13 Best Things to do, Tourist Spots and Attractions in Siquijor

Top Best Things To Do in Siquijor

Magical, majestic, and a must-visit! These words best describe the island of Siquijor.

Whenever people ask me for the best places to visit in the Philippines, Siquijor is always part of my top picks. It was in 2011 when I first visited and explored this island province. I've been wanting to visit it again but a re-visit only happened after 6 long years. I waited for so long, so when when the opportunity came to visit it again early this month, I told myself that it has to be a memorable one!

Arriving in Siquijor

Top Best Things To DO in Siquijor

We stayed on the island for 3 days and we truly enjoyed it. With this, let me share to you my 13 things you should not miss when visiting Siquijor.

ALSO READ: Siquijor Budget Travel Guide 2018 with DIY Itinerary and Expenses

1. Go on a Road Trip

The best way to tour around the island of Siquijor is with a tricycle tour. This is ideal for small groups, couples, or a small family. For bigger groups, multicabs can also be rented. Just ask your resort on how to rent one. But if you know how to drive a motorcycle or a scooter, you could rent one and explore the island on your own. Most resorts on the island also offer motorcycle rentals.

For your tricycle needs and tour guides, see details at the end of this post.

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Scooters for rent at Adayo Cove Resort

2. Visit the Churches

The island of Siquijor is home to many old and historical churches. Every town has it's own church and small chapels, but my favorites are the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in the town of Siquijor, the Our Lady of Divine Providence in the town Maria, and the St. Isidore Labradore in the town of Lazi - which was declared as a "National Historical Landmark" by the National Historical Institute.

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

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

Churches in Siquijor Tourist Spots
Our Lady of Divine Providence Church in Maria

Churches in Siquijor Tourist Spots
Inside Our Lady of Divine Providence Church

Churches in Siquijor Tourist Spots
St. Francis of Assisi in the town of Siquijor

3. Visit the old Lazi Convent

One of the most popular historical attractions in Siquijor is the huge Lazi Convent which was also declared as a "National Historical Landmark" by the National Historical Institute along with Lazi Church. Known as the biggest convent in the country, it is used to be a place for rest and recreation of the Friars. It is located just across Lazi Church, a must-visit for religious travelers.

Lazi Convent
Lazi Convent

4. Enjoy a Fish Spa at the Centuries-old Balete Tree

A must-experience in Siquijor! Located in Brgy. Campalanas in Lazi, this centuries-old balete tree is believed to be 400 years old. Known as the oldest and biggest tree in the province, it is a popular landmark that catches the attention of every visitor. At the bottom of the tree is a man-made pool with water coming directly from the tree's roots with numerous small fishes. You can dip your feet and let the fishes gather around your foot and nibble at your dead skin. Hahaha! It's quite relaxing!

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Fish Spa anyone?

5. Swim into the clear waters of Siquijor's Beaches

As an island province, Siquijor is blessed with many beautiful beaches with clear turquoise waters. I love Salagdoong Beach in the town of Maria, San Juan Beach and Paliton Beach, both in the town of San Juan. Basking in the sand, and enjoying the clear waters of Siquijor's beaches are definitely a must-do and should not be missed when visiting this majestic island.

Beautiful Beaches in Siquijor
Salagdoong Beach

Beautiful Beaches in Siquijor
Paliton Beach

6. Fly on a Broomstick

Okay, this is a joke! Hahaha! But you can have an illusion of like "flying on a broomstick" when you visit Hapitanan Cafe and Restaurant along Siquijor Circumferential Road in the town of Lazi. They have this "photo ops area" where you could grab a broomstick and have your photo taken just like this one below. Hahaha!

Things to do in Siquijor

7. Swim at Cambugahay Falls

Also located in the town of Lazi, it requires a short trek down a stone staircase from the main road to reach Cambugahay Falls. It is made of a cascading 3-level waterfalls, with fresh and clean water coming from natural springs. There are small pools where one can sit, relax and just let the rushing water massage your body. Aside from swimming, you may also swing like Tarzan at the hanging ropes and jump into the cold waters, or have an exciting bamboo raft ride. Cambugahay Falls is definitely a must-see and experience when visiting Siquijor.

Cambugahay Falls
Cambugahay Falls in Lazi, Siquijor

8. Walk through the Mangroves

Known as Guiwanon Spring Park, this eco-park is hidden within the mangroves in Brgy. Luyang, Siquijor, Siquijor. For a minimal entrance free of 10 pesos, you can walk through the lush mangroves via the wooded bridge and enjoy the cool sea breeze in the park. This is the best place to relax, unwind, and to just enjoy nature.

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Entering Guiwanon Spring Park

Things to Do in Siquijor Budget Travel Guide 2018
Walking through the wooden bridge

9. Watch Beautiful Sunsets

We always end our day in Siquijor with a beautiful sunset such as this. Needless to say, it's so beautiful!

Sunset in Siquijor

10. Enjoy Endless Photoshoots

Be it at the beach, at the waterfalls, at the historic churches, or just about anywhere, Siquijor offers a lot of scenic landscapes and beautiful scenery ideal to capture those IG-worthy photos.

Salagdoong Beach
The road leading to Salagdoong Beach

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Welcome to Siquijor

Top Things to do in Siquijor
Adayo Cove Resort

11. Stay in a Resort

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.



Beach Resorts in Siquijor
Swimming Pool at Adayo Cove Resort

Beach Resorts in Siquijor
Guestroom at at Adayo Cove Resort

Beach Resorts in Siquijor
Great tasting food at at Adayo Cove Resort

12. Buy Pasalubong and Souvenirs

Love potions, herbal oils, voodoo doll souvenirs, t-shirts, peanut brittle (must-try!), ref magnets, key chains, and handicrafts, are just some of the nice pasalubong items and souvenirs you could bring back home to your family and friends. There are a few souvenir shops on the island. Some of them are located at the Old-Balete Tree area, Hapitanan Restaurant, and at the Siquijor Town Center. Just ask your tour guide where is the best place to buy.

Souvenirs and Pasalubong
Herbal Oil from Siquijor

13. Have Fun!

Of course, last but not the least. Have fun and enjoy Siquijor!

Enjoying Salagdoong Beach

How to Get to Siquijor

  • 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 below) that could fetch you from the port going to your resort.


Tricycle Rental with Tour Guide

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. Please give my regards to them when you meet them!





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