More detailed travel guide here: Siquijor Budget Travel Guide
Last update: June 2, 2020
In most cases, you’ll just ignore the jetty of the island you’ll visit as you assume it is just a place you pass through en route to somewhere else. One of the exceptions to this general perception is Siquijor Beach. It is one of the rare places where you’d like to spend time in after just arriving. It has fine white sand, clear waters, and an idyllic vibe; all of which are characteristics of a tropical destination.
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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 either go directly to the beach or 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)
- Siquijor Beach is free and is a popular destination for locals. Laze on the beach, take plenty of photos, feel the soft sand between your toes, wade in the waters, relax, and unwind. The picturesque beachscape is a good introduction to the other beautiful views you will see while exploring the island.
- You can withdraw from the ATMs on the island, but it is better to have enough cash with you for the trip because locals and tourists will most likely use those machines frequently.
- Stock up on food and drinks if you plan to have a light meal or snack on the beach. Please observe proper garbage disposal. Leave nothing but footprints.
- Bring a volleyball or Frisbee if you want to play on the beach.
- Bring a power bank to keep your cameras and phones charged.
If You Have More Time and Budget
- After relaxing, go on a tricycle or motorbike tour around the island. Siquijor has plenty to offer —
from mountain climbing, caving, and waterfalls. Some notable attractions on your tour include Cambugahay Falls, the old balete tree, Spanish-era churches, and more beaches such as Salagdoong, Kagusuan, and Paliton.
- If you have a couple of more days to spare, explore Dumaguete’s Apo Island to get a chance to swim with turtles. It’s prohibited to touch the turtles, though. Please follow the rules and regulations.
Related topic: Siquijor Important Tips
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