9 x Things To Do in Siquijor
Siquijor has to be on your Philippines Travel Guide. Despite the island’s small size, there are a lot of great things to do on Siquijor. Plan on spending 3 days visiting these Siquijor tourist attractions.
1. Cambugahay Falls – best Siquijor tourist attraction
A stunning waterfall divided into three levels all including an enormous pool. The main pool has a couple of rope swings that will make it even more fun to spend some hours here.
Swing an unlimited amount of times for 50 PHP. There is no entrance fee and you won’t need a guide to reach the waterfall, it’s about 150 steps on a well-made stair.
Because it is a popular tourist attraction in Siquijor, we recommend you to visit this in the morning.
2. Paliton – Best Siquijor Beach
The most beautiful beach on Siquijor is called Paliton Beach. It is well known among travelers and locals but doesn’t get too crowded beside the weekends. The white sand beach, clear water with starfish, and palm trees make it a great place to spend the afternoon and watch the sunset. Paliton Beach is located very close to San Juan town.
3. Butterfly Sanctuary Siquijor
One of the most surprising Siquijor tourist attractions is the Butterfly Sanctuary in the center of the island. Hop on a motorbike and drive a stunning route up the hills. The butterfly park is a sanctuary started by a man who weekly releases butterflies from his garden. Due to new buildings and deforestation,
Visit his garden with huge, beautifully colored butterflies, drink coconut and help the owner to maintain his project.
4. Lugnason Falls
Different from Cambugahay Falls, the Luganson Waterfall is hidden and not on every traveler’s list of things to do in Siquijor. A beautiful 5-minute hike down the jungle hill brings you to a silky blue watered waterfall.
Swim, swing or climb at the waterfall, before you know it you’ve spent a couple of hours relaxing and playing around. There is no entrance fee and the locals hanging around are there to have a good time with you.
5. Tubod Beach – Relaxing thing to do on Siquijor
Want to spend time on the beach or cool down in the sea? Tubod is a long, calm sunbathing beach in front of the Coco Grove Resort. There is a marine sanctuary in front but we don’t recommend swimming here. The corals are too close to you, no matter if it’s high or low-tide. We have people seen standing up or hitting the corals should be the case!
If you do swim near the corals, please be aware of the sea urchins and, sometimes, jellyfish.
Good to know: Siquijor is not a party island but mainly to relax.
6. Salagdoong Cliff Jump
Drive down the scenic coastline on Siquijor towards Salagdoong Beach Resort. Salagdoong cliff jump point is located on top of a rock reaching a height of 10 meters and is a cool thing to do on Siquijor. The nearby white beach is great to relax. Parking is 80 PHP.
Good to remember is that this tourist attraction in Siquijor is only accessible during high-tide.
Siquijor is home to many beautiful old churches. While arriving in Siquijor town by ferry you immediately notice the old church called the San Isidro Labrador church. Drive around the island and you will see a new one in every town. Some are open to enter and see from the inside.
8. Old Enchanted Balete Tree
The 400-year-old Balete Tree is a popular quick stop on your way to one of the other Siquijor tourist attractions. At the base of a tree is a freshwater base and the story goes that the tree is enchanted. Tours are offered to this location, we wouldn’t say that’s worth
9. Climb to the viewpoint
On your way to the butterfly park make sure to stop at a sign that says ‘Quesol Mountain View’. It’s a 5-minute walk up a hill that gives you a great view over the area.
Travel Tips / Good to know
Getting money on Siquijor isn’t a problem. There are a couple of working ATMs around the island. You can easily ATM in Google Maps to find them.
Staying connected via WiFi on Siquijor is challenging. Most larger restaurants offer a slow connection, just enough to
Different from other islands in the Philippines, Siquijor’s main transport is a motorbike. While arriving at the harbor, you can directly rent a motorbike. This should cost 350 – 500 PHP per day depending on the season.
Driving around by motorbike is one of the best things to do on Siquijor.
Best restaurants on Siquijor
In San Juan town are a handful of good restaurants. We ranked them by our yummy (♥️) rating.
- Luca Loko ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
- Baha ♥️♥️♥️♥️
- Tomato & Basil ♥️♥️♥️
- Sunset restaurant ♥️♥️♥️
How to get to Siquijor
Due to Siquijor’s position near Dumaguete, Cebu and Bohol it isn’t that hard to reach the island. There are no flights but it is easy accesible via ferry.
It is best to take a ferry from Dumaguete (40 min) or Bohol (90 min). Both locations are easy to reach by airplane. From Cebu City would require a bus trip (4h) down the island to the ferry point in Lilo-an.
Please note that, while departing, you have to pay a terminal and luggage fee.
Best time to visit Siquijor
Siquijor has the best weather from November to May. The best time to visit is from December to March. The hottest months are from April till June and are best to avoid.