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Last update: June 2, 2020
Siquijor has some of the country’s magical beaches; one such place to add to your itinerary is Paliton Beach in San Juan. Paliton has all the characteristics of tropical paradise — fine bone-white sand, turquoise waters, and an idyllic atmosphere — for those who want to relax, unwind, and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
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How to Get There
Nearest Airport: Sibulan Airport, also known as Dumaguete Airport (Negros Oriental)
- There are no direct flights from Manila to Siquijor, but there are regular flights to Dumaguete, the closest province to the island. Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines ply Manila to Dumaguete regularly.
- Once in Dumaguete, you can hire a motorcycle to take you to the port, the fare costs P100 one way.
- At the port, you have many ferry options that travel to Siquijor. The trip takes around an hour or so and the fare is approximately P120 to P350 depending on the shipping line, class of the seat, and which part of Siquijor you’ll arrive in.
- From the port, you can hire a tricycle to take you to San Juan town and your accommodation in the area for around P250 to P300 per way. The price is mostly the same if you hire a tricycle to and from different towns on the island. You can rent a tricycle for a day for approximately P1000 to P1500.
Dumaguete is the most common and favorite point of entry because it is closer to Siquijor. However, you can still get to the latter if you pass through Bohol. There are ferries that travel from Tagbilaran to Siquijor for as low as P210 one way.
Entrance Fee and Other Charges
- Entrance Fee: FREE
- Island Tour: P1000 – P1500 (Tricycle Tour, good for 3 pax); P3000/day (Multicab Tour, if more than 3 pax)
- Motorcycle Rental Rate: Around P400/day (excluding gas)
- Camping Fee: Usually, people rest under the shade of trees. Ask permission first.
- Paliton Beach has fine white sand and clear waters with swaying coconut trees and a rough and charming beachscape. Laze on the beach, swim in the waters, enjoy a light snack, or just lie down and get a tan.
- Paliton is also one of the best places to watch the sunset in Siquijor; you can make this your last stop to see the skies turn from blue and white to different shades of red, yellow, and orange.
- The area is also a marine sanctuary; you can go snorkeling to see various corals and fish.
- There are ATMs on the island, but it is better to have enough cash on hand so that you don’t have to go all the way to another town to get money.
- Go there early when there are fewer people. It can get very crowded at noon.
- Bing your own snacks and drinks if you plan to eat on the beach, but always leave no trace behind.
- Keep your cameras and phones charged by bringing a power bank or extra batteries with you.
- Bring your own gear if you plan to go snorkeling.
- Going to and from towns can be expensive, so it’s better to hire a tricycle or motorbike for the day.
If You Have More Time and Budget
- After relaxing and unwinding in Paliton, there are other beaches of note on the island which include Kagusuan, Salagdoong, Solangon, and Tubod.
- After the beaches, the island has many other attractions including the old churches in different towns, Capilay Spring, Cambugahay Falls, and the balete tree, just to name a few.
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Where to Stay
Here are some of the top resorts in the island province of Siquijor according to Agoda users (as of June 2020).
- Coco Grove Beach Resort. ✅ CHECK RATES & AVAILABILITY
- Infinity Heights Resort. ✅ CHECK RATES & AVAILABILITY
- White Villas Resort. ✅CHECK RATES & AVAILABILITY
- Aquamare Beach Camp Resort. ✅ CHECK RATES & AVAILABILITY