Siquijor: Why This Tiny Island Province Is The Perfect Getaway

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Siquijor, also known as Isla del Fuego or Island of Fire, is a tiny island off the coast of Negros Oriental, and near the islands of Cebu and Bohol.

It is the third smallest province after Camiguin and Batanes in terms of population and land area.

This little island may have been wrapped with mystery and sightings of aswangs (ghouls) and local witch doctors but behind the haze of witchcraft and monsters, Siquijor is a magical island with all the makings of a perfect island getaway.

Magical Places to Visit in Siquijor

Cambugahay Falls

Cambugahay Falls, Siquijor, Philippines

Kids swinging from a rope strung on a branch in Cambugahay Falls, Siquijor | Photo by Trish Lim

Cambugahay Falls is one of the most popular attractions on the island. The azure waters are so enticing, you’ll want to plunge in over and over again. Jump from one of the waterfalls’ tiers into the blue waters or swing and then jump near one of the cliffs by using a rope that’s tied to a branch. The perfect place for gorgeous water photos and for a quick relief from the heat of the day, it’s no wonder this place is popular among tourists.

Salagdoong Beach

Salagdoong Beach, Siquijor, Philippines

Salagdoong Beach, Siquijor | Photo by RM Bulseco on flickr

Want to try cliff diving? Salagdoong Beach is the perfect place to indulge your thrill-seeking self. The blue waters and the beautiful beach create a serene and magical atmosphere for visitors. Although not blessed with fine white sand, Salagdoong Beach boasts breathtaking views of the sunset and an ideal location for holiday goers.

San Juan Beach

Unlike Salagdoong Beach, San Juan Beach is blessed with fine, white sand and blue waters. Lounge on a sun chair or on the soft, powdery sand, or take a dip into the cool, azure waters – San Juan Beach is the beach destination you have been looking for.

Cantabon Cave

Cantabon Cave, Siquijor, Philippines

Cantabon Cave, Siquijor | Photo from mysiquijor.com

Tired of bumming around the beach? Cantabon Cave will rev up your adrenaline as you go through its tight pathways and dark corners. Walk through the jaws of the earth and lay on the “King’s Bed” deep within the cave’s belly. Cool off inside its cool waters and marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites. The 300m (984ft) long cave is definitely worth a visit!

Centuries-old Balete Tree

Balete Tree, Siquijor, Philippines

Balete Tree in Siquijor | Photo by Joshua Berida

Balete trees create visions of kapres and aswangs, but you won’t see any of these mystical creatures when you visit the centuries old balete tree in Siquijor. Be awed by its longevity, girth, and height as you dip your feet into the pool just below it.

Capilay Spring Park

Capilay Spring Park, Siquijor, Philippines

Capilay Spring Park in Siquijor | Photo by Edgar Alan Zeta-Yap on flickr

Capilay Spring Park is a unique pool that you can swim in. Swim with fishes or escape from the heat while enjoying the idyllic and charming atmosphere of Siquijor.

Old Spanish Churches

Lazi Church, Siquijor, Philippines

Lazi Church in Siquijor | Photo by Kasia Wallis on flickr

As a former Spanish colony, the Philippines is home to many old Spanish churches. Siquijor has the San Isidore Church and St. Francis of Assisi Church that was constructed all the way back in 1781. These two Spanish churches harken back to times of the Spaniards with their mix of Philippine and European design and architecture.

How to Get to Siquijor

Via Air & Sea

The fastest way to get to Siquijor is by booking a flight to Dumaguete (DGT) with any airline. The flight takes 1 hour and 15 minutes one way. Once in Sibulan Airport, Dumaguete’s airport, you can head straight to the pier. Motorcycle taxis cost ₱150 each one way. The ride only takes 10 to 15 minutes. The ticket for the boat ride from Dumaguete pier to Siquijor costs approximately ₱136 one way with Montenegro Shipping Lines. The boat trip takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes each way.

Where to Stay in Siquijor

Coral Cay Resort

Solangon, San Juan, Siquijor, Philippines

+63 919 269 1269 | +63 908 896 5263

coralcayresort.com

Coral Cay Resort sits along the beach of San Juan. The fine, white sand and azure waters are perfect for beach lovers. Enjoy lounging around the beach as you sip your favorite drink and read a book in one of the beachfront cottages offered by Coral Cay. Non-air conditioned rooms for 2 begin at ₱950 per night.

Infinity Heights Resort

Pili, Siquijor, Philippines

+63 920 560 0416 | +63 939 620 1761

infinityheightsresort.com

Agoda

If luxury is your thing, Infinity Heights is the resort you are looking for. With breathtaking vistas of the island and luxurious amenities, holiday-goers will have a fun and relaxing time on the island. The resort has its own bar, restaurant, and swimming pool along with shuttle service, laundry service, and tours. A night in the resort costs approximately ₱4,000 with breakfast.

Das Traum Guesthouse

Pangi, Siquijor, Philippines

+63 35 480 9117

Agoda

For budget-conscious travelers this guesthouse near the port is an ideal place to leave your bags in while you explore the island and rest your tired body after an adventure around the island. Fan rooms with private CR and bathroom begin at approximately ₱400 per night.

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About Author

Joshua Berida

When he is not blogging at The Wandering Juan, he likes to take long walks on the beach, eat candle-lit dinners, watch rom-coms till he cries, and make stories about himself online. He is out to discover the world and the Philippines one province and country at a time.