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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.

Budget Travel Guide to Siquijor


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!


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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.

CLICK HERE TO SEARCH FOR CHEAP FLIGHTS TO DUMAGUETE


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.

BOOK A BOHOL-SIQUIJOR DISCOUNTED FERRY TICKET HERE


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 Best Things to Do, Tourist Spots and Attractions in Siquijor


Siquijor offers a wide array of tourist spots and attractions, exciting activities and amazing things to do that families, friends, and adventure junkies will surely enjoy! You can find many interesting places and do many things in Siquijor. With this, let me share to you my "Top Best Things to do, Tourist Spots and Attractions in Siquijor.”

Things To Do in SiquijorThings To Do in Siquijor
Scooters for rent at Adayo Cove Resort

Go on a Road Trip


This is one of the best ways to explore the island of Siquijor. You can rent a motorcycle or a scooter that you can drive on your own or hire a tricycle with a driver/tour guide that will show you the best tourist spots on the island. For your tour guide and tricycle rental needs, please contact y trusted tour guides. Details can be found at the end of this travel guide.

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

Visit the Churches


Must-visit 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.

Lazi Convent
Lazi Convent

Visit the old Lazi Convent


Along with Lazi Church, this was declared as a "National Historical Landmark" by the National Historical Institute and definitely a must-visit in Siquijor.

Siquijor Budget Travel Guide 2018
Fish Spa anyone?

Enjoy a Fish Spa at the Centuries-old Balete Tree


Aside from being known as one of the oldest trees on the island, visitors will also enjoy the man-made pool with water coming directly from the tree's roots with numerous small fishes. Just dip your feet into the water and enjoy the fishes nibbling on your foot's dead skin.

Beautiful Beaches in Siquijor
Salagdoong Beach

Swim into the clear waters of Siquijor's Beaches


Siquijor has many beaches with clear waters perfect fro swimming and snorkeling. Must-visit are Salagdoong Beach in the town of Maria, San Juan Beach and Paliton Beach, both in the town of San Juan


Things to do in Siquijor

Fly on a Broomstick


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. "Flying on a broomstick" is one of the wackiest and carzy things yyou can do in Siquijor! Don't miss it!

Cambugahay Falls
Cambugahay Falls in Lazi, Siquijor

Swim at Cambugahay Falls


Cambugahay Falls is a series of multi-level waterfalls and is one of the many precious waterfalls on the island where most tourists go and enjoy the clear cold water. Here you can do the famous "swing like Tarzan" where you plunge into the deep waters of the waterfalls.

TRAVEL TIP: You can also book a Siquijor Cambugahay Falls and Heritage Day Tour via Klook.com.

BOOK A SIQUIJOR DAY TOUR HERE


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

Walk through the Mangroves at Guiwanon Spring Park


Located in Brgy. Luyang, Siquijor, Siquijor, this hidden eco-park with lush mangroves is a good place to relax, unwind, and to just enjoy nature.


Sunset in Siquijor

Watch Beautiful Sunsets


End your day just enjoying the sunset from anywhere in Siquijor!

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.


WHERE TO STAY: 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.


Sample 3 Days and 2 Nights Siquijor 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

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

Siquijor Tour Guide and Tricycle Rental
Tour Guide in Siquijor

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!

NOTE: They usually suggest a list of tourist spots and attractions in Siquijor that you can visit during your tour. But you can also customize it by telling them the places you want to visit.

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.

Alternatively, you can also book a Siquijor Cambugahay Falls and Heritage Day Tour via Klook.com.

BOOK A SIQUIJOR DAY TOUR HERE


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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