Apo Island Dumaguete is a volcanic island located 30km off the coast of the south-east tip of Negros Island in the Philippines. Notorious for its dive sites and snorkelling, an Apo Island tour is not to be missed!
WHERE IS APO ISLAND DUMAGUETE
Apo Island is a 45-minute boat ride from Dauin, a small coastal village 30-minutes south of Dumaguete. See the map below for the exact pin location of Apo Island Dumaguete.
Apo Island Tour
WHERE TO BOOK AN APO ISLAND TOUR
There are 2 options for getting from Dumaguete to Apo Island for a snorkelling trip:
Option 1: Ultimate Package
This week I based myself at the Atlantis Dive Resort in Dauin, just 20-minutes south of Dumaguete City. Atlantis Dive Resort offers the ultimate package for scuba diving and snorkelling tours every day of the week to Apo Island.
The tour kicks off after a complimentary breakfast at the Atlantis Resort before jumping on the boat at 8am for the 45-minute journey over to Apo Island. There are 3 stops throughout the day to different dive and snorkel sites around the island. A barbeque lunch is also included on the boat and the tour ends back at Atlantis Resort around 4pm.
Cost for snorkelling: 4095 pesos / includes tour guide, boat transfers, mask, snorkel and fins hire, barbeque lunch and marine park fees.
Cost for diving if certified: 2300 pesos per dive / includes dive instructor, dive equipment, barbeque lunch and marine park fees.
To book accommodation and a snorkelling trip to Apo Island with Atlantis Resort, click HERE.
Option 2: Budget Package
If you are staying in the Dumaguete, the cheapest option to get Apo Island is to take a 1-hour jeepney ride from Dumaguete to Malatapay and from here you can take a motorised outrigger boat over to Apo Island which is a 30-minute journey. Boats to and from Apo Island run frequently throughout the day.
Cost for jeepney from Dumaguete to Malatapay: 20 pesos
Cost for the boat from Malatapay to Apo Island (round trip): 2500 pesos
Cost for marine park entrance and snorkelling fees: 150 pesos
Cost for snorkelling equipment on Apo Island: 150 pesos per day
Apo Island Dumaguete
Apo Island Tour with Atlantis Dive Resort
WHAT TO EXPECT AT APO ISLAND DUMAGUETE
Apo Island Dumaguete is so aesthetically pleasing to the eyes that you won’t want to close them! We anchored up the boat on the outer edge of the reef near the main beach port of Apo Island. Shortly after anchoring, we all jumped off the side of the boat and were snorkelling with turtles in no time!
The Apo Island tour is an entire day of snorkelling with sea turtles, reef fish, sea snakes and hundreds of colourful corals.
There are also a few small mountain peaks on Apo Island Dumaguete that you can hike. As the Atlantis Dive boat didn’t actually take us to the island we had to paddle a kayak over from the boat to Apo Island with our camera gear.
A barbeque lunch and cold refreshments are included with the Apo Island tour with Atlantis Dive that is served on-deck around 1pm.
Apo Island is the longest lasting community lead marine protected area in the Philippines since 1986.
Snorkelling with turtles in Apo Island Dumaguete
Hiked to the top of this peak on Apo Island Dumaguete
Drone shot of a secret beach on Apo Island Dumaguete
As I mentioned at the top of this article, on my visit to Dumaguete I stayed at the Atlantis Dive Resort for a total of three nights and I can’t recommend this place enough. The resort is ideally located on Dauin Beach in a quiet and peaceful setting away from the buzzing city of Dumaguete. The rooms, the staff, the food, the hammocks and the location are top notch.
To book a room at the Atlantis Dive Resort click HERE to check availability and rates.
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST NEAR APO ISLAND
You may want to read my full guide on the best Dumaguete tourist spots on Negros Island, Philippines. Click on the link below to view.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about Apo Island Dumaguete please leave me a comment below.
Happy Adventuring 🙂