Honestly, I cant find the perfect word to describe Siquijor. All I can come up with is the word ‘captivating’ though what I really wanted to convey are the words ‘humble’ and ‘gorgeous’. What’s one word for that? (Still thinking 🙂 Anyway, that’s what I really think about Siquijor – it is a humble, unassuming place yet holds endearing beauty that captivates its tourists 🙂 And I was so blessed to have set foot on this marvellously-gifted place! Thank You Lord!
Without much blabbering, I’ll be listing here our DIY Siquijor Trip. So, this Siquijor trip happened on August 2018 and lists of prices may have changed. AND, we were very much favoured that we haven’t spent a lot during our stay in Siquijor because a wonderful family received us in their home and offered a free-service around-the-island tour! Aren’t we blessed? Yes. We. Are!!!
How we got there:
- By ferry/barge from Dumaguete Port to Siquijor Port (not Larena Port 🙂
- Fare = 140 pesos
- Terminal fee (Dumaguete Port) = 15 pesos.
- Travel time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Ferry Schedule as of 2018 (ctto) check their website for updates
Touristing in Siquijor:
Our good friend from Siquijor told us that you can tour the whole island for just one day. The road stretches for only about 75 kms. So, a one-day tour is very much doable unless you’d want to take it slow and experience everything fully.
Since we were so blessed, we haven’t spent so much on our motorcycle-tour around Siquijor. But according to my research, you can tariff a tricycle (1200 pesos good for 3 persons) or multicab for a one-day tour.
Our tour experience // where we went and what we did:
- Experienced Sugba-Sugba Festival Night at Capilay Spring Park, San Juan in time for their town fiesta during the last week August. No entrance fee here, just pay for your food 🙂
- Century Old Balete Tree and Fish Spa: This was my favorite part of the whole Siquijor trip 🙂 These ticklish fishes are so adorable! Even the large fishes will take a taste of your feet. haha.
There’s also a souvenir shop and restaurant in the area where you can take your breakfast or lunch and buy souvenirs. Keychains and Ref magnets costs ranges from 35 to 50 pesos per piece and tshirts for 300 pesos/pc.
Environmental/Entrance fee: 10 pesos
- Cambugahay Falls: No entrance fee. Caution: It is a 100+ steps downhill walk to the falls. Not that advisable for people with weak legs.
Tarzan Swing fees ranges from 10-50 pesos. There are three (3) Tarzan Swings there 🙂
- Salagdoong Beach: This is where people go for cliff-jumping/diving. This place is government-owned/maintained though there are also private resorts in the area.
Parking fee paid: 60 pesos for 1 motorcycle with 2 persons.
You can get paid cottages or spread your sheets on the sand for free.
- Bought Pan Bisaya for pasalubong: Our friend said that this traditionally-baked Bisaya bread will not spoil within five days so it is good as a pasalubong goodie. Price is 6 pesos per piece.
- Took a must-have photo at the Siquijor Marker just in front of a church and just a few meter distance outside Siquijor Port.
What we were not able to explore that we should have:
- Paliton Beach
- Lugnason Falls
- Guiwanon Spring Park
We were not able to look into these gems because we started our day tour at already 10 AM and we have to go back to Dumaguete by 5 PM. We got a limited time. But! There will always be a next time. If I’d have the opportunity again, I’d love to come back to Siquijor. Sometimes and many times we just have to accept that we cannot do everything. char.
Other thing to do but didn’t mind doing:
- Hapitanan (flying broomstick photo): This is just a small place or a small store along Lazi road. We didn’t took time to visit this place. It doesn’t entice us that much 🙂 We’re clearly not fond of broomsticks. hihihi. We find it creepy. Though you can also buy souvenirs here.
Where we stayed:
As I said previously, a good family received us in their home for free. That’s why it’s good to know people at places for free night sleeps 🙂 But if you don’t know anyone in Siquijor, there are lots of resorts and homestays and backpackers hostels there. Siquijor is quite loaded with foreigners too, especially in San Juan area. Most resorts and hostels are there. Since this place is known to foreigners, prices for a night stay here is quite high. Check out BOOKING.COM or TRIVAGO for possible prices of your stay. These sites are my best go-to’s whenever I travel.
Our Siquijor Trip Itinerary and Expenses:
This calculation is per person.
|7:00 PM||Ferry from Dumaguete Port to Siquijor (Fare P140 + Terminal Fee P15)||155|
|8:30 PM||Arrival and Dinner at Sugba-Sugba Festival Night||200|
|10:00 PM||Night’s Rest (free accommodation)|
|10:00 AM||Start of Tour|
|Balete Tree Fish Spa||10|
|Cambugahay Falls (Tarzan Swing P20)||20|
|Salagdoong Beach (Parking and Entrance Fee)||60|
|Photo Op at Welcome to Siquijor Marker|
|4:00 PM||Tour Ended|
|5:00 PM||Ferry from Siquijor Port to Dumaguete Port (Fare P140 + Terminal Fee P14)||154|
|Total Expenses||PHP 1,191|
For a Sample Siquijor Trip Itinerary and Expenses for you, check these blog posts from The Pinay Solo Backpacker and Pinoy Adventurista where I also based my plans for this trip 🙂 These two blogs are my favorite filipino travel bloggers because of their very detailed travel guides.
Thanks for reading till the end of this travel journal 🙂
Hope you’ll have a great time in Siquijor too!
Bon voyage! Shalom!