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 stunning tourist attractions.
1. Cambugahay Falls – best Siquijor tourist attraction
A stunning waterfall is divided into three levels here, 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 (0.89 USD). There is also an entrance fee to the falls, which costs 20 PHP (0.35 USD). You won’t need a guide to get to the waterfall; it’s about 150 steps on a well-made stair. Because it is a popular tourist attraction in Siquijor, we recommend you visit in the morning.
2. Paliton – Best Siquijor Beach
The most beautiful beach in Siquijor is called Paliton Beach. It is well known among travelers and locals but doesn’t get too crowded besides 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 releases butterflies from his garden weekly. Due to new buildings and deforestation, fewer butterflies can be found in the wild.
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 waterfall.
Swim, swing, or climb at the waterfall, and 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 some time on the beach? Tubod is a long, calm, sunbathing beach in front of the Coco Grove Resort. There is a marine sanctuary in front, so we don’t recommend swimming here. The corals are too close to shore, no matter if it’s high or low tide. We have seen people standing on top of or hitting the corals, and that shouldn’t 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.
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 bottom of the tree lies a freshwater base, and the story goes that the tree is enchanted. Tours are offered to this location, but we wouldn’t say that’s worth your money.
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 of the area.
Travel Tips for Visiting Siquijor, Philippines
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 email or WhatsApp. It’s best to buy a SIM card in advance, which seems to work across the entire island.
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 (6.20 – 8.80 USD) 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 easily accessible 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 (4 hours) down the island to the ferry point in Lilo-an. Please note that while departing, you have to pay a terminal and luggage fee.
Where to Stay
Siquijor, Philippines, offers a diverse range of accommodation options, from cozy beachfront bungalows and boutique resorts to budget-friendly hostels, making sure every traveler has a comfortable stay for their budget and preference.
The Best Time to Visit
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 to June and are best to avoid.