Siquijor

Siquijor

Charming and “bewitched” Siquijor is a place to go if you like quiet and we mean quiet. This laid back island is supposedly the center for Filipino witchcraft and healing although there are not too many signs of this, to the naked it eye it seems like any other Philippines Island! The island is small enough to explore in one day by bike and there is some seriously good stuff packed into it. From mountains to beaches, diving to dozing, sulphurous healing waters to sunshine!

Where to Stay

One of the most popular beaches is Sandugan, however to be fair there are resorts dotted around the coast and if you really want to relax you can probably find a few gems tucked in nooks and crannies around the island.

Things to do

  • Visit the natural healers: If you do want to see more of the Siquijor charm then arrive on Good Friday when healers from the Visayas and Mindanao gather to share herbal potions!
  • Motorbike or cycle the coast: The coastal road is a mere 70km long so makes for an easy day explore.  Hire a motorbike from your resort, or if you’re feeling extra energetic a bicycle. Go down some back roads, head towards the coast and you’ll inevitably find some amazing little beaches and coves!
  • Dive: You can even do day trips to arguably one of the best Philippines dive spots Apo Island.
  • Rock climb: Scale the sides of Mt Bandilaan in the center of the island. Read more about Rock Climbing in Southeast Asia here.

Getting there

The best way to get to Siquijor is by ferry from Dumagette or Bohol via Dumagette.  The total trip from Bohol takes around 3 hours.

Where to next

  • Onwards to Apo Island, Dumagette and your bouncing point for some more exploration of Cebu island.
  • Catch a ferry to Bohol: If you like you can actually catch a banca from Siquijor to Bohol’s famous Alona beach.