Top Tourist Spots in Siquijor Island [And How To Get There]

Siquijor is an island of mystery, but it is also a land of unspoiled nature. If you’re looking for a different take on the ideal “tropical” setting, why not try this Central Visayan island just south of Cebu? Here are a few of the top tourist spots in Siquijor you can start with. [Check out our list of top tourist spots in Negros Oriental]

Top Tourist Spots in Siquijor
Siquijor Island

Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Siquijor Island, Philippines

Cambugahay Falls

The pristine Cambugahay falls is sure to enchant any who lays eyes on its turquoise blue waters. Located along the Circumferential Road and two kilometers north of Lazi, this beauty is a multi-tiered attraction, whose waters come from the clean springs of the surrounding forest. The blue pools are perfect for dipping, and there are also a few rapids for the more adventurous. There’s no entrance fee, and local tourists who wish to reach all the falls’ tiers can hire a guide on a donation basis. Because of its accessibility from the main road, this waterfalls has become one of the top tourist attractions in Siquijor. [Don’t forget to check out our list of 5 Underrated Resorts in Siquijor]

Cambugahay Falls, a top tourist spot in Siquijor Island
Cambugahay Falls, a top tourist spot in Siquijor Island

Lugnason Falls

Only ten kilometers away from Cambugahay is Lugnason Falls is another top tourist spots in Siquijor. The terrain here is more forested and has quite a few bumps, hence it’s a little more difficult to reach even though it’s just behind Napo. But the clear waters are worth it! The falls drop from a significant height, and the surrounding cliff faces offer a diving opportunity. The pool is deep enough to cushion your dive, thanks to a few man-made improvements — but the overall ambiance still speaks of Nature’s awesome beauty.

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Lugnason Falls in Siquijor Island
Lugnason Falls | Bigstock Photos

St. Francis of Assisi Church

Aside from natural beauty, Siquijor is also rich in cultural heritage. Proof of this is the St. Francis of Assisi Church, the first church to be established in the island back in the 19th century. Renovated in 2006, the church offers a good look into the Catholic roots of the island. The church is known for being part of Siquijor’s “welcome wagon”, among the first spots that tourists see when they arrive at the Siquijor Pier.

Facade of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Siquijor Island
Facade of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Siquijor Island

Salagdoong Beach

What’s a good Philippine tourist destination without an outstanding beach? The Salagdoong Beach is among the island’s top tourist spots. Offering sapphire clear waters and pristine sands, the beach also offers various amenities (picnic tables, kayaks, etc.) and accommodations. Oh, and there are also diving platforms here, some up to 10 meters high! The beach is easily reachable from the Municipality of Maria, and on the way, you will pass another tourist spot, the Molave Forest.

Salagdoong Beach, Siquijor Island
Salagdoong Beach, Siquijor Island

400-Year Old Balete Tree

Let’s go back to a bit of the island’s mystery. The balete is one of the more famously mysterious trees in the country, and Siquijor is host to one that is 400 years old! It wouldn’t be surprising if you find a diwata living here, given that age. If you dare visit it (most do), it is located in Barangay Campalanas in Lazi. Check out the spring that flows from under the tree, too.

400-Year Old Balete Tree in Siquijor Island
400-Year Old Balete Tree in Siquijor Island

Paliton Beach

Even those who have never been to Siquijor have heard of Paliton Beach. Located around four kilometers from San Juan, Paliton is the picturesque tropical paradise! Raw and unspoiled, you can wait for the high tide and wade in some of the natural pools that form along the coast.

Paliton Beach, Siquijor Island
Paliton Beach, Siquijor Island

Lazi Church and Convent

Wrapping up our list of Siquijor wonders, the Lazi Church (officially the San Isidro Labrador Parish Church) has been on the Tentative List of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2006. This stately Baroque church is best visited during the golden hours!

Side view of Lazi Church and Convent in Siquijor Island
Side view of Lazi Church and Convent in Siquijor Island

Capilay’s Spring Park

Located in the town center of San Juan in the province of Siquijor, Capilay is a natural spring that was made into a huge pool. There is no entrance fee to use the spring pool and it is usually packed with locals on weekends.

Top view of Capilay's Spring Park
Top view of Capilay’s Spring Park

Siquijor’s beauty is totally world-class, and it’s a shame its wonders are still unknown to many. So why not pack that bag, pay it a visit, and spread the word about these top tourist spots in Siquijor?

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How to get to Siquijor

There is currently no commercial airport in the island province of Siquijor. The closest airport is in Dumaguete City. From Dumaguete, you can take a boat to Siquijor, Siquijor or to Larena, Siquijor. The travel time is around 1-1.5 hours depending on the ferry you take. There are multiple ferry operators such as Montenegro Shipping Lines, Oceanjet, GL Shipping Lines, and Aleson Shipping. From the port, you can easily explore the island by renting a car, tricycle or by taking a habalhabal.

Alternatively, you can also take a ferry from Tagbilaran in Bohol to Larena, Siquijor.

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