One of my prospect Philippine destinations is the island of Siquijor. There’s something about this place that peaks my curiosity which led me to book a flight to Dumaguete, one of the gateways to Siquijor. I was able to get a cheap plane ticket (P1,200 round-trip) back in March 2018 while my travel date is Feb. 2-5, 2019 (Saturday – Tuesday). Since the travel date was still far-off during that time, I did my research and read ample amount of blogs to custom-fit my travel. I ended-up just booking for my accommodation and the rest is all DIY.
WHERE TO STAY IN SIQUIJOR
There are lots of lodges and resorts you can find in Siquijor, it will just depend on your budget. Below are the list of budget accommodations I’ve looked into thru Agoda:
- Tori’s Backpacker Paradise, San Juan, Siquijor – As low as P285/night (Mixed dormitory type room and shared bathroom)
- Ems Seaside Inn, Brgy. Dumanhog, Siquijor – P850/night (Private room, good for 2 persons)
- Bluewave Inn, Brgy. Dumanhog, Siquijor – P1,189/night (Private room, good for 2 persons)
- Zen Rooms, Basic Replica Manor, Brgy. Dumanhog, Siquijor – P890/night (Private room – good for 1 family)
- Palm Village Guest House, San Juan, Siquijor – P1,147/night (Private room, good for 2 persons)
***Indicated price is as of Feb. 2019
3 WAYS TO EXPLORE THE ISLAND
There are 3 ways to explore Siquijor – via tricycle tour (P1,000-1,200 good for 3 persons); the other one is via renting a motorcycle/scooter (P350/24 hrs); lastly, via multicab (P1,500-1,800 good for 15 persons).
Since I traveled solo, I opted to rent a scooter. The best part of renting a scooter? I can stop and go anywhere I want, anytime I want! If you’re also traveling solo, can drive a scooter (it’s just like riding a bike), and especially doesn’t want to be pressed with time, renting a scooter might be the best way for you to enjoy your stay.
Upon disembarking at the port of Siquijor at 7:30am, I immediately headed out to the exit gate. There were a number of accredited tricycle drivers/tourist guides (you’ll see them wearing IDs and light blue uniforms) who approached and welcomed visitors. One of them is Tatay Judito who drove me to my accommodation and at the same time lent me his scooter for 2 days.
WHAT SIQUIJOR OFFERS
Contrary to its daunting reputation of “witchcraft”, “magic” and “shamanism”, the simple island of Siquijor shows-off its sheer beauty through its unspoiled and abundant beaches, waterfalls and forests. Among the islands that I’ve visited in the Philippines, Siquijor is quite different in the sense that I can’t help but feel there’s more to it than what meets the eye. But don’t get me wrong, I loved everything in Siquijor! Especially the locals I met and shared stories with along the way.
CENTURY OLD BALETE TREE
On the way to Lazi you will find the Century Old Balete Tree on the side of the road. There’s a man-made pool with small fishes that serve as a foot spa.
Also known as San Isidro Labrador Convent built in 1884 by Filipino artisans out of coral stones and wood, it was declared as a National Cultural Treasure. Just across the convent is the Lazi Church. However, it was under construction/renovation when I visited. Sadly, no photos.
SALAGDOONG FOREST RESERVE
From Cambugahay Falls, it took me around 30min. going to Salagdoong. Along the way, you will pass through the 202-hectare man-made forest reserve. I didn’t intend to stop but it felt like the forest was sending a strong message to slow down so I did and took a photo of the picturesque thick forest.
If you’re riding a motor, you just have to pay P40 at the entrance. Cottages range from P200-500 depending on the size.
The main attraction here is the 30ft. and 35ft. cliff jump. You’re already here so might as well try both. Take a refreshing plunge in the turquoise waters of Salagdoong.
ST. FRANCIS DE ASSISI CHURCH
A.K.A. Siquijor Church, this is the first landmark that you will see outside the port.
Located in San Juan, this is by far my all-time-favorite beach in the Philippines. Paliton boasts a powdery white sand along with towering palm trees and a heavenly golden hour.
Siquijor Day 1 Itinerary
- 6:00AM-7:30AM Travel to Siquijor from Dumaguete
- 7:30AM Check-in at Zen Rooms Replica Manor
- 9:00AM Century Old Balete Tree
- 10:00AM Lazi Convent/Lazi Church
- 11:00AM Cambugahay Falls
- 12:30PM Lunch at Laguerta Kuzina (Maria, Siquiojor. On the side of the road going to Salagdoong)
- 1:30PM Salagdoong Forest Reserve
- 2:00PM Salagdoong beach
- 3:00PM St. Francis de Assisi Church
- 4:00PM-6:00PM Sunset at Paliton Beach