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—  Province  —
Salagdoong Beach in Maria, Siquijor

Map of the Philippines with Siquijor highlighted
Coordinates: 9°12′N 123°30′E / 9.2°N 123.5°E / 9.2; 123.5Coordinates: 9°12′N 123°30′E / 9.2°N 123.5°E / 9.2; 123.5
Country  Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Founded September 17, 1971
Capital Siquijor
 - Governor Orlando Fua, Jr.
 - Total 337.5 km2 (130.3 sq mi)
Area rank 78th out of 80
Population (2007)
 - Total 87,695
 Density 259.8/km2 (673/sq mi)
Population rank 78th out of 80
Population density rank 25th out of 80
 - Independent cities 0
 - Component cities 0
 - Municipalities 6
 - Barangays 134
 - Districts Lone district of Siquijor
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP Code
Spoken languages Cebuano

Siquijor is an island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region. Its capital is the municipality also named Siquijor. To the northwest of Siquijor are Cebu and Negros, to the northeast is Bohol and to the south, across the Bohol Sea is Mindanao.

Siquijor is the third smallest province in the country both in terms of population and land area, after Camiguin and Batanes. For a time it was sub-province of Negros Oriental. Called Isla del Fuego or the “Island of Fire” by the Spanish before, Siquijor is considered by many Filipinos to be a mystical island, full of witches and other supernatural phenomena.



The Spaniards called Siquijor Isla del Fuego or “Island of Fire,” because the island gave off an eerie glow. This glow came from the great swarms of fireflies that harbored in the numerous molave trees on the island.

The island was first sighted by the Spaniards in 1565 during Miguel López de Legaspi's expedition. Since then, the island came under Spanish rule and the present municipalities, with the exception of Enrique Villanueva were established as Catholic parishes. The first parish, Siquijor, was established in 1783 under the administration of secular clergymen. In the years that followed until 1877, the parishes of Larena (Cano-an), Lazi (Tigbawan), San Juan (Makalipay), and Maria (Cangmeniac) were founded by priests of the Augustinian, Recollects.

From 1854 to 1892, the island was administered by Spain under the politico-military province of Bohol. In 1892, it became a part of Negros Oriental, and then its sub-province in 1901.

On 1942, Japanese Imperial forces landed in the island of Siquijor as part of their occupation of the Philippines.

On 1945, the liberation by the Philippine Commonwealth troops landed of the beaches in the island of Siquijor after the Japanese Imperial forces were defeated by victorious Filipino soldiers during in the Battle of Siquijor in World War II.

On September 17, 1971, Siquijor became an independent province by virtue of Republic Act No. 6396. The capital which was formerly Larena, was transferred to the municipality of Siquijor in 1972 with Proclamation No. 1075.


Siquijor is an island province in the Visayas. It lies southeast from Cebu and Negros across Cebu Strait (in some references called Bohol Strait) and southwest from Bohol. Panglao Island which is part of Bohol province has a similar composition of the soil which was also found in the whole island of Siquijor. Bohol is also located north of Mindanao separated by the Bohol Sea.

With a land area of 343.5 km² and a coastline 102 km long, Siquijor is the 3rd smallest province of the Philippines. The highest peak at the center of the island is Mount Bandilaan.

The climate in Siquijor like most of the rest of the country is very tropical. It is dry from January to May and wet the rest of the year. Annual rainfall is 1000 to 1300 millimeters with November having the heaviest rainfall and April having the least. Siquijor has an average temperature of 28 °C and a humidity of 78%.

Political subdivisions

Siquijor is subdivided into 6 municipalities. Siquijor is the capital and most important port.

Six municipalities comprise the province.

Cambugahay Falls in Lazi, Siquijor


Siquijor's reputation as a place of magic and sorcery both attracts visitors and keeps them away.[1][2]

Among the tourist attractions in Siquijor are beaches, caves, Bandilaan Natural Park, and a butterfly sanctuary.[3][4][5][6]

Siquijor is also praised for its clean and plentiful beaches. Visitors will find the beaches are open for access by all tourists. Varied lodging choices are available for visitors. Choices include a wide range of beach resorts [7]


Siquijor has 3 ports that are capable of servicing cargo and passenger craft. From the port of Larena you can travel to Dumaguete via Negros Navigation. In The Municipality of Siquijor you can travel by Delta Fast Ferries, Inc., a fast craft services company plies the route to/from the City of Dumaguete. Smaller vessels include the "Jaylan's 1 & 2". From Lazi, you can travel to Mindanao via the "MV Siquijor Island"

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Siquijor is a small island in Visayas.

Get in

There is frequent passenger boat traffic from Dumaguete. There are also direct boats to the Tagbilaran.

Get around . Siquijor Island, Philippines Free Web Directory. Your living and travel guide of the island.


The waterfalls are good for swimming.



Buterfly Park

Old Tree

Nice local people


Scuba Diving There is really good diving around the island, especially in southern end.

Dive shops on the island also make trips all the way to the Apo Island (excellent!) and Baligasac.

Visit Bolo Bolo, Shamen and witches


2x ATM in Larena (allied bank)


In Siquijor town:

Joyjoy's Restaurant. located at the beginning of he Pier of Siquijor town.

Sakura Restuarant. located in the center of town. They have a variety of dishes. P 40 and up. Great chicken curry and soups.

Sammy's Pizza. located right in the center.

Villa Marmarine. located three kilometers north of Siquijor going towards Larena. Good food, maybe the best on the island.

In Larena:

Crosspoint. located in center of town.

All the resorts offer decent meals, but are expensive. These towns are small and everybody knows where the resto's are.

Just a note: Siquijor is the name of BOTH the capital town and the Island.

  • Al Capone's Pizzeria, Marjunnix Building, Siquijor, Siquijor (Corner Logarta & Legaspi Streets), 3442260. 10AM - Midnight. Siquijor's best pizza using 100% imported meats and chesses. Awesome sandwiches on french baguettes!  edit


Most people stay in some resort next to the beach around the island. One quiet and bit remote option is Kiwi in northwest tip of the island. If you don't mind staying away from the beach try Swiss Star in Siquijor town. It's a good value for money.

Casa de la Playa ( ) is a great little resort with different cottages form P 800 and up. Nice restaurant. Nice white beach; great for swimming. Casa de la Playa is a great place to rest and read a book, no T.V. Cell: 09173232656

Dastraum Same owner as Joyjoy's restaurant. Rooms for P 300 and up. Talk to Joyjoy at her restaurant.

Villa Marmarine Near Siquijor Town on the way to Larena. It has a decked restaurant and a clean kitchen with very good food. There are grand and unique cottages of various size and cost. All have sea views. The landscaped beach is well maintained and cleaned every morning. There are lots of hammocks and a pleasant garden with soft grass. Free WI-FI.

Norwegian Dream

Get out

boats to dumangete and cebu

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

SIQUIJOR, a town of the province of Negros Oriental, Philippine Islands, on a small island of the same name about 14 m.

S.E of Dumaguete, the capital of the province. Pop. (1903) after the annexation of San Juan, 19,416. There are sixty-four barrios or villages in the town, but only one of these had in 1903 more than loon inhabitants. The language is Bohol-Visayan. The principal industry is the raising of coco-nuts and preparing them for market. Other industries are the cultivation of tobacco, rice, Indian corn and hemp, and the manufacture of sinamay, a coarse hemp cloth. The island is of coral formation; its highest point is about 1700 ft.

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