March 25 – 26, 2017
Hello from the mystical island of the Philippines! This place was on my bucket list since I started traveling. When my Catalan friend was going back to Spain, she decided to spend her remaining vacation days here in the island, so , I had to go and spend more time with her.
So if you’re from Cebu, there are four ways ( that I know ) to get here :
- Boat ride via Cebu – Siquijor via Tagbilaran :
Check out this link from Lite Shipping .
- Land Trip via Cebu – Dumaguete bus :
- Take a Ceres bus from south terminal going to DUMAGUETE ( it normally takes 3-4 hours w/o traffic to reach Lilo-an port )
- The bus will go directly to the barge. ( takes 30 minutes to reach Sibulan port )
- If you’re already in Sibulan port, go back to the bus so that they can take you to Dumaguete port.
- From Dumaguete port, buy a ticket to Siquijor ( it usually takes an hour and a half to get to the port of your destination )
- There are two ports in Siquijor; Larena and Siquijor port. If you’re late for the last trip to Siquijor port, you can also go to Larena, but it’s a 30-45 minutes motorcycle/tricycle ride to Siquijor proper.
- Land Trip via Cebu to Lilo-an, Santander port :
- If you’re not lucky enough to get the Dumaguete bus, you still have another option, and that is to take the Santander / Lilo-an bus. ( Please be aware that there are two places named Lilo-an in Cebu, so to avoid confusions, always use Lilo-an, Santander ).
- From Lilo-an port, go and buy a ticket for the barge to Sibulan port.
- From Sibulan port, you can take a bus ( if there’s any ) or you can ride a jeepney/tricycle to take you to Dumaguete port.
- Land Trip to Lilo-an, Santander , Ferry to Siquijor :
- Take the bus going to Santander and stop at Lilo-an port.
- There is a ferry that will take you directly to Siquijor, but it only has two schedules. It leaves at 10:00 AM and at 06:00 PM.
In my experience, I took the longest trip because I was already late for option number 4. I left Cebu City at 11:00 AM and arrived here at 07:45 PM. You know that feeling of being too excited to tick off this place from your bucket list? but with the 8-hour travel that I experienced, excitement turned to frustrations and anger lol.
IN BETWEEN TWO BEAUTIFUL ISLAND ( DUMAGUETE X SIQUIJOR )
I am a budget wise traveler, so if there’s a free spot where I could set up my tent or hammock, I would definitely go for it. As for this trip, this is what we did, there’s this free spot in San Juan where the owner doesn’t really mind people staying( from what I’ve heard, the owner wants to sell this area ). Camping here really gives us the island vibe feels. We woke up at around 8 in the morning and packed our things to tour around the island. We rented a motorbike for our adventure and planned to start at the farthest destination. We did not include Salagdoong beach in our itinerary because it’s too mainstream.
As what my friend told us, this Abandoned Beach is way more beautiful than Salagdoong and I must say that it’s true indeed! Few people visit here, so if you don’t like crowded places, you can check this out. We spent an hour here snorkeling and made friends with some foreigners. Next on our list is the known Cambugahay Falls.
I guess my friend is still looking for more, check the photo below :
Next on our list is the Iglesia Parroquial de San Isidro Labrador or commonly known as Lazi Church and convent. If you’re curious about this you can check this link.
The last spot that we’re going to visit is the famous Balete tree.
That’s how we ended our trip, there are still many places that I want to visit in Siquijor but work is calling me already. I fell in love with this Island, so much, I want to go back! I’ll be back, that’s for sureeee.
March 25 :
Bus ( Dumaguete ) – P 210
Barge ( Sibulan ) – P 75
Ferry ( Larena ) – P 150
Dinner – P 75
Beer – P 50
March 26 :
Breakfast – P 50
Dinner – P 50
Souvenirs – P 450
Boat ( Cebu ) P 200+