The Complete Siquijor Adventure
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The Complete Siquijor Adventure Travel Guide

Welcome to Siquijor “The Island of Fire”

(population: 81,598 to 95,984 as of 2015)

Local Language: Cebuano

Welcome to Siquijor “The Island of Fire”

(population: 81,598 to 95,984 as of 2015)

Local Language: Cebuano

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Get enchanted with beautiful experiences and fun memories in this Philippine island, Siquijor. Visitors often wonder why the island is called “The Island of Fire”. The fiery name came from when the Spanish noticed a glow of light from the shorelines of the island. When they got closer they saw that there were hundreds of fireflies making traces of their little lights. That’s how it started. The island is filled with traditions such as magic (dark and what not) and sorcery which captivates the interest of tourists and locals alike.

Siquijor is not only known as the “Island of fire”. It is also known as “the island of witches” and “the mystical island”. However, if you talk about the true mystery of the island, you can never deny it’s mysterious natural beauty like the gatorade blue waters in Cambugahay Falls or the great surreal underwater escapade nor the cool laid back vibes despite the booming tourism in this small island province.

We have a confession to make, Siquijor is actually by far one of mine and Josh’s favourite island in the Philippines. Among all the little islands around the Philippines, Siquijor has its own unique charm and a backpacker vibe that we love.  

Local Language and Culture

The local language is Cebuano but with an accent of their own. The local people around the island are nice and despite the legends about witchcraft and dark magic. Generally, and we find it safe to go around the island on your own. The unseen old practices are long gone now, or is it really?

Nowadays, people on this island are trying to remove the stigma that has been passed on for several decades. It is evident as you tour around the island, the locals you’ll meet always wear a smile on their face. Return the favor by being nice to people (as we should always do elsewhere) especially in Siquijor since who knows, the myths could still be true and you don’t want to ruin yours and other people’s holidays being rude around locals.

Best Time to Go to Siquijor


Despite its reputation for black magic and witchcraft, Siquijor is well-known for an island that has a zero “0” crime rate. Safety must come first before fun and excitement. Plan your trip to avoid being in an ugly situation. Make sure you are insured before boarding your flight to the Philippines. 

Through the media, it is said that the whole Philippines is commonly known as an unsafe country to travel to. That is not the truth. The southern part (Mindanao area) of the Philippines is the only area that is not safe to both foreign and local travellers due to possible terrorism. The rest of the Philippines including Siquijor is safe. 


The best time to go to Siquijor is summer which is between March to May. It is a perfect time to enjoy the serenity of the ocean as waves crash, trees rustle with the wind while basking under the high sun. We advise you to avoid the monsoon where there will be storms and heavy rains. Bear in mind that the only way to go to the island is by boat (and a chartered plane if you have tons of $$). You don’t want to get stranded or miss your schedules because of delayed and canceled boat trips due to weather.

5-day Weather Forecast in Siquijor

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Beautiful festivities begin with thankfulness and prosperity. Celebrations among different cities, municipalities, and provinces occurring everywhere in the Philippines. One city has its own festival to celebrate their town’s patron saints, bountifulness, and other reasons which gives their town its own spark.

Solili Festival (Siquijor, Siquijor)

This festival is the highlight of the “Araw ng Siquijor”, Charter Day, which is celebrated for seven days that begin each seventeenth day of September (September 17). This is to commemorate the romance between a folktale character “Tukmo and Punay”. 


Dilaab Festival (Siquijor, Siquijor)

Celebrated annually on October 4 in honor of their patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi. This is also a form of thanksgiving for the natural resources embedded by their island which their patron saint loved the most. Also, this festival is to celebrate the warm hospitality of the Siquijodnons.


Bugwas Festival (San Juan, Siquijor)

This festival is celebrated specifically at San Juan, Siquijor at thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest and celebrated on August 30. The word “bugwas” means a spurt of water, which represents the waters coming from their underground sources.


Saging Festival (Lazi, Siquijor)

This festival gives importance to “saging” (banana) of its many uses in the lives of people in Siquijor. The dances showcased during the festival depicts the story of how this plant came to exist. This occurs in Lazi, Siquijor every May 15.


Lubi Festival (Maria, Siquijor)

This festival celebrates the humble livelihood of Mariajanons which happens every May 20. Lubi which means coconut gives honor to their town’s patron saint Our Lady of Divine Providence for their bountiful harvest and blessings they have received from the tree of life called Lubi.


Pamukad Festival (Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor)

Celebrated every July 15 for thanksgiving for their bountiful catch of fish as the Divine power intercedes with them and showers them with more blessings. This festival showcases the townspeople’s different routines to catch schools of fish.


Canoan Festival (Larena, Siquijor)

Celebrated every May 3 in order to give honor for hard work. The people of Siquijor tend to strive for their own and make themselves effective rather than waiting for an opportunity to knock on their doors. This festival encourages the farmers and laborers and celebrates their successes.

How To Get to Siquijor

Do you have seasickness? Well, the only way to go to Siquijor is by the sea with a boat or ferry from Dumaguete and Cebu. I’ve heard that there are chartered flights operated by a private company but it can be very expensive (around $300 one way). 

Here’s some information you will find useful for planning. Have a look at to prepare yourself for a journey to Siquijor Island.

From Dumaguete

You can take the ferry bound to Siquijor.  The estimated time of travel is about an hour (1hr) or two (2hrs)


From Cebu


  • From Cebu City, you can travel by land through a regular bus schedule or a private car going to Cebu south, Liloan. Then by sea through a RORO (Roll on Roll Off) to Siquijor. 
  • You can get a flight from Cebu to Dumaguete and by ferry from Dumaguete to Siquijor.

Estimated Time of Travel:

  • A vehicle or bus from Cebu City to Dumaguete City takes about 6-7 hours then 1-2 hours by RORO / ferry to Siquijor. So a lot about 8-9 hours of travel time. This is advisable if you are not on a tight schedule and wants to take your time and spend less money travelling.
  • Flight from Cebu City to Dumaguete City takes about 50 minutes to 1 hour and Dumaguete City to Siquijor Island takes 1-2 hours. So your travel time is approximately 3 hours. 


From Manila


  • From Manila, you can travel to Dumaguete City by air and travel by sea to Siquijor island (refer to above tables for timings and fare)
  • The second option is a ferry from Manila to Dumaguete and to Siquijor.

Estimated Time of Travel:

  • Flight from Manila to Dumaguete will take about an hour and ferries from Dumaguete City to Siquijor Island will take about 1-2 hours depending on the speed of the ferry and the current of the waves. The estimated travel time is around 3-4 hours.
  • Boat from Manila to Dumaguete City would take around 11 hours. Then the time of travel from Dumaguete City to Siquijor that is 1-2 hours. The total time is around 12-13 hours.

Getting Around Siquijor

Getting around the island shouldn’t be a problem because there are a few exciting options to choose from. Bear in mind that the streets around the island is most of the time not busy. you’ll get a proper island vibe. Transportation options available on the island are below.


The roads around Siquijor are good for driving cars. I haven't seen any car rental companies around the island. If you want to go around by car you need to get one from a city like Dumaguete or Cebu and take it to the island via RORO (Roll On Roll Off).


There are jeepneys going around the island a few times. They don't have a schedule so you just wait and sometimes they go from town to town depending if they have enough passengers to take or else they will ask you to take a tricycle. Fare starts at PHP 10.


If you don't know how to ride a two-wheeled ride or are afraid to even try, there are tricycles doing a tour for you. You can rent them for a day (with a driver). They will be driving you around and take you to tourist spots and wait for you if you decide to stay for a bit. The vehicle is a 3-wheeled like tuk-tuk in Thailand. Per day rental is around PHP 1500.

If you feel adventurous and want to travel like a local, there are tricycles who travel from point to point between towns and it's way cheaper (starts at PHP 10). You should ask the locals where their terminals are and they usually wait for their seats to get full before going. If you have time to spare, why not? If you don't want to wait, you can ask to pay for the whole trip so normally that's around PHP 50 - PHP 100. You can always bargain with this kind of transport too but it's always so cheap so why bother.


We highly recommend hiring your own motorcycle or scooter for transportation and to be able to tour the island at your own pace. When you arrive at the port in Siquijor the first thing you will see is several companies trying to rent their scooters to you. You should be able to get a scooter at PHP 300 per day rate.

Adventures You Can Do in Siquijor

There are a lot of exciting things you can do on Siquijor Island. Here are a few options you can choose from.  

BIKING (Siquijor, Siquijor)

If you think Siquijor Island only offers the finest beaches and waterfalls in the province well think again. Their mountainous areas are just much as great as their waters. The Siquijor Mountain Bike tour would show you that Siquijor is not only known for its finest oceans and waterfalls, but also their hills. There would be a tour guide coming along with you who knows every route you might want to take. There are also three levels for you to choose from to fit in your capabilities, skills, and experience with mountain biking because they couldn't risk our health. That's why it's so kind for them to look after what we can do rather than how much money they can get from us.

Company Bike Tours, Gear Rentals
Contact Number +63 995 082 8381

FREEDIVING (San Juan, Siquijor)

Of course, Siquijor would have freediving for their pride is their waters. Siquijor island offers you freediving lessons may it be beginner courses, certifications, advanced training and recreational dives.

  1. Siquijor Freedivers 
  2. Siquijor Freediving School and Training Center
  1. Siquijor Divers, 6227 Circumferential road, Siquijor
  2. Island Maite, San Juan, Siquijor
Contact Number+63 995 509 4278

CLIFF DIVING (Maria, Siquijor)

You may have possibly heard about the famous cliff diving site of Siquijor island, Salagdoong Beach Resort. I've been here and all I can say is that this beach resort is stunning! For it has different activities you can enjoy. But let's focus first on cliff diving, shall we? So cliff Diving in this fine beach resort will truly make you say wow. Before jumping off the cliff intended for cliff diving, there are two diving platforms; they have a 20 feet diving platform and they also have a 32 feet diving platform. Which one would you dare take?

Location Salagdoong Beach Resort, Maria, Siquijor
Contact Number +63 935 111 7619


Here's the thing, after cliff diving you can try Salagdoong's kayaking. As I've said, they don't just offer cliff diving, but they also offer various activities and kayaking is one of them. Kayaking in Salagdoong Beach resort would astonish you from its clear waters and huge rock formations you can pass through if you are brave enough to go further from the shorelines. But of course, Salagdoong isn't the only resort that offers Kayaking.

  1. Salagdoong Beach Resort, Maria, Siquijor
  2. The Caffa, Siquijor, Siquijor
Contact Number+63 915 845 0835


Another activity offered by Salagdoong Beach Resort and The Caffa is snorkeling. Enjoy the coral reefs the island withholds and swim with the fishes and take pictures while you're underwater.

  1. Salagdoong Beach Resort, Maria, Siquijor
  2. The Caffa, Siquijor, Siquijor
Contact Number
  • +63 915 845 0835


  • +63 915 845 0835


If you enjoy walking through hills and mountains, hiking would be great for you. Hiking in the mountains of Siquijor will lead you somewhere interesting and on your way up there you will find natural springs, falls and caves you want to have a picture of. When you strive and reach the peak, a breathtaking view of the island is what you shall find.

  • Mount Bandilaan National Park
  • Kamp Aninipot – Siquijor’s Campground


If you have the budget for this kind of activity then you can go for it! Skydiving at Siquijor island will surely capture your eyes for the island has so many greeneries and has waters that are blue and oceans clear as crystals to feed your eyes. You can book with a partner and you can have a tandem skydive for as low as 19,000 PHP. Are you in for this? Then book now!

CompanySkydive Greater Siquijor
LocationSiquijor Airport (Private Property North of Main Airport)
Contact Number+63 917 148 5993

Spelunking or Caving

If you're up for big caves with stalactites, stalagmites, and pools of water, this would be your call. Experience spelunking in one of the finest caves in Siquijor Island, the Cantabon Cave. Worry less because with you there will be a tour guide and for safety measures, flashlights and helmets will be available too.

Company Cantabon Cave
Location Siquijor, Siquijor

Scuba Diving

Siquijor Island offers well-equipped dive education located in 2 of the best scuba diving sites in Siquijor island. The Southwest coast of Siquijor Island is the top scuba diving site in Siquijor Island. Experience delving into the deepest waters while getting along with different variations of fishes.

  1. H₂O Diving Siquijor
  2. Dive Point Siquijor
  3. Sea Pearl Divers
  4. Go Dive Siquijor
  5. Mystic Divers
  6. Last Frontier Dive
  7. Siquijor Divers
  8. Pawikan Eco Dive Resort
  1. San Juan, Siquijor
  2. John Lhea Beach Resort, San Juan, 6227 Siquijor
  3. Siquijor Circumferential Road, San Juan, Siquijor
  4. MDB Homes, Siquijor, 6225 Siquijor
  5. Siquijor Circumferential Road, Maite, San Juan, Siquijor
  6. Población, San Juan, 6227 Siquijor
  7. San Juan, Siquijor
  8. Siquijor Circumferential Road, Maite, San Juan, 6227 Siquijor
Contact Number
  1. +63 977 758 9062
  2. +63 906 355 3020
  3. +63 917 656 5475
  4. +63 966 321 3732
  5. +63 920 706 0208
  6. +63 917 553 0454
  7. +63 995 509 4278
  8. +63 947 183 4365

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Eat Your Way Around Siquijor

Local Foods and Delicacies

Before I give you the finest restaurants, pizza houses, bars, and cafes, I want to give you some lists of the finest delicacies Siquijor Island has to offer. Mangaon ta bay!

Bars and Restaurants

Now that you have a glimpse of what food Siquijodnons can offer you, let’s go and take a look at their restaurants, bars, and other famous eateries that will make you drool and make you come back for more.

PS: These recommendations are based on our own experience being there

Top Tourist Spots: What Not to Miss in Siquijor

Siquijor Island has various wondrous places you actually want to visit and here are some of those places I can say that is very worth the spend.

Cambugahay Falls (Lazi, Siquijor)

If you want to experience the Tarzan jump, you’re at the right place! Experience these 3-tiered waterfalls with your own life. You have two choices for the Tarzan jump; there is a higher one and of course, there would always be a shorter one just like the cliff diving spot in Salagdoong Beach resort. Their waters are blue, somewhat similar to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. Isn’t that ridiculously awesome? Be a part of the tarzan club and face your fears and try to swing that rope!

Paliton Beach (San Juan, Siquijor)

If you’re looking for a perfect spot for a perfect sunset, here’s your place! Paliton Beach is the mini Boracay of Siquijor Island. Although this place isn’t for partying, this place still rocks and takes your breath away. Bent palm trees that overlap the ocean make a great spot for your Instagram pictures and also, their palm trees have swings you can enjoy.

Old Enchanted Balete Tree (Lazi, Siquijor)

Centuries ago, Shamans used the Balete Tree for sacred rituals. But of course, by this time, when you go and visit this enormous tree, you wouldn’t find even 1 Shaman on spot. This tree offers a nice place to dip your feet as fishes wait for them to eat the dead skins off. Not just that, they also have stores that sell potions. Potions for sickness, potions for good luck, and of course, potions for romance. Would you like to avail of one?

Cantabon Cave (Siquijor, Siquijor)

This magnificent tourist attraction lies at the center of Siquijor Island. This cave is not just a cave, but this is one of the most beautiful and worth taking risks kind of cave in the whole Philippines. The thing I like the most about this cave is that it’s more natural rather than made for tourism. Every edge is all nature’s miracle. Upon discovering the insides of the cave, a tourist guide or a local there will have to assist you. The price for 1 person is the same for 3 persons. So if you’re on a budget tour, you can bring 2 of your friends along to share costs.

Salagdoong Beach Resort (Maria, Siquijor)

To be completely fair and honest with you, this resort isn’t for dining in and enjoying meals. I’ve seen annoying faces everywhere in their restaurants but hey! Their cliff diving turns your frown upside down. They have two platforms to choose from; the first one is 20 feet high and the second one is 32 feet high. Would you dare take the 32 feet high platform? And not just that, they also offer kayaking and it’s very fun because the waters are clear and there is also a rock formation for you to wonder about.

Lazi Church and Lazi Convent (Lazi, Siquijor)

Lazi Church is a Roman Catholic church. This church is a historical Church and has a unique architecture. Blocks like those villager’s houses in royal movies are the same as the blocks used to build this Church. In front of the church there you would find the Lazi Convent. By the time we got there, the convent’s gate was closed. That’s why we only had pictures outside but it was still amazing for Instagram pictures. You can come here to the church, pray, and give thanks to the Lord has given you a lot more than what you need.

Hapitanan (Lazi, Siquijor)

The name Hapitanan which means stop-over says it all. You can stop by and experience flying on a broomstick. The locals who are there are the ones who take pictures of you while you’re on the broomstick and as you jump, they immediately click that button and poof! You got a picture like you’re an instant witch flying with a broomstick. Not just that, they also have spots for nice Instagram pictures. So what are you waiting for? Stop by!

Hambilica Firefly Hatchery and Sanctuary (San Juan, Siquijor)

This place would be a huge part of your trip. Here you’ll get to see fireflies for free! They have lodges and rooms that are close to the beaches of Siquijor Island and during the night, you can sit back and relax outside while watching the trees sparkle and shine because of those cute and tiny fireflies.

Best Neighborhood to Stay When in Siquijor

Day Trips from Siquijor Island

Books to Read

In Pursuit of Progress: Narratives of Development on a Philippine Island 

This is a good book to read to understand more of life in Siquijor Island. This is written by Hannah C. M. Bulloch and it’s all about surviving poverty and making progress on the situations of life present in Siquijor. This was written by Hannah when she went to Siquijor island. She wrote about everything she saw and everything she felt about the island. Being in Siquijor is an inspiration to finish this book.

Final Thoughts

Siquijor Island might be full of witchcraft and wizardry and people with knowledge about sorcery and black magic. But indeed, the place is magically splendid to visit. The adventure that is waiting for you to delve into, the seas that are waiting for you to dive in, the breeze, waiting for you to inhale it, Siquijor is really worth every penny you have for one tour. Enjoy the greeneries and the blue oceans and extraordinary waterfalls in Siquijor Island! The best place to make your soul wander. 

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