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 is subject to change at any time. Information provided without any guarantee.

You enter the Philippines either through Manila or Cebu airport.

FROM CEBU: For the direct onward journey to Siquijor, we recommend our charter flight, which takes you directly to Siquijor in just 50 minutes. Siquijor has a small airport suitable for small aircraft. We would be happy to organize the charter for you.

If you prefer to take a fast ferry to Siquijor, that is also possible. Ocean Jet runs once a day to Siquijor via Tagbilaran. This journey takes around 5 to 6 hours.

Another option is to travel by public bus (Ceres Liner) or with a van organized by us. The transfer time in this case is around 6 hours and is only possible if you can leave Cebu early enough. Otherwise you will have to plan an overnight stay. However, this type of journey is hardly used anymore and is only organized on request.

Hotel tip: Book our charter flight. Directly to Siquijor in 50 minutes (Subject to aircraft availability).

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 book your flights directly online. The earlier you book, the cheaper you can usually buy the tickets.

After arriving at the airport in Dumaguete, you have to go to the port (travel time around 20 minutes) from where numerous ferries leave for Siquijor every day. Travel time around 40 to 90 minutes – depending on the ferry you take.

Attention: Depending on the arrival time of international flights, you may have to plan a night in Manila or Cebu. In this case, organize transport to the airport early enough. Your hotel will certainly be able to help you. Please note your departure times the next day.

From Cebu to Siquijor

Private charter flight

The fastest onward journey to Siquijor is a private charter flight that will get you to Siquijor in just 50 minutes.

From Manila to Dumaguete

Philippine Airlines

The schedule provided is for reference only and is subject to change without notice

From Manila to Dumaguete

Cebu Pacific Air

NOTE: Does not provide a reliable flight plan. Different flight times every day. We will no longer update it until a reliable flight plan is delivered. As of January 2024

From Cebu to Dumaguete

Cebu Pacific Air

NOTE: Does not provide a reliable flight plan. Different flight times every day. We will no longer update it until a reliable flight plan is delivered. As of January 2024

Dumaguete & Tagbilaran Bohol to Siquijor

Ocean Jet Ferries

The schedule provided is for reference only and is subject to change without notice

Dumaguete to Siquijor

Aleson Car Ferry

The schedule provided is for reference only and is subject to change without notice

Dumaguete to Siquijor

Montenegro Car Ferry

The schedule provided is for reference only and is subject to change without notice

Dumaguete to Siquijor

Montenegro Fastcraft

The schedule provided is for reference only and is subject to change without notice

You are traveling to a country with a tropical climate. On average, temperatures are comfortable all year round between 25 degrees at night and 35 degrees during the day.
In this sense there is no rainy season. It rains no more and no less between June and October than from November to May. Only the wind direction changes from southwest to northeast in June until around the end of September.
From October to the end of May the wind comes again from the northeast towards the southwest. Accordingly, there is simply wind on each side of the island. Here the sea is almost like a large swimming pool and there is usually a light, cooling wind.

The water on the island can become scarce between December and June due to a lack of rain. Please be mindful of water usage at the resort. Be it when showering, brushing your teeth or flushing the toilet. The resort has its own water supply. The government ignores the water problem. Accordingly, no one cares about a functioning water supply for everyone in our area.
It may also happen that during the dry months, the resort’s gardens or lawns may be slightly affected due to lack of water. Unfortunately, daily watering is not possible.
When it comes to drinking water, in the Philippines you don’t drink water straight from the tap. We generally do not recommend this. You should buy bottled water (NO PLASTIC PLEASE) because we are banning plastic throughout the resort.
Our resort has been PLASTIC FREE since 2014. At the resort you will receive an aluminum bottle from us which you can have filled with drinking water free of charge at any time. You can take the bottle home with you – if you want.

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

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

Attention: Drivers usually charge extortionate prices from arriving and ignorant tourists. Negotiate! Normally, transportation to the pier costs a maximum of 100 to 120 pesos per person. It can happen that the arrogant tricycle drivers simply leave you standing if you don’t want to pay the advertised price. Tricycle drivers will gamble you whenever and wherever they have the chance – BEWARE! If you are treated badly or cheated, obviously take a photo of the Tricycle license number and threaten to report to the relevant office.

FROM THE PIER: Once you arrive at the pier, you must buy the tickets for the ferry in front of the port building and then pay the port 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. Convenient and fast. Other ships that travel to Siquijor are the Aleson MV Anika Gayle 2, GL Express 1 or 2, Jaylaan, Jaziel and the Aleson and Montenegro car ferries.

Attention: GL Shipping Lines does not operate any trips on Saturdays. Then no ferry from this company runs. You have to switch to one of the others.

FROM SIQUIJOR: The ferries usually take between 40 and 90 minutes to Siquijor Siquijor. If you have booked a transfer, we will wait for you with our minibus at the exit of the port terminal and then take you directly to the Kawayan Holiday Resort. Travel time approximately 30 (thirty) minutes.

Without an existing transfer booking, you can rent a tricycle, motorbike or van from the pier to take you to the resort.

CASH: We recommend that you bring smaller USD bills with you. You can easily exchange these locally into the local currency, PH Pesos. In general, it is possible to exchange money in Manila, Cebu or Dumaguete with any other currency.
Attention: It is not recommended to exchange money in Siquijor. You get a bad course and there is no availability.

We recommend you:
When you arrive, change a small amount as quickly as possible so that you are prepared for porters. They also charge around 20 (twenty) pesos per piece of luggage. But assume that the porters will try to rip you off whenever they can.

CARDS: Most cash machines (ATMs) in locations accept European debit, postal and credit cards for cash withdrawals – especially in Manila, Cebu or Dumaguete. The cheapest option is to use a debit or postcard. In any case, fees will be charged by the bank. You can withdraw a maximum of 10,000 pesos per withdrawal. However, you can withdraw the amount twice a day – depending on the card.
Attention: In Siquijor there are two ATMs that accept international cards (sometimes out of service). One can be found in the center of Siquijor and the other can be found in Larena.

NO CARDS: Kawayan Holiday Resort does not accept credit cards but PayPal.
Attention: The surcharge for the bank commission for paying with PayPal is 4.5%.

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

EXTRAS: State fees for marine protected areas apply to divers. They must be paid directly to us in cash and pesos. We must hand over these fees to the relevant organization. Therefore in pesos and in cash.
At the Kawayan Holiday Resort itself you do not need any cash during your stay. You must pay for consumption and other purchases at reception the evening before your departure. You can pay the hotel bill in cash in PESO, EURO, USD or CHF.

The Philippine peso is the national currency of the Philippines. The currency code for pesos is PHP, and the currency symbol is ₱. It’s best to bring USD with you and then exchange it for Philippine pesos on site. Please use official sources such as banks or exchange offices. Only if you are familiar with money changers on the street and know the current exchange rate can you use this source. With the necessary caution!

Yes, there are post offices in the Philippines. However, we do not recommend using it. In general, nothing works, even if you send a registered letter. You just pay more, but nothing will happen. Everything takes weeks or months pointlessly, especially abroad.
An example: From Dumaguete to Siquijor it takes between 2 weeks and 3 months for a registered letter to reach you. A letter from Siquijor to Kawayan Holiday Resort can take up to three weeks to travel. Own experience! For comparison, the ship takes 45 minutes from Dumaguete to Siquijor, a car ride from Siquijor to us takes around 25 to 30 minutes. So you can see that it makes no sense to use this service.

Gleiches gilt für private Zustelldienste. Sie sind zwar zuverlässiger, aber immer noch sehr langsam. Dazu kommt, dass deren Service völlig überbezahlt ist, wenn man bedenkt, wie lange eine Lieferung dauert.

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 60 Hz is 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 try using the device for a short time (at your own risk).
International plugs and sockets are available throughout the resort. Even two and three pins are possible. You don’t need any adapters with us. Unless you use something special and not standard.
Power outages are completely normal in this country. Siquijor is even referred to as “The Blackout Capital”. The authorities and electricity operators do not have the infrastructure under control. There is also no further development in sight.
But don’t worry. We have our own emergency power system. So power outages are not a problem for us.

There are no dress codes at the resort. We only require light clothing in the restaurant. Especially at meal times.
Light cotton clothing and comfortable open-toed shoes “slippers” should be brought with you. After a rain shower it can feel a little cooler (never below 25 degrees). In this case, you may also want to take a rain jacket and/or a light jacket for the evening. As a rule, there is always a light, cooling wind blowing. In times without wind it can get really hot. Shade or swimming pool is recommended in this case.

Enjoy your stay

Don't forget!

Be flexible

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

Make a list

About a week before each trip, you should make a list of items that you don’t want to forget – that you would forget if you didn’t write them down. The best thing to do when you think about something is to write it down.

Learn sentences in the local language

A simple “please,” “thank you,” and “I’m sorry” in the local language goes a long way. Also good to learn the word for beer.

Don't forget the camera battery

Have you ever driven past that epic sunset spot only to realize your camera battery is dead and you don’t have a second battery ready? Try to bring at least two batteries with you on all trips so that you don’t miss out on that one perfect shot.

Taking out travel insurance

A medical emergency can wipe out your savings – or worse. Don’t forget to take out travel insurance to cover extraordinary events.

Plan your outfits in advance

Are you a lazy last-minute packer? Have you spent too many trips wearing black or gray outfits because you didn’t plan your outfits before packing? Do you then look at the photos you took on vacation and wish you had put more effort into packing? Not only that. Of course, planning also helps save space in your suitcase.

Copy important documents

Whenever possible, you should make a copy of your passport or other important travel documents before traveling. Important: keep these in a separate bag, away from your actual documents. Additional passport photos are also very helpful. It’s even better if you secure the whole thing electronically on your cell phone.

Pack extra underwear

Underwear is small and it’s always a good idea to have a few extra pairs in case of emergency. You can also pack these quick-drying underwear so you can conveniently wash them on the go.

Bring lens solution in your carry-on luggage

Fill both sides of the contact lens case with moisturizing lens solution. Bottle no more than 100ml. Something like this is very rarely offered in airplane toilets. Airplane cabins are exceptionally dry.

Ask the locals

When you are traveling and you don’t know exactly where you want to go. Please ask locals. They are very happy to give you information.

Save hotel information in phone

Even if you’re the only one who can’t remember the hotel or room number? There must be others who feel the same way.

Inform about your plans

This is especially important if you are traveling alone. It’s certainly still a good idea for several people to travel together, no matter how many are in your travel group

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Cangmunag, San Juan 6227
Siquijor Island
Visayas, Philippines

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