Last Jan 6, wifey and I decided to have a short weekend trip to the beautiful and seldom explored island of Siquijor from Cebu to celebrate my birthday.
We were able to book a promo fare ticket from Cebu Pacific for only P750/pax to Dumaguete, so we immediately grabbed the opportunity to visit Siquijor since it’s only a 2 hour ferry ride from Dumaguete.
And then on our return trip, instead of booking another boat ticket from Siquijor to Dumaguete and another airline ticket from Dumaguete to Cebu, we took the Maayo Shipping Lines from Larena, Siquijor that will take you straight to Liloan, Cebu and then from Liloan, ride a Ceres bus going to Cebu City which only costs us P200/pax for the boat and P215/pax for the bus for a total of P415/pax or P830 for both of us.
If you decide another route to Dumaguete, here are your other options:
How to Get to Siquijor from Cebu/Manila:
I believe the best way to get to Siquijor from Cebu or Manila is by direct flight to Dumaguete and then from Dumaguete take the ferry ride to Siquijor:
- From Manila or Cebu, you can take a direct flight to Dumaguete
- If you will be coming from Cebu, you can take the Ceres bus or Van going to Dumaguete at the South Bus Terminal
- Maayo Shipping Lines have schedules that will take you to/from Liloan, Cebu & Larena Siquijor. See schedule below:
Once you’re in Dumaguete, you can now choose from a number of ferry that can take you to Siquijor. In our case, we took the GL Shipping but it seems they are not the priority at the pier so we ended up boarding last. We recommend boarding the Montenegro Shipping Lines instead.
Travel time take 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours.
We actually don’t want to specify all the travel and transportation arrangements here since tendency is, this post could go old, and the arrangements and schedule of trips of buses and boats could change anytime without prior notice.
If by the time you are reading this post, you plan to go to Siquijor, we suggest you contact our Travel Agency, Lovely Planet Travels, so we can recommend to you the best updated routes or even do all the arrangements for you.
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Where To Stay In Siquijor
There are a lot of accommodation options in Siquijor and you can choose whether you want to stay in Siquijor, Siquijor, in San Juan or in Larena.
If you prefer easy access to the Siquijor Pier and the commercial areas, we suggest staying in Siquijor, Siquijor. If you want the beach and the touristy areas, we suggest staying at San Juan
1. Island Rendevoo
We were lucky enough to know someone from Cebu who actually owns a very decent accommodation in San Juan called Island Rendevoo and we highly recommend their accommodation because of their spacious rooms and it’s quiet and peaceful with only 3 (or 4) villa.
Their rooms can be as low as P1,500/night good for 4 pax! Since their rooms have 2 queen size beds in it perfect for 4 people.
2. Infinity Resorts
If you want a more high-end / luxurt accommodation in Siquijor, we highly recommend the Infinity Resorts.
They have 2 resorts in Siquijor, 1 is along the beach and 1 is at the mountain side, whichever you prefer.
Coco Grove Beach Resort is also one alternative to a high-end luxury resort.
How To Get Around Siquijor
If you or your travel buddy knows how to drive a motor bike, it’s best if you rent a Motor bike to get around Siquijor. That way you can go wherever and whenever you want.
Usual price for Motorbike rental is at P350/day. There are a lot of shops that offer Motorbike Rental in Siquijor but if you’ll be staying in Island Rendevoo or around San Juan area, we recommend this shop since they have newer motor bikes.
Other option would be to:
- Hire a Tricycle Tour: P1,000-P2,000/vehicle. Max 3 pax
- Multi-cab Tour: P1,800-P2,000/vehicle. Can accommodate up to 15+ pax
- Van Tour: P2,500/vehicle
Sites and Places To Visit In Siquijor
I believe this is my most favorite topic in ever travel post, since it’s usually our highlight of the trip. We don’t care much about our accommodation and food as long as we enjoy the tours, activities and the experiences around the area.
You can watch our video below for the sites, highlights and places to visit in Siquijor:
Here are ALL the tourist sites, attractions, activities and highlights we visited in Siquijor:
1. Siquijor Church (St. Francis of Assisi Church)
Upon arriving Siquijor Port, this is most probably the first site you will see and take a photo with.
2. Capilay Spring Park
Capilay Spring Park in San Juan is a public pool with fresh water and fishes where the locals usually take a dip.
3. Paliton Beach
Paliton Beach is a tiny public beach in Siquijor with beautiful white sands. When we were there, there weren’t that many tourists which I think is normal and is nice to take a dip.
4. Old Enchanted Balete Tree / Love Potion
Legend says that this is where the original “witchcraft” activities happened in Siquijor. This is also the site where you can buy the famous Love Potion in Siquijor as well as relax with their Fish Foot Spa.
5. Hapitanan Cafe / Broomshot Challenge
Have we mentioned that Siquijor was once very famous because of Witchcraft and Faith healing? This is where you can take the Instagram worthy broomshot and be a witch for once in your life!
6. Lazi Church / San Isidro Labrador Church
Nothing much to do here though except for pictorials of an old church. We also attended the mass here since it was my birthday. 🙂
7. Cambugahay Falls
This is actually our most favorite site in Siquijor since we very much enjoyed the monkey swings here as well as the refreshingly cold water. Perfect after a full day tour under the scorching heat of the Philippines!
8. Cantabon Cave
Kate and I have experienced many caving activities before. Most especially in Camotes Island. But the unique caving experience in Cantabon Cave is that there is actually a small Jacuzzi-like pool inside the cave where the fresh water in Siquijor is coming from and you can take a relaxing dip there!
Just make sure to go to the Local tourist guide area first before going directly to the Cave since you will be needing a guide to enter.
9. Butterfly Sanctuary
If you’ve been to the Butterfly Sanctuary in Bohol, then it’s pretty similar. The only difference here is the steep entrance fee which is P100/pax. 🙁
10. Guiwanon Spring Park
We actually don’t know why it’s called a Spring park resort. You literally can’t go down and swim in the “spring”. All you can actually do here is spend P20/pax and walk to the end of the hanging bridge to take a photo of the Boardwalk-like scenery which is just an imitation copy of the Boardwalk / Cloud 9 in Siargao.
11. Triad Coffee Shop & Restaurant
A friend of ours suggested this place, saying it’s considered one of the best places to experience sunsets in the Philippines.
So we just ordered some coffee and pizza to spend the rest of the afternoon there to experience one of the most beautiful sunsets in the Philippines.
12. Salagdoong Beach Resort
Before we arrived Siquijor, a lot of our friends actually recommended we visit this resort. When we arrived, we realized it’s actually an old resort with a lot of foreign tourists staying.
If you want face your fear of heights, this is where you can do your cliff diving. Kate did 1 jump and that’s it.
13. Kamp Aninipot / Hobbiton in Siquijor
Kamp Aninipot was recommended by my father-in-law who had been to Siquijor a few months before us.
It’s actually an overlooking site where you can also stay in one of their Hobbit-inspired cottages. This place has the best overlooking view we’ve had in Siquijor and is worth the trip!
14. Mt. Bandilaan Park
Nothing much to do here except for the overlooking view of the Siquijor. Kamp Aninipot has better view than this one.
Where & What To Eat In Siquijor
Every trip wouldn’t be complete without the “food trips”. And we at Travel Food Lovers take food seriously! That’s why we always look for the best places to eat in every destination.
In our opinion, these are the best places to eat in Siquijor:
1. Baha Bar
I believe this is the most famous go-to bar of foreign tourists since most of the locals will automatically recommend this bar to any tourists including us.
Their foods are a bit pricey but if you enjoy late night drinks and cocktails, then this place is probably for you.
2. Annabelle’s 24/7 Express Diner
Kate and I just love to find tasty and delicious cheap eats, and this is our most favorite cheap eat restaurant in Siquijor! You can never go wrong with Annabelle’s fresh seafood “paluto” and some nice BBQ! This is highly recommended!
3. Port Antarctica
Who would have thought that a tiny little island called Siquijor would have a Gelato ice cream shop? If you’re feeling hot, this is worth a visit.
4. Rainbow Bay Beach Resort
This place is actually a hidden treasure since the outward appearance of this resort & restaurant does not reflect what’s inside. They have a very cozy and relaxing ambiance, beautiful view of the pool and the ocean, as well as delicious food with big servings! And the price is very reasonable!
Sample Itinerary in Siquijor
We actually spent 3 Days & 2 Nights in Siquijor, and based on our experience, if you want to be able to visit all the highlights and tourist sites, 3D2N is the best. Not too long and not too short.
Here’s our actual itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival / Check-In / Tours (Churches, Balete, Hapitanan)
Arrive Siquijor or Larena Port
Hire tricycle to take you to your Hotel/Inn/Resort for check-in
Rent Motorcycle for personal tours
Lunch at Baha Bar
Visit Siquijor Church, Balete Tree, Hapitanan Cafe, Lazi Church
Day 2: Full-day Tours (Spring, Cave, Beach)
Visit Capilay Spring Park, Guiwanon Spring Park, Mantabon Cave, Salagdoong Beach, Butterfly Sanctuary
Dinner at Triad Coffee Shop
Dessert at Ice Cream Atarctica
Day 3: Full-Day Tours
Lunch at Rainbow Beach Resort
Visit Cambugahay Falls, Camp Aninipot
Leave for Cebu via Larena Port
Trip Budget In Siquijor
Here’s the rundown of our exact expenses we incurred during our trip in Siquijor except for our one-way airfare and accommodation.
Our airfare only cost us P750/pax from Cebu to Dumaguete, while our accommodation cost P1,500/night X 2 nights = P3,000.
I actually use the TrabeePocket app to monitor my expenses and set a budget. I originally set an P8,000 budget for the 2 of us.
|Motorcycle from Dumaguete Airport to Pier||P140|
|Boat from Dumaguete to Siquijor||P140 x 2= P280|
|Terminal Fee||P15 x 2 = P30|
|Tricycle from Siquijor Port to Island Rendevoo||P200|
|Motorcycle For Rent (2 Days)||P350 x 2 = P700|
|Lunch at Baha Bar||P430|
|Donation to Hapitanan Cafe||P20|
|Dinner at Eatery||P165|
|Guiwanon Spring Park||P10 x 2 = P20|
|Mantabon Cave Guide, Gears & Entrance||P630|
|Salagdoong Parking & Entrance||P80|
|Ice Cream Port Antarctica||P40|
|Lunch at Rainbow||P420|
|Tricycle from San Juan to Larena||P500|
|Maayo Shipping Boat from Larena to Liloan, Cebu||P200 x 2 = P400|
|Bus From Liloan to Cebu City||P215 x 2 = P430|
|Tippings & Miscellaneous||P1200|
|TOTAL:||P5,881 / 2 pax |
|BUDGET:||P8,000 / 2 pax|
We actually had a wonderful time in Siquijor since it’s still one of the unexplored islands in the Philippines that is not yet crowded with too many local and foreign tourists.
The sites are also very varied from Waterfalls, White Sand Beaches, Historic Churches, Caves and even Mystical places like the Balete Tree.
It’s also very budget friendly that you can still splurge on better food and also better accommodations if you wish to.
Overall, we recommend Siquijor as one of your next travel destination!