Travel Guide - How to Get to Apo IslandSunday, February 26, 2012Ryan Mach
Apo Island is a volcanic island located off the southeastern tip of Negros Island, 30 km south of Negros Oriental. It's known for its marine habitat protected by the National Integrated Protected Area Act (NIPA) and under the jurisdiction of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB). A popular dive site and snorkeling destination among tourists, Apo Island has been documented by the global science community, thanks to the Siliman University Marine Laboratory who's responsible for establishing and taking care of the marine sanctuary.
You can also take the public bus from Dumaguete to Bayawan. Tell the driver to get you off the bus at Malatapay Market. When you get to the market in Malatapay, you need to take a walk to the shore where a little coast guard outpost is located. Here, you will find boats men who are ready to take you to Apo Island.
How Much it Costs
P1500 for a boat to Apo Island that can accommodate 6 people while P2500 for a boat that can seat up to 12 people.
Bigger boats are highly advised for safety and comfort reasons. Waves can get rough and choppy even if the weather's fine.
Staying on the Island
You can opt for a one-day adventure or stay nights at nearby hotels and beach resorts (Liberty’s Lodge or Apo Island Beach Resort on the island itself or Coco Grove, Kan-Upi Beach Resort or the Wellness Beach Resort in Zamboangita, which is the drop-off point to Apo Island.)
Electricity in the island isn't available 24 hours a day. Power is switched off at night and this goes for both hotels.
If you choose a day-trip, make sure you are back by the boat taking you back to Negros so you can leave the island at 4pm. Boats taking passengers back and forth are not allowed to leave Apo later than 4pm. For safety concerns, they make sure they get back to Zamboanguita or Dauin before the sunset.
What to Bring
Sun Tan Lotion
Bringing drinks / food is not recommended since you can buy all you need on the island and that way you support the locals in the process.
If you are going diving in Apo Island, then you might wanna bring your own gear as well, the 2 dive centers here has gear for rent though.
Apart from snorkeling and diving, there are other things you can do on the island like walking up to the Lighthouse or bike ride.