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“Good Diving Experience - turtles, frog fish, sea snake...”

Apo Island Marine Reserve
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Half-Day Snorkeling at Dumaguete Apo Island Including Lunch
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

I stay in nearby Dauin and take banka and travel all the way down to Apo Island for diving. The one way trip time is around 1 hr and a little bit bumpy. But it is paid off when arriving Apo island. The diving there is good a lot of things to see. I saw a sea turtle, frog fish and sea snake there. Frog fish is a really funny creature in my opinion. The turtle is huge... Amazing. Only one thing I do not understand quite well, as Apo island is a conservative area, I do not see big school of fish neither big fishs... Generally, I would recommend Apo Island.

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Reviewed February 3, 2013

Th marine reserve itself is on the east side of the island and is closed (as of Nov 2012), However, you can walk along the coral sand beach, which is very peaceful.

On teh otehr hand, snorkellign can be done an the estern shore of the island, which is fantastic! We saw turtles every time we snorkelled.... and lots of colourful fish - puffers, angels, batfish, anemone, butterfly, ea urchins (ouch!) and live corals.

Do come and snorkel here - just for the turtles!

3  Thank New_YLOO
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

We stayed at Liquid and took our snorkeling excursion with them. The boat ride was enjoyable and relaxing. Unfortunately we did not see much fishes or any sea turtles whilst snorkeling. They may have gone into hiding because of the onslaught of Pablo typhoon 2 days ago. {We were stranded in tanawan oslob (we swam with the whalesharks before the typhoon came) for 2 nights during the super typhoon. The damages were quite severe and all boat/air services were stopped for 2 days.}
We bought some Tshirts from the villagers of Apo Island and were glad to have the chance to contribute a little to their economy. It's very heartening to see the efforts of the people involved bearing fruits as we could see the corals are growing and thriving again around Apo island.
Personally I felt very encouraged and hopeful,(having experienced and seen the real possibilities of revival of the coral life) when today we come together to right the wrong done in the past, it is possible to pass on to our children in the future, all the beauty and goodness of life given to us by our Heavenly Father!

3  Thank KualaLumpurHappy
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

If your into Diving - say no more this place is unreal. Highly recommend staying with Mario's Diving and doing the course there. Heard a couple of people having bad experiences with a narky dive master in Liberties.

Mario himself is a patient and genuine guy and was brilliant to work with. Got to see a Manta Ray which is a rarity and watching the turtles do their own thing was incredible to watch.

Cant wait to get back there.

1  Thank Tosh33
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

A choppy boat ride brought us to Apo Island, where we swam with tortoises. Guided by the locals, many of whom are entrepreneurial, be sure to have lunch in Liberty Community Hotel which serves excellent jack fish. You don't need the locals to guide you as you snorkel, but your boatman can point the way to the tortoises. It's a divine experience to swim with them!

Thank javemar
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