Siquijor Island

Siquijor island – Isla del Fuego island of Fire. It is called mysterious because of the sensational “those” Filipino healers who heal patients on this island. You can get a valuable experience by trying a traditional Filipino massage Hilot. Siquihor Island is beautiful, it is not overloaded with tourists like other islands in this region. This island can delight you with cute white beaches, azure waterfalls, good snorkeling, great diving sites, as well as pretty cities along the emerald coast. If you are not a fan of noisy parties, appreciate the beauty of nature, silence and privacy, then this island is for you.

HOW TO GET TO SIQUIJOR

It is easy to get to Siquijor, located in the heart of central Bisai. Just 60 kilometers south of Panglao, it is most common to get to the island by ferry from Dumaguete, Cebu, or Bohol. Depending on where you start your journey, you will arrive at one of two ports: the city of Siquijor and the port of Lorena.

How to get from Cebu to Siquijor by ferry:

The cheapest and most common way to get from Cebu to Siquijor is to take a ferry from Pier 1 of the port of Cebu. Two companies offer this trip, but OceanJet is more popular, with daily services to the island you can book online.

Ferry to Siquijor

The ferry to get to Siquijor from Cebu is not direct because it first goes to the port of Tagbilaran in Bohol and stops there for under half an hour. Departure time is 8:00 from Cebu, arrives at 10:00 in Bohol, and departs again at 10:20 to reach Laren Pier in Siquijor at 11:40. The trip takes about 4 hours and 40 minutes. There are three categories: Open-Air, Tourist Class, and VIP seats on ferries. Try a cheaper Open-air that is, outdoors – and you will not freeze from the air conditioner’s cold.

On the other hand, “Lite Shipping” also sends ferries from Cebu to Siquijor. But not every day! (Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday) and this trip takes 11 hours to the Lorena Pier in Siquijor. Therefore, the ferry departs at 13:00 and arrives around 23:00. The price is about 600 pesos and the ticket can be booked online.

How to get from Bohol to Siquijor by ferry:

Getting from Bohol to Siquijor is easy, as direct ferries connect both islands daily. To do this, you must come to the port of Tagbilaran, southwest of the island. From there, the OceanJet ferry departs to Siquijor every day at 10: 20. The trip to Laren Pier in Siquijor takes an hour and 20 minutes. Here you can book tickets for it.

How to get from Manila to Siquijor

To travel from Manila to Siquijor, you must combine several modes of transport, mainly plane and ferry. The most recommended route is to fly from Manila to Dumaguete (from 40 euros) and take the ferry.

Once at Dumaguete Airport, you can reach Dumaguete Port in about 10 minutes. Minibusses and taxis depart from the gate of the arrival terminal and charge from 200 to 300 pesos. Tricycle is the cheapest option; if you bargain reasonably, you can negotiate for 100 pesos. It will take no more than an hour to get to Siquijor from Dumaguete. OceanJet ferries are the fastest. The price for an open-air class is $8, while in business class (usually quite cold), it is $13. At the moment, OceanJet is the only company that makes it possible to buy a ticket online. You can book tickets at this link.

WHAT TO DO ON SIQUIJOR

Snorkeling on Siquijor

Snorkeling on Siquijor in the Tubod Marine Reserve (on the territory of Coco Grove Beach Resort – 50 pesos for admission, but it’s worth it). It is best to go snorkeling in Tuboda in the months when the wind blows Amihan, from December to May. At this time, the water is calmer and more transparent. Several other marine reserves near Tubod may interest you: one in Maite and one in Paradise Bay, which can be reached from the Emocion Guest House.

Tulapos Marine Reserve, located on the other side of the island, is an excellent place for snorkeling. Turtles and reef sharks can be found there. You should hire a guide. The price is 300 pesos per person, which includes the rental of a mask with a tube. Enjoying the Tulapos Nature Reserve in June and November is more realistic when there is less wind from this side, and the water is calmer.

Kambugahai Waterfall

Kambugahai Waterfall is one of the most popular stories and impressions about Siquijor. Its three levels of waterfalls and natural pools provide an idyllic setting with turquoise waters surrounded by palm trees. For those looking for stronger emotions, there are various points for jumping and jumping ropes from the launch in Tarzan mode.

Cantabonian caves on Siquijor

Do you want to know the depths of Siquijor? The Cantabonian Caves are an almost-kilometer–extended network of caves that will lead you to stalagmites, stalactites, and bizarre rock formations. Remember, don’t forget to bring a swimsuit and suitable shoes, because it’s damp there.

Beaches of Siquijor

There are many decent beaches: Compass Beach, Secret Beach, Paliton Beach… but if you are looking for the famous cliff jumping, you will have to go to Salagdoong Beach.

Apo Island

Apo Island is another pearl of the Philippines for diving enthusiasts and those who prefer snorkeling. In addition to the beautiful and diverse seabed, it boasts a large colony of turtles easily visible even from the shore. If you have time and are a lover of the seabed, we advise you to visit it from Dumaguete/Malatapaya and spend the night there. But if you don’t have time for itineraries in the Philippines, you can see it during a one-day tour from Siquijor to Apo Island. The trip takes 90 minutes (one way), and you will stay on the island snorkeling for several hours. It costs from 1,750 to 1,950 pesos per person. To go diving, you must pay 4,950 pesos for two dives with equipment rental.

Filipino Hilot on Siquijor Island

Try the traditional Filipino Hilot massage. Someone believes in its miraculous power, someone doubts. You have a chance to try his healing power on yourself and get valuable life experience.

Sunset

Plan to stay on Siquijor island for three days

This plan does not include a transfer if you don’t want to regret that you haven’t had much time yet, and it’s time to leave. If you plan to go snorkeling on Apo Island from Siquijor, one of the best snorkeling spots in the Philippines, think about adding at least one more day to this. On the day of arrival, find out at the Coco Grove Hotel or Ocean life Explorers what days they plan tours to the island since tours are not held daily.

For example, an excellent plan to make the most of a visit to Siquijor:

  • Day one: Century Old Blue Tree, Kambugahai Waterfall, Latsi Monastery, Secret Beach, Mary’s Church, Salagdong Beach, Snorkeling, Hilot massage, and sunset in Tuboda.
  • Day two: Lug na Son Waterfall, San Antonio (Hilot), Cantabon Cave, Siquijor city and nearby beaches, Politon Beach, and sunset on Solangon Beach.
  • Day three: Tour Apo Island with snorkeling and sunset on Paliton Beach.

MAP OF HOTELS ON THE ISLAND

Here you can choose a hotel by location on the island and book accommodation online: