About Siquijor Island, Philippines

Glimpse of the Island


The Spanish called Siquijor, during the Spanish colonial period in the Philippines, the Island of Fire or Isla del Fuego. The beautiful island is often associated with mystic traditions. Nowadays the more holistic approach of the island is setting in and the beautiful wide stretched bounty beaches , lush nature and waterfalls offer a possibility of a different approach in tourism. The island is commonly known as The Healing Paradise.

Siquijor is the third smallest province in the Philippines. As well in terms of population as land area.With only as few as 280 people per square km, the island is a quiet place, even int he touristic season between the months October and May.

With three seaports the island is within reach of all the neighbouring island. The main road on the island is well maintained and takes visitors around the island in a short time. A side road takes you through the mountains. And new concrete roads are build everywhere to make the island even more accessible.

During the Spanish era starting in 1783 when the Spain annexed the Philippines, the town of Siquijor became the first municipalityas well as the first parish tobe established on the island. Administrated under the diocese of Cebu. For civil administration Siquijor was under the neighbouring island Bohol where the governor was seated. In 1974 the first Augustinian priest arrived on Siquijor, within a few years parishes in Larena, San Juan, Lazi and Maria were founded.

For a long time Siquijor has been part of Negros Oriental Province, only to become a sub province in 1901.

The Americans obtained rulership over the Philippines when Spain ceded the archipelago to the USA with the treaty of Paris where the American Spanish war ended. A unit of the American Cavalry division was situated on the Island. Appointed by the American military governor James Fugate, a scout with the Californian Volunteers of the U.S. Infantry, was governor over the island of Siquijor for over 16 years. Implementing and organising development programs on the island.

Although Siquijor was not near the centre if any military action during World War II, the island was under heavy shelling by the Japanese army between 1942 and 1943. The then Lieutenant Governor of the Island Nicolas Parami refused to pledge alliance to the Japanese was taken from his home in Lazi to Larena and never heard from again.

Guerrilla forces, led by Iluminado Jumawanin, assassinated the Japanese governor Shunzo Suzuki in October1942. In June 1943 the Japanese forces finally left Siquijor leaving puppet governor Sebastian Monera ofSan Juan in charge. Again it was the Guerrillas that executed him. The liberating troops arrived on Siquijor in 1944.

After battles at sea in which the destroyer USS Renshaw (D-499) was damaged by a Japanese Submarine, and combined battles on land by Filipino military forces and guerillas Siquijor wasliberated in the mid 1945.

Siquijor became an independent province on 17 September 1971. And Siquijor Town became the official capitol of the new province.

General Information

Siquijor is an island in the Visayas Region, located South of Cebu Island and Negros Island across the Cebu Straight. From a certain point of the Island one can overlook even Mindanao inthe far distance.

Siquijor has a 102 kilometres coastline, containing rocks, mangroves and white sandy beaches. Mount Malabahoc is the highest point of the island. It reaches about 628 metres (2,060 ft).

Siquijor is a coralline island and the giant clam fossil (tridacna) is often found when farmers plough there land. Even on the hilltops you can find shells. Geologically speaking Siquijor is a relative ‘new’ island.

The average temperature on Siquijor throughout the year is 27.6 ºC (81.7 ºF)

Siquijor has two different climates. A very short dry season from one to three months and a long wet season which is characterised by not very heavy rainfall. The municipality of Lazi has a significant amount of rainfall during the year. Even in the driest month.

Languages spoken on Siquijor are Cebuano, and English is often used as second language. Filipino is understood, but rarely used.

Ninety five percent of the Island residents are known to be Roman Catholic, the remainder belong to other denominations.

Siquijor is well known for its fiestas and festivals with a focus on healing. During those festivals old islanders harvest herbs and roots and tree barks to make potions. Folk legends are shared.

For the tourist visiting Siquijor probable the waterfalls, caves, white sandy beaches and coral reefs are the most appealing to visit.

On this website you will find all the tourist hotspots, documented with videos and photos, to give you a good impression of the Healing Paradise.

Welcome to the beautiful Island of Siquijor.

Popular Spots in Siquijor Island, Philippines

1. St Francis of Assisi Church/Bell Tower/Convent ( located somewhere inside the School Campus ) – Siquijor , Siquijor – Picture Taking and others
2. Paliton Beach, San Juan , Siquijor – Ocean View/Sunset View/Sunbathing/Swimming/Picture Taking
3. Capilay Spring Park , San Juan, Siquijor – Swimming at the Spring /Dine and Karaoke at the Restaurant
4. Tubod Beach and Marine Sanctuary, San Juan, Siquijor – Snorkeling/Scuba Diving/Sunbathing/Swimming/Sunset View
5. Lugnason Falls, Napo , San Juan – Swimming/Picture Taking and others
6. Marelle’s Underwater World Museum, Tubod, San Juan – Shell Collections Picture Taking and others
7. Old Balete Tree, Campalanas, Lazi, Siquijor – Fish Spa and others
8. Hapitanan, Lazi , Siquijor ( Overlooking View of Lazi ) – Flying Broom Picture Taking and others
9. Lazi Old Convent , Lazi, Siquijor – Picture taking and others
10. St Isidore de Labrador Church and Mother Mary Grotto, Lazi , Siquijor – Candle Lighting, Picture Taking and others
11. Lagaan Falls, Lazi, Siquijor – Water Jumping, Picture taking and others
12. Cambugahay Falls, Lazi, Siquijor – Water Jumping, Swimming/Picture Taking and others
13. Kagusuan Beach, Minalulan, Maria, Siquijor – Sunbathing/Swimming/Picture Taking/Hammocking and others
14. Salagdoong Beach and Manmade Forest , Maria, Siquijor – Swimming/Snorkeling/Sunbathing/ Cliff Jumping
15. Lilibeth Pan Bisaya , Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor – Local bread and others
16. Cang Isok House, Enrique Villanueva – Picture Taking and others
17. Tulapos Marine Sanctuary , Enrique Villanueva , Siquijor – Mangrove Aria Picture Taking/Scuba Diving( though Local Dive Guides )
18. Mount Bandilaan National Park Viewing Deck , Siquijor, Siquijor – 360 Aerial Viewing of the Island / Picture Taking and others
19. Cantabon Cave, Cantabon, Siquijor – Caving with local Guides
20. Guiwanon Spring Park/Mangrove Area , Larena, Siquijor – Viewing/Picture Taking and others
21. Kanheron Ranch, Olo , Siquijor – Picture Taking and others
22. Locong Falls Lower Kinamandagan, Lazi, Siquijor – Water Jumping, Picture taking and others
23. Kawasan Falls Lower Kinamandagan, Lazi, Siquijor – Water Jumping, Picture taking and others
24. Kabugsayan Falls Lower Kinamandagan, Lazi, Siquijor – Water Jumping, Picture taking and others
25. Smylen Dream Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil, Candaping B, Maria, Siquijor – Can buy virgin coconut oil, handicrafts and soap.
26. Butterfly Sanctuary Cang-apa, Larena – Picture taking and others
27. Kamp Aninipot Camper Ground , Tacdog, Siquijor – Camping, Glamping, Hammocking, Sunset Viewing , Bike Trail ,Picture Taking and others…

Top Beaches in Siquijor

1. Tubod Beach and Marine Sanctuary, San Juan, Siquijor
2. Paliton Beach, San Juan, Siquijor
3. Kagusuan Beach, Maria, Siquijor
4. Salagdoong Beach, Maria, Siquijor
5. Sandugan Beach, Larena, Siquijor
6. Solangon Beach, Solangon, San Juan
7. Calalinan Beach, Siquijor, Siquijor

Popular Dive Sites in Siquijor

1. Paliton Wall , Paliton , San Juan, Siquijor
2. Maite Marine Sanctuary, San Juan, Siquijor
3. Tubod Marine Sanctuary, San Juan, Siquijor
4. Tulapos Marine Sanctuary, Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor
5. Sawang Dive Site, San Juan, Siquijor
6. Cambalagyo Dive Site, San Juan, Siquijor
7. Caticugan Dive Site, Siquijor, Siquijor

Popular Dive Shops/Center

1. Sea Pearl Dive, Lalao, San Juan
2. Last Frontier Dive, Maite, San Juan
3. Coco Grove Dive Shop, Tubod, San Juan
4. Siquijor Divers, Maite, San Juan
5. Dive Point, Dumanjug, Siquijor
6. Salamangka Dive Shop , Catulayan, San Juan
7. Apo Diver, Solangon, San Juan

Popular Restaurants In San Juan , Siquijor

1. Marco Polo Pizza and Pasta, Maite, San Juan, Siquijor
2. Baha Bar, Maite , San Juan, Siquijor
3. U Story Guest House, Bar and Restaurant, Tag ibo, San Juan , Siquijor
4. Salamandas, Cocogrove Beach Resort, Tubod, San Juan, Siquijor
5. Sunset Restaurant, Coco Grove Beach Resort, Tubod, San Juan, Siquijor
6. Marelle’s Underwater World Museum and Restaurant , Tubod, San Juan, Siquijor
7. Fuego Cantina and Grill, Tubod, San Juan , Siquijor
9. Royal Cliff Restaurant, Maite, San Juan , Siquijor
10. Dalahikan Grill, Lalao, San Juan, Siquijor
11. Gaay Grill, Lalao, San Juan, Siquijor
12. Black Belt Grill, Lalao, San Juan, Siquijor
13. Legend’s Sports Bar, Bistro, Villas and Cottages Restaurant, Tag-ibo, San Juan, Siquijor
14. Dagsa Restobar, Solangon, San Juan, Siquijor
15. Tropical Fun Ta Sea Beach Bar, Lalao, San Juan
16. Get Wrecked Beach Bar, Poblacion, San Juan , Siquijor
17. Charisma Beach Resort and Restaurant, Solangon, San Juan , Siquijor
18. Chekesh Bar and Restaurant, Tubod, San Juan, Siquijor
19. Carenderia de SeanLhyan, Tubod, San Juan , Siquijor
20. Treasure Island, Solangon, San Juan

Popular Restaurants in Lazi, Siquijor

1. El Monte Cafe, Lazi , Siquijor
2. Ang Dapog ni Nanay Carmen , E. Romero Street, Catamboan, Lazi, Siquijor
3. Hugh Cafe, Catamboan, Lazi, Siquijor
3. Lazi Beach Club and Restaurant, Talayong, Lazi, Siquijor

Popular Restaurants in Siquijor, Siquijor

1. The Big Belly Burger and Breakfast , Siquijor Port, Siquijor
2. Bellview Restaurant, Siquijor, Siquijor
3. Joel’s Lechon Manok , Siquijor , Siquijor
4. Kamu Restaurant , A. Mabini Street , Poblacion, Siquijor , Siquijor
5. Restaurant Saki, Pili, Siquijor , Siquijor
6. Dumanhug Blue Wave Resort and Restaurant, Dumanhug , Siquijor, Siquijor
7. Cecilia’s Guest House and Restaurant , Carmelite Road, Siquijor
8. Villa Marmarine Restaurant, Canday Sur , Siquijor
9. Pizza Piz, Siquijor , Siquijor

Popular Restaurants in Larena, Siquijor

1. The Triad Coffee Shop and Restaurant, Larena , Siquijor
2. Portside Cafe, Larena Port, Siquijor
3. Toto’s a.k.a The Little Molmol Restaurant, North Poblacion, Larena, Siquijor
4. Jo’s Chicken Inato, Larena , Siquijor

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Tubod, San Juan, Siquijor
Website URL: http://www.siquijordirectorycom
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Credits to:
Siquijor-Isla del Fuego by Tourisla PH , http://www.tourisla.ph
Siquijor 2017 Petr Sabadas
Siquijor Island Tour ! Philippines Paradise by CutofTJ
Amazing Cliff Jumping and WaterFalls by Hugo nad Noemie
Siquijor Travel Diary 2016 by Joanie P. 
Cliff Jumping into Crystal Clear Water by Christian Leblanc ,  https://www.instagram.com/lostleblanc/ , 
Healing Paradise by Mike Cuerpo , https://www.facebook.com/thenomadicmike
Siquijor Island, Philippines/ Siquijor Beaches/Siquijor Island Cliff Jumping by Gezgin Çift , https://www.facebook.com/gezgincift/
Previews of Siquijor by Walter Hipkins , http://www.walterhipkins.com
7th Vizayan Longboarding Trilogy 2016: Siquijor – Mystical Island by Kenn Roland Antonio , https://www.youtube.com/user/kentotnuebe
The Beautiful Siquijor Island- Phillippines by Finding Livingstone , http://www.findinglivingstone.com
Philippines 2016 – Siquijor Island Motorbike Beach Exploring by Joseph , http://www.yourtravelpath.com
Siquijor 2016 by Xavier Brizuela
Siquijor 2016 ( Central Visayas ) by Boquer’s Travelers

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