Take Me Back to Apo Island, My Marine Wonderland
|Arriving at the scenic Apo Island|
How to go to there:
- From Manila, take a one-hour flight to Dumaguete City. At the airport, walk towards the main highway and ride a tricycle to the Ceres bus terminal. Tricycle fare costs Php 20 per person at a minimum. However, if you ride a tricycle right outside the departure area, be prepared to pay higher tourist rates at Php 100-150 per way; You can also ride a multicab to the bus terminal at Php 9.
- Or, from Lilo-an (southern Cebu), take a ferry to Sibulan pier. From the port, ride a tricycle to the Ceres bus terminal in Dumaguete City.
- From the Ceres bus terminal, ride a bus to Bayawan and tell the conductor to drop you off at Malatapay (non-aircon-Php 25).
- Alight at Malatapay and walk towards the port. Travel time is around one to one and a half hour.
- At the information center, book a boat and you're off to Apo Island!
|Information and Tourism Center|
|Boat rates are standard|
|The docking area in Malatapay|
|The famous Apo Island Beach Resort|
|The iconic rock formation|
Here are two homestays that we saw along the way, but take note that we did not stay here, nor did an ocular inspection so we have no idea how the rooms look like. I feel though that for a fraction of what Apo Island Beach Resort or Liberty Lodge would bill you, these two homestays seem fair enough. These are a stone's throw away from the beach.
Please also note that you have to top off the boat rental (Php 200 for medium boat; Php 400 for large boat) if you are staying overnight to cover additional fuel cost during drop off and pick-up.
|First sea turtle in Apo Island|
At first, I thought that sea turtles stay at the deeper parts of the sea only, but I was wrong. As soon as I put my mask and snorkel on and swam my way a few meters away from the shore, I was surprised to see a sea turtle as huge as a chubby five year old kid right in front of me. It was surreal. And what's even more surprising was that as I panned my camera sidewards, I saw another one swimming up right beside me!
We played around the sea turtles for what seemed like forever. It was the best marine playground ever!
|And two more|
|The beachfront where Ramil's cottage is|
|A crash course on sea turtles|
|Havin' a photo taken before going to another snorkeling site|