Siquijor Island, a Hidden Treasure of the Philippines

Siquijor Island: A Hidden Treasure of the Philippines

When planning a trip to the Philippines, don't miss the island of Siquijor, often nicknamed "the mystical island". Located away from the crowds, it offers a unique experience for travelers seeking authenticity.

How to Get to Siquijor
To reach Siquijor, you can take a ferry from neighboring islands like Bohol or Cebu. You can also opt for a domestic flight to Dumaguete on the island of Negros, then take a ferry to Siquijor. Be sure to check times and availability, as shipping connections may vary.

Where to Stay
San Juan is one of the island's main tourist areas, offering a range of accommodation options, from luxury resorts to more affordable accommodations. Book in advance, especially during peak season.


Visit: three options
The most fun way to discover the mystical island of Siquijor is to rent a motorbike with perfect maintenance in advance to avoid any nasty surprises. For those who are not comfortable with two-wheeled vehicles, there is the option of taking organised tours that can be customised and/or hiring a chauffeur-driven car that will give you extra freedom.

Discover Nature
Siquijor is full of natural treasures. Explore pristine beaches like Paliton Beach and Tubod Beach, ideal for swimming and sunsets. Don't miss the famous Cambugahay waterfalls, where you can swim in natural pools.

Culture and History
Immerse yourself in local culture by visiting Saint Anthony of Padua Church in Lazi, dating from 1884, and the oldest convent in the Philippines. Attend local festivals for an authentic cultural experience.

An ideal departure point for day trips to the Visayas
Siquijor offers a wide range of day trips. You can head to Valencia, high above Dumaguete, to take a refreshing dip amidst waterfalls and unique lush greenery. At Apo Island, you can swim with turtles and observe the protected underwater world. You can also watch dolphins at Bais before having lunch in the middle of the ocean on a sandbank.

Local Gastronomy
Taste Filipino cuisine at local restaurants. Try the “lechon” (roasted pig) and “kinilaw” (marinated raw fish). Street stalls also offer delicious snacks (Roch Cuisine)

Travel Tips
• Make sure you have travel insurance that covers medical emergencies.
• Respect the environment by avoiding single-use plastics.
• Be respectful of local customs and superstitions.

Siquijor, with its breathtaking landscapes and fascinating culture, promises you a memorable trip. Explore this mystical island in the Philippines, where nature meets tradition. Enjoy every moment and leave with unforgettable memories.