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Tuesday, 16 August 2011 08:33

How to go to Siquijor : Isla Del Fuego Featured

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I know this blog is callled Guide to Cebu, so don't shoot me if i talk about other things than Cebu but i just can't help myself if i want to talk about the other beautiful provinces/islands. So for the next few articles, i'm going to be writing about the province of Siquijor: how to go there, where to stay, what to do, among other things.^^

Siquijor: Isla Del Fuego

Siquijor, otherwise known as Isla Del Fuego, is an island south of Cebu.  It got the monicker because according to the Spaniards that came to the island, they notice it gave off an eerie glow, which came from the great swarms of fireflies that harbored in the numerous molave trees on the island.Interestingly enough, Siquijor is also known to be a place of witchcraft, sorcery and a magic. Its not surprising to here people saying "lumay"( love potion) or "barang" (vodoo) a lot when they'll know that you'll be going to Siquijor. 

There are around 95,000 people living in Siquijor as of the present and  is the third smallest province in the Philippines after Camiguin and Batanes. 

 

Going to Siquijor from Cebu

When i went to Siquijor the other day from Cebu City Cebu, it took me 3 hours by land and another 2 and a half hours by ferry. There are a lot of routes to go to the Siquijor from Cebu.  One can go to Pier 4 and take Lite Shipping (12 hour trip since it has to stop by Tagbiliran Bohol) or go to Dumaguete and take a fast ferry there and go to Siquijor. However, by far the fastest among all routes would be the one from Oslob Cebu to Larena, Siquijor. It took me only 6 hours from the usual 8-12 hours. Moreover, you don't have to transfer to another vessel or terminal nor go to other hassles. Its such a great route from Cebu.  

Option 1

From Manila take a plane to Cebu (see flight schedules)

From Cebu City take the Ceres Bus to Dumaguete (Via Tampo Bato) and tell the driver to drop you off at Oslob Port

TimeAirconditionedNon-airconditioned
0600, 1000, 1300, 1500, 1800 not available PHP 297 one way per person
0700 PHP 322 one way per person PHP 297 one way per person

Note: Schedules are subject to change without prior notice

After arriving at the Oslob Port take the Super Shuttle Ferry Vessel. It leaves the port at EXACTLY 9:30 am and will arrive at the Larena Port around 12:00 noon. It leaves Larena port by 2:00 pm and will arrive back at Cebu around 4:30. This is available from Thursday to Sunday every week.

 

Option 2

Go to Pier 4 in Cebu City Cebu and take the Fast ferry from Ocean Fast Ferries Corporation to Siquijor.  I'm not so sure if this route is still running, but since they still have it in their website i assumed they do. Please verfiy first. 


ETD ETA Accommodation Tourist Class Business Class
3:35pm 8:25 pm   Tourist/Business  950 1350


Promo and Discounts

Libre Balik Promo is still in effect for Cebu and Tagbilaran routes only.

Cebu to Tagbilaran & vice versa one-way trip is Php500.00.

Advanced purchased rates for one way or round trip tickets:

ONE (1) day before departure date Php400.00 open air accommodation only

TWO (2) days before departure date Php500.00

ONE (1) week before departure date Php400.00

TWO (2) weeks before departure date Php300.00

A valid ID should be asked before the issuance because it is needed in checking-in the tickets to ascertain that the holder of the ticket is the rightful owner.

Computation of discounts applicable for Libre Balik Promo.

Senior Citizens less 20% round trip or one way

Students: One Way Php500.00, Round Trip offer them the libre balik promo Php800.00

MinorPhp600.00 less 50%Php300.00 per way

Other discounts applicable to all destinations except Cebu-Tagbilaran-Cebu route.

Senior Citizens less 20%

Students: less 15% upon presentation of validated school ID

Minor: less 50% for passengers 4-11 years old

Everybody is enjoined to strictly observed the rates provided therein, any discrepancies should be bourne to the issuing agent. Please give us a call for any problem occur before the issuance to avoid any additional charges.

 

Option 3

Take the Mid-Sea Express Flight

Flies every Monday and Saturday

Travel time is approximately 40mins.

Flights are: PHP 1,800 one way per person
(Note: Rates are subject to change without prior notice)

 

AirlineCebu to SiquijorSiquijor to Cebu
Mid-Sea Express 1400 - Monday and Saturday (1440 arrival) 1500 - Monday and Saturday (1540 arrival)

New flight dates effective 25 July, 2011

 

If you want to ask something or add something or you think im missing something here, please comment down below!:)

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