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Apo Island Marine Reserve

Negros Oriental Province, Philippines
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Ranked #1 of 8 attractions in Apo Island
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Reefs, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Davao City, Philippines
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I'd been in Apo Island twice, way back 1987 and 1993. The first time, I saw it beyond before reaching the island is seemingly like a mystical figure. Somewhat, you can can really nothing to say but to admire so much as you approach the island. Its grandeur and rustic replica of a basin paradise by the sea is an... More

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Mandaluyong, Philippines
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Apo Island is 1 hr 45 minutes away from Dumaguete City. By commuting, you need to ride a bus for 45 mins then a boat for 1 hr to get to the island. The sea is rough. It's advisable to travel as early as you can. You need to secure your belongings to avoid getting wet. In my experience, i... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

The dive cites are all very close and around the tiny island. If you stay on Apo you can always beat the dive boats from Dumaguete and Dauin, so be the first on dive sites and thus see more. The only is that there are actually less dive sites as noted on all dive maps due to the 100% damage... More

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Bacolod, Philippines
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

I sent tout apo island via Harold's pension organised tours. For snorkelling it is 1000p and includes 3 stops. You can spot a lot of turtles and the corals are beautiful and colorful.

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

If you only snorkel, do not come in here. It’s not worth the money. You only see some big fishes but not colourful corals. Many of the people said that scuba diving was great! Book well ahead, all the dives where full when we came.

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Warsaw, Poland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

How to get to Apo Island? First, we took a bus from Dumaguete bus station. After 40 minutes the bus dropped us off on the road near the start of the path to the boats. Next you have to hire a boat. You can hire either a 4 person or 8 person boats. We were lucky to run into 5... More

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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
27 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Nice thing here is the visual landscape you're diving over, the visibility (usually), and the diversity of marine life.

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Manila, Philippines
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

I went to Apo Island last May 2013 with a friend and my mom. We actually wanted to snorkel near the sanctuary but there was a strong typhoon right before our visit and unfortunately one part of the sanctuary was closed. The locals though told us to swim near the shore. It looked a bit dubious in the beginning because... More

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Quezon city
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5 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

It's best to come early here coz there were already so many boats and people by the time we left around lunch time. For a boat for four you will pay about 2000pesos. Registration, booties and vest 100 pesos each, guide 300 pesos. The people in the island were all friendly and helpful. Snorkling was awesome! There were so many... More

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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
5 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Plenty of wildlife on a remote island. Back to nature and back to basics in the most pleasant way. Limited options to stay. Try Liberty Lodge. There are some homestays available too. This is not for the faint hearted - there is no hot water, no running water, no electricity -

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