When I was a kid, all I heard about Siquijor were tales of sorcery and witchcraft. Thus, even though we were almost a stone-throw away from the island and despite having close relatives residing to one of its growing communities, I never asked my parents to pay a visit.
When the child’s mind has become mature and the adventurous genes are getting dominant, those stories have become a weaker hindrance. Just recently, I visited Siquijor all by myself.
Siquijor bestows an exquisite charm. Despite being a popular destination, the island retains the rustic ambiance and the tranquil milieu. The gorgeous beaches that dot its shorelines, the stunning greens that cover the hills, the beautiful water wonders, and the antiquated churches will never get you weary on your stay.
So, if you are planning to see Siquijor soon, the guide below might help you.
How to Commute
Via Dumaguete City
The closest airport with commercial flights to Siquijor is the Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport. Most Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific travel twice daily to Dumaguete. From Dumaguete City’s port, you can choose either a RoRo or a fastcraft to the Municipalities of Siquijor and Larena. Fare starts from ₱150 up to ₱220 depending on the vessel type.
Via Cebu City
There is a Cebu-Dumaguete direct bus from Cebu City’s south terminal. The earlieast schedule is around 7:00AM and leaves every 1 hour & 30 minutes until 1:00PM. If you won’t be able to catch this trip, take a bus that travel to Liloan or Bato. There are RoRo and fastcrafts from both Liloan and Bato port to Negros Oriental. The port of arrival is either Tampi or Sibulan where you can easily wait a bus or multicab along the highway to Dumaguete City. From Dumaguete City, follow the instructions above.
The faster option from Cebu is boarding a chartered (non-scheduled air taxi) flight from the General Aviation Terminal of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport to Siquijor. This is offered by Midsea Express using BN 2A-21 Islander plane. The fare can be divided between 8 passengers (max). You can contact Midsea Express via: (032) 512 4241, (032) 495 6976, or +63 949 894 1129.
Where to Stay
If you visit Siquijor during summer, I advise you to book your accommodations in advance. Top hotels in Siquijor like Coco Grove Beach Reasort, Salamangka Beach and Dive Resort, Blue Wave Inn, Casa de la Playa Beach Resort, Princesa Bulakna, etc. are available for booking in Agoda.
If you visit on a regular non-peak day, you can always hire a trike to look for a good place stay.
Princesa Bulakna Resort
Rates: *As of January 2015
- Polynesian Cottages ( Standard Room )
₱950 w/o breakfast
₱1,250 with breakfast
- Polynesian Cottages ( Family Room )
₱2,000 w/o breakfast
₱2,300 with breakfast
- Princesa Kiram Suite ( Superior Room )
₱2,600 w/o breakfast
₱2,900 with breakfast
- Extra Mattress
₱250 / pax
- Day Tour Package
₱3,000 for a group of 5-15-pax
- Evening Swimming (inclusive of dinner and use of amenities)
- Van Service Pick Up/Send Off
Tori’s Backpakers Paradise
Address: Maite, San Juan 6227, Siquijor Island, Philippines
Contact Number: +63 907 132 6666
Rates: Couple room starts at ₱450
What to do / Places of Interest
- Cambugahay Falls
- Salagdoong Beach and the mand-made Molave Forest
- Capilay’s Spring Park
- Old Enchanted Balete Tree and Fish Spa
- Cantabon Cave
- Lazi Convent
- St Isidore de Labrador Church
- Mount Bandilaan National Park
- Tulapos Marine Sanctuary