or from the Sibulan Port, simply ride a tricycle going to Dumaguete City Port. It’s located near Siliman University and Rizal Boulevard.

There are several ferries and fast crafts going to Siquijor, but if you want to get there in less than an hour and you’re willing to shell out a couple of hundred pesos for the fare, I recommend traveling with OceanJet. The first trip going to Siquijor is at 7:20 AM and the fare is Php 230.00 per person. Also, it’s advisable that you purchase your tickets ahead of time, like the day before or hours prior to your departure.

Check out my Siquijor & Apo Island travel video! (Watch in HD/720p)

If you’ve got questions or if I made a mistake with anything, feel free to leave a comment or get in touch with me here.

P.S. I didn’t include a “Where to Eat” portion because I do not remember the names of the restaurants we went to (although there were only two) and I also wasn’t able take pictures.  #thehungerwasreal lol

xo Faith Mari

6 COMMENTS

  1. I love the new look and new name! Brilliant! And yes your photos made me speechless. Kanindot sa Siquijor! Thanks for the helpful guide! Would love to visit one day. 🙂

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