Guide to Snorkeling in Apo Island, Philippines

Apo Island is one of the top snorkeling and diving spots in the Philippines. This volcanic island is located at the southeastern tip of the province Negros Oriental and it never fails to amaze tourists, snorkelers, and divers with its rich and stunning community-protected marine life. Here you will be able to see various types of corals and wildlife including sea turtles. That’s why in this article, we are going to give you a guide when snorkeling in one of the Philippine’s most beautiful islands.

Where To Go in Apo Island

Going snorkeling in Apo Island means that you will get to encounter different species of marine animals and vibrantly colored corals. In fact, even if you’re not an experienced swimmer, you will have a good time here in Apo Island because you can swim with the sea turtles in shallow water that’s why you should always have a handy underwater camera with you so you can take photos while snorkeling with the sea turtles. Here are the best spots to go snorkeling in Apo Island

  • Coconut Point –   Coconut Point is a spot that is located at the northwest of Apo Island where you will be able to see different variety of soft corals, white tip reef sharks, schools of jacks, barracudas, and even Vlaming Unicornfish. But take note that the current is strong on this side so you might want to go snorkeling with a buddy or a guide to ensure your safety.
  • Chapel’s Point – Located at the western side of the island, Western Point offers interesting marine life sightings where you will see gorgonian sea fans, tuna, different species of corals, barracuda, white snappers, and sponges.
  • Rock Point – Rock Point is at the southern tip of Apo Island. Take note that the water can be rough here so be extra careful when you go here and make sure you have a buddy and the right snorkeling gear with you. The marine life here is rich and it offers a spectacular view with several rock formations and corals in the area. You can also see Picasso triggerfish, moray eels, and black and white snappers here at Rock Point.
  • Mamsa Point – Mamsa Point is located at the eastern side of the island and this is the spot where you will be able to see different types of groupers, scorpion fish, and lionfish. That’s why if you have poor eyesight, you need to have your prescription snorkeling mask with you when you go here at Mamsa Point or Apo Island in general for you to witness all of the beauty that lies underneath the stunning island.

How to Get to Apo Island

If you’re coming from Manila, then you should take a plane to Dumaguete City. Then when you’re in Dumaguete, you can look for the Apo Island Cebu tour or book a hotel and they will provide the boat you’ll need to do snorkel and dive trips from Dumaguete to Apo Island.

What to Bring in Apo Island?

Since this is a small island, there are limited places where you can eat and buy things. That’s why you need to stock up on food and be sure to bring enough money that will last you for the rest of your stay because there is no available ATM on the island. Take note that there is a 100 peso charge when you enter the island. We also recommend that you bring your own set of snorkeling gear such as the right snorkeling mask, snorkel, flippers, and suit in order for you to save money on rental costs.

Other Tips When Going to Apo Island

  • The boat trip from Dumaguete to Apo Island can be a little bumpy so there is a possibility that you could get wet. That’s why make sure that your valuables are protected from the sea water. Plus, you will also have to walk on the water to get on the boat so remember to wear slippers or beach shoes.
  • The island authority prohibits taking and bringing home coral pieces, shells, and stones from the island.

We hope this article helped you in planning your trip to Apo Island. What are you waiting for? Book that flight and pack your bags because Apo Island is waiting for you.