The whole island of Siquijor was declared a marine reserve and tourist zone in 1978 by virtue of Proclamation No. 1810. As such, the island-province will be developed into a major tourist destination under the supervision of the Philippine Tourism Authority.
Known for its scenic beauty and archaic churches, Siquijor is also blessed with natural and historical attractions. Its unspoiled environment and the warm hospitality of its people never fail to beckon visitors from all over. The serenity of the whole province makes it ideal for a perfect getaway.
It lures nature lovers and adventurers to explore its numerous caves, springs and rivers, and to climb up Mount Bandilaan, the highest peak at the center of the island. Being a coral island, it also invites diving enthusiasts to explore the reefs surrounding the island, teeming with marine life which have been remarkably left untouched. For tourists who just want to lay back and relax, the island offers a never-ending stretch of white sand beaches, all 102 kilometers of shorelines surrounding the island. It also provides a trip to the past with the old Cang-Isok house, St. Francis de Assisi Church, St. Isidore Labrador Parish and Convent which is reputed to be one of the country’s largest convents.
With such varied tourist attractions, Siquijor looms as the playground of the Central Visayas region.
Siquijor Island is mostly made up of limestone material and fringed by mangroves, white sandy beaches and coral reefs. It has approximately 102 kilometers of shoreline. With the exception of relatively flat coastal plains in Lazi and San Juan, most of the island’s interior is either hilly or mountainous. The center of the island is elevated, the highest point of which is the Mt. Bandilaan, rising at approximately 557 meters above sea level.
The coastal zone around the island is 84.46 square kilometers. Mangrove area is 3.82 sq. km., shore area is 15.49 sq. km. and coral reefs is 800 sq. km.
Major fishing grounds are found throughout Siquijor Sea, Bohol Strait, and Mindanao Sea. Inland fishery includes fresh and blackish water. The province has 15 hectares of fishponds and 71 hectares of swamp lands.
The people of Siquijor numbered 81,598 (2000 census), with an average annual growth of 2.19%. Major population centers in the towns of Larena, Siquijor, and Lazi.
The province has a literacy rate of 92.5% (as of 1989). This figure places Siquijor among the highly literate provinces in the country, with its educated citizens trained for any suitable job. The province has a predominantly young population with about 81% aged 15 and above. Dependency rate is 49.45%. Population density is 237.55 sq. km. (as of 2002).
In most parts of the province, it is dry from January to May and wet the rest of the year. The southern part of the province is dry from November to April and wet the rest of the year. Annual rainfall is 1.305% ml. with mean temperature of 27.8°C and humidity of 78%.