Snorkeling with Sea Turtles- Dumaguete to Apo Island
Snorkeling with sea turtles is on most peoples bucket list, and Apo Island just off the coast of Dumaguete is the perfect place to do just that. In this guide, I will show you how to get from Dumaguete to Apo Island, what to expect once you arrive, and some photos to inspire your journey.
WHERE TO STAY IN DUMAGUETE
Apo Island is located in the Visayas, in the Philippines. It is a very small island that does have some accommodation, but a day trip is really all that is necessary. The best place to stay if you’re planning on visiting Apo Island is Dumaguete. Thomas and I stayed at SULIT BUDGET HOTEL and I think was the best bang for our buck in all of the Philippines, I can’t recommend it enough.
HOW TO GET FROM DUMAGUETE TO APO ISLAND
If you are looking to get from Dumaguete to Apo Island, the best method is going to be via a private boat with others. You can book a tour but you may be with 30-50 other people. Around 8 am, Thomas and I headed to the port where the boats are leaving from, I have put a map down below. Thomas and I just hopped on a jeepney and headed down the main road to Malatapay Wharf.
The cost is pretty much a flat rate whether you have 1 person or 5. I have also attached the dates below with the prices. Thomas and I managed to join a group with two other girls from Brazil, as well as with a group of 7 local Filipinos. We ended up only having to pay 500 Pesos total for both Thomas and I! I don’t know how we got so lucky but we did. If you just wait at the office, you’re bound to find a group of people that are looking to join together and save money also!
SNORKELING WITH TURTLES AT APO ISLAND
Once you have your boat sorted, it is roughly a 30-minute drive to Apo Island from Malatapay Wharf. After you’ve arrived on the island you will need to pay an entrance fee of 100 Pesos per person. If you need rent snorkeling gear, you may do so on Apo Island for 100 pesos per piece. Mask and snorkel 100 Pesos, fins 100 Pesos, you get the idea.
There is an option to also get a guide but it is highly unnecessary. There are turtles EVERYWHERE. The water here is very shallow so just be sure not to stand on any coral! It is also important if you choose reef safe sunscreen. It is very important to be a conscious traveler and make earth-friendly purchases. My go-to brand is TROPIC SPORT.
Have fun and enjoy hanging out with turtles! Be sure not to chase, touch or harass them, please! Keep a fair distance and grab some amazing photos of the sea turtles at Apo Island.
If you get hungry they also have several restaurants selling food. Thomas and I got grilled chicken and some rice for 150 Pesos and it was the best chicken I have ever had!
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If you’re looking for more fun things to do around Apo Island, check out my other posts HERE.