Apo Island has a massive sea turtle with amazing coral reefs and stunning rock formation. On my continuous trip to this island, I came to summarize everything that I have known about what to do and how to guide you in.
From Dumaguete City
Ceres Bus Php 30.00 (take from Ceres Terminal)
Jeepney Php 20.00 (take from Terminal of Siaton/Zamboanguita situated across Robinsons)
***Jeepney is more interesting than the bus.
From Malatapay to Apo Island
Small Boat Php 2,000 (4pax)
Big Boat Php 3,000 (6 pax)
These are private boats and costs are for round-trip already.
There’s also an option of Php 300.00 per person every 2pm of the day from Malatapay and 6am-7am everyday coming from Apo to the mainland. Please note that by taking this route you need to stay overnight in the island and also, please be vigilant to book your slot for the boat so you have the sure schedule in coming back to the mainland.
Where to Stay?
Apo Island Resort situated in the western part of the island facing the mainland, this more than 20 year old resort has a structure that can make you feel relax. Rates and more details are on their website.
Contact Number: (035) 226 – 3716; +639399155122; +639177017150
Mario’s Scuba Diving and Homestay
The owner is a Filipino diver who is raised from this island. They offer various diving sessions. It’s a homestay that ranges from Php 300.00 to Php 1,000.00, location is at the back of the old chapel, an elevated part of the island which one can enjoy the sea view from afar.
Contact Number: +639063610254; +639063617254; +639196223671
Situated in front of the island, alongside the coast guard’s office, can be seen as soon as you arrive at the place during the Amihan season. They offer scuba diving and affordable rate of their rooms. Please do check their website for more info. I wasn’t able to stay in this place, but tried their restaurant for dinner and was given the chance to check some of their rooms.
Contact Number: +639202385704; +639209124593
A 2-story clean place in the middle of the village. I’ve stayed here for 2 nights, they offer free coffee, free mosquito killer if there’s a need and free light breakfast for a Php 500.00/room good for 2.
Contact Number: +629262234842 Look for Keken
Located on the way to the temporarily closed marine sanctuary. Offers the cheapest room for rent at Php 150.00/pax. They can extend their service to cook your fresh food too.
Contact Number: Lost their number at the time I was there, but boatmen knew this place when you arrive. Will post the number once I got the new one.
Where to Eat?
The locals here are selling various street food in the afternoon like barbecue, kikiam, fish balls, tempura, hotdogs and etc.. Don’t fret for their price is really cheap for an island.
At the small cottages in front of the turtle sanctuary, there are a couple of homeowners who offer to cook food for you depending on the availability. Fresh Fish is always served here, if none, there are plenty of native chickens, which is good for “tinola” or local soup with moringa.
I highly recommend Surmeon’s Store & Keken’s Place for you to dine in or have a sumptuous lunch, their “Kinilaw” is to die for. You can also bring some food from the mainland and request to cook it for you, they will only charge for the cooking service price ranges from Php 50.00 per person to Php 100.00 depending on the number of persons.
Keken’s Place Contact Number is +63262234842
Cottage Rate: Php 250.00-300.00
Liberty’s Lodge & Restaurant
They offer variety of food here from Filipino food to pasta and serves huge amount of plate. Serving ranges from Php 60.00-250.00.
Apo Island Resort
Serves Filipino Food and Seafood
Price Range: Php 80.00-300.00
What To Do?
Eat Fresh Fish
Fishing with the Local
Mesmerizing with the Green Sea Turtles
Snorkeling at the different sanctuaries (Never missed to do this)
Capture Sunset at the Rockpoint
Take photos at every corner
Cooking lesson with the local
Playing Billiard & Basketball
Fees to Pay
Negros Residence Php 25.00
Outside Negros Php 100.00
Guide’s Fee for Turtle sanctuary Php 300.00 (1 guide for 4 persons)
Guide for the sanctuary is a new policy in the island which started last March 2015.
Rental Fee if needed:
LifeJacket Php 100.00
Snorkeling Kit Php 100.00
Aqua Shoes Php 100.00
The island has limited water supply, as they are dependent from the rain, hence, they buy water from the mainland if supply lasts.
Kindly bring drinking water with you although there are available bottled water for drinking at the small or “sari-sari” store, but will never know how the supply lasts.
Electricity is during 6pm to 9pm only sometimes until 10pm. Bringing of powerbank is advisable.
I also recommend bringing your own aqua shoes if you have, to protect you from the slippery areas.
So, here you go! my quick guide for Apo Island.
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Author: Ferna Mae
Ferna is from the Philippines who travel spontaneously. Thrives to be more independent in her own skin. She first traveled The Philippines first before she embarked to other countries. She believes that by traveling, her undying crave for learning excites her in a more profound way. Her flexibility had proven her that time is genuine. As a former tour guide in the Philippines, she hopes that her travel experiences will give value to the aspiring travelers. Connect with her at firstname.lastname@example.org,