APO ISLAND | A Round Up Travel Guide

Maybe it was too premature for us taking Apo Island just when TS Pablo had caused massive destruction on the marine environment, and that January is never the best time to visit this island. Maybe we were just vacation-hungry, get-together-thirsty, and was looking forward to seeing a pawikan that we never got to see. Not. A. Single. One. In. Sight. But it did not stop us from having a good time.

Here’s a complete travel guide with the information you need for directions on how to get to there, where to stay, & eat, and the attractions, and activities you can do at Apo Island.

ATTRACTIONS AND MUST-DO ACTIVITIES

  • Protected Marine Sanctuary. Unfortunately the Marine Sanctuary still closed for visitors. TS Pablo hit and destroyed the marine environment with it’s pounding strong waves. We did get to spend time along it’s shores, and beach late at night, and in the early morning.
  • Butterfly Park. Just around the bend along the path going to the marine sanctuary is the Butterfly Park. Unfortunately, we did not have enough time to check this and the lighthouse during our  visit.
  • Dayhike & the Lighthouse
  • Water activities: Scuba Dive | Snorkel | Swim. Apo Island, and it’s surrounding waters is a protected area. If you want the best out of this experience — swim if you won’t snorkel; snorkel if you won’t dive; and learn, and get PADI certification, if you’re not a diver yet. Under waters surfaces is the best place to be at when you’re here. We just swam, and did snorkeling ofcourse, and a really bad sea urchin incident after.

ACCOMMODATION & WHERE TO EAT

We stayed at the H-H Rooms For Rent. It’s the cheapest lodging house of the four accommodations you will find in the island. Most accommodations offer to cook meals for you for an additional rate. The resort also welcomes guest for meals, and drinks at their open dining area, and bar even if you’re not staying with them. There are also sari-sari stores, and you can see locals selling around snacks in the village. For the complete list of the accommodations and the starting rates they have, please click HERE.

TRANSPORTATION

The island is roughly around 12 hectares, and only a fraction of it is inhabited, and the large part is protected landscape. They do not have any means of public transportation because everything is accessible by foot. The Apo Island Village small that one could go around it for only 20-30 minutes, with some short stops buying food at the local sari-sari store, and some short chats with the locals.

HOW TO GET THERE

Detailed post on how to get to Apo Island from Dumaguete City HERE.

TRAVEL NOTES:

+ Show support  to local community by buying your food, and drinks in the island.
+ Visitors are not allowed to put up tents on the beach, or anywhere in the island to sleep in. Apo Island is a community-based tourism destination that encourages visitors to support them through services, and/or products they offer, and sell.
+ Apo Island has a swamp area, and mosquitoes can come in brutal. Lodging houses offers mosquito nets, but carry with you insect repellents.

+ Electricity is only available at 6AM – 9PM, the house caretaker left our group flashlights to use. You can can ask if you can borrow one if you don’t have flashlight with you.