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Explore Siquijor Island

Siquijor Island Tourist Map (Explore Siquijor FB Page)

Photo grabbed from Explore Siquijor Facebook Page

Siquijor is small but an  island full of mysteries, so they say.

Because of stories of witchcraft, the uninitiated stepping on the island for the first time will feel a bit scared and cautious. But the island really is very welcoming to all guests. I should know, it’s my hometown! :)

When you arrive on the island, you will be welcomed by fresh air and serene sights of ocean and mountains. Except in Larena, the municipality that doesn’t sleep, the quiet atmosphere of the other municipalities is broken only by sporadic spurts of motorcyles and motorcabs.

It’s an island worth exploring for its beach and mountain resorts, fresh produce and warm people.

When in Siquijor

1. Drink fresh buko juice.
2. Eat boiled or fried bananas.
3. Eat native bread made with “tuba” (coconut wine) and stuffed with “bukayo” (sweetened grated coconut meat).
4. Visit old churches.
5. Visit beaches/sanctuaries.
6. Watch the sunset and sunrise.
7. Attend fiestas where anyone can just go in and out of houses and partake of the feast.
8. Check out boulevards.
9. Go cliff-jumping in Salagdoong Beach.
10. Tour the island in one day.

How to get to Siquijor

1. From Manila, take a flight or boat ride to Dumaguete. From Dumaguete, take a ferry or boat ride to Larena or Siquijor. Shipping lines such as Montenegro Shipping Lines. Check schedule here. Or you may take Delta Fast Ferries. Check schedule here.

2. From Cebu, take a flight via Cebu Pacific to Dumaguete or take a bus (Ceres) ride to Liloan Cebu and take the ferry to Sibulan, Dumaguete. Check schedule here. Then from Dumaguete, refer to #1.

Where to stay in Siquijor

There are plenty of inns and resorts to choose from. Check out Local Philippines.

For the rest about the island, I leave it to you to explore and enjoy your trip!

St. Isidore Labrador Church, Lazi, Siquijor

St. Isidore Labrador Church, Lazi, SiquijorSt. Isidore Labrador Convent, Lazi, Siquijor

St. Isidore Labrador Convent, Lazi, Siquijor

Salagdoong Beach

Salagdoong Beach, Maria, SiquijorBoating at Salagdoong Beach Resort,  Maria, Siquijor

Boating at Salagdoong Beach, Maria, SiquijorAccommodation at Coco Grove Beach and Dive Resort

Accommodation at Coco Grove Beach & Dive Resort, San Juan, SiquijorAn intimate dining area, Coco Grove Beach & Dive Resort, San Juan, Siquijor

Intimate Dining at Coco Grove Beach & Dive Resort, San Juan, Siquijor

Resto along the beach of Coco Grove Beach & Dive Resort, San Juan, Siquijor

Resto along the beach of Coco Grove Beach & Dive Resort, San Juan, Siquijor

Sunset in Dumalaay

Sunset at Dumalaay Boulevard Cangmalalag, Larena, SiquijorSunrise in LarenaSunrise, Larena Bay, Siquijor

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Five Reasons Why The United Kingdom is a Great Backpacking Destination

Every year, armed with little more than a backpack, a plane ticket and some cheap travel insurance, thousands of young Australians head overseas to begin a backpacking adventure. For many of them, the UK is the main destination. It is a good choice too. Here are five of the things that make the United Kingdom a great choice for Aussie backpackers.

Cultural affinity

Australia’s cultural affinity with Britain is a big part of the reason for the UK’s popularity amongst young Australians. Australia’s history is intertwined with that of the UK. Visiting the UK is an opportunity for many Australians to see where there families came from, perhaps to meet relatives still living there, and in a wider sense to engage with the history of the country that gave birth to today’s Australia. This shared cultural history has also resulted in two countries with similar values and moral codes, making the UK a very easy country for Australians to live, work and socialise in. There are significant practical benefits to this shared culture too. Many young Australian’s are eligible for British passports on ancestral grounds, thus removing all requirements for visas for work and travel.


The United Kingdom is a country with a rich and varied history. This means that there is plenty for a visitor to see and learn in the United Kingdom. Royal palaces, ancient cathedrals, historic towns and villages: all these things provide spectacular focal points for the traveller in search of new knowledge and experience. The UK is also a country that values the preservation of tradition. Royal ceremonies, such as the Trooping of the Colour, are a must for any visitor, but more obscure traditions, such as cheese rolling in Gloucestershire, arguably offer a greater insight into this idiosyncratic country.


A factor that should not be overlooked is the shared language. While it is perfectly possible to travel anywhere in the world with a rudimentary grasp of a few phrases and a bit of confidence and enthusiasm, there is no denying that visiting another English speaking country certainly makes things easier. Speaking the language enables you to get right into a new society, rather than merely observing it from the sidelines. If you are planning to work overseas, as many backpackers do, it will expand your options enormously.


The UK is a small country with fairly large population, so you never have to go far to find the next point of interest. Wherever you go in the UK there is something to see or do. Whether it is cultural, historical, natural, or sporting, your range of experience in a limited area is remarkable.

Unparalleled travel links

The UK has a very extensive road and rail network, meaning that it is very easy to get around the various parts of the country. Coupled with its relatively small size, this means that you can see everything from Land’s End on the south west tip of England, to John o’Groats in the far north of Scotland with relative ease. The UK also has unparalleled transport links with the rest of Europe and the world. London is one of the world main airport hubs; if you base yourself in London, your options for short breaks into Europe and even longer trips further afield are enormous.

These are just a few of the reasons why the UK is such a good choice for Aussie backpackers. There are plenty more for you to discover yourself, so start looking for flight deals and get some travel insurance. Your UK adventure awaits.