ACTIVITIES

THINGS TO DO

MOTOR BIKE HIRE

There is plenty of public transport on the island although if you like to be independent then we can arrange motor bike hire at the best prices with bikes delivered to your door at no commission to us.  Jump on your motor bike or scooter and explore this our unspoilt island paradise, just fill out a form, sign it and off you go. You do not have to hand over your passport on Siquijor to enable you to hire a motor bike as nearly everything is laid back.

The coastal road  is about 75 KM long and there are many beaches and villages and other great features to explore. One of the best beaches is at Paliton  and it  is a 10 minute walk from our place with its great reefs for snorkeling and diving.

The island of Siquijor in the Philippines has the best beaches we've seen on our trip. White sand, swaying palms, and sparkling clear water. Read more about our independent travel in Southeast Asia at http://designthinktravel.com.

Go and  explore the very scenic hilly interior of the island, where most roads are sealed and easy to navigate. Beware of a dogs and potholes, as the doggies run across the road without looking.  Apart from the beaches there is good swimming at Cambugahay and Lugason Waterfalls, Capilay Springs and the Old Balete Tree.

Some the other tourist attractions are listed below;

  • Salagdoong Beach
  • Cantabon Cave
  • Blue Crab Beach
  • Bandilaan Park
  • Francis of Assisi Bell Tower
  • Diving/Snorkeling
  • Paliton Beach
  • Lazi Convent
  • Triad Hill
  • Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Coco Grove Cultural Show
  • Guiwanon Spring Park
  • San Isidro Labrador Church
  • Annual Faith Healing Festival
  • Tulapos Marine Sanctuary
  • Bulu Bulu Faith Healer
  • Rice Terraces

Recently Marelle’s under water museum opened in Tubod and it is an experience not to miss and here you will find amongst other things over 800 different varieties of sea shells.

http://marellesunderwaterworldmuseum.com/

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The entrance to the Lugnason Falls is free by donation. From the parking lot it’s a 5-minute climb down to the falls. Hidden in the rainforest, we suddenly stand in front of a big pool with ice-blue water. Do you want to cool down? Jump in. It’s super refreshing. We heard that the Cambughay Falls outside of Lazi are even more spectacular. Well, we can’t tell as we have not been there.

You can also do day trips by boat to Apo Island from Siquijor where you will find colorful reefs, turtles and an amazing coral garden.

Around the island there are some spectacular reefs with plenty of fish and coral.

EATING OUT

Dagsa, short walk from Mango Tango is the very popular resto bar and it has good food and atmosphere with live music some nights. Your stay on Siquijor is not complete without a visit to this unique and very popular restaurant. Areas to suit all moods – relax and put your feet up.

The Danish Lagoon Restaurant is also a short walk from us and worth a visit.

Eric the Viking a small friendly bar restaurant and meat shop is really something different and the food is great, here you sit at tables with your feet on the beach sand. The Sunday buffet is famous on the island.

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The photo above is taken from the Triad Restaurant on Triad Hill.

Along San Juan beach there are  resorts where you get breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our favorite for local food is Charisma Resort and the baby squid Adobo (soy sauce based) is delicious. Here you can meet the famous Sumo wrestler Little Daniel who is part owner.

For BBQ the Grill Master just after the bridge going direction San Juan village has delicious BBQ chicken and skewers. It’s open air so go there when the weather is good.

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At JJ’s you get the best burgers on Siquijor. Waiting time is about 30 to 45 minutes because they freshly bake the buns. Super yummie and so cheap.

Our recommendation for the best pizza on Siquijor is Treasure Island. You find the restaurant on the main road in Solangon, about  1 km away from Mango Tango.

Fine dining is available at Baha Ba’r Restaurant that has a lot of charm and great service and food.

There are also Italian, French, Japanese and lots of other local restaurants spread all around the island.

Francis our manager has Sunday off and he is a very skilled fisherman and for a small fee he will take you out on a boat and then later BBQ the catch for you.

SWIM AT CAPILAY SPRINGS

NIGHT LIFE

If you are young or young at heart  there are several discos nearby and these really hum with foreigners and locals all enjoying the live music….. Caesars open air disco is every Friday night and the more sedate disco at Sylvias is on every Saturday night. There are also discos around the island at various villages celebrating Fiestas.

Natham an Aussie runs the Get Wrecked Bar Resto centrally placed in on the beach at San Juan. If you want a wild night out here is the place. The waitresses here are only too happy to have a chat and tell you where the action is.

SERVICES

There are two small food shops 100 metres away where you can stock up on basic supplies or otherwise our managers could take you to one of the many markets to shop for a small fee.

We can arrange massages for you in your room at P300 per hour and once again we do not charge commission as most places do.

If you are staying one week or more we will pick you up at the port free of charge or if you require we can pick you up for a small fee if only short staying. Maybe  you would like  to have your meals cooked for you and if so  we can arrange for one of the ladies in the village to do all your shopping and cooking for a very reasonable fee per day.

There are ATM’s on Siquijor island but many do not accept foreign cards. At Larena on the west coast there is an ATM that works BANCNET and the PNB. There is also one at the Metro Bank in Siquijor Town where foreign cards are accepted.

If you want your private cook to buy at the market for you and prepare your meals let us know in advance it costs PP500 per day with one shop at central market with rest of shopping locally by cook.

RELAX ON ONE OF DOZENS OF BEACHES

Kagusuan Beach is another beautiful beach in a small bay located between the towns of Lazi and Maria. Take the steps from the parking lot that lead down to the beach.  It is about 10 km to the North past Maria is Salagdoong Beach. Great for swimming.

SPANISH HISTORY

A ROUGH GUIDE TO PRICES AROUND THE ISLAND

  • Ferry from Dumaguete to Siquijor (GL Shipping): PHP 130 + 15 Terminal Fee
  • Ferry from Siquijor to Dumaguete (Oceanjet): PHP 210 + 14 Terminal Fee
  • Ferry from Siquijor to Tagbilaran / Bohol via Dumaguete (Oceanjet): PHP 910 + 14 Terminal Fee
  • Bungalow with fan & private bathroom from PHP 1200-3000
  • Bungalow with AC & private bathroom from PHP 1700-5000
  • Room with fan & private bathroom from PHP 1000-2000
  • Budget room from PHP 650
  • Dorm from PHP 350-500
  • 24h Hire for motorbike PHP 300
  • 1 Dive with own equipment PHP 1100 & 100 Marine Park Fee
  • Pork skewer PHP 10-15
  • BBQ chicken leg with rice & beer PHP 180
  • Great Burger at JJ’s PHP 180
  • Pizza at Treasure Island PHP 200..recommended
  • Good value and service at Charisma
  • A wild time at Get Wrecked Bar central San Juan strip with cheap cocktails.
  • 1 Litre of Water PHP 20-30
  • San Miguel Beer 33 cl PHP 40-60
  • San Miguel Light 33 cl PHP 45-65
  • Rum Coke (local rum) PHP 40-60

TOURS

Mango Tango generally do not conduct tours ourselves although we can recommend the best deals for your consideration including the hiring of boats with a skipper to sight see or circumvent the island or to fish or snorkel  from and swim or snorkel at any beach that takes your fancy as you go. We will make sure you pay the real price and not taken advantage of.

FRIENDLY LOCALS

Most locals speak English and they are very friendly and only to keen to show you around and if you want a free guide driving to drive you motor bike for you or to be on the back when you drive it is easy to arrange if you offer to buy them lunch or dinner.