Whether you are a novice traveler or a frequent adventure seeker, you must have already been to many places, witnessed spectacular sceneries, tasted a handful of local dishes and probably remembered a few lines from the local dialects in the places you have visited. But guess what, there’s more in the world for the eyes to see, and there’s no better way to start than in the Philippines!
Siquijor is the third smallest province in the country in terms of population, and it was once colonized by the Spaniards, who coined the province as “Isla del Fuego” or “Island of Fire.” It lies southeast from Cebu and Negros across Cebu Strait (also called Bohol Strait) and southwest from Panglao Island, which is part of the Bohol province.
So how to get to Siquijor, what to do, what to eat, what to buy? I bet you got more questions than I do so let’s start exploring Siquijor!
How to Get to Siquijor
Well, if you are coming from outside the country, then take a flight to Manila, Philippines. There are no direct flights from Manila to Siquijor unless you are willing to splurge thousands on a private charter! So if you don’t, which we do not suggest too, from Manila, take a new flight to Dumaguete; then upon arriving Dumaguete, proceed to the Pier and take a ferry from Dumaguete to Siquijor. Alternatively, fly from Manila to Cebu, then fly again or take a bus to Dumaguete City and catch the ferry from there.
Travelling locally, you should know that the Philippines is 100% archipelagic, that is, there are so many points of departure but the most common is Dumaguete to Siquijor or Dumaguete to Larena. Find the Ferry Schedules right HERE
What To Do
Siquijor is well known for its long stretch of pristine beaches, awesome sunsets, marine sanctuaries, heritage sites and so on. But among all of them, here are the places you would not want to forget ticking in your check list:
Salagdoong Beach Resort
Address: Olang Maria, Siqujor
Contact No. Phone: (035) 344 2088
Address: Circumferential Rd, Lazi, Siquijor
Century Old Balete Tree
Address: Barangay Campalanas, Lazi, Siquijor
Other Places to See
What To Eat
Your travel to the Island of Siquijor is never complete without the Best Eats. For fresh, high-quality seafood, head to Salamandas, one of Coco Grove’s two beachfront restaurants. For a steaming cup of quality coffee, hearty breakfast or a bounty lunch, head to Kalachuchi Beach Resort and place an order of their best selling Mango Curry! You’ll love it for sure! For quick Italian Fix, head to MolMol Cafe, Siquijor’s best, homemade, Italian pizza.
What to Buy
After having visited so many places and satisfied your palate, it’s about time for Pasalubong! Pasalubong is a Filipino tradition of travelers local and abroad bringing gifts from their destination to friends or relatives back home. So what to bring before you leave? Head to the market and find all these!
So when are you coming? Remember, live with no excuses and travel with no regrets. So what are you waiting for? See you there lovely traveler!