Apo Island 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 snorkeling, an Apo Island Tour is not to be missed!
I have put together this complete guide of Apo Island including where to book an Apo Island Tour, how to get to Apo Island and what to expect when you’re there!
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WHERE IS APO ISLAND
Apo Island is located 30km off the coast of the south-east tip of Negros Island in the Philippines.
Apo Island is a 45-minute boat ride from Dauin, a small coastal village just 30-minutes south of Dumaguete.
PIN LOCATION OF APO ISLAND DUMAGUETE
Apo Island Tour
WHERE TO BOOK AN APO ISLAND TOUR
There are two options for getting from Dumaguete to Apo Island for a snorkeling trip:
Option 1: Ultimate Package
Atlantis Dive Resort in Dauin, just 20-minutes south of Dumaguete City, offers the ultimate package for scuba diving and snorkeling 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 Apo Island. A barbeque lunch is also included on the boat and the tour ends back at Atlantis Resort around 4:00 pm.
Cost for snorkeling: 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 snorkeling 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 snorkeling equipment on Apo Island: 150 pesos per day
Apo Island Dumaguete
Apo Island Tour with Atlantis Dive Resort
WHAT TO EXPECT AT APO ISLAND
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 snorkeling with turtles in no time!
The Apo Island Tour is an entire day of snorkeling with sea turtles, reef fish, sea snakes and hundreds of colorful corals.
There are also a few small mountain peaks on Apo Island that you can hike. As the Atlantis Dive boat didn’t actually take us right to the shoreline 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 1:00 pm.
Fun Fact: Apo Island is the longest lasting community lead marine protected area in the Philippines since 1986.
Snorkeling with turtles in Apo Island
Hiked to the top of the peak on Apo Island Dumaguete
Secluded Beach on Apo Island
WHERE TO STAY NEAR APO ISLAND
Dumaguete has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Dumaguete to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
LUXURY: ATLANTIS DIVE RESORT
MID RANGE: SIERRA HOTEL
BUDGET: OPTIMUM PENSION HOUSE
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