5 Day Guide to Siquijor
Siquijor is a small island to the South of Cebu and is known as the island of Fire. Its dry season is from December to May, and is thus busier then. Being so small makes it easy to get from one side of the island to the other. If you are looking for a quiet island to get away from it all, love exploring waterfalls and relaxing at beautiful beaches, Siquijor is definitely for you.
How to get to Siquijor - getting here is slightly trickier (and that's why it's less busy). You have to take a ferry, and you can get it from various places including Cebu, Bohol and Dumaguete. We took the ferry from the south of Cebu (Liloan) to Larena pier in Siquijor.
How to get around Siquijor
There is no Grab taxi on Siquijor but it is still easy to get around.
Rent your own scooter for 350 php (£4.50)/day - your hotel/accomodation will arrange this for you. Top tip: please check the tyres on your scooter before you rent it to make sure they are not worn down!
There are plenty of tricycles around especially close to points of interest such as restaurants and beaches. If you need to book one in advance, the best thing to do is get one of their numbers to arrange this. Average cost is 10 php/km.
Where to stay on Siquijor
Siquijor is made up by 6 municipalities - Siquijor town, Larena, Enrique Villanueva, Maria, Lazi and San Juan. The area of most accommodation and food options is San Juan. We stayed close to San Juan (in the south-west) and found it very easy to get around the island from here.
Day 1: Travel to Siquijor
If you are coming from Cebu, which we recommend (a round trip from Cebu to Siquijor then to Bohol), take the morning ferry at 10am from Liloan port in the south of Cebu to Siquijor. The company that runs this is called Maayo shipping container - it is a slow ferry that takes 2.5-3 hours and costs 200 php (£3.00) per person. There is only 1 ferry/day.
Alternatively, you can also get a ferry to Dumaguete and then to Siquijor - these run more frequently and you can check the schedules out here. 12go Asia is a good website to plan your trip, but when it comes to acutually booking it, you should check out the company website directly, as it may be cheaper elsewhere.
Rent a scooter on your first day to make getting around so much easier, and spend your first day relaxing at your hotel or checking out a nearby beach. Grab dinner at Baha Bar. The best thing to do for dessert is grab an ube ice cream!
Day 2: Swing into waterfalls
Head to cambugahay falls in the morning. There is a small parking area, and the parking fee is a 'donation'. It is open from 7am to 5pm, and has 3 levels with 2 rope swings on the first (50 php/£0.70 for unlimited swinging). There are a few food vendors at the base of the falls selling grilled chicken. If you want to borrow a raft, it costs 50 php.
People seem not to stay for very long at all, so it never got too busy.
There is also a Kawasan falls on Siquijor, and it is 5 minutes away from Cambugahay falls - this is much less well known and there was no one there. It's smaller and less blue than its neighbouring waterfall. You drive through someone's farm to get to a parking area, but it is quite well marked out. Parking is a donation again, and it is quite a steep but short walk down to the falls.
Luka Loco seems to be a popular choice for brunch, they have great smoothie bowls, but overall we wouldn't recommend coming here - they are also pricier than the other restaurants in the area.
Day 3: Cliff jumping at Salgadong beach
Head to the east of Siquijor to Salgadong beach for cliff jumping. The parking fee is 20 php (£0.30) and there is an entrance fee of 30 php (£0.40) each - this includes using the jumping/platforms!
They have a restaurant here which makes it easy to spend the whole day here.
The tide is high enough to jump from 11am onwards; if you come too early or late in the day, the platforms are closed.
On your way back from Salgadong beach, you will pass by fruit stalls along the way selling mangoes - mangoes in the Philippines are the best and you have to get them!
Day 4: More beaches
Spend the day exploring the other beaches on the west coast of Siquijor. Paliton beach is a favourite - it is a beautiful white sand beach with no entrance fee. It is small but didn't get crowded. There is no entrance fee here.
Make your way down along the coast to explore other beautiful stretches of beach too! We had so much fun outside Coral Cay resort where we found a rope swing which was perfect for sunset.
Other popular beaches are Tubod beach and Salangon beach - also in the west.
Day 5: Travel day
Time to leave Siquijor and explore your next island. If you're doing the Cebu -> Siquijor -> Bohol route, getting to Bohol is easy via a ferry from Larena port which takes 1.5 hours. There is 1 ferry per day leaving for Bohol, and they only run 3 days a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday). Check online to see any updated schedules. Ferries may also be cancelled due to weather conditions so keep an eye on this too.
The ferry costs approximately 900 php per person (£14.00).
Before you go, have breakfast at Monkey Business! This was our favourite restaurant on Siquijor, and actually went for a few lunches and dinners. Their burgers are the best.