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SIQUIJOR BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE 2018: Things to do, Tourist Spots, DIY Itinerary, Expenses, and More!

2018 Siquijor Budget Travel Guide

Planning a trip to Siquijor? Dubbed as the "Island of Fire" or "Isla del Fuego" by the Spaniards, it is the 3rd smallest province in the Philippines, next to the island province of Camiguin and Batanes. A whole day of adventure is a good itinerary if you want to see and experience most of Siquijor's famous tourist spots and attractions. Nature, churches, beaches, lovely Siquijornons, and a lot more! These are just some of the reasons why Siquijor is one of my top favorite destinations among all the 81 province in the Philippines that I've been to.

In this Siquijor Budget Travel Guide 2018, I will give you some useful information on how to get there, where to stay, top things to do, semi-DIY itinerary, tour guide, expenses, and more!


How to Get to Siquijor


FROM MANILA


  • From Manila, take a 1-hour flight to Dumaguete City. Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines have several flights daily from Manila to Dumaguete City. You can search for cheap flights to Dumaguete City using the Traveloka App. Highly recommended!
  • From Dumaguete City Airport, take a tricycle to Dumaguete Port. Standard fare is 100 pesos per tricycle and travel time is around 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can just walk outside the airport and take a passenger jeepney to Dumaguete City. Then walk or take a tricycle to the port. For short distances, tricycle fare is 8 pesos per passenger.
  • At Dumaguete Port, take a boat or a ferry to Siquijor. Fare is around 130 to 230 pesos depending on where in Siquijor you are going to. From Dumaguete to Siquijor, Siquijor, it's 130 pesos, for Dumaguete to Larena, Siquijor, it's 230 pesos.
  • Upon arrival in Siquijor, you may take a tricycle or a habal-habal (Single motorcycle) going to your resort. You may also contact a tour guide with tricycle (see details at the end of this post) that could fetch you from the port going to your resort.

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FROM CEBU OR BOHOL


Alternatively, if you are coming from Cebu or Bohol, there are also ferries from Tagbilaran (Bohol) and Cebu City (Cebu), that will take you to Siquijor.

From Cebu City Southbound Bus Terminal, you may also take a bus going to Dumaguete City. Take the bus going to Bato (via Lilo-an), and then transfer to a ferry bound for Sibulan Port. Upon reaching Sibulan Port, take a tricycle or a jeepney to Dumaguete Port and then take a ferry or boat to Siquijor. This is also a good chance to do a South Cebu Tour. READ: 12 Awesome Things To Do In South Cebu

ALSO READ: How to get to Dumaguete City from Cebu by Bus

FROM DIPOLOG CITY


You can also get to Siquijor by taking a ferry from Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte to Dumaguete City, then make your way to Dumaguete Port and take a boat or a ferry to Siquijor.

FROM BACOLOD CITY


There are buses from Bacolod City that will take you to Dumaguete City with travel time of around 5-6 hours. From here, you may take a boat or a ferry to Siquijor.


Top Things to Do in Siquijor

  1. Go on a Road Trip
  2. Visit the Churches
  3. Visit the old Lazi Convent
  4. Enjoy a Fish Spa at the Centuries-old Balete Tree
  5. Swim into the clear waters of Siquijor's Beaches
  6. Fly on a Broomstick
  7. Swim at Cambugahay Falls
  8. Walk through the Mangroves at Guiwanon Spring Park
  9. Watch Beautiful Sunsets
  10. Enjoy Endless Photoshoots
  11. Stay in a Resort
  12. Buy Pasalubong and Souvenirs
  13. Enjoy and have Fun!

READ FULL DETAILS HERE: 13 Things You Should Not Miss When Visiting Siquijor

Top Things to do in Siquijor
Welcome to Siquijor

Other Tourist Spots and Attractions in Siquijor

  • Capilay Spring Park - a public pool along the main road with water coming from the springs.
  • Mt. Bandilaan National Park - for that scenic and breathtaking views of Siquijor and neighboring islands.
  • Lugnason Falls - located in the lush forest, this falls requires some treeking to see its beauty.
  • Kagusuan Beach - one of the most remote beaches in the island.
  • Cantabon Cave - takes abou 1.5 hours to explore. You need to register first and get a guide for you to explore this cave.
  • Siquijor Port / Beach - this is a beautiful public beach that will greet you upon arrival in Siquijor.
  • Larena Triad Coffee Shop - a coffee shop atop a hill that offers awesome views.
  • Dumanjog Beach - another beautiful beach in Siquijor.
  • Salagdoong Forest Reserve - a forest with picturesque canopy of trees located at the road leading to Salagdoong Beach.
  • Island Butterfly Garden - a nature conservation center with a collection fo endemic butterflies on the island.


Resorts in Siquijor


Having been to Siquijor twice, I've stayed at two nice and lovely resorts. I highly recommend Coco Grove Beach Resort (see room rates) and Adayo Cove Resort (see room rates) - both in the town of San Juan. Aside from the resorts' amenities and facilities, what I love most about these resorts are the genuinely accommodating staff. They are local residents and really know how to take good care of their guests.

CLICK HERE TO SEARCH FOR HOTELS AND RESORTS IN SIQUIJOR


Beach Resorts in Siquijor
Swimming Pool at Adayo Cove Resort


ADAYO COVE RESORT


Address: Tambisan, Siquijor, Siquijor Island, Philippines, 6225 (at the boundary of Siquijor and San Juan towns)
Room Rates per night on Traveloka:
  • Native Cottage Room Only - ₱ 1,248.30
  • Duplex Room With Breakfast - ₱ 1,905.30
  • Family Room For 4 - ₱2,299.50

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE A ROOM AT ADAYO COVE RESORT


Beach Resorts in Siquijor
Swimming Pool at Coco Grove Beach Resort


COCO GROVE BEACH RESORT


Address: Tubod, San Juan, Siquijor Island, Philippines, 6227
Room Rates per night on Traveloka:
  • Deluxe Room - ₱ 5,508.72
  • Executive Room - ₱ 6,810.77

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE A ROOM AT COCO GROVE BEACH RESORT


NOTE: Room rates are subject to change and based on the date of your booking.


Semi-DIY Itinerary


Let's say, you're coming from Manila, here's a 3 days 2 nights semi-DIY Siquijor Itinerary. You can adjust it depending on the tourist spots, attractions and activities that interests you.

Beautiful Beaches in Siquijor
Salagdoong Beach

DAY 1 - Travel to Siquijor, Check-in

  • Travel from Manila to Dumaguete
  • From the airport, take a tricycle to Dumaguete Port
  • Arrive at the port, buy tickets and pay terminal fee
  • Take a boat or a ferry to Siquijor
  • Ride a tricycle or a habal-habal (single motorcycle) to your resort
  • Check-in at the resort
  • Lunch
  • Enjoy the resort facilities
  • Watch the sunset
  • Dinner
  • Star gazing at the beach
  • Sleep

Cambugahay Falls
Cambugahay Falls in Lazi, Siquijor

DAY 2 - Explore Siquijor

  • Breakfast at the resort
  • Start Siquijor day tour
  • Paliton Beach
  • Capilay Hot Spring
  • fish Spa at the Enchanted Old Balete Tree
  • Buy souvenirs at the Old Balete Tree
  • Stop by Hapitanan Cafe and Restaurant
  • Have a photo riding a broomstick
  • Visit Lazi Church and Convent
  • Swim at Cambugahay Falls, Tarzan swing, and bamboo raft ride
  • Visit the Church of Our Lady of Divine Providence at the town of Maria
  • Swim and enjoy Salagdoor Beach
  • Lunch at Salagdoong Beach Restaurant
  • Have a photo at the canopy of trees at Salagdoong Forest Reserves
  • Travel to Enrique Villanueva town and visit the church
  • Travel to the town of Larena
  • Visit San Vicente Ferrer Parish Church
  • Proceed to Guiwanon Spring Park
  • Go to Siquijor town
  • Buy souvenirs and pasalubong
  • Visit Saint Francis of Assisi Church and Bell Tower
  • Have a photo taken at the "Welcome to Siquijor" marker
  • Watch a beautiful sunset in San Juan
  • Go back to the resort
  • Dinner
  • Rest and Sleep

Churches in Siquijor Tourist Spots
St. Isidore Labrador Church in Lazi

DAY 3 - Check-out, Go back to Manila

  • Breakfast at the resort
  • Enjoy the resort
  • Check out before lunch
  • Proceed to the port
  • Take a ferry or boat to Dumaguete
  • Lunch in Dumaguete
  • Proceed to the airport for your flight to Manila

Alternatively, you may also stay a few more nights in Dumaguete, explore the city and it's nearby towns. Cebu, Dipolog, Bacolod, and the other towns and cities in Negros Island are also easily accessible from here.

ALSO READ: A Local's Guide to Dumaguete City: 8 Tips and Tricks for First-Timers

Salagdoong Beach
The road leading to Salagdoong Beach

Tricycle Rental and Tour Guides in Siquijor


For your tricycle needs and tour guide that will tour around Siquijor, you may contact Kuya Joam at 0927-6932095 or Kuya El at 0905-8809706. They are my most-trusted tour guides in Siquijor. In fact, Kuya Joam is our tour guide on my first travel to Siquijor in 2011. Very professional and really takes good care of the guests' need. Please give my regards to them when you meet them!

RATE: 1,200 per day good for 3 pax. This is tricycle rental for one whole day with the assistance of your driver as tour guide.


Siquijor Tour Guide and Tricycle Rental
Tour Guide in Siquijor

List of Expenses (in PHP)


Below are the estimated budget and expenses for a 3 days / 2 nights Siquijor Adventure. You can adjust it depending on how many are you in the group, and on the places you want to see and experience.

  • Dumaguete Airport to Port - 100.00 / tricycle good for 3 pax
  • Boat Fare to Siquijor, Siquijor - 150.00 / pax
  • Terminal Fee in Dumaguete Port - 20.00 / pax
  • Habal-habal Ride from port to resort - 100.00 good for 2 pax
  • Accommodation - 2,000 per night at Adayo Cove Resort
  • Food Expenses - 1,500 - 2,000 per pax for 3 days
  • Tricycke Rental + Tour Guide - 1,200 per day for 3 pax
  • Salagdoong Beach entrance fee - 25.00 per pax
  • Habal-habal from Resort to Siquijor Port - 100.00 good for 2 pax
  • Boat or Ferry to Dumaguete - 150.00 / pax
  • Tricycle to Dumaguete Airport - 100.00 / tricycle good for 3 pax

I hope this Siquijor Budget Travel Guide 2018 helps you in planning a memorable and amazing Siquijor adventure. Have fun, take a lot of photos, and enjoy Siquijor!


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