Island Tours

Siquijor is full of natural wonders for our guests to explore. Learn more about them here.

From its natural beauty to its many festivities, we invite you to explore the island with us and experience a new culture and surroundings that you will remember for years to come. Situated in beautiful San Juan, Salamangka Beach and Dive Resort is the perfect place from which to explore the island.

Geography & Climate

Population: 91,000 (as of 2010)
Main language: Cebuano; English and Tagalog are also spoken
Population name: Siquijodnuns
Location: situated in the central Visayas
Capital: Siquijor, with a population of 25,000
Shoreline: approx. 102 km
Interior: hills and mountains with limestone rocks
Highest mountain: Mount Malabahoc (Mount Bandilaan) at 628 m
Ocean depth: as much as 700 m between Siquijor, Bohol and Mindanao
Rainy season: June to December
Dry season: January to May
Average temperature: 28oC (82oF)

Tourist Attractions

From its natural beauty to its many festivities, we invite you to explore the island with us and experience a new culture and surroundings that you will remember for years to come. Situated in beautiful San Juan, Salamangka Beach and Dive Resort is the perfect place from which to explore the island.

History

When Spanish explorers arrived, they called Siquijor the Island of Fire (Isla del Fuego) because of the swarms of fireflies that can be seen at night. No doubt helped by the nearly-magical illumination of the island, it is also known as the Island of Healing because of the medicinal potions produced here. Siquijor is said to be a mystical island, full of witches and other supernatural phenomena. However, the mystical traditions and the practice of witchcraft, for which the island is famed, is more myth and legend than reality. In 1884, building commenced on St. Isidore’s Church and Convent using indigenous coral stones and hardwood; it is a building well worth visiting.

Natural attractions

  • Cambugahay and other waterfalls
  • Old Enchanted Tree at Lazi
  • Natural flowing spring
  • Mount Ilihan
  • Palingkod Hills
  • Bandilaan Natural Park
  • Salagdoong man-made forest
  • More than 40 nature reserves and 400 hectares of natural parks and caves around the island
  • The antique coffin in the town of Lazi
  • Mangrove areas
  • 10 marine sanctuaries and one marine reserve, containing many species of fish, corals, seagrass and other marine life

Festivals

Solili (17 September in Siquijor)
Dilaab Festival (1st week of October in Siquijor)
Bugwas Festival (Last week of August in San Juan)
Saging (Banana) Festival (2nd week of May in Lazi)
Lubi Festival (3rd week of May)
Pamukad Festival (2nd week of July in Enrique Villanueva)
Canoan Festival (in Larena)
Folk Healing Festival