Compared to other destinations in Visayas, few people visit the unassuming province of Siquijor. This largely uncharted region is oozing with pristine beaches and gorgeous diving spots. It is comprised of towns with idyllic coastal charm. Here’s a travel guide blog to help you plan your trip to the Island of Fire – Siquijor:
SIQUIJOR TRAVEL GUIDE
How to Get to Siquijor Island
From Manila to Siquijor
Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have daily flights to Dumaguete City (Negros Oriental). Travel time is about an hour.
From Dumaguete to Siquijor
From Dumaguete City airport (SibulanAirport), you can charter a tricycle to take you to Dumaguete Port.
At Dumaguete Port there are several ferries en route to Siquijor. Travel time is 1 hour, fare is roughly PHP 135 / USD 2.69- PHP 350 / USD 7.
From Cebu to Siquijor
From Cebu City, take a bus bound for Liloan in the municipality of Santander in South Cebu at South Bus Terminal (should not be confused with the town of Liloan in Metro Cebu). Travel time is about 2.5-3 hours depending on traffic. Fare is about PHP 162 / USD 3.22(ordinary) and prepare around PHP 200 / USD 3.98 for air-conditioned bus.
At Liloan port in the town of Santander, pay the terminal fee plus ferry ticket to Sibulan (Negros Oriental) for around PHP 70/ USD 1.39. Travel time is less than 25 minutes.
Fom Sibulan port, ride a jeep en route to Dumaguete City. Fare is about PHP 12/ USD 0.24
At Dumaguete Port there are several ferries bound to Siquijor. Travel time is 1 hour, fare is around PHP 135 / USD 2.69 – PHP 360 / USD 7.16. See the ferry schedule here.
From Dapitan to Siquijor
Take a tricycle to Dapitan Pier.
From Dapitan Pier there are several ferries bound for Dumaguete City. Travel time is 3 hours. Fare is PHP 350 / USD 6.96.
From Dumaguete CityPort, look for ferries en route to Siquijor.
From Tagbilaran (Bohol) to Siquijor
There is a ferry that leaves Tagbilaran, Bohol at 10:30 AM. Fare is PHP 210 / USD 4.17 – PHP 360 / USD 7.16 See the ferry schedule to and from Tagbilaran here.
From Iligan City to Siquijor
There is a ferry that leaves from Iligan City to Siquijor. Check the ferry schedule here.
Getting around in Siquijor
The best way to get around by tricycle, but it means you have to charter it.
From Siquijor town proper to San Juan (we stayed in San Juan on our first day) we were charged PHP 150 / USD 3 for a special trip. If you are alone and you want to save a few bucks, there are also jeeps bound for San Juan, fare is PHP 15 / USD 0.30, however, it only leaves once full.
HOW TO TOUR SIQUIJOR
You may charter a motorcycle for touring Siquijor. Many foreigners prefer this, as the tourist attractions are far from each other.
Alternatively, you may hire a tricycle for touring around Siquijor. We paid PHP 1,000 / USD 20 (3 persons). Rate is around PHP 1,000 / USD 20 – PHP 1,500 / USD 30 for tricycle tour around Siquijor. The tricycle drivers usually have a map to show you where they will take you. The tricycle tour usually includes the Balete Tree, LaziChurch and Convent, Salagdoong Beach, Cambugahay Falls, Capilay Spring and Guiwanon.
If you are traveling with a group, you may hire a multi-cab. rate is around PHP 3,000 / USD 59.64 for a whole day tour
BY TOUR PACKAGE
There are also available Siquijor Tour Packages 2017 from Dumaguete or Siquijor Resorts and Hotels.
PLACES TO SEE IN SIQUIJOR
RELATED POST: Siquijor Tourist Spots
Tulapas Marine Sanctuary
St. Francis of Assisi Church
Where to Stay in Siqujor
Sandugan, Larena, Siquijor Island
Siquijor Circumferential Road, San Juan, Siquijor
Candaping B, Maria, Siquijor Island
Dumanhog, Siquijor, Siquijor Island
Siquijor, Lazi, Siquijor Island
Pili, Siquijor, Siquijor Island
Tubod, San Juan, Siquijor Island
Bitaug, Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor
Buluhisan, Catulayan, San Juan, Siquijor
(DUMAGUETE-SIQUIJOR ITINERARY 3 DAYS/ 2 NIGHTS)
This sample Siquijor Itinerary is good for 1 person, could be cheaper if you have travel buddies. Feel free to adjust this depending on your travel schedule and budget.
|08:00 AM||Fly to Dumaguete|
|09:00 AM||Estimated arrival in Dumaguete /|
|09:15 AM||From the airport travel to Dumaguete City proper|
|09:45 AM||Estimated arrival in Dumaguete Town Proper (Buy ferry ticket to Siquijor)|
|09:50 AM||Start of Tour in Dumaguete|
|11:00 AM||Lunch (Sansrival)|
|11:30 AM||Continue Dumaguete Tour|
|01:30 PM||Head to Dumaguete Port|
|02:00 PM||Fastcraft to Siquijor from Dumaguete|
|03:00 PM||Arrival in Siquijor|
|03:15 PM||Hire tricycle for the Siquijor Tour next day|
|03:30 PM||Ride tricycle to resort|
|04:00 PM||Check in at resort/hotel|
|05:30 PM||Sunset watching|
|08:00 AM||Start of Siquijor tricycle tour:|
Enchanted Balete Tree and Fish Spa
San Isidro Labrador Church in Lazi Siquijor
San Isidro Convent
Cabugayahay Falls (Make sure someone is watching over your things while you are swimming. There are theft reports here filed by foreign tourists)
|11:30 AM||Lunch (Please include the driver in your meal budget)|
|12:30 PM||Continue with Tricycle Tour|
Salagdoong Beach (Swimming plus cliff jumping)
Tulapas Marine Sanctuary
St. Francis of Assisi Church
|05:00 PM||End of tour / back to hotel|
|05:50 AM||Ferry back to Dumaguete|
|07:00 AM||Estimated arrival in Dumaguete|
|07:45 AM||Head to airport or to next destination|
SIQUIJOR TRIP BUDGET
|Tricycle from Dumaguete Airport to City Proper||PHP 120 / USD 2.39|
|Fastcraft to Siquijor (roundtrip)||PHP 210 / USD 4.17 x 2 = PHP 420 / USD 8.35|
|Dumaguete Terminal Fee||PHP 25 / USD 0.50|
|Siquijor Resort||PHP 400 / USD 8|
|Food Budget (x meals per day x # of days)||PHP 200 / USD 4 x 3 x 2 = PHP 1,200 / USD 24|
|Siquijor Tricycle Tour||PHP 1,000 / USD 19.88|
|Cambugahay Falls Parking Fee for Tricycle||PHP 20 / USD 0.40|
|Salagdoong Beach Parking fee for Tricycle||PHP 40 / USD 0.80|
|GRAND TOTAL||PHP 2,825 / USD 56.16|
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