Travel to Siquijor the Mystic Island

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The Spaniards named this small island in the Visayas, Siquijor or Isla del Fuego. Stories told that the name was given due to the intensity of fireflies that lie some 22 km east of Southern Negros. It was said that Siquijor rose from the sea during one of the tremendous thunderstorms as evidenced by fossils and shells which can still be found in Mount Bandila-an, the highest point of Siquijor. The small island boasts of a white sand beach coastline and a mountainous interior.

Known for sorcery and folk healers, Siquijor is an island that offers many enchanting and magnificent attractions. Behind the mystique that surrounds its image as a place where witchcraft abounds, there are many landmarks and natural treasures that will hypnotize adventure seekers and history aficionados alike.

Siquijor is located in the Central Visayas region, Siquijor is a small island midway between Visayas and Mindanao islands. It is situated some 30 kilometers from Negros and about 565 aerial kilometers from Manila. It is bounded in the north by the islands of Cebu; Bohol is to the northwest, to the west is Negros Island, to the east is Camiguin, to the south is mainland Mindanao. Facing its northern shores is Bohol Strait, southeast shores is the Mindanao Sea.

It has a total land area of 34,350 hectares or 343.50 square kilometers, which represents 2% of the total land area of Central Visayas and 0.11% of the land area of the country.

There are numerous places of interest to see in Siquijor, which include:

Bandilaan Mountain View Park

Located in the island’s highest peak which rises at 557 meters above sea level. The park is the venue for the healing Healing Festival done Holy Week of every year. Picnic sheds abound in the area for families and peers wanting to relax in a cool and shady park. Other interests near the area include a Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Way of the Cross, caves, natural springs, watchtower and butterfly sanctuary.

 

Bandilaan Mountain View Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guiwanon Spring Park

A resort of wooden bridges and nestling nipa huts above the ripples of shallow waters that feed the fertile ground of mangroves which is the sanctuary of various marine habitants.
Guiwanon Spring Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cantabon Cave

The long, winding and difficult trek to the cave’s end is both a challenge and a delight to any spelunker. It takes an hour and a half to negotiate the trail, wading through little streams and dodging stalacities and stalagmites that abound the cavern. A dip in the pool at the end of the cave provides a cool respite.
Cantabon Cave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capilay Spring Park

A natural, spring-fed swimming fool situated at the heart of the town plazawhere local people converge leisurely during weekends for a swim in the cool waters of the spring or simply sit under the shade in the park.
Capilay Spring Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paradise Bay

“Paddle with a smile to Paradise Bay” is an ecotourism activity managed by the fishermen’s organization of Cangmunag, San Juan where one will be dropped off to the area where the island’s best coral reef can be viewed. Tourists can snorkel, dive and explore life under the sea with the rich marine diversity of the nearest marine sanctuary.
Paradise Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enchanted Balete Tree

Because of its eerie outline created by hundreds of roots and vines hanging down, a 400-year old tree is believed to be enchanted. An enchanting tree is not only a site to behold but also provides water to its residents. The fish spa in the balete tree is also a must try as the fishes nibble the dead skin and cleanse the visitor’s feet.

balete-tree-siquijor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cambugabay Falls

Visitors may choose from either a river or a forest trek to get to the waterfalls. Secluded and relatively unexplored, the waterfalls beckons trekkers for a refreshing dip.
cambugahay-falls-siquijor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tulapos Marine Sanctuary

Being the biggest of the several marine sanctuaries, contains abundant species of fish, corals and other underwater life.
Tulapos Marine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salagdoong Beach

This is one of the most popular beaches in the island. It is found 6 kms northeast of Maria. Its beachfront is separated by a small rocky hill or hummock which can be climbed to have and enjoy a better view of the entire beach. Among the local and international visitors, Salagdoong Beach is great for swimming and snorkeling. Tourists can enjoy good water slides and diving spots as well.

salagdoong-beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kagusuan Beach

This beach is known for its picturesque seascape and rock formation, as it is situated below a cliff and accessible through a concrete staircase. This beach is perfect for swimming, snorkeling and overnight camping as it is uncrowded, and secluded.

 

kagusuan-beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can rent a motorcycle, a tricycle or a multi-cab to wander around the island. Motorcycles are rented on a 24-hour basis which excludes the gasoline, while the tricycle and multi-cab are rented on a daily basis which includes the driver for the tricycle while you have the option to drive the multi-cab or hire a driver for it.

People inhabiting the island are friendly and are well-versed in both Filipino and English. There’s nothing to worry about language barrier and local being unaccommodating that’s why increasing number of Europeans is visiting the island all year round.

Ferry/Shipping Schedule to Siquijor

Ocean Jet – Fast Vessel

Cebu City – Siquijor, Siquijor Island via Tagbilaran City, Bohol – Dumaguete City
03:35 PM

Tagbilaran City, Bohol -Siquijor, Siquijor Island via Dumaguete City
05:45 PM

Dumaguete City -Siquijor, Siquijor Island
07:40 PM

Siquijor, Siquijor Island – Dumaguete City – Tagbilaran City, Bohol – Cebu City
06:00 AM
Delta 1 – Fast Craft
Dumaguete City – Siquijor, Siquijor Island

( Monday and Saturday ) Daily
6:00AM 09:00 AM

Siquijor, Siquijor Island – Dumaguete City
(Monday and Saturday) Daily
7:00AM 10:15 AM
Delta 3 – Fast Craft

Siquijor, Siquijor Island – Dumaguete City
05:35 AM
12:30 PM
03:00PM

Dumaguete City – Siquijor, Siquijor Island
10:15 AM
01:30 PM
04:30 PM

M/V Jaylan 2 – Vessel ( No Trips on Saturdays)
Siquijor, Siquijor Island – Dumaguete City
06:30 AM

Dumaguete City – Siquijor, Siquijor Island
12:00 PM

MBca Jaziel – Fast Motorized Boat ( No Trips on Saturdays)

Dumaguete City -Siquijor, Siquijor Island
05:45 AM
12:00PM

Siquijor, Siquijor Island – Dumaguete City
09:30 AM
03:30 PM

MBca Jaylan – Fast Motorized Boat (No Trips on Saturdays)

Siquijor, Siquijor Island – Dumaguete City
05:50 AM
01:00 PM

Dumaguete City – Siquijor, Siquijor Island
10:15 AM
04:30 PM

M/V Siquijor Island
Siquijor Island – Dumaguete City ( Saturday )
06:00 AM

Dumaguete City – Siquijor Island ( Saturday )
05:00 PM

Lazi, Siquijor Island – Iligan City ( Monday and Thursday )
10:00 PM

Iligan City – Lazi, Siquijor Island ( Tuesday and Friday)
05:00 PM

GL Shipping Lines
Contact Numbers: +639158911426 , +63354805534

Dumaguete City – Siquijor, Siquijor
5:30 AM, 8:00AM, 10:00AM, 12:00AM, 3:00PM, 4:50 PM
Sunday , Monday , Tuesday ,Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Siquijor, Siquijor – Dumaguete City
5: 30AM, 6:00AM, 8:00AM, 9:00AM, 10:00AM, 1:00PM, 4:00PM
Sunday , Monday , Tuesday ,Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Montenegro Shipping Lines
Contact Numbers: +639154171943

Dumaguete City – Siquijor, Siquijor
7:00 AM, 2:00 PM Daily

Siquijor, Siquijor – Dumaguete City
10:00 AM , 4:30 PM Daily

Dumaguete City – Larena, Siquijor
10:00AM, 6:00 PM Daily

Larena, Siquijor  – Dumaguete City
6:oo AM, 2:00 PM Daily

Aleson Shipping Lines
Contact Numbers: +639365665075

Dumaguete City – Siquijor, Siquijor
8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 6:00 PM Daily

Siquijor, Siquijor  – Dumaguete City
6:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 6:00 PM Daily

Lite Shipping Corporation (Vessel)

Cebu City Port – Larena, Siquijor Port via Tagbilaran City, Bohol
1:00 PM Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

Larena, Siquijor – Cebu City via Tagbilaran City, Bohol
7:00 PM Sunday , Tuesday, Thursday

Tagbilaran City, Bohol Port to Larena, Siquijor 
8:00 PM Monday , Wednesday, Saturday

Larena, Siquijor – Tagbilaran City, Bohol
7:00 PM Sunday , Tuesday, Thursday

Plaridel, Misamis Occidental to Larena, Siquijor
12:00 Noon Sunday , Tuesday, Thursday

Larena, Siquijor – Plaridel, Misamis Occidental
2 :00 AM Sunday , Tuesday, Thursday

Maayo Shipping , Inc.
Contact Number: +639177107080

Liloan, Santander, Cebu – Larena, Siquijor
10:00 AM Daily

Larena, Siquijor – Liloan, Santander, Cebu Port
5:00 PM Daily

 

 

About Marianne Castro

Travel to Siquijor the Mystic Island
Hi, I’m Marianne. I’m a blogger based in Cebu, Philippines. I’m adventurous and enjoys exploring different places. Philippine Online Travel intended as a travel guide, local promotion, information and local search page for Philippines. If you want your place to be featured, for partnerships and sponsorships. - email me at info@philippine-online-travel.com

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