“The Mystic Island”

            The whole island of Siquijor was declared a marine reserve and tourist zone in 1978 by virtue of Proclamation No. 1810. As such, the island-province will be developed into a major tourist destination under the supervision of the Philippine Tourism Authority.
            Known for its scenic beauty and archaic churches, Siquijor is also blessed with natural and historical attractions. Its unspoiled environment and the warm hospitality of its people never fail to beckon visitors from all over. The serenity of the whole province makes it ideal for a perfect getaway.

         To say that Siquijor is the most bewitching island in the country is stating the very obvious. This mystic land of fire is not only famous for magic potions, sorcerers, and witches. It’s also famous for it’s white sand beaches, entrancing waterfalls, fascinating caves, and centuries-old churches.

 

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GETTING THERE
By Sea
Travel to Siquijor by fast craft from Cebu (5 hours) or Dumaguete (45 minutes).

 

GETTING AROUND
Hire a motorbike for around 280-350 pesos per day (cheaper for long term). Available from Siquijor town and many resorts, you will be also offered a motorbike rental from a tricycle driver. Before renting, check if helmets are included and if price per day means 24 hours or i.e. 8AM to 6PM (some resorts require you to return motorbike before sunset).
Hire a tricycle. Tricycles are now using a tariff system with fixed prices for tourists. They are much more expensive than on other islands. For example, Siquijor town to Larena (10km) costs P25 regular fare per passenger.
Jump on a Jeepney. Jeepneys service the west side of the island only and don't go to Siquijor town.

From Manlia, take a plane to Dumaguete, then ride a ferry to Siquijor. Once you’ved arrived, rent a habal-habal and take a tour of entire island. We’re sure your view will be as breathtaking as your ride.

 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

  • Cebuano
  • Tagalog
  • English

 

MUST SEES!

  • Salagdoong Beach Resort
  • San Juan De Capilay Lake
  • Tubod Beach
  • Tulapos Marine Sanctuary
  • Cambugahay Falls
  • Mt. Bandilaan Nature Park
  • St. Francis of Assisi Church
  • San Isidro Labrador Church and Convent
  • Cantabon Cave
  • Cang-Isok House
  • Ancient Balete Tree

LET’S GO TRY

  • Tortang Tinubaan
  • Buko Bread
  • Buko Sticks
  • Torta Sa Isla

 

LET'S GO EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE

  • Discover hidden attractions
  • Go for a trek
  • Visit the Cang-Isok House
  • Meet a faith healer or pick up unusual mystical items such as amulets and potions.

 

LET’S GO TO FESTIVAL & EVENTS

  • Bugwas Festival (Held every last week of August)The festival is San Juan’s way of celebrating a bountiful and abundant harvest in honor of their patron saint, St. Augustine. 
  • Dila-ab Festival (Held every 1st of October)The festival also gives due recognition to the natural assets of Siquijor and in honor of the town’s patron saint, St. Francis of Asisi who is known as a lover of nature. 
  • Solili Festival (Held every 17th of September)The celebration is to reminisce the courtship period between Tukmo and Punay, and as a tribute to the newlyweds, merrymakers dance the Solili, capping the festivity with shouts of "Solili Binalaye".
  • Lubi Festival (Held every 21st of May)The verdant edges and the fertile lands of Maria can not be more alive that the commanding spectacle of its coconut trees. "Lubi" has been a constant staple in the life of "Mariajanons".

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

  • The Spaniards (who tried to take over the Philippines) used to call Siquijor “Isla del Fuego” or the “Island of Fire”. This is because of the large swarms of fireflies found in the island.
  • Siquijor holds a “Healing Festival” once a year. This is a great time to visit and witness faith healers as they heal different illnesses with nothing but prayers and rituals.
  • Siquijor is known as the island of spells and black magic so prepare yourself for hearing lots of scary stories!

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