Apo Island is a volcanic island located 30km off the coast of the southeast tip of Negros Island in the Philippines. Notorious for its dive sites and snorkeling, a visit to this incredible island is not to be missed.
I have put together this complete guide including where to book an Apo Island tour, how much it costs, and what to expect when you arrive on the island.
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WHERE IS APO ISLAND?
Apo Island is located 30km off the coast of Dumaguete, Negros Island in the Philippines.
It’s a 45-minute boat ride from Dauin, a small coastal village just 30-minutes south of Dumaguete.
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.
The tour kicks off after a complimentary breakfast at the Atlantis Resort before jumping on the boat at 8 am for the 45-minute journey over to the 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 4:00 pm.
Cost for snorkeling: 4095 pesos / includes a 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.
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Option 2: Budget Package
If you are staying in the Dumaguete, the cheapest option to get to the island is to take a 1-hour jeepney ride from Dumaguete to Malatapay and from here you can take a motorized outrigger boat over to the island which is a 30-minute journey. Boats to and from the island run frequently throughout the day.
Cost for jeepney from Dumaguete to Malatapay: 20 pesos
Cost for the boat from Malatapay to the island (round trip): 2500 pesos
Cost for marine park entrance and snorkeling fees: 150 pesos
Cost for snorkeling equipment: 150 pesos per day
Apo Island snorkeling
Apo Island Tour with Atlantis Dive Resort
Arrived on the island
WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE ISLAND
Apo Island Dumaguete is so aesthetically pleasing to the eyes that you won’t want to close them!
Upon arrival, our skipper anchored the boat on the outer edge of the reef near the main beach port.
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.
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Snorkeling with turtles
HIKING ON THE ISLAND
There are also a few small mountain peaks on the 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 the island with our camera gear.
When we hit the shoreline, it was a short 10-15 minute hike to the highest peak which boasts panoramic views of the island and the neighboring islands of Negros Oriental and Siquijor.
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 is the longest-lasting community-led marine protected area in the Philippines since 1986.
At the top of Apo Island Dumaguete
A secluded beach
WHERE TO STAY IN DUMAGUETE
Dumaguete has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
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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