Siquijor Island is a mystical haven nestled in the Philippines that captures the essence of tropical paradise. Known as the “Land of Healing,” Siquijor’s allure lies in its pristine beaches, lush landscapes, and rich cultural heritage.
This is my second time visiting Siquijor Island after 5 years of being here for the first time (this was when I also did my first-ever Central Visayas backpacking trip). My last visit was I only stayed in Siquijor for one day. Siquijor Island is definitely one of the most chilling places to visit in the Philippines! This time, I made sure that I would be able to maximize my visit. Thus, I decided to stay on the island for two days!
From enchanting sunsets to natural wonders and traditional healers, this travel guide will help you navigate the captivating charm of Siquijor. In this blog post, discover the places to visit in Siquijor for two days!
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How to go to Siquijor Island?
Siquijor Island is accessible via ferry from Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental. Ferries operate regularly, providing a scenic journey across the Bohol Sea. Travel time takes around 1 hour and 30 min via ordinary ferry like Montenegro Ferry. For fast craft, it only takes about 45 minutes via Oceanjet.
You can travel to Siquijor from Bohol via Oceanjet which offers daily trips from Bohol to Siquijor. Please be mindful that there is only one trip available per day. Take the ferry from the Tagbilaran port and arrive at Larena Pier in Siquijor. You can book online via 12go.
Getting Around Siquijor
Going around the island is very accessible. In fact, you can go around the whole island for one day! Once on the island, tricycles and habal-habal (motorbikes) are popular modes of transportation for exploring its attractions. You can either hire a driver for a habal-habal tour, or you may drive it on your own. Most of the rental bikes cost around Php 350 to Php 450.
Must-Visit Siquijor Tourist Spots
Start your exploration at Salagdoong Beach, known for its turquoise waters and iconic cliff-diving platforms. Relax on the sandy shores or take the plunge for an exhilarating experience.
Paliton Beach, with its powdery white sand and vibrant blue waters, offers a serene atmosphere perfect for unwinding. Don’t miss the breathtaking sunset views that paint the sky in brilliant hues.
Experience the magic of Cambugahay Falls, a multi-tiered waterfall surrounded by lush greenery. Swim in its clear pools, swing from ropes, and bask in the natural beauty.
Capilay Spring Park
Immerse yourself in local life at Capilay Spring Park, a public space where you can witness community gatherings, and local dances, and enjoy the refreshing natural spring waters.
Balete Tree and Fish Spa
Visit the famous Balete Tree, an enormous banyan tree believed to be enchanted. Experience the unique fish spa where tiny fish nibble at your feet, providing a relaxing sensation.
Dating back to the 19th century, this beautifully preserved structure showcases intricate Spanish-era architecture and serves as a window into Siquijor’s past. With its elegant design, tranquil gardens, and spiritual ambiance, you can visit the Lazi Convent to step back in time and immerse yourself in the island’s captivating history.
Known as San Isidro Labrador Parish Church, Lazi Church stands as an architectural masterpiece in the heart of Siquijor. With its stunning Baroque-inspired façade and age-old stone walls, the church is a symbol of devotion and craftsmanship. Built during the Spanish colonial era, Lazi Church exudes an air of serenity and spirituality.
I remember the first time I visited Siquijor, the church was under construction so I didn’t get to get inside the church. The church is just right across the convent.
Sta. Maria Church
The Church of the Divine Providence or Sta. Maria Church stands as a beacon of faith and architectural splendor in Siquijor. This charming church, adorned with graceful arches and classic design elements, reflects the island’s devotion and heritage.
Its peaceful surroundings and picturesque location make it a serene retreat for contemplation and spiritual reflection. As you step inside Sta. Maria Church, you’ll see the figure of Black Maria on the left side of the church. It’s my first time seeing the Black Maria and the story behind it really fascinated me. In fact, I hadn’t really heard of the Black Maria until I landed on the island again. Upon seeing the Black Maria, I felt a little different inside the church and its history made me feel a little jittered.
The Sta. Maria Church and its Black Maria is one of the must-visit places in Siquijor if you want to learn more about the history of the island. I must say that this is one of the most interesting stories I’ve heard from my travels!
Saint Francis de Assisi Parish Church
Nestled in the heart of Siquijor, the Saint Francis de Assisi Parish Church stands as a serene testament to faith and history. Upon arrival, the church welcomes you with its spiritual aura enhanced by its picturesque surroundings and the warm embrace of the locals.
This is another must-visit destination in Siquijor. Pitogo Cliff is a natural wonder perched along the coastline of Siquijor and offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the vast ocean and the endless sky.
You can go cliff diving and swim in the sea, or just enjoy the view of the area. The best time to visit Pitogo Cliff is during the sunset.
You can visit Kawayan Resort for a day tour especially if you are looking for another IG spot on the island. With its charming bamboo architecture, lush gardens, and breathtaking ocean views, the resort is worth visiting! I personally enjoyed taking pictures and videos around the area.
Essential Travel Guide & Tips
- Motorbike rentals are popular for exploring the island independently. Tricycles are a convenient option for shorter distances.
- Siquijor offers a range of accommodations, from budget guesthouses to luxurious resorts. It’s always better to book in advance during peak seasons.
- Make sure to always bring cash, as not all places accept credit cards. ATMs are available, but it’s best to have enough money on hand. Although other establishments are accepting e-payments like Gcash.
- Siquijor’s residents are friendly and hospitable. Show respect for local customs, especially in sacred sites and during rituals.
2D1N Siquijor Itinerary
- Arrival in Siquijor Island
- Check in at Glamping Siquijor
- Lazi Church
- Lazi Convent
- Kawayan Resort
- Pitogo Cliff
- Tawhay Cafe
- Paliton Beach
- Paliton Beach
- Maria Church
- Cambugahay Falls
- Siquijor Church
- Back to Dumaguete City
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Siquijor Island known for?
Traditional healing. Siquijor is known for its traditional healers and folk medicine. Engage with local healers who offer remedies for various ailments, or simply learn about the island’s mystical practices and beliefs.
When is the best time to visit Siquijor?
Generally, the island enjoys a tropical climate with warm temperatures throughout the year. You can visit the island from November to April as it is mostly sunny with minimal rainfall.
Is it safe to visit Siquijor?
Yes. It’s definitely safe to visit Siquijor Island whether you are traveling alone or in group.
Can you tour Siquijor in 1 day?
Siquijor Island is the third smallest island in the Philippines. Thus, it is possible to visit most of the notable tourist spots on the island for one day.
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Siquijor Island beckons with its ethereal charm, beckoning you to explore its natural beauty, dive into its cultural mysteries, and create lasting memories. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or a glimpse into traditional practices, Siquijor’s enchantment is sure to leave an indelible mark on your soul.
Embark on a journey of discovery as you uncover the magic that makes Siquijor an extraordinary destination in the Philippines.
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