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General information, holidays in Siquijor
Siquijor is an island and province in the Visayas region, more specifically in Central Visayas (Siquijor Island on the map of the Philippines). The island is not very large, its dimensions are approximately 27 by 23 kilometers, and the ring road passing along its perimeter has a length of just over 76 kilometers. The nearest neighbors are the Negros islands, Panglao, Bohol, and Cebu.
This is in all respects a very pleasant and interesting Island for recreation, especially for independent travelers and tourists. You can come here for a few days, or stay for the entire period of your vacation, in any case, there is something to do and enjoy.
Siquijor can not boast of an abundance of ideal long beaches, but those that are, more than enough for all vacationers, because there are not very many tourists here even at the height of the season. But there are excellent conditions for snorkeling and diving, and this is one of the main reasons why people go here. There are also several attractions worth visiting, including underwater rivers unique to this region of the Philippines.
The infrastructure for tourists in Siquijor is well developed. There are many hotels, including several budget hostels and guest houses. There are hotels on the first line with their own territory. Excursions can be found at travel agencies on the street, but it's easier to book them through the hotel where you're staying or arrange a sightseeing trip with tricycle drivers on the street. If you need to go diving or swim to the famous island of Apo, then finding such offers is also not difficult, there are plenty of diving centers here.
There are currency exchange offices, but the exchange rate is slightly lower than on the island of Cebu. For example, one day the rate here is 49.5 pesos/dollar here, and 50.8 on Cebu. Therefore, if you arrive in the country through Mactan-Cebu airport, it is better to change money in Cebu City (see Cebu City Guide), but not at the airport itself. If you arrive in the country through Manila, you can safely change money at the airport, where the course is one of the best in the country. If you need to change cash in Siquijor, then look for exchangers with a favorable rate in the cities of Siquijor and Larena, and a good rate was at two exchange offices in the center of San Juan opposite Capilay Spring Water Park. If you prefer bank cards, then it is almost impossible to pay them for purchases and excursions, you will have to withdraw cash from ATMs. There are plenty of ATMs here, including even in villages, but keep in mind that when withdrawing from each transaction, a commission of 250 pesos is withheld ( USD, see Philippine currency and exchange rate) in addition to your bank's fees.
Shopping centers and other shopping opportunities are not here, but the most necessary can be bought in shops throughout the island, or shops in the major cities of Siquijor, San Juan (San Juan) and Larena (Larena). Of course, you need to understand that these cities are not megacities, but just large villages.
You can eat in Siquijor, as elsewhere in the Philippines, in local cafes or restaurants for tourists. Tourist restaurants work mainly at hotels, but they can be visited by anyone from the outside. In the center of Siquijor there is a local chain restaurant JolliBee (see cuisine of the Philippines, where and what to eat).
Beaches Of Siquijor
Most tourists, going to Siquijor, expect that here at every step there are ideal sandy beaches with all amenities and entertainment, but in fact most of the coast is not at all suitable for a beach holiday. It is either rocky, or too shallow for swimming even at high tide, or simply polluted by human activity. And several of the most beautiful beaches are occupied by hotels that illegally restrict access to them.
In the Russian travel blogger space, there is a misconception that the tides depend on the time of day. In fact, this is not so, and it is never possible to say unequivocally, for example, that at a particular resort there are tides in the morning and ebbs in the evenings. To determine the level of tides on Siquijor, special calculated graphs-forecasts are used.
Nevertheless, there are beautiful and public beaches here, you just need to choose the right place: they are mainly located on the south coast. Here is an overview of the best beaches of Siquijor:
In our opinion (the authors of the site) – this is the best of the free beaches in Siquijor. Located on the southeast coast, four and a half kilometers from the city of San Juan (Paliton Beach on the map). There are no hotel accommodation options directly on the beach or near it yet, so people come here to rest during the day.
In general, Paliton beach consists of two parts: a small 100-meter section in the Bay, and a long 300-meter. They are separated by a rock, but from one to the other you can go along the path. A separate asphalt road leads to each of the sites. There are local cafes on the beaches, karaoke and a bar on a large plot, swings on palm trees. And there are great sunsets overlooking the island of Apo. The only bad thing is that the water goes far away at low tide.
Tabod Beach / Tubod Beach or Coco Grove Beach
If you move along the coast to the southeast of San Juan, Then you will not find a normal beach: the beach is Sandy, but not very clean, and too shallow for swimming. But after two kilometers you will get to another excellent beach-Tabod Beach (Tabod (on the map). It is also called Coco Grove Beach after the name of the hotel Coco Grove Beach Resort, which occupies a large area here. The beach is free, although the passages to it are partially blocked. The easiest way to find a passage to it is to follow the sign on the trail to the Tubod Marine Sanctuary, which occupies part of Tabod Beach.
The area along the road near Tabod Beach is moderately developed: there are several cafes, two diving centers on the shore, two inexpensive hostels and several hotels. But San Juan is not so far away, you can even walk, so you can settle here.
Salagdung Beach / Salagdoong Beach
Salagdung Beach is located on the east coast of the island in a Bay (Salagdung Beach on the map). For admission you need to pay 30 pesos per person, and 20 pesos for parking a motorcycle.
This is the most equipped beach on Siquijor, and, apparently, for this reason, the most popular. It is located quite far from the tourist areas, but people still come here from all corners of Siquijor. There is a cafe, karaoke, umbrellas, toilet, shower, places for diving. But, in our opinion, the beach itself is not so good, the conditions for swimming do not pull perfectly: a lot of stones under water and on the shore (for some reason they do not even bother to clean them, although they collect money for the entrance), part of the shore is generally concrete, and there are always a lot of vacationers. If you come here to swim, be sure to take with you sneakers-aquashuzes, without them it is difficult to enter the water.
Solangon beach, or Coral Cay
This beach starts almost from the city of San Juan, and stretches for more than two kilometers (Solangon Beach on the map). Along it on the ring road there are many hotels, travel agencies, diving centers, ferry ticket offices, motorcycle rental, cafes and restaurants. In general, this is one of the most touristy places on the island. But for swimming Solangon Beach is not suitable, it can only sunbathe or just walk. Unfortunately, even at high tide, the slope of the bottom does not allow swimming here, it is too shallow. At low tide, you will have to go 300-600 meters to a normal depth until the coral reef ends. But here you can go snorkeling for free, the conditions for this are excellent.
Sabas Beach is located in the fishing village of Minalulan away from all tourist infrastructure and the Ring Road (Sabas Beach on the map). You will have to go to it on bad asphalt and partially ground. The beach is beautiful, suitable for swimming, without tourists, and perfectly protected from winds and waves, because it is located in the Bay and "closed" by a coral reef. But do not be surprised by the mud and fishing boats on the shore, because this is a village. But you can find a clean place. And by the way, there is excellent snorkeling and so far free Marine Reserve Minalulan Marine Sanctuary in the eastern part of the Bay.
Another South Coast Village Beach is in Kangmunag village (Kangmunag Beach on the map). It is long, almost two kilometers, and you can even swim on it at high tide, and sunbathe at any time. But this is a fishing village, respectively, on the shore there are boats, mud, and friendly fishermen and locals. You can come here for a day to sunbathe and relax away from tourists, but there is nowhere to stay at the hotel: there are no accommodation options.
This is the most secluded and deserted beach of Siquijor, but perhaps the situation will change soon. The fact is that as of 2019, the path to it is blocked by a warning sign "private property", and some work is underway, the locals say that they will build a hotel. But in fact, despite the sign, you can go to the beach. To do this, follow the dirt road on the navigator to the entrance to the trail (Kagusuan Beach on the map), leave the transport there, and go past the warning sign. If you meet a guard on the way, he will not prevent the passage.
This is the longest beach on the North Shore. It starts from the city of Siquijor and stretches for almost three kilometers (Siquijor Beach on the map). It is Sandy, fine sand, yellow. But for bathing it is suitable only during strong tides. At low tide, the water moves away from the shore, stones and algae open, you have to go 200 meters or more to the depth.
The infrastructure on the beach and in its area is poorly developed, there is nothing tourist. There are several hotels with access directly to the beach, but they are in a semi-abandoned state. Outside the hotels there is nothing tourist at all, just the village and the road.
In addition to those described, there are also other small beaches, but they are usually difficult to reach (only on foot through the forest or rocks), or are occupied by hotels. If you are interested in such places, you can try Lapac Beach, Secret Bacong Beach, Aloha Beach, Talisay Beach, Isla Bonita, Pontod Beach and many others. But do not expect a "wow" effect from hard-to-reach beaches, since in most cases they are rocky, with debris on the shore, algae.
Hotels and areas of Siquijor where to stay
The best beaches of the island, the most developed tourist infrastructure and most of the hotels are concentrated on the southern shore of Siquijor, especially in the area of the city of San Juan (San Juan). It is there that it is best to settle if you come here for the first time, and want to be close to travel agencies, rental of transport, currency exchange, tourist cafes, diving centers. The rest of the cities and districts, although developed, but for tourists there is little there. Here are the largest settlements of the island:
- City Of San Juan / San Juan (San Juan on the map). The most touristically developed place. But to settle in the city itself is not necessary,and even not very convenient, because there is a bad Beach. It is better to choose accommodation along the main road closer to the beach of Tabod beach or at least Solangon Beach.
- Siquijor / Siquijor City (Siquijor on the map). This is the most developed city with banks, shops, ATMs, markets. But there is absolutely nothing for tourists to do there, except to use it as a place to spend the night immediately after arrival or before sailing from the local pier.
- Larena / Larena City (Larena on the map). As well as the city of Siquijor, a fairly developed place, but it is not suitable for tourist accommodation, only if you spend the night because of the port located here.
You can find and book accommodation in Siquijor on these sites, or through the search form:
- 🛌 Search for hotels in Siquijor on Yandex.travel
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- 🛌 Search for hotels in Siquijor on Trip.com (💥 our choice)
- 🛌 Search for hotels on Ostrovok.ru
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Siquijor map with beaches, attractions, transport and hotels
You can download ⤓ points of interest, important transport points (bus stations, airports, etc.), districts and beaches from our map in KMZ/KML format. These files can be downloaded to the navigator or smartphone for use with offline or online Google Maps applications, Organic Maps and others that support this format, and use them to navigate and explore resorts.
Siquijor weather, tourist seasons
Siquijor is a year-round resort, but there is an unfavorable rainy season (low) and a comfortable dry season (high) for beach holidays:
- The dry season runs from January to May. This is the best time to visit the island. There is little rain, the sun almost always shines. But sometimes the rains are delayed and go into January, so the ideal time to travel to Siquijor is March-May.
- The rainy season lasts from June to December. At this time, you can also go here to rest, but often there are rains, clouds, thunderstorms.
Typhoons or tropical storms hit the Philippines several times a year, mostly during the rainy season and in the North. Siquijor is directly affected by them very rarely, but due to unrest at sea, ferry service can completely stop for 1-3 days.
Seasons on Siquijor by month, when is the best time to go
* best time to visit;
acceptable time to visit;
not recommended time to visit
Current Siquijor weather and forecast
How to get to Siquijor
Siquijor is located in the central Philippines near the islands of Cebu, Bohol, Negros (Siquijor on the map of the Philippines Island). There is a small airport here, but it does not have regular flights At Reasonable Prices, so most tourists get here through the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, from where they can already reach Siquijor by ferry. On the island there are two marinas, where ferries operate from the city of Dumaguete (O. Negros), from the city of Tagbilaran (Bohol Island), and in 2019 a new flight was launched from Liloan pier to Cebu island.
Read more about all the ways and how to get to Siquijor further:
The nearest international Airport Mactan-Cebu is located on the neighboring island of Cebu (Cebu Airport on the map). There are no direct flights from Russia and other countries of the former USSR to it, but it is convenient to get there by flights with transfers through Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Bangkok, Dubai. For sales, you can buy a round-trip ticket from $600 ( USD), the rest of the time the minimum price of the flight - 700 and above ( USD). Upon arrival at the airport from Cebu to Siquijor will have to get by water, or by bus to the port of Liloan with a transfer to the ferry, as described below.
You can pick up tickets to Cebu airport using the search form:
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There are two ports on Siquijor, where regular ferries operate from Dumaguete (O. Negros), Tagbilaran (Bohol), and porta Liloan (Bohol). Cebu):
Upon arrival at any of these ports, you can only reach your vacation destination by local taxi varieties (tricycles, multicabs, minibuses, motorcycle taxis) or rented transport, there is no cheap public transport here.
Prices for travel on local types of taxis on the island are fixed and are calculated according to the table for a trip between different points of the island. Each of the drivers should have these tables, and are placed on large boards at the docks, but drivers still sometimes try to charge tourists more. A trip to the hotel in San Juan, will cost from 500 pesos for a tricycle for three. Please note that payment is for all transport, not per person.
But the most convenient option is to rent a motorcycle right on the spot at the pier, and go to the hotel on it, and then use it to move around the island. With rental offers, you will be met immediately upon disembarking the ferry, and here they offer good prices if you bargain. As of 2023, an old Motobike will cost from 350 pesos/day, a good 400 pesos/day, and a new one can be taken for 500 pesos, but you need to bargain. Learn more about transport on Siquijor and how to navigate below.
And here is the schedule of ferries to Siquijor available for online booking:
Паром Сикихор - Думагете ₽ 773–1,177 40 м.
- → Бизнес-класс 06:00, 18:00
- → Туристический класс 06:00, 18:00
- → Open-Air 06:00, 18:00
Here is information on directions:
Dumaguete to Larena port and Siquijor
The most frequent service connects the island to the town of Dumaguete on Negros Island. Flights are operated to both ports several times a day by different companies. Cost from 120 pesos ( USD) depending on the company, the journey is about an hour.
Flights from Dumaguete are operated several times during the day, and you can simply arrive at the port, and ask on the spot at the ticket office for tickets for the nearest flight. There are a lot of ticket offices of different carriers here, so do not rush to buy in the first one that comes to hand, but first check everyone's schedules to choose the right option for time and cost. There are ferries of at least the following companies:
Cebu City to Larena port
From Cebu there are no direct flights, but Lite Ferries offers package ferry tickets via Dumaguete to Larena port. From the Port of Cebu depart at 13:00 on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. From Laren depart at 07:00 on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The slow ferry RoRo runs along the Route, 10 hours on the way, costs 420 pesos ( USD). Schedule may change, check on the site: Lite Shipping lines
Liloan to Laren port
From the port of Liloan in the city of Santander (Santander) in the south of Cebu island in 2019, a new daily flight of Maayo Shipping was launched. This is convenient if you need to get to Siquijor from Cebu City, Maolboal, Osloba and other cities on Cebu. The port of Liloana can be reached by Ceres Bus, which runs very frequently during the day (see transport to Cebu). Ferries from Liloan depart at 10:00, from Laren at 17:00. Cost 200 pesos ( USD).
Since the service is new and not yet established, it may be canceled or suspended over time, so check in the company'S FB Group or on the spot by phone.
Tagbilaran to Laren port
Transport on Siquijor, what to move
Public transport here is very poorly developed, you will have to move only on tricycles, multicabs, minibuses, motorcycle taxis, or on rented transport.
There is no ordinary car taxi on the island, it is being replaced:
- Tricycles (Trycycle) are three-wheeled motorcycles with a sidecar and a roof, can carry up to 3 people.
- Multicabs (Multicab) – small trucks, converted for transportation of up to 4 people.
- Vans-standard air-conditioned vans for transportation of up to 8 people.
There are also motorcycle taxis (Habal-Habal), but they are not officially allowed, although they are offered everywhere as an inexpensive alternative.
Theoretically, the prices for movement on these types of transport are set by the island administration for travel from one settlement or port to another, and the price is not per person, but for all transport. In practice, not all tourists know about this, so drivers announce the price for a trip several times higher than it should be, despite the fact that even the established prices are quite high. You can find out the current prices on the large information boards at the marinas in Laren and in Siquijor, as well as price plates should be on each driver. As of 2023, the most expensive trip around the island on a tricycle is 800 pesos from one end of the island to the other, and 100 pesos is worth a short trip in the suburbs of one resort. Multicabs and minibuses are more expensive, but also accommodate more tourists.
If there is a desire to save money, then on the ring road you can catch local jeepney minibuses, although they go very rarely, so with them as luck would have it. But if you are lucky, you can get from Larena and Siquijor to San Juan for about 100/50 pesos, the price is not fixed and depends on bargaining. It is necessary to sit in those jeepneys in which there are already locals, and in advance to discuss the price. If there are no locals in the car, then you will be offered a much more expensive fare.
But the real freedom of movement and savings on Siquijor gives rental transport. You can rent a low-power Motorcycle (Scooter, Motobike) here at rental offices and hotels in resorts, and in both ports immediately upon arrival by ferry. The latter option is especially convenient: you can rent a motorcycle on arrival, and return it to the port before departure. With offers you will be met immediately upon disembarking the ferry, and here they offer good prices if you bargain. As of 2023, an old Motobike will cost from 350 pesos/day, a good 400 pesos/day, and a new one can be taken for 500 pesos. But before these prices you need to bargain, initially offer 50-100 pesos higher. The price includes a helmet. But be careful: check the headlights, brakes, Horn, tires and engine condition. In our experience of renting the cheapest options, we had to change the motorcycle three times in four days of rent due to breakdowns.
Usually, when renting, a simple written contract is concluded on a form, and a copy of the passport is asked as collateral (it is better to have a copy with you, there is nowhere to do it). In the Philippines, the national rights of Russia and other countries are recognized, but Category A. the opinion that rights and category A are not required to drive a motorcycle is a misconception. At the same time, there are very few traffic police on the island, so many tourists ride completely without rights at their own risk. See more about renting transport in the Philippines Here...
Attractions, what to see
The main attractions of Siquijor are beaches, waterfalls, caves, viewing platforms on the hills, and marine reserves for snorkeling and diving. There's also a seashell museum, an old ballet Tree, and a couple of historic buildings and churches. In general, there are enough interesting places for a week of stay, but the most important ones can be seen in a couple of full days.
It is most convenient to visit the sights of Siquijor on a rented motorbike (rent from 250 pesos/day, see details above). There are no organized group tours here, but local travel agencies, hotels, and drivers on the street offer individual tours on tricycles, multicabs, or minibuses throughout the island. You can set the route yourself or agree with their proposal. At the price you need to bargain. It is worth counting on the price of 1000 pesos for a tour along the ring road with a visit to the beaches and waterfalls, and from 1200 with a visit to the mountainous part after the auction.
The main tourist attractions are kayaking on the beach, snorkeling and diving. In the evening you can sit in a bar or restaurant with other tourists, but there is no developed nightlife here, after 20 hours everything falls asleep.
Here is a description of Siquijor's main attractions with opening times, costs, and ways to get there:
Off the coast of Siquijor island there are excellent conditions for snorkeling, and you can watch corals and colored fish right off the coast, you don't have to go by boat. Moreover, the best conditions are close to the coast in places declared and protected as marine reserves. In total, there are several such reserves (see below their position on the map), they are a designated beach area and a soft fence of floats in the water. Snorkeling is also possible in other areas of the coast and beaches for free, but there marine life suffers from the actions of local fishermen and tourists, so there are a lot of dead corals and few fish. Learn more about snorkeling on Siquijor here...
🕐 Working hours: during daytime.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: entry from 50 pesos (USD), rent a mask and tube from 100 pesos.
🚶 How to get there: snorkeling is best within marine reserves, there are several on the island:
As in almost all the islands of the Philippines, Siquijor has excellent conditions for diving, and very good prices. Dive here mainly near the southern coast, but there are tours to the small islands of Balicasag (Balicasag), Pamilakan (Pamilacan) and Apo (Apo Island). But objectively speaking, these islands are cheaper and more convenient to visit with Panglao and Dumaguete respectively. In local diving centers you can rent equipment for self-dives, buy a tour, and undergo training with a certificate.
🕐 Working hours: dives are carried out at a convenient time for you during the day, we did not meet night dives.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: dive offshore from 1200 pesos. You can find out more about the options and prices on the websites of diving centers: https://www.divepoint.asia, https://siquijordivers.com/;
🚶 How to get there: there are several diving centers on the island, all in the area of the town of San Juan along the main ring road. Many of them have websites or pages with contacts in social networks, so you can easily book diving in advance, but there is no big need for this,everything can be done on the spot.
This is the most popular waterfall on Siquijor, there are always a lot of vacationers. Sometimes there are even queues of those who want to ride and jump on the "bungee" in the water. In fact, this is a recreation complex where you can swim in three natural pools of the waterfall, swim on a raft,swing and jump into the water from the "bungee", have a picnic and even fry a barbecue. Learn more about Cambugahay Falls here...
🕐 Working hours07:00 - 17:30 , jumps end at 17:00.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: entry 20 pesos (USD), parking 10-20 pesos in the form of tips, bungee jump 50 pesos.
🚶 How to get there: the waterfall is a little away from the ring road, but it leads to a great asphalt (Cambugahay Falls on the map). From the entrance you need to go down the stone stairs directly to the waterfall for a few minutes.
Lugnason Falls or Zod Falls
Lugnason Falls or Zodiac are as many as 12 waterfalls located close to each other on the same river. Each of them was given a separate name for the signs of the zodiac, and designated them with corresponding stone sculptures and bas-reliefs. But usually tourists visit only one of the largest of them, in the pool of which you can swim and jump. The pool is artificially reinforced with concrete, due to which it has become larger and deeper, but you still need to jump with caution, and it is best to do it with a local guide who will show you a safe place.
The other 11 Rapids are upstream and downstream of it, and are spectacular only during the rainy season. The rest of the time they turn into a thin stream, falling over the stones.
🕐 Working hours: around the clock, during the day.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: admission is free. For parking they ask 10 pesos, for accompanying a guide from among local residents tip 10-50 pesos.
🚶 How to get there: located in the southern part of the island in the village of Tubod (waterfall on the map). It is reached by an asphalt road of not very good quality, but you can drive a motorcycle or car without problems. There are no signs, only a large sign with the name will stand directly in the parking lot and the beginning of the trail to the waterfall. There is a small kiosk selling souvenirs and drinks, and near it the transport will have to leave, they ask 10 pesos for supervision. Further to the waterfall on foot 5 minutes down the slippery trail. Children or adults from the village also offer their guide services here. In principle, it is not a problem to find the waterfall yourself, but if you go with a guide, he will show the places from where it is safe to jump into the water.
Sambulawan Cave and underground River
It is a new attraction that opened to the public in 2018. It is visited only accompanied by a guide, who is allocated when paying for the entrance to the cave. It consists of three branches, at the bottom of one of which flows a freshwater river with a length of about 200 meters. To overcome it, you have to go and swim on the water, for which a life jacket is issued at the entrance. After that, you will be offered to walk along the other two arms, which are filled with young stalactites and stalagmites, bats, and a small number of large cockroaches and spiders. Insects should not be afraid: cockroaches are the most common tropical, and spiders are not poisonous and feed on these cockroaches. Visiting the cave is a real adventure lasting about an hour, which we recommend to be sure to experience. Learn more about the underground river and Sambulawan cave here...
🕐 Working hours: from 08:00 to about 16:00 hours depending on the season.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: entry 250 pesos (USD), plus 100-300 pesos at your discretion tip the guide for accompanying the group. If you are alone and want to save money, you can wait for other tourists and share tips with them for the guide.
🚶 How to get there: Sambulavan cave is located in a field near the village of Lazi (Sambulavan on the map). Asphalt leads to it first, which then turns into a primer, there are signs along the way. In the place marked on our map right in the field you will see something like a camp and a parking lot, where tickets are sold and guides are waiting. Here you will need to pay for the entrance, sign up in the magazine, get a vest and a lantern, and go with a guide on foot to the entrance to the cave.
This is the most popular and visited cave on Siquijor, and a real pride of the island, which is definitely worth a visit. Unlike the underground river and sambulavan cave, here you do not have to swim along the river, and there are no animals inside, but Cantabon has a length of as much as 800 meters, and is filled with bizarre stalactites and stalagmites. It is through, and you will have to overcome it from end to end, which will take almost 2 hours, and sometimes even 3. from the very beginning, after entering, you will have to overcome a very narrow space, and then it will be easier, although you should not think that this is an easy walk. You will have to go on a slippery clay surface, waist and knee in water, bending down hard. Learn more about Cantabon Cave here...
🕐 Working hours: from 08:00, the entrance of the last group until about 14:00 hours. During the rainy season, the cave is sometimes closed due to water overflow.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: entrance fee 20 pesos (USD), plus 500 pesos ( for accompanying a guide for a group of up to 3 people, and 100 pesos for each additional person in the group. Additionally, rent a lantern 30 pesos, rent shoes 50 pesos, rent a waterproof cover-30 pesos.
🚶 How to get there: the cave is located in the center of the island near the village of Cantabon, and the office from where the groups start is located in the center of the village (Cantabon Cave office on the map). You need to come to the office (conditional Office, of course), pay for the entrance and get the necessary equipment, then with a guide on foot go to the entrance, and follow through the cave. The exit from the cave is about a kilometer from the office, and you also return on foot.
This is an ancient tree, which is believed to be more than 400 years old. At its foot is an artificial pool filled with fresh water from a natural source. In the pool Live small fish, which are used for the so-called Fish massage or Fish Spa. You can lower your feet into the water, and they will begin to bite the skin, eating old and dead areas, thereby renewing it. For this procedure, resorts usually pay money, but here it is conditionally free: you only have to pay 10 pesos for access to the attraction, and you can sit by the pool for as long as you want. There is also a cafe, a souvenir shop, a toilet. Learn more about the ballet Tree here...
🕐 Working hours: 06:00 – 18:00.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: entry 10 pesos (USD), parking 5 pesos or you can leave the transport on the opposite side of the road for free.
🚶 How to get there: the tree is right on the ring road, you can't skip it (tree on the map).
Monastery and Museum of San Isidro Labrador Convention
One of the few architectural and historical attractions of the island, which is worth a visit along with the Catholic Cathedral of San Isidro located across the street. The monastery was built in 1891, was built for 14 years. The style is neoclassical. Today it can be visited, inside on the second floor there is a small Historical Museum.
🕐 Working hours: 10:00 - 16:00, Monday is a day off.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: entry 20 pesos (USD).
🚶 How to get there: located in the village of Lazi (monastery on the map).
Catholic Cathedral San Isidro Labrador Parish Church
San Isidro Labrador Parish Church or Lazi Church is the oldest and most important active Catholic Church in Siquijor. It was built in 1884 on the site of an earlier wooden one, and is now among the contenders for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It can be viewed from the outside and inside, but when entering, be sure to remove the headdress and do not talk loudly, so as not to disturb the believers. Inside you can take pictures.
🕐 Working hours: around the clock.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free, donations are welcome.
🚶 How to get there: located in the village of Lazi (church on the map).
Seashell Museum / Marelle's Seashell Museum
Marelle's Seashell Museum operates a seafood restaurant, but it has a separate paid entrance. It consists of one hall with a fairly large collection of all kinds of shells, corals, and skeletons and shells of "sea reptiles". In general, quite an interesting place, and you can learn more about some of the exhibits in the description. But if you are not a fan of underwater inhabitants, you will spend no more than 10 minutes here. There is also a gift shop where you can buy crafts from shells, T-shirts and souvenirs with the symbols of the museum and the island.
🕐 Working hours: 07:00 - 22:00.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: adults 100 pesos, children 50.
🚶 How to get there: Museum on the map.
Guiwanon Spring Mangrove Park
This is an ecopark of mangroves. Wooden walkways-bridges for walking are equipped above the water near the shore in the place of active growth of mangroves. During a walk along the bridges you will see the mangroves themselves, large and small fish in the water, and a source of fresh water that has made its way from the ground directly into the salty sea waters. A walk along the Bridges takes 5-10 minutes, and ends with a house in which there should be a cafe, karaoke, spa, and even separate houses for recreation. Learn more about Guiwanon Spring mangrove park here...
🕐 Working hours: 07:00 - 17:00.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: entry 10 pesos (USD).
🚶 How to get there: located on the north shore of the island on the road between the towns of Siquijor and Larena (Guiwanon Spring Mangrove Park on the map). The entrance to the park is near the road, but it is inconspicuous, it is easy to miss.
Skydive Greater Siquijor skydiving
At the local airport there is an aviation club, where you can make parachute jumps in tandem with a light aircraft for a fee. They also offer independent jumps for experienced athletes and amateurs. It is better to book them in advance, which can be done through the club's website.
Rancho Canheron is a unique and amazing place on the island. This is something like a theme park or museum, stylized as the wild American West. Inside, everything is arranged using old and old things; there is a bar where you can drink coffee or wine from the local wine cellar, and at the same time chat with an interesting host; or you can just sit and relax and look at Old exhibits.
🕐 Working hours: Monday-Thursday-10: 00-20:00; Friday - 10:00-00:00; Saturday - 08:00-00:00; Sunday - 08:00-20: 00.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: entry 100 pesos (USD).
🚶 How to get there: located in the north near the Ring Road (ranch on the map).
Old house Cang-isok House
This is a very old wooden uninhabited house, believed to be the oldest on Siquijor. So far, it can be viewed from the outside and for free. But locals say that restoration is underway, and perhaps they will make a house-museum or an architectural landmark out of it.
🕐 Working hours: around the clock.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free.
🚶 How to get there: located on the east bank next to the Ring Road (old house on the map).
In the mountainous part in the center of the island there is a small butterfly park, where flying insects are grown to maintain the population. i.e. this is not a traditional zoo, but a farm for their breeding, so do not expect much entertainment and tourist orientation. If you decide to visit, you will be able to see a small variety of small and large tropical butterflies, their pupae, and the growing process. Unfortunately, you can read a lot of bad reviews about this place, that there are too few butterflies. This is because sometimes there are really very few insects here due to the seasonality of reproduction. Therefore, if you do not want to be disappointed, it is better to check before paying for the entrance whether there are many butterflies inside or not.
🕐 Working hours: during daytime.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: entry 100 pesos (USD).
🚶 How to get there: The Butterfly Park is located in the center of the island in the mountainous part (Butterfly Park on the map).
This is the best view point on Siquijor, at least until the work on the equipment of the observation deck on Mount Malabahoc is completed. It is conventionally equipped: there is a path leading up the hill, there is a sign for it, and at the entrance there is a donation box, which, apparently, was installed by local residents. Especially it is not worth going to it, but if you ride along the central part of the island, be sure to climb it. The walk upstairs would take five minutes.
🕐 Working hours: around the clock, it is better to visit at sunset or dawn..
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free, or you can drop some money into the donation box.
🚶 How to get there: observation deck on the map.
Mount Malabahoc / Malabahoc
This observation tower promises to be the most exciting, after the work on the construction of a five-story observation tower is completed, from the top of which there are already views of the North and South Coast, and the surrounding hills. During our visit at the end of 2019, work continued, and the builders did not allow tourists to the very top.
🕐 Working hours: during daytime.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free.
🚶 How to get there: an asphalt road leads almost to the observation deck (observation deck on the map), only from the parking lot you need to climb the trail for a few minutes.
Bandilaan mountain observation deck / Bandilaan
Mount Bandilan is the highest peak of the island, and once on its top there was a well-equipped observation deck and a whole recreation park with beautiful clubs, gazebos for recreation, and the observation deck itself. Buildings and stairs remained, but the place is abandoned, from the observation deck nothing can be seen because of the overgrown trees. Perhaps, in time, they will restore order here again, but for now you can stop here on the way past, and walk through the devastation.
🕐 Working hours: during daytime.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free.
🚶 How to get there: there is an asphalt road leading to the observation deck (observation deck on the map).
Filipino Hillers on Siquijor
Historically, the island of Siquijor was known as a place in the mountain villages of which lived Filipino Mystics practicing traditional folk healing – Hillery. Despite their repeated exposure and accusations of fraud, the locals still believe in their power, and in case of illness turn to them. If you also believe in their magic, or find the rituals interesting, then you can get to them for "consultation" and "treatment". To do this, you will have to contact one of the locals, they will send you to one of the villages on the island. We met one of the houses where Hillers practice, in the center of the island in the village of San Antonio, the house is marked with a small wooden sign Hiller Info.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: for ritual-treatment and the ability to withdraw from you can ask from 500 pesos and up to 500 dollars.
🚶 How to get there: you need to look for Hillers in the center of the island in mountain villages. It is best to come to one of the villages and ask the locals, they will direct you.