This is a travel guide that will help you plan an overnight trip to the island of Siquijor. It provides basic information on what to do, where to stay, transportation, how to get there, itinerary, estimated budget, and contact details that will guide you through your visit to this majestic island in Central Visayas. Siquijor is mystical, enchanting and magical! Visit Siquijor and experience serenity at its best!
THINGS TO DO
Explore the Mystical and Enchanting Natural Wonders of Siquijor
Called Isla del Fuego or the "Island of Fire" during the Spanish colonial period, the mystical island of Siquijor is teeming with rich natural wonders and marvellous attractions - white-sand beaches, springs, waterfalls, caves, mountains and more. It is unexploited unlike other tourist destinations in the country as it is not as frequented by local tourists due to urban legends associating it with mystical traditions, sorcery and witchcrafts. To read more, click here.
Visita Iglesia on the Centuries-Old Churches of Siquijor
A trip to the mystical island of Siquijor wouldn’t be complete without a visit to their centuries-old Catholic churches. These churches provide a peek on the religious vehemence of Siquijornons in paying reverence to their town's patron saint. Moreover, these churches have been part of the rich history and culture of the province, hence, a visit to these churches is highly recommended. Here are some of the must-see churches in the island of Siquijor. To read more, click here.
Visit the Cang-Isok House, the Oldest Surviving House in Siquijor
One of the historical structures I always look for when travelling are ancient houses. I wasn't able to see Spanish and post war ancestral houses in the Island of Siquijor but I found one old house that has been there for more than a hundred years. The Cang-Isok House is another historical attraction in the island. It is a century-old house built on stilts that stands strong on the shore of the Brgy. Libo in the town of Enrique Villanueva. To read more, click here.
Swim and Enjoy the Beach at Coco Grove Beach Resort
We enjoyed the white sand and the pristine clear waters of the beach at Coco Grove Beach Resort. We had an awesome morning swim while basking under the hot rays of the sun with tropical palm trees all around. Relaxing! The allure of this beach is its starkness. It’s raw and simple. The sand is fine and white with just a few crushed corals in some areas. It is isolated from other resorts, so if you're looking for some quiet moments, this is the best place for you. To read more, click here.
07:00 AM - Departure (Manila - Dumaguete City)
08:00 AM - Arrival in Dumaguete City
08:30 AM - Take a tricycle to the port
08:50 AM - Arrive at the port
09:00 AM - Take a ferry to Siquijor
10:00 AM - Arrive at Siquijor
10:30 AM - Check-in at your chosen resort
11:00 AM - Lunch
12:00 NN - Start the island tour
06:00 PM - End island tour
07:00 PM - Dinner
08:00 PM - Back at the resort / freshen up
09:30 PM - Socials
11:00 PM - Sleep
06:00 AM - Wake-up
06:30 AM - Breakfast
08:00 AM - Beach bumming
09:30 AM - Kayaking along the shores of Coco Grove
11:00 AM - Prepare for check-out
12:00 NN - Check-out
01:00 PM - Pasalubong shopping / Lunch
02:00 PM - Depart for Dumaguete City
03:00 PM - Arrive at Dumaguete City
04:00 PM - Depart for Manila or stay in Dumaguete City
Note: This is my suggested itinerary for an overnight trip in Siquijor.
HOW TO GET THERE
How to get to Siquijor from Manila There is no direct flight from Manila to Siquijor, you have to take a flight to Dumaguete City (1 hour) then take a fast craft to the island of Siquijor (1 hour). For the details on how we got there, click here.
Coco Grove Beach Resort
Address: Tubod, San Juan, Siquijor Island, Philippines
Telephone Nos.: (+63) 915 253 5130 / (+63) 939 915 5123 (+63) 035 225-5490 / (+63) 035 422-9663
Coco Grove Beach Resort is a large scale accommodation in the island with around 50 rooms. The resort is marvellously designed with well-manicured gardens that blend with the natural setting of the trees and the beach. There are two lovely swimming pools, one of which has a pool bar. Both are so nice and kept very clean. It has day beds scattered around and outdoor dining tables where you could eat while enjoying the pool. For a budget traveller like me, this is the most expensive I have paid for a resort. But I don't mind, it's worth all the money spent. No doubt, it is hailed as one the best resorts in Siquijor!
To read more, click here.
Touring the island is easy and should not cost you a fortune. I suggest that you hire your transportation and start early to fully maximize the island tour. I highly recommend Kuya JOAM for guide and transportation. You may contact him at 0927-6932095. He knows where to bring you and tells a lot of stories on the places that you go. Standard rate is PHP 850. A highly recommended guide in Siquijor!
Note: Please give my regards to him when you get to Siquijor. Show him our photo, so he could remember... Hehehe! Thanks!
Note: This is an estimated budget in Siquijor for a group of 3 people.
For more travel information, please contact:
Provincial Government of Siquijor
New Capitol Building, Pulangyuta, Siquijor 6225 Siquijor, Siquijor, Philippines
Telephone Nos.: (035) 480-9173 (telefax) (035) 344-2088 / (035) 480-9076
This is part of my adventures in the provinces of Siquijor and Negros Oriental that happened last November 20-22, 2011 with my MBA friends, Clarice and Marvin. Siquijor is the 48th province on my list. Join us as we discover the majestic and enchanting “island of fire” that is distinctively Siquijor.
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