This Siquijor itinerary is an easy-to-follow guide for one of the best-hidden islands in the South of the Philippines. From the best Siquijor falls, tropical beaches, cliff jumps, and stunning sunsets, all the tourist spots in Siquijor truly are amazing.
Besides all the amazing tourist activities in Siquijor, the island has been known as a land of magic potions, faith healers, and black magic. Although that may seem eerie (or interesting), Siquijor is a normal island like any other.
Our Siquijor itinerary combines the island’s best activities, waterfalls, marine life, and tropical Siquijor beaches.
We have put together this 3-day itinerary which includes a detailed breakdown and route to the best Siquijor tourist spots.
Also, at the end of the list are some useful tips like where to stay, how to get around Siquijor, and what are the best months to visit.
Here is a summary for your 3 day Siquijor Itinerary
- Lugnason Falls (blue pool, coconut trees, Tarzan swing)
- Tubod Marine Sanctuary (colourful reef and marine life)
- Get Wrecked Beach Bar (best vibe and burgers)
- Paliton Beach (best beach for sunset)
- Locong falls (crystal clear pool)
- Kawasan Falls (cave through a cascade)
- Cantabon Cave (trail in Cave with pools)
- Cambugahay Falls (stunning tiered cascade and milky blue pools)
- Salagdoong Beach (beach, crystal clear water, cliff jump)
- Old Enchanted Balette Tree
SIQUIJOR FERRY AND HOW TO GET THERE
Before breaking down an epic 3 day itinerary, here is an introduction on the Siquijor ferry and how to get there.
Siquijor island is in the South of the Philippines. To give you a sense of orientation, popular islands like Cebu, Bohol and Dumaguete City are approximately a 2 hour Siquijor ferry ride.
The Bohol to Siquijor and Dumaguete to Siquijor ferries are both direct and operate daily.
From Cebu (City) to Siquijor the route will be via Tagbilaran port in Bohol. Therefore, ferry from Cebu to Bohol (Tagbilaran port) and catch the next ferry from Bohol to Siquijor.
For those exploring the South of Cebu (Moalboal, Kawasan Falls, Oslob) the best way to reach Siquijor is from Dumaguete.
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SIQUIJOR ITINERARY DAY 1
Lugnason Falls should be high on the list and is probably one of the best things to do in Siquijor.
If you are in Siquijor at the right time, Lugnason Falls is a beautiful cascade above a vibrant blue pool. And all is surrounded by a tropical landscape with loads of tall palm trees.
If you are interested in some fun, take a plunge into the pool from above the cascade or or use the Tarzan swing hung from a tree.
Lugnason is also very accessible since it only takes 15 minutes to get there from the main tourist strip in San Juan.
Keep in mind that Lugnason Falls is a seasonal activity and highly depends on the amount of rainfall.
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TUBOD MARINE SANCTUARY
The Tubod Marine Sanctuary (beach) is easily the best tourist spot in Siquijor for those wanting to explore what lies beneath the clear waters. You should definitely add this one to your Siquijor itinerary.
Tubod beach is right in the heart of San Juan. You can easily get there on foot by crossing through a path next to Coco Grove Beach Resort (popular top rated resort)
We just needed a few paddles into the water to realize how colorful the ocean bed is here. Loads of corals, sea urchins and blue starfish, giant clams, and hundreds of fishes cruising around the water.
Snorkelling can be rented from the beach.
Read the full post > TUBOD MARINE SANCTUARY – BEST REEF IN SIQUIJOR
GET WRECKED BEACH BAR
The name of this place doesn’t really describe the place that accurately. The first time we went we didn’t really know what to expect.
As it turns out, Get Wrecked Beach and Sports Bar sits directly on the beach. And the laid-back ambiance is in tune with the overall island vibe.
Although a low-key beachfront property, Get Wrecked serves up some of the best burgers and tacos on the island. And their terrace facing the ocean is a great spot to enjoy the sunset if you want to stay close to your accommodation.
Staying in San Juan definitely has a handful of perks. One of which is being very close to Siquijor beach for sunset.
It only takes a glimpse to realize how beautiful Paliton beach is. A white sandy bay lined with coconut trees and surprisingly almost no development. Don’t worry, the beach has its own local mini set-ups (makeshift tents) where you can buy fresh coconuts and cold drinks and beers.
We can’t really say what Paliton beach is like during the day since we only ever came for the amazing sunsets. But the reef seems to be too shallow for swimming at least for some distance.
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Below is a route map with all the tourist spots for the day listed. Point A is the starting point in San Juan. You can click on the image for an interactive route to the first spot (Lugnason Falls) and then change the destination accordingly.
SIQUIJOR ITINERARY – DAY 2
In the foothills above San Juan there is a hidden Siquijor tourist spot. This activity is literally hidden away and the only way to see it is to pass through a hole in the ground.
Cantabon Cave is an adventurous tourist activity in Siquijor. It isn’t a challenging cave exploration and anyone with a basic fitness level will manage.
The cave exploration starts by signing up with the booking office where guides and gear are provided (mandatory). And from there a 10-minute walk leads to the cave entrance.
Hundreds of stalactites hang from the top of the cave. The trail through the cave is along streams of water and natural water holes deep enough for swimming.
Cantabon Cave is an interesting 1 hour activity and is worth adding to your Siquijor itinerary for a good combination of things to do.
View the full post > CANTABON CAVE – EXPLORING CAVE POOLS & STALACTITES
The clearest waterhole in Siquijor is beneath a mini cascade named Locong Falls. It is a beautiful place at the end of a trail through a tiny village in the town of Lazi.
Locong Falls isn’t even listed on Google.Maps. And we were fortunate enough to have the entire area to ourselves.
As I said, the Locong waterfall isn’t any that stunning and the total height is only 5 feet. But the crystal clear water, a jump from above the cascade and a tarzan swing in a secondary pool below surely make up for the cascade.
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KAWASAN FALLS AND CAVE
And while you are cruising around the area, add Kawasan Falls to your Siquijor itinerary.
There is an interesting 10 minute trail down to the cascade and pool through trees along a rugged path. And you will need a guide to see the cascade. That seems to be mandatory.
We came to Kawasan falls not knowing what to expect. Our guide lead the way along the trail.
At some point the trail opens up onto a blue pool. Kawasan falls may not be very popular but we found it quite interesting. And spent the time Tarzan swinging and exploring a small cave that the only way of reaching it is to swim through the cascade.
While you’re in the area you can check out another cascade named Cabusayan Falls.
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OLD ENCHANTED BALETE TREE
The Old Enchanted Balete Tree is a 400 year old big and somewhat creepy looking tree. With loads of vines hanging down and huge roots creeping out of the ground and at the end of a blue pool with little fish.
It is one of Siquijor’s tourist attractions that is still till this day enshrined in myth and mystery. It is believed that some folks also do their rituals. Yet we didn’t see any kind of rituals of anything related to that extend.
The tree is on the way back to San Juan and makes for a pleasant stops for a few snaps of the 8 meter tree. And you can also get a natural foot scrub thanks to fish in the pool that will nibble away any dead skin on your feet.
HIDDEN VALLEY GLAMPING BAR & RESTO
We only came across this place by chance. Well, actually we saw the point on our map while searching for something else and thought there would be a good view.
And as it turns out, the Hidden Valley Glamping Bar and Resto really does live up to its name.
Bar and Resto is a hut like structure leaning right over a valley and looking over a dense tropical landscape. The view is stunning leading all the way down to the ocean.
We came here a couple of times and the view never disappoints.
The process is the same as the previous map. Click on the map for first attraction and when you are ready for the next, enter the name and hit directions.
Note: Locong Falls isn’t listed on Google.Maps so you won’t find it in this map. Locong Falls is on the way Kawasan Falls or instead of entering the name, you can use these co ordinates 09°07′45.32″N 123°37′12.38″E copy those co ordinates and enter them in the search. There are no spaces at start and end of the co ordinates.
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SIQUIJOR ITINERARY – DAY 3
If you are planning a trip to Siquijor you should know by now about Cambugahay Falls. It is after all Siquijor’s most stunning waterfall.
Cambugahay Falls is a picturesque cascade over 3 different levels. And each tier of the incredible waterfall has its own pool with that vibrant blue color synonymous with many water-holes in the Philippines.
The contrasting color of the surrounding jungle, palms, and foliage create one of the most beautiful landscapes you will see in all of the Philippines. This should be enough to get most of you enticed!
Since it is a popular tourist attraction in Siquijor, we recommend going early in the morning.
If you don’t get there early, you can hang out in the second pool above. It is just as stunning and in fact; we spent most of our time there with almost no tourists.
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In a region named Maria on the Eastern side of Siquijor there is a street lined with mahogany trees. With the long branches and leaves stretching all the way across, it almost like traversing a natural tunnel with almost no sun rays making their way through.
The Man-Made Forest is easily the most beautiful street on the island and a photo worthy tourist spot worth adding to your Siquijor itinerary.
And, at the end of the 2km stretch lined with trees on either side, there is Siquijor’s most beautiful beach….
After about 5 minutes of cruising through the shaded canopy made of branches and leaves, we reached the Salagdoong parking area. All we could see was turquoise water.
Salagdoong beach is easily the most beautiful beach we came across in Siquijor.
And this place truly has it all, whether you come just to relax or for some fun, Salagdoong offers a bit of everything.
One of the main features of this beach are two cliff jumps. One is probably about 7 meters and the other is about 10 meters. These are optional things to do at Salagdoong beach.
The cliff jumping is an option for those looking for something a little more on the extreme side.
Read the full post: SALAGDOONG BEACH – MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACH & CLIFF JUMP
BEST TIME TO VISIT SIQUIJOR
The best time to visit Siquijor is between the months of March and May. These months are overall the best time of year with sunny days and almost no rain.
However, considering the rainy season ends in October and a Siquijor itinerary usually consists of water-based activities, like the waterfalls and pools, the months between March and May will be long after the last significant rainfall.
Between November and around mid January is particularly good because it is right after the rainy season. Waterfalls and pools will be abundantly flowing with water and the temperature should be a tad lower.
The months between June and October mark the rainy season. The tropical climate means that rainfall usually comes in short afternoon bursts and the rest of the day tends to be bright and sunny.
Although the rainy season could be a good option and you will get better accommodation rates and fewer tourists, after long or heavy rainfall it common for some waterfalls and pools to overflow.
This leads to waterfalls being dangerous and not accessible. Also, the water streams coming down through the jungle tend to turn that iconic blue water into more of a soily brown color.
HOW TO GET AROUND
The most common way of getting around Siquijor and exploring all the tourist attractions is by scooter. Siquijor is after all a relatively small island.
Getting around the island on your own 2 wheels is convenient and allows to go about at your own pace.
We cruised all the way around the island on a scooter, ventured through rural areas and through Siquijor’s countryside and rarely came across any messed up roads.
Scooters range in price depending on various factors. But approximately you can expect to pay between 250 – 350 pesos ($5-$7) a day. If you a keeping the bike for more than 1 day, negotiate a better rate.
SIQUIJOR ISLAND TOURS
Another great way of exploring Siquijor is with one of the island tours. This is especially a good option if you are traveling on a tight timeframe and want to visit various tourist attractions in a day. Or for those not confident riding a scooter, an island tour is the way to go.
Island tours cost around 1500 pesos ($30)
If you don’t rent a scooter and don’t want to go around tourist spots with an organized tour, the best option is by tricycle.
A tricycle is basically a close relative of Thailand’s famous tuk-tuk. A motorbike with a side car attached to it and can carry 3 or 4 passengers.
Tricycles charge around 150 pesos ($3) for a 15 minute trip. But if you intend visiting various spots in 1 day, you should negotiate a price for a certain amount of hours. This will give you the freedom to go around at your own pace.
Although the price isn’t as cheap as a scooter, you can share the cost with friends you meet along the way.
Tricycles cost is 1500 – 2000 pesos ($30-$40) for an 8 hour trip. If you divide that between 3 others, the price isn’t that bad after all.
WHERE TO STAY IN SIQUIJOR
Choosing the best place to stay in Siquijor is straightforward. 90% of the tourists that visit Siquijor stay in San Juan area.
San Juan is Siquijor’s main tourist town. This is where almost all the Resorts, Guesthouses and Hostels are located. There is also a lot of good restaurants, whether local or western there is a wide range of places to eat.
Another option is to stay in the Lazi region. It is a relatively laid back part of the island but you will be very close to some of the best waterfalls in Siquijor and there is a handfull of good resturants down near the port.
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