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Travel Tips

Shortly before your departure we would like to give you some useful hints for your arrival to us and about your stay at the Kawayan Holiday Resort. The information given here is based on experience and is subject to change at any time. Information provided without any guarantee.

IMPORTANT INFO: We hereby expressly disassociate ourselves from Air Juan Philippines, based on the countless bad experiences of our guests. We strongly advise against booking with this airline.
The chances that you pay airline tickets but then never fly are very high. The airline is famous for its unreliability. Flights are often canceled or postponed at short notice, which in turn forces you to unintentionally change your vacation plans. The reasons are unknown.


You travel to the Philippines via either Manila or Cebu airport.

FROM CEBU: For the direct onward journey to Siquijor we recommend our charter flight which will take you directly to Siquijor in just 45 minutes. Siquijor has a small airport suitable for small planes. We are happy to organize the charter for you.

If you prefer to take a fast ferry to Siquijor, that too is possible. Ocean Jet travels once a day via Tagbilaran to Larena Siquijor. But this journey takes about 5 to 6 hours.

Another option is to travel by public bus (Ceres Liner) or by a van organized by us. The transfer time in this case is about 6 hours. This transfer we do use very rarely used and is organized only on request.

Hotel Tip: Book our charter flight. In 45 minutes directly to Siquijor.

FROM MANILA: From Manila, it is best to book a flight with either Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific Airline directly to Dumaguete. We recommend that you pre-book the flight on the Internet. The earlier you book the cheaper you can usually buy the tickets.

Hotel Tip: The Philippine Airlines or Cebu Paci fi c airline asking good money for excess baggage. Book the additional weight or additional luggage on the Internet. There it is much cheaper and so you do not incur high additional costs. The airlines are knitted.

Attention: Depending on the arrival time of the international flights, you may need to schedule one night in Manila or Cebu. In this case, organize a transport to the airport early enough. Your hotel will surely help you. Note your departure times the next day.

Here you find information about the flight times from Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air to Dumaguete from Cebu and from Manila. In addition, the current boat connections from Dumaguete to Siquijor or from Larena to Bohol. The specified timetable is for reference only and is subject to change without notice. Information provided without guarantee.

Private Charter Flight

From Cebu to Dumaguete

For the direct onward journey to Siquijor we recommend our charter flight which will take you directly to Siquijor in just 50 minutes. We are happy to organize the personal charter flight for you.

There is no timetable. Guests are picked up on arrival at the internatinal airport and brought to their charter plane. It will be flown from Cebu from sunrise until about 3 pm departure time frame.

Cebu Pacific Air

From Cebu to Dumaguete

ETD 04:50 AM – ETA 05:40 AM Daily
ETD 06:10 AM – ETA 07:00 AM Daily
ETD 04:00 PM – ETA 04:50 PM Mon/Wed/Fri
ETD 06:50 PM – ETA 07:40 PM Tue/Thu/Sat/Sun

Schedule shown is for reference only and is subject to change without prior notice

Cebu Pacific Air

From Manila to Dumaguete

ETD 03:55 AM – ETA 05:25 AM Daily
ETD 09:00 AM – ETA 10:25 AM Daily
ETD 02:50 PM – ETA 04:25 PM Daily
ETD 04:35 PM – ETA 06:05 PM Daily

Schedule shown is for reference only and is subject to change without prior notice

Philippine Airlines

From Manila to Dumaguete

ETD 04.00 AM – ETA 05.15 AM Daily
ETD 08.40 AM – ETA 10.00 AM Daily
ETD 13.15 PM – ETA 14.35 PM Daily

Schedule shown is for reference only and is subject to change without prior notice

Ocean Jet Ferries

Dumaguete to Siquijor
ETD 07:20 AM, 09:40 AM, 12:20 PM, 02:40PM, 05:00PM

Siquijor to Dumaguete
ETD 6:00 AM, 8:30 AM, 10:50 AM, 1:30 PM, 3:50 PM

Larena Siquijor to Tagbilaran Bohol
ETD 12.30 PM

Tagbilaran Bohol to Larena Siquijor
ETD 10.20 PM

Schedule shown is for reference only and is subject to change without prior notice

Aleson Fast Ferry

Dumaguete to Siquijor
05:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 02:00 PM

Siquijor to Dumaguete
7:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 4:20 PM

Schedule shown is for reference only and is subject to change without prior notice

You travel to a country with a tropical climate. On average, the temperatures are in the pleasant range between 25 degrees at night and 35 degrees during the day.
A rainy season literally does not exist. It does not rain more and not less between June and October than from November to May. Only the wind direction changes in June from southwest to northeast until about the end of September.
From October to the end of May, the wind will then come from the northeast to the southwest. Accordingly, there is simply wind on the respective side of the island. In our case, the sea is almost like a big swimming pool and usually there is a slight cooling wind.

The water on the island can be scarce in the months of December to June because of lack of rain. Please pay attention to the water consumption at the resort. Be it while showering, brushing your teeth or pressing the toilet flush. The resort has its own water supply. The government ignores the water problem. Accordingly, nobody cares about a functioning water supply for everyone in our area.
It is also possible that in the dry months the garden or the lawn of the resort due to lack of water will be affected. Daily watering is unfortunately not possible.
When it comes to drinking water, do not drink the water in the Philippines directly from the faucet. We generally do not recommend this. You should buy bottled water but (PLEASE NO PLASTIC) because we banish plastic in the whole resort.
Our resort has been PLASTIC FREE since 2014. At the resort you will receive from us an aluminum bottle which you can have filled with drinking water for free at any time. You can take the bottle home – if you want.

FROM AIRPORT:
Transfer with us: If you have booked your transfer through us, then we expect you in Dumaguete already at the exit of the airport building. Our driver will take you with our minibus to the pier – journey time about 15 (fifteen) minutes. We organize tickets for the planned ferry to Siquijor for you.

Organizing your own transfer: If you organize your own transfer, you can either take a taxi or a tricycle for transport to Dumagute Pier. The estimated travel time is about 15 (fifteen) minutes.

Attention: Drivers usually charge usurious prices for arriving and unknowing tourists. Negotiate! Normally the transport to the pier costs a maximum of 100 to 120 pesos per person. It may happen that you are simply abandoned by the quite arrogant tricycle drivers if you do not want to pay the announced price. Tricycle drivers will chime you off whenever and wherever they have a chance – watch out! If you are treated badly or cheated, you should obviously take a photo of the Tricycle license number and threaten you with a report to the responsible office.

FROM PIER: At the pier you have to buy the tickets for the ferry in front of the harbor building and then pay the harbor fee of 15 (fifteen) pesos at another counter. The most frequently used ferry to Siquijor is the Ocean Jet fast ferry (45 minutes), also our recommendation. Comfortable and fast. Other ships sailing to Siquijor are the Aleson MV Anika Gayle 2, GL Express 1 or 2, Jaylaan, Jaziel and the car ferries from Aleson and Montenegro.

Attention: GL Shipping Lines does not drive on Saturdays. You have to dodge one of the other.

AB SIQUIJOR: The ferries usually take around 40 to 90 minutes to reach Siquijor Siquijor. If you have booked a transfer, we expect you with our van at the exit of the port terminal and then bring you directly to the Kawayan Holiday Resort. Travel time about 30 (thirty) minutes.

Without booked transfer booking, you must or can hire a tricycle, motorbike or van at the pier to take you to the resort.

CASH: We recommend that you bring smaller notes in USD. These can easily be exchanged locally in the local currency PH Pesos. Generally speaking, changing money in Manila, Cebu or Dumaguete is also possible with any other currency.
Attention: In Siquijor it is not recommended to change money. You get a bad course and the availability is not given.

We recommend you:
Change on arrival as soon as possible a smaller sum, so you are prepared for Porter. They also charge about 20 (twenty) pesos per piece of luggage. But suppose the porters are trying to drag you over the table whenever they can.

CARDS: Most ATMs in sites accept European debit, post and credit cards – especially in Manila, Cebu or Dumaguete. The cheapest is the use of the EC or postcard. In any case, fees are charged by bank. For each purchase you can receive a maximum of 10’000 pesos. You can, however, receive the sum twice a day – depending on the card.
Attention: In Siquijor there are two ATM’s that allow international cards (sometimes out of order). One can be found in the center of Siquijor and the others can be found in Larena.

CREDIT CARDS: Kawayan Holiday Resort prefers to accept PayPal. The credit cards are MasterCard and Visa.
Attention: The surcharge for the bank commission for the payment with PayPal is 4%, for the credit card it is 5%. If you want to use credit card under 10’000 pesos it is 7%.

BANK TRANSFER: Another payment option is the direct bank to bank online transfer. Please bring the necessary data, numbers, cards, PINs with you. We accept Bank to Bank transfers in the following currencies: PESO, EURO, USD or CHF.
Attention: We accept this payment option only if you make the transfers directly on site. Also possible is the payment in advance from home.

EXTRAS: For divers, government fees apply to Marine Protected Areas. They have to be paid in cash and in pesos directly from us. These fees must be paid to the appropriate organization. That’s why in pesos and in bar.
At Kawayan Holiday Resort itself, you do not need cash during your stay. Consumption and other payments must be made at the reception the evening before you leave. The hotel bill can be paid in cash in PESO, EURO, USD or CHF.

The Philippine Peso is the national currency of Philippines. The currency code for Pesos is PHP, and the currency symbol is ₱. It is best to bring USD and then switch to Philippine Peso. Please use official sources like banks or exchange offices for this. Only if you are familiar with money changers on the street and you know the current exchange rate you can also use this source. With the necessary caution!

Yes, there are post offices in the Philippines. We do not recommend using them. Generally, nothing works, even if you send a registered letter. You just pay more, but nothing will happen. Everything takes useless weeks to months, especially abroad.
An example: From Dumaguete to Siquijor it takes between 2 weeks and 3 months until a registered letter arrives. A letter from Siquijor to Kawayan Holiday Resort can take up to three weeks to travel. Own experience! For comparison, the boat takes 45 minutes from Dumaguete to Siquijor, a drive from Siquijor to us takes around 25 to 30 minutes. So you see that it does not make any sense to use this service.

The same applies to private delivery services. They are more reliable but still very slow. In addition, their service is completely overpaid, considering how long a delivery takes.

In the Philippines the standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 60 Hz. You can operate your electrical appliances with the voltage between 220 and 240 V.
If the frequency is 60 Hz different from that used in your country (Europe 50 Hz), the use of your devices is not recommended. If there is no voltage difference, you can (at your own risk) try to use the device for a short time.
There are international plugs and sockets throughout the resort. Even two and three pins are possible. You do not need adapters with us. Unless you are using something special and not standard.
Power outage is quite normal in this country. Siquijor is even referred to as “the capital of power outage“. The authorities or electricity operators do not have the infrastructure under control. A further development is also not in sight.
But do not worry. We have our own emergency power system. Power failure is not a problem for us.

At the resort there are no so far dress codes. Only in the restaurant we prescribe light clothing. Especially at the meal times.
Light cotton clothes and comfortable open shoes “slippers” are included. After a rain shower, it can feel a bit cooler (never below 25 degrees). In this case, you may also bring a rain jacket and / or a light jacket for the evening. As a rule, a light, cooling wind always blows. In times without wind, it can get really hot. Shadow or swimming pool is recommended in this case.

Be Flexible

We always plan for delays and try not to get upset when things inevitably go wrong. Patience is extremely important when traveling!

Learn Common Phrases of the Local Language

A simple “Please,” “Thank you,” and “I’m sorry” in the local language goes a long way. I also like to learn the word for beer, but that’s just me.

Make a List

About a week or so before each trip, I make a mental list of items I don’t want to forget — which I WILL forget if I don’t write them down. I’ve learned that when I think of something, I need to write it down.

Don’t Forget an Extra Camera Battery (or Two)

Have you ever gotten to that epic sunset photo spot and realized your camera battery is dead and you don’t have a back up? I try to bring at least three camera batteries on all of our trips so that we don’t miss out on that perfect shot.

Always Buy Travel Insurance

A medical emergency can wipe out your savings — or even worse. We use and trust World Nomads for travel insurance.

Make Photocopies of Important Documents

Whenever possible, make a copy of your passport or other important travel documents before traveling. Important: keep them in a separate bag, away from your actual documents. Also very helpful are additional passport photos. It is even better if you secure the whole thing electronically on your mobile phone.

Pack Extra Underwear

Undies are small and it’s always a good idea to have a few extra pairs in case of emergencies. Another option is to pack these quick-dry underwear so you can easily wash them on the road.

Pre-plan Your Outfits

You are a lazy last minute packer? You have spent too many trips in black or gray outfits because you did not plan your outfits before packing? Should you then look at your photos taken during the holidays and wish that you would have put more effort into packing. Not only that. Of course, planning also helps to save space.

Bring Lotion in Your Carry-on

Fill both sides of the contact lens container with moisturizing lens agent. This is rarely offered in aircraft toilets. Aircraft cabins are exceptionally dry.

Put Room Number & Hotel Address in Your Phone

Even if you are the only one who can not remember the hotel room number? There must be others who are similar.

Ask The Locals

If you are on the road and you do not know exactly where you want to go. Please ask locals. They are very willing to give you information.

Let Someone at Home Know Your Plans

This is especially important when traveling alone. Surely it’s still a good idea if several people traveling together, no matter how many in your travel group

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