What to do and see in San Juan, Philippines: The Best Places and Tips

February 12, 2018 Marlin Saiz

Discover the best top things to do in San Juan, Philippines including Sea Pearl Divers, Lugnason Falls, Siquijor Divers, Marelle's Underwater World Museum, Coco Grove Dive Center, Baha Ba'r Mountain Bike Tours, Capilay Spring Park, Siquijor Massage, Maite Narine Sanctuary.
Restaurants in San Juan

1. Sea Pearl Divers

Circumferential Road, San Juan 6227, Philippines
Excellent
91%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 84 reviews

Sea Pearl Divers

Sea Pearl Divers makes diving safe and fun. The shop located in the center of San Juan, we are ready to take you out diving or snorkeling. We use a Banka boat or go by car to reach the dive-sites around the island. Meet our instructors who take you out diving or will teach you to become a diver.

Reviewed By Vanessa C - Hobart, Australia

I did my advanced open water course here and had a fabulous time! The crew are legends- happy, chilled, and know what they’re doing. It made for a fun and relaxed few days with the assurance of an experienced instructor/guides who know the area like the back of their hand. Really can’t ask for better!
Since visiting both Siquijor and Bohol for diving, Siquijor has the upper hand with a more relaxed vibe and still with great diving- so much to see you don’t know where to look! A good problem to have :)

2. Lugnason Falls

Napo, San Juan 6227, Philippines +63 905 950 0638
Excellent
53%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 144 reviews

Lugnason Falls

Reviewed By Jen R - Bath, United Kingdom

This waterfall has no entrance fee, I think we just paid 20 peso to park our motorbike. However they do accept donations, and if you have a guide then there are suggested donation amounts.
We weren’t directly offered a guide, and generally prefer not to have one so we went down to the falls just the two of us. The falls are all signposted well, so you don’t need a guide to find them, but the guides (young, local guys) who came down with other couples made the experience much more fun. They were showing us which parts of the waterfall you can jump off and showing off their skills on the rope swing.
A few people sat down by the pool and relaxed, while others were helped by the guides to jump or swing into the water safely.
The whole area is kept clean and has been crafted well so people can enjoy the nature. There are also a couple of short trails (easy or adventure) to see other small falls that we did after the main one. We donated afterwards, because a lot of work has clearly gone into this place and the guides made the experience much more fun.

3. Siquijor Divers

Siquijor Circumferential Road | Maite, San Juan 6227, Philippines
Excellent
100%
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5 based on 19 reviews

Siquijor Divers

Siquijor Divers is a well equipped and professional Scuba Diving Instructor Development Centre. With brand new equipment from Seacsub of Genoa Italy, certified Instructors and Instructor Trainers can guide you to any level in IAC, DIWA, PADI and SSI. Our owner and Head Instructor, Mr Jan Morton is a highly experienced instructor, photographer and paramedic. At the Instructor Trainer level he can help any level of diver from the absolute novice to the more experienced diver attain a better confidence and skills under water. Along with courses in diving he can help you gain skills and techniques in underwater photography as well. Access to an amazing swimming pool for lessons and the fantastic coral life around the Siquijor Island area makes Siquijor Divers a definite Dive Destination for Scuba enthusiasts of all levels. For further enquiries please feel free to contact us at anytime.

Reviewed By donald s

This is a first class operation. Great local knowledge, enthusiastic support staff and patience in abundance. Jay also gave us a lot of inside tips on Siquijor and San Juan, service over and above the call of duty. As for diving, he has a fresh operation, new Italian wet water gear, a beautiful new boat and access to excellent training facilities and certification. I don't think you could ask for more.
Highly recommended

4. Marelle's Underwater World Museum

Siquijor Circumferential Road | Tubod, San Juan 6227, Philippines +63 905 221 6651
Excellent
80%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Marelle's Underwater World Museum

Enjoy a tasty meal and a cold beverage while at Marelle's Family Dining, beautifully situated on our open air veranda which opens to our lush botanical Gardens.Last but not least stop by our gift shop that has that special gift for your loved ones, all hand made by our local artisans. We also have a display of stunning collection of exotic sea shells and marine life that are found in the crystal clear tropical waters of the Philippines.Also on display are many land snails. A beautiful marine life postage stamp collection from all over the world adorns the walls. Also exhibited are many educational displays about the shells in their ocean habitat. See you soon!

Reviewed By May F - Cebu City, Philippines

This is actually named as Marelle's Underwater World Museum. This is just a stone throw from Tori's Backpacker Paradise in San Juan, Siquijor. They house great collection of sea shells, which for me was very interesting. You can buy postcards or even keychains as souvenir. Great place to visit especially if you appreciate such kind of things.

5. Coco Grove Dive Center

Coco Grove Beach Resort, Tubod, San Juan 6227, Philippines
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Coco Grove Dive Center

Siquijor Island in the Philippines has 23 wonderful dive sites and we are grateful to have Tubod Marine Sanctuary directly in front of Coco Grove Beach Resort. We offer dive courses from beginners to professional level as well as fun diving. For an ultimate treat, try a day/overnight trip to one of the top 10 best and recognised dive sites in the world, Apo Island. We also offer other Water Sports such as Banana boat rides, Hobie Cat and Paraw sailing, glass bottom boat and snorkelling!

Reviewed By Jang A

Recently Visited Siquijor and we stayed at coco grove resort and I can definitely give this place a thumbs up.
Things to improve:
*wifi : I believe they only have connection in lobby, restaurant and pool area, pero wala sa rooms, baka po magawan ng paraan. Cause some guests (like me) can’t live a day without checking updates like email, IG FB etc.
*bidet: not sure if room lang namin yung wala. I really suggest na Dapat lahat ng CR meron for everyone’s hygiene purposes.
*shower: Hindi ko din sure kung room Lang namen yung Hindi okay, pero Wala po syang hot and cold.
So far, those are minimal issues Lang naman. But our stay in coco grove is unforgettable. The staffs are nice and accommodating, rooms are clean and comfy. Plus that cute (parrot?) named macky na napaka bibo. Good job, coco grove!

6. Baha Ba'r Mountain Bike Tours

Maite Village, San Juan 6227, Philippines
Excellent
90%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
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5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Baha Ba'r Mountain Bike Tours

The mountain bike trail starts at Mount Bandilaan, the highest point in Siquior (620m) and winds its way down to the coast to Maite village in San Juan province. The total distance of the trail is 26km but there are several options to break the journey depending upon ability. The Baha Bar support staff will drive you to the start of the trail in a 'pick-up' with the bikes and then an experienced guide will lead you down. The trail starts in a national forest and then passes through small mountain villages and remote footpaths, passing through rice fields and over small foot Bridges. 70% of the trail is off road and is in parts technical, the remainder passes through small villages where it is possible to stop for a cold drink. Baha Ba'r has 8 high end relatively new mountain bikes (Norco / Giant) and protective knee, elbow pad and helmets that are included in the rental fee. Dave Watson (he's the guy who jumped over the Tour de France peleton a couple of years ago!!...) has ridden the trail and donated one of his old sponsored bikes for usage. Dave was Canadian mtn bike champion in the 1990's). The charge is 750 pesos for one person and 500 per person for 2 or more persons.

Reviewed By AndreasKj2013 - Odense, Denmark

My three boys and I had great fun together with the tourguide, Rafal, who's an experienced mountainbiker and longdistance runner with a passion for nature and good challenges. It was fun and different from mountaibiking in Denmark. We got to see places we wouldn't have seen if we were on our own. Go for it and get an experience you'll never forget. We drow downhill most of the time. Easy booking and fair prices. We'll for sure go mountainbiking next time we go to Siquijor.

7. Capilay Spring Park

Siquijor circumferential road | San Juan, San Juan, Philippines
Excellent
14%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
46%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 88 reviews

Capilay Spring Park

Reviewed By stonewithnomoss - USA

The place is interesting simply because it is such a huge volume of fresh water flowing out. Make sure you walk toward the sea to see everyone washing clothes (more like India than Philippines). There is a church at the top of the stairs with a nice bell tower.

8. Siquijor Massage

Siquijor Circumferential Road, San Juan 6227, Philippines
Excellent
63%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Siquijor Massage

Reviewed By ziggystephens - Melbourne, Australia

The ladies were very nice great massage very relaxing throughly enjoyed by myself & friend .would love to come back one day soon .

9. Maite Narine Sanctuary

Barangay Maite, San Juan, Philippines
Excellent
45%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
11%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Maite Narine Sanctuary

Reviewed By Olivier_Le_H - Reims, France

Great snorkeling here. The corals close to the shore are badly damaged but are healthier as you swim away.
Many fishes can be seen and some sea snakes as well.
Many jellyfishes can ruin the experience.
Tubod marine Sanctuary near by is much more beautiful however.

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