Discover Apo Island in Negros Oriental: One of the Best Diving Sites in the Country
Apo Island is a 12-hectare volcanic island in the Municipality of Dauin, Negros Oriental. This beautiful island is a paradise for snorkelers and divers because of its abundant marine life.
The Island has a marine sanctuary which is one of the oldest protected sanctuaries in the Philippines. It is a home to more than 600 fish species and over 400 coral species, making it as one of the best diving spots in the country.
But if you don't want to dive, you can simply swim with the turtles. Swimming with the turtles is the most popular activity in the island. Many tourists bring their underwater camera and take selfies with the marine animal.
The waters of Apo Island is clean and you may also enjoy swimming with your friends and family. Rock formation can bee seen in the island also, a perfect spot for photo enthusiasts.
The rich marine life in the island is a proof to what happens when the government and the people decide to protect their natural resources.
Tourists pay for diving and snorkeling fees which will be used to keep the sanctuary in good condition. When doing such water activities, never ever do anything that could harm the animals or you might be penalized.
Aside from that, you can also trek to the lighthouse for about thirty minutes. You'll be treated with a magnificent view of sunrise and the neighboring islands including Siquijor.
You can explore the island by doing a daytrip but if you have a lot of time and budget, you can stay there for a couple of days.
Where to stay:
Apo Island Beach Resort
0910 219 3359
Mario's Scuba Diving and Homestay
How to get there:
From Dumagute City, ride a Ceres Liner bus at the terminal routing Bayawan City. Tell the conductor to drop you at the Malatapay Market in Zamboanguita. From there, you can walk towards the information where you you can rent a boat. You can ask the locals for the direction.
From Bacolod City, take a Dumaguete bus at either Southbound or Northbound Terminal. Follow the instruction above.
The round-trip boat costs 2,000.00 good for two passengers and 3,000.00 for eight passengers. If you are not traveling with a group, there are resorts that offer boat rides and you may tell them in advance.
Note: Apo Island only runs three hours of electricity every day from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Charge everything you need between this time. The water is also limited in the island, so be sure to use what you only need.
Photos from Joel Jarabelo Naznam,, Apo Island Facebook Page, Chin Ef