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Apo Island Marine Reserve

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Apo Island Marine Reserve

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Explore Dsb (don Salvador Benedicto) In Bacolod
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Explore Dsb (don Salvador Benedicto) In Bacolod

Love mountains? Need to escape from the heat and pollution of city life? Want to get away from the crowd? If so, Don Salvador Benedicto could easily become your happy place. The municipality of Don Salvador Benedicto, or DSB for short, is a highland town located north of Negros Occidental.
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Adam P wrote a review Jan 2020
Trowbridge, United Kingdom4,462 contributions8,882 helpful votes
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Brilliant snorkelling for varied coral, Turtles and fish. 100 pesos per person fee total  if staying on the island. An amazing must see island experience. Stay on the island if you can, to get the early morning or late afternoon snorkelling without the day trippers. Coral is stunning, with many varieties, colours and sizes. Also plenty of fish to see. The highlights are the various species of turtles, which can be found all over the beach area (we saw 7, 1 at over 1m long and 2 varieties), and not just the area bouyied off as the feeding sanctuary. They say you need a guide at 300 pp to see the turtles, but this is nonsense. We also saw a local guide encouraging some Chinese daytrippers to take selfies right next to the turtles. Just get in and swim around yourself.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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gocho8 wrote a review Dec 2019
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its a perfect place to relaxe and to eat ther. Swimming and snorkeling its a must on this place because its so beautiful and save
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Date of experience: December 2019
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David wrote a review Nov 2019
Manchester, United Kingdom11 contributions3 helpful votes
Went here today after noticing it was very well rated on tripadvisor; and both myself and my wife were thoroughly disappointed. First of all it’s expensive; we paid 2,300 pesos for both people there and back (6 on the first boat and just us 2 returning). I’m not entirely sure how the price the boats but don’t expect it to be very cheap. They also wanted to bring some locals back with us however we had to refuse and we were told we were paying extra as we were the only people returning (think they wanted a free ride at our expense). Then you pay 100 pesos each as an island fee; I was fine with this as I figure it’s money used to help the island and to preserve the marine life. We then rented snorkels at 100 pesos each (again fine with this). However we then went for a swim only to be shouted at by the beach attendant. Apparently we HAD to hire a guide at 300 pesos or else we couldn’t swim in that area. We didn’t need a guide as it isn’t a big area so we weren’t going to get lost, nor did we need someone to tell us about the fish or whatever they planned on doing. So we were ushered down the beach towards the dead coral where there aren’t many fish (at this point it was glaringly obvious why we needed a guide up the beach in the best spot...). We went for some food which was pretty appalling at 200 pesos a plate; chicken and rice (I have my doubts over the “chicken” as well). When we asked in the restaurant about going to the other side of the island, which we had read was the best, we were told it was closed and police would stop us going. This seemed odd; I couldn’t imagine police being on the island. So we went for a walk anyway. It wasn’t closed. There were no police. And it was actually decent for snorkelling. I think they told us this hoping we’d give us a pay the fee for a guide. All in all it was a pretty bad day. We were obviously disgruntled as we felt like they were just trying to rip us off whenever they could. Plus the snorkelling was average. We had a much much better experience in Moalboal where you could just rent or take your own equipment and then do as you please like a real adult. I’d advise giving it a miss sadly
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Date of experience: December 2019
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chloeshev wrote a review Nov 2019
Manchester, United Kingdom28 contributions3 helpful votes
30 min ride to malatapay pier from dumaguete (not bad we hired a ped 400p) to get the boat over to the island its 3000p return. We paid 2300 return as we shared the boat with other travellers who were going one way and staying on the island. So £35.00 for us to get there and back approx 30 min each way. When you land theres a coral/stone bay you can snorkel at, just one strip full of boats . Its 100p each for the entrance fee for the island,snorkel equipment 100p each. They dont tell you that you cant snorkel near the part were turtles are likely to be, unless you get a 'guide' Bearing in mind the reef is right on the beach, no idea why you would need a guide to snorkel in one particular area. But if you want to then it's another 300p for a guide, if you refuse they point you to the parts of the reef that are dead with nothing to see. They shout at you if you go to close to the 'guide only area' which is marked by buoys. We had lunch at a shack, there was no menu so had no idea about price but presumed eating some local chicken and rice (the only option) would be cheap. We had 2 meals and a cocacola and it came to 450p!. The chicken was the worst struggled to even get any meat off the bones and fat and god knows what else. So then we decided to head to the other side of the island near the marine sanctuary however we was told by locals it was closed off (so you paid to snorkel on their side of the island no doubt) but we decided to go anyway only to find out it wasnt closed, there was one part which was protected that you couldn't swim in, but still a large area where you could swim. We was the only people there, probably because they lie to the tourists saying its closed off buy 'military' 😂 It was a joke the whole thing to be honest, we saw a turtle and some nice fish but the place was nothing special at all, nothing like the magical island that is advertised.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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JayM04 wrote a review Nov 2019
Manila, Philippines142 contributions89 helpful votes
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I would definitely be back here. An amazing marine reserve sanctuary! Good for snorkeling and diving. So many beautiful sea creatures especially the turtles. Next time i will learn how to dive to have more time underwater and explore the beauty undersea. You would wish that you live here for eternity. Very priceless!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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