Isla del Fuego

Siquijor Island, also known as “Isla del Fuego” or “Island of Fire” as dubbed by the Spaniards in the colonial period, is the smallest province Island of the Central Visayas region. Located in the center of Bohol, Cebu, Negros Occidental and Mindanao, this makes Siquijor easily accessible for nearby local tourists to visit the gems of the Island and experience its renown culture of mystic healing.

This page will teach you all about on how to get to Siquijor , where to stay and what to do in this Healing Island.

  • Book your flight to Dumaguete City

    Siquijor doesn’t have its own airport, but it is easily accessible from Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental. Access from ferry is also possible but it takes hours. Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air carry passengers from Manila to Dumaguete in about 1.5 hours.

  • Take a tricycle to Dumaguete Sea Port

    As soon as you arrive in Dumaguete's airport, you'll find tricycle drivers waiting outside the airport awaiting passengers. Ask your driver to take you to the sea port where you can buy your ferry ticket bound for Siquijor. From there, the ride will take 15 to 30 minutes coming from the airport to the ferry, which will cost you P120 to P150.

  • Buy a ticket and board a ferry to Siquijor

    Upon arriving near the sea port, your can either buy tickets for the local ferry, which is cheaper but will take you hours longer to get to Siquijor. Otherwise, you can take the faster but slightly more expensive fast-speed ferry, OceanJet . Estimated travel time is 1 hour, with a fare of P136 to P360, depending on the destination port, class, and liner. Several shipping lines ply this route so you’re sure to find one every 2 hours. Options are fewer on Saturdays, though. You also have to pay the terminal fee, P25.

2. From Cebu City

  • Make your way to Cebu South Terminal

    If you’re coming from Mactan airport, board the myBus outside the domestic terminal to SM City. There’s a bus leaving the Mactan Airport every 30 minutes from 7am-11am, and every 20 minutes from 11am-9:30pm. Fare: P25. Then take a cab to the South Bus Terminal. Outside these hours, you may take a cab, Uber or Grab straight to the bus terminal. Fare is between P230-P300, depending on traffic.

  • Bus at Liloan, ferry for Sibulan

    Hop into the bus bound for Liloan, which is found in Santander Municipality. The travel time will take 4-5 hours, with a fare of P162 for standard seats, and P200 for air-conditioned ones. Upon arriving at Liloan, board the ferry bound for Sibulan in Negors Oriental.
    The travel time will take 20-25 minutes with a fare of P50 plus P10 for terminal fee and P2 for municipal fee.

  • Sibulan Port to Dumaguete City

    Once you arrive in Sibulan Port, ride a jeepney or a pedicab to Dumaguete City. The jeepney fare is P12 while the pedicab is P10 per person.

  • Buy a ticket and board a ferry to Siquijor.

    Upon arriving near the sea port, your can either buy tickets for the local ferry, which is cheaper but will take you hours longer to get to Siquijor. Otherwise, you can take the faster but slightly more expensive fast-speed ferry, OceanJet .Estimated travel time is 1 hour, with a fare of P136 to P360, depending on the destination port, class, and liner. Several shipping lines ply this route so you’re sure to find one every 2 hours. Options are fewer on Saturdays, though. You also have to pay the terminal fee, P25.

A great trip is a well planned one, and a well planned trip starts with deciding where you're going to stay. After choosing your desired hotel or resort, you'll be able to plan out your trip's itinerary based on your interests and how close your accommodations are to those tourist spots.
Check out our top four recommended hotels/resorts according to each town in the menu below.

1. San Juan is best known for its beaches

Despite the town of Siquijor being the capital of the Island, most tourists especially during peak season book their hotel and resort reservations in the town of San Juan, as most accomodations are beach front and home to Siquijor's famous Tubod Marine Sanctuary and other popular beaches.

2. Capital town of Siquijor is closest to the essentials.

Siquijor, Siquijor, the capital town of the Island, where the provincial government office can be located along with the Island's hospital, clinic, and main grocery, is the ideal town to book your reservation if you're going to Siquijor for business matters (or if you're just really after the convenience).
However, this doesn't mean that you'll have a hard time touring the Island, as there are famous tourist spots here too.

3. Other resorts in Maria, Lazi and Larena.

There are plenty of resorts found around the entire Island. Most are just as good as the ones you'll find in San Juan. For those looking for the perfect rest and relaxation, the resorts of Maria, Lazi, and Larena are ideal for a trip of peace and quiet, as these resorts are somewhat farther from the busyness of the main town.

3. Mountain resorts in Enrique Villanueva

As the town of Enrique Villanueva is found on more of the mountain side of the Island, the town is unique to its mountain resorts, with its beautiful view overlooking the Visayan sea as its main selling point. If you're preferring a green scenery, this town may have the perfect place for you.

  • Take note of the peak dates.

    Before finding a hotel, it's important that you consider the availability of your chosen accommodation first.
    Siquijor's tourist season range from March to May, with Holy Week being the peak of the season thanks to the Healing Festival, and again resumes from November to February.

  • Finding the right place for you.

    Picking the right place could depend on the kind of vacation that you want. For a more quiet and peaceful vacation, choose from the towns of Maria, Larena and Lazi. But if you'd like to be closer to the restobars, shops, local hospital, and more, choose between Siquijor or San Juan.

  • Don't worry about being too far from other tourist spots.

    Though the Island's size and its limited number of resorts may create difficulties for some, its small land area makes each tourist spot close enough to each other. If you were to stay in a town on the other side of the Island, all it takes is a habal-habal or motor to get there under 40 minutes max.

A couple enjoys their cold beer by Coco Grove Beach Resort's PADI area.
Kalachuchi Mountain Resort. (Courtesy of Agoda)
The palm trees along Tropical Fun Ta Sea of Solangon Beach.
Tourists pose at the Island's famous "I love Siquijor" sign found near the sea port.

Here are some of the Island's top resorts and hotels.

Getting around Siquijor

Upon arriving the port of Siquijor, you will find lots of Department of Tourism accredited habal-habal drivers outside the ferry ready to take you wherever you need to go. Simply tell them the name of your resort or hotel, and you're set.

Motorbikes and habal-habal is the way to go.

Despite the town of Siquijor being the capital of the Island, most tourists especially during peak season book their hotel and resort reservations in the town of San Juan, as most accomodations are beach front and home to Siquijor's famous Tubod Marine Sanctuary.

  • Habal-habal in Siquijor

    Upon disembarking at either Siquijor or Larena Port, you will be greeted by tricycle and multi-cab drivers. Not only can they take you to your resort, they can also tour you around. The drivers should have an ID showing that they are accredited by the Department of Tourism, and do expect that they will follow a flat rate of P1,000 (depending on the location or kind of trip you'll be asking them of).

    Transportation options are very limited in Siquijor. If you can’t drive a motorcycle, you have two main choices:

    Tricycle Tour: P1000-P1200 per tricycle. Up to 3 pax. Multi-cab Tour: P1800 per vehicle. Can accommodate 15+ pax.

  • Motorcycle rentals

    Do note that certain resorts that offer motorcycle rentals like Coco Grove Beach Resort will ask for a driver's license and will ask its renters to test drive the bike first. This is to avoid possible road accidents and help ensure the welfare of the public. Ask your chosen hotel/resort to refer you the closest bike shop.

    Motorcycle rental: P350 per vehicle
    (prices may vary depending on shop)

  • For bigger groups, van rides are also available.

    For those traveling in bigger groups, sharing a van might be preferred over habal-habals and motorcycles. Van rides can be coordinated with your chosen hotel/resort.

After you've decided where you're going to stay, considered how you're going to get around the Island, the last and most fun step is considering what you're going to during your stay in Siquijor, but most importantly, how you're going to do it.

Plan out your itenerary by checking out the top destinations of the Island. Learn the directions and how you can take care of the tourist spot once get there.

Meet the renown folk healers of Siquijor Island and how their sacred cultural heritage has been a factor in its tourism efforts.

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