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Siquijor: In Search of Resonance Jan 9-14, 2023

Siquijor: In Search of Resonance

Location Google Map: Cliff Garden Cottages, San Juan, Siquijor Island, Philippines

Siquijor!
After 3 months in Cebu City, despite the Shaman who advised me to settle in Cebu, I felt the need to move on in search of a place that resonates. Next stop? Siquijor!

Getting There from Cebu City
There were a few ways to get to Siquijor from Cebu City - Ceres bus to Liloan Port, Santander then ferry to Siquijor, Ocean Jet via Tagbilaran in 5 hours (PHP 1600), or Lite Ferries via Tagbilaran in 10 hours. With my 3 heavy bags and a heavier folding bike, I took the easiest, longest and cheapest way (PHP 649) - Lite Ferries through barkota.com booking (reliable and cheap) - but you have to print your ticket instead of showing your phone!

There was a delay in Tagbilaran. I arrived at Larena Port at 1:30 am instead of 11:00 pm. It was so late, the tricycle drivers wanted as high as PHP 900 for that 22-km ride. I was tempted to load my 3 packs on my bike and ride at that time, but the drizzle was a deal-breaker - I had to take a tricycle. Finally, I found a driver for PHP 500 - he was going home to San Juan, so I was along the way.

I crawled into my bunk bed at Cliff Garden, thankful that my travel ordeal is now over.

  1. PHP 649 - Lite Ferries through Barkota.com. 1:00 pm Cebu departure, layover in Tagbilaran 6:30-8:00 pm, arrive Larena Port, Siquijor at 11:00 pm
  2. PHP 180 - Grab Taxi from Fuente Osmena to Pier 1
  3. PHP 25 - terminal fee
  4. PHP 500 - tricycle ride from Larena Port to Cliff Garden at 2 am (can be as high as PHP 900). I only got this rate because the driver wanted to go home already and he lived in San Juan...I was along the way
  5. PHP 1355 - total cost one-way

Cliff Garden Cottages
Agoda's online booking showed me the cheapest lodging at P313/night - Cliff Garden Cottages. I booked 2 nights, followed by another 2 nights, and a yoga student paid for my 5th night. Although still in San Juan, it was on the border to Lazi - a good 22.2 km from Larena Port where I disembarked (thus the PHP 500 tricycle ride at 2 am). Or, it's a good 5 km from the main drag in San Juan. Jeeps are rare and most people rent motorcycles or ride habal-habal (riding on the back of a motorcycle driver). Even with my heavy folding bike, the commute was challenging.

For what you get, this place is reasonably priced. Attention was given to details in an artistic way - manicured garden, hand-painted murals, garden-style open-air showers, etc. They have a house-reef, just in front of the resort - there is no beach. From the coral rock face, it's a drop into 4 feet of water - the rest is a coral reef for snorkeling.

It has an alfresco in-house cafe/resto with 2 helpful staff - Irene and Jelou. It would also be my working space facing the ocean. The looping elevator music is mind-numbing after a few days.

In Search of a Monthly Space
For most of my 5 nights, I spent it looking for a monthly rental space preferably in Siquijor Poblacion where there is still life when the sun sets. For my meager 4k budget, the places I've seen were either too dilapidated or too secluded. The decent ones commanded at least 6k.

Yoga with Thomas
For my 5 nights, the only other guest was a German traveler - Thomas. We talked at length and even did a yoga class - he said thank you by paying one night for me at the resort. Like most people I'd been meeting, he was also in search of...

Siquijor: In Search of Resonance
beach-front coral reef at Cliff Garden

Snorkeling
I only snorkeled once and briefly at that. Going down the water was challenging - their rope ladder was destroyed so it was a vertical descent by about 5 feet onto the coral step where you jump to about 4 feet of water and into the reef system. Until they re-install that rope ladder, it's dangerous getting down there.

The reef was decent. There were grassy and coral patches. There is also a drop-off that offers more diversity of coral terrain and marine fauna - but you have to go deeper. The water was choppy but there was no current.

Ending Thoughts
After 5 nights at Cliff Garden with nothing substantial towards my search for a monthly stay, I found a 'bungalow' by the beach at less than PHP 200/night. I booked a 7-day stay which started a new chapter in Siquijor - from San Juan to Maria.

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San Juan Local Tips
  1. Resorts - San Juan is the district in Siquijor with most of the upscale resorts, and thus the most popular area. The coastline is lined-up with resorts that open up to the coral reef for snorkeling. Fine white sand beaches are rare along the San Juan coast.
  2. Transport - from Siquijor Poblacion, jeep, tricycle and motorcycle rides are available. There are local jeeps and tricycles that charge between PHP 20-40 until San Juan Poblacion. Tricycles and motorcycles can be contracted privately at higher fees.
  3. Capilay Spring - San Juan has a free, open-air and public bathing spring right along the highway. It could be cold but definitely refreshing.

Blogs

San Juan, Siquijor Blogs
San Juan SAN JUAN

  • Canghaling Cave November 14, 2023
  • Siquijor Star Meditation Center Aug 31, 2023
  • Heeeere's Johnnie! Feb 26, 2023
  • Capilay Spring Jan 17, 2023
  • Siquijor: In Search of Resonance Jan 9-14, 2023
  • Riding Around Siquijor's 86km Coastal Road Apr 3, 2012
  • Exploring the Cantabon Cave of Siquijor Feb 23, 2012
  • Jovee and Missy's Excellent Adventure Nov 6-7, 2010
  • Freediving in Siquijor's Marine Sancturaries Apr 23-24, 2010
  • Island Tour of Siquijor Apr 22, 2010
  • Kram's Siquijor Wedding Apr 21, 2010

  • More on Siquijor Island:

    Siquijor Island Local Info

    Jeeps - there are only 2 routes for jeeps within Siquijor Island - and they are rare. Most people have their own motorcycle transport.

    1. Siquijor Port to Lazi - last trip leaves at 3pm from station near market
    2. Lazi to Siquijor Port - jeeps depart from the Lazi Port area. 5 jeeps, the last trip at 12:30 pm. Lazi to San Juan, P50.
    3. Larena Port to Lazi - jeeps are unpredictable. As of this writing, there is only 1 jeep plying the Larena-Lazi route. This jeep leaves Larena for Lazi at 9:50am. After that, no more jeep. You'll have to take a tricycle to Siquijor Pob for jeeps going to Lazi
    4. Lazi to Larena Port - 6am (daily) and 9 am (M-Th)

    Food - these were suggested by a local to me

    1. Lechon manok & liempo - roasted pork belly and chicken at Joel's in Siquijor Poblacion. I've tried this myself...yummy, even if the chicken was no longer hot
    2. Bibingka - sweetened rice cake by Fidy's Bibingka (P30) in Sawang, Maria. I've come back for this and I buy for other people as well as 'pasalubong' - they love this
    3. Siopao - at the Rosita store near Thrifty (P25) in Siquijor Poblacion
    4. Peanut butter - by Rene. Just ask around in Siquijor Poblacion. It's popular
    5. Torta - sweet cakish bread at the Thrifty story in Siquijor Poblacion
    Siquijor Island Map
    Siquijor
    Siquijor - Dumaguete Boat Trips (as of Jan 2023)
    1. Montenegro Lines - at Siquijor Port, P234.00/pax, P169/bicycle, 7:30am/10:00am/2:00pm/4:30pm

    2. Montenegro Lines, Siquijor to Dumaguete

    3. Aleson Shipping - at Siquijor Port, 6 am and 6 pm daily, 1:30 pm M-Sat, Regular P200.00/pax, Aircon P250.00/pax

    4. Aleson Shipping, Dumaguete to Siquijor

    5. Ocean Jet - 40 mins,at Siquijor Port, 0919.066.5964, www.oceanjet.net, marketing@ocenajet.net, 6:00am/6:00pm, P350/pax (tourist/open air), P580/pax (business class)

      Ocean Jet


    Siquijor - Tagbilaran - Cebu City Boat Trips (as of Jan 2023)

    En route to Cebu City, the ferries usually make a stop-over to Tagbilaran (Bohol) to pick-up more passengers or unload.

    1. Ocean Jet - 2 hours, 8:20am, at Siquijor Port
      To Tagbilaran: P800/tourist & open air, P1200/business class
      To Cebu: ?
    2. Lite Ferries - at Larena Port,
      To Tagbilaran: T-Th-Sun, P475/standard, 7pm, 3 hours, PHP?
      To Cebu: T-Th-Sun, 7pm, 7 hours, PHP 650


    Siquijor - Plaridel Boat Trips (as of Jan 2023)
    1. Lite Ferries - at Larena Port, T-Th-Sun, 2:00 am, 5 hours, PHP?


    Siquijor - Cebu (Liloan) - Cebu City BUS Trip (as of Jan 2023)

    There is only one bus plying this route - Sugbo Urban. Tourist class coach, a/c, comfortable, Sun-Fri (these dates keep changing). P420 for bus, P275 for ferry to Liloan. Larena Port around 5 am, makes a clockwise roundtrip around Siquijor Island - Larena, Enrique Villanueva, Maria, Lazi (stops at Lazi market for breakfast and leaves 6:50 am), San Juan, Siquijor (arrives 8am, P50 from Lazi to Siquijor Poblacion) and catches the 1pm ferry at Larena Port (Sundays at 3 pm) for Liloan, Cebu and resumes its land route. Arrives Cebu City (South Bus Terminal) 10 pm.

    Sugbo Urban is the cheapest and most convenient way because it goes around the island (clockwise) along the circumferential road, passing through - Enrique Villanueva, Maria, Lazi, San Juan, Siquijor...and back to Larena where it takes the ferry at 1 pm. This saves you the hassle and high transport cost of a tricycle. Besides, it's a long trip from the other side of the island to be taking by tricycle.


    Sugbo Urban

    Sugbo Urban

    Suggested Destinations After Siquijor Island

    These are the nearest popular destinations from Siquijor by boat

    1. Bohol - Bohol is an island northeast Siquijor. Tourist attractions are Chocolate Hills, Tarsier Monkey, Loboc River Cruise, Beaches of Panglao, whale sharks (recent offering), freediving (recent offering)
    2. Cebu - Cebu City is the usual gateway into the Visayas. But in Cebu Island itself, there are many offerings - Whale Sharks of Oslob, sardine run at Moalboal,Thresher Shark of Malapascua
    3. Dapitan (Zamboanga del Norte) - I haven't been there but a lot of island ferries ply this port. There must be something here.
    4. Dumaguete - Dumaguete is a small charming progressive coastal town in Negros Oriental. Cafe and restaurants line the famous Boulevard Boardwalk. Tourist attractions include Japanese Shrine, Casaroro Falls, snorkeling along the southern coastline (Dauin, Masaplod Norte, etc), Balinsasayao Twin Lakes
    5. Plaridel (Misamis Occidental, Mindanao) - I haven't been there but a lot of island ferries ply this port. There must be something here.

    Blogs

    Siquijor Blogs
    Siquijor Island
    1. January Chronicles: Bandilaan Meditation January 2024
    2. My January Yoga Practice: A Journal January 31, 2024
    3. Jan 2024: Squid, Balangawan, Margarita Pizza January 2024
    4. December Chronicles: Yuletide Season December 30, 2023
    5. December Snapshots: Bolo Bolo Dip, Christmas Lunch, Tuba Denizens, Friends Forever, Men Working, Cow / Crow December 1-30, 2023
    6. Eggplant Bulad Pizza December 20, 2023
    7. Canghaling Cave November 14, 2023
    8. Kings and Queens November 13, 2023
    9. Barangay Vote-Buying October 22, 2023
    10. Real Estate Mapping October 1, 2023
    11. Learning Cebuano: Oct October 1-31, 2023
    12. Oct Food Hack: Pizza, Kinilaw, Coconut Bread, Fish Okuy, Carrot Omelette,Lemon-Grass Tea October 2023
    13. Sep Snapshots: Fisherman, Granny, Pedicure, Big Fish, Garbage September 1-30, 2023
    14. Sep Food Hack: Fish Tinola, Ratatouille, Chayote Omelette, Flat Bread September 2023
    15. Together Forever Sep 11, 2023
    16. The Cigarette Talk Sep 1, 2023
    17. Siquijor Star Meditation Center Aug 31, 2023
    18. The Lost Dogs of Siquijor Aug 27, 2023
    19. Moving to a Bungalow! Aug 22, 2023
    20. Aug Chronicles: CDO produce August 31, 2023
    21. Aug Snapshots: Pan de Sal, Palpitate, Taho, Tuna, Pineapple August 1-31, 2023
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    23. July Chronicles July 31, 2023
    24. July Snapshots July 1-31, 2023
    25. Learning Cebuano: July July 1-31, 2023
    26. June Chronicles June 31, 2023
    27. June Snapshots June 1-31, 2023
    28. Learning Cebuano: June June 1-31, 2023
    29. May Chronicles May 31, 2023
    30. May Snapshots May 1-31, 2023
    31. Learning Cebuano May 1-31, 2023
    32. In Search of a Cool Climate May 25, 2023
    33. The 64 km Bike Ride May 16, 2023
    34. Lazi Fiesta May 15, 2023
    35. The Boulevard Opening May 5, 2023
    36. April Snapshots April 1-30, 2023
    37. Learning Cebuano...Again! April 1-30, 2023
    38. Kris Visits Siquijor Mar 17 - Apr 15, 2023
    39. Exploring Siquijor with Marky Mar 25 - Apr 11, 2023
    40. Siquijor Healing Festival April 5-8, 2023
    41. The Talk at United Church of Christ April 2, 2023
    42. Mar Snapshots Mar 1-31, 2023
    43. Vigil for the Ghost Ship of Siquijor March 31, 2023
    44. Judging an Essay on Gender Equality Mar 29, 2023
    45. The Thief, the Shaman, the Elves and the Police Mar 20, 2023
    46. Finally Acquiring the Motorbike Mar 18, 2023
    47. Bitcoin Blunder Mar 15, 2023
    48. Maria's Unsung Beaches Mar 11, 2023
    49. Lagaan Falls Mar 9, 2023
    50. Tibhong Spring Water Source Mar 8, 2023
    51. Bolo-Bolo Natural Spring Mar 2, 2023
    52. Reasons to Get a Wife March 1, 2023
    53. Feb Snapshots Feb 28, 2023
    54. Camagung-Ong Natural Spring Feb 28, 2023
    55. Heeeere's Johnnie! Feb 26, 2023
    56. Manifesting a Motorbike from Thin Air? Feb 18, 2023
    57. The 'Bad Guy' of Siquijor Feb 15, 2023
    58. Amazement from Drivers License Renewal in Siquijor Feb 15, 2023
    59. Locong Falls Feb 9, 2023
    60. Inguinal Hernia? Goodbye ABS! Feb 4, 2023
    61. Jan Snapshots January 31, 2023
    62. In Search of Tubod Cold Spring Jan 27, 2023
    63. 1:4:2:3 Nadi Shodana Jan 26, 2023
    64. Lazi's Boulevard Jan 22, 2023
    65. Lazi: A Monthly Stay Jan 21, 2023
    66. 7 Days in Maria, Siquijor Jan 14-21, 2023
    67. Capilay Spring Jan 17, 2023
    68. Siquijor: In Search of Resonance Jan 9-14, 2023
    69. Riding Around Siquijor's 86km Coastal Road Apr 3, 2012
    70. Exploring the Cantabon Cave of Siquijor Feb 23, 2012
    71. Jovee and Missy's Excellent Adventure Nov 6-7, 2010
    72. Freediving in Siquijor's Marine Sancturaries Apr 23-24, 2010
    73. Island Tour of Siquijor Apr 22, 2010
    74. Kram's Siquijor Wedding Apr 21, 2010

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