Islands and Beaches

Apo Reef: Paradise for Reef Divers & Beach Bummers

Occidental Mindoro

Ervin Malicdem
Ervin Malicdem | Mar 03, 2014
Apo Reef: Paradise for Reef Divers & Beach Bummers

Contributed by Travel Insider Ervin M. of Schadow1 Expeditions

More facts: Apo Reef holds one-third of the world's known marine species. It's a heaven for divers as it cradles about nineteen dive points with a depth of ten to thirty meters.

For those who'd want to stay above water, Apo Reef is a paradise for beach bummers due to its remoteness -- with no means of communication -- persuades you to just enjoy its towering lighthouse that gives a magnificent 360-degree view of the sunrise and sunset, backdropped by a limitless horizon.

Forty eight kilometers or about two and a half hours off the shores of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, Apo Reef is the country's largest coral reef with three islands floating along its 158-square kilometer reef area.

Two of the three islands are so small and are composed of rocky and sandy mass. Only one of the three is large enough to contain a mangrove forest, a lagoon, and a pristine white beach. This is called Apo Island.

The reef is famous for divers as it contains a vast coral area with fishes ranging from the small to the extremely large, including white tip sharks and giant napoleon wrasses (known locally as mameng).

The island is also a great place for meditation due to its secluded location, absence of communication lines, and limited electricity supply from small solar panels installed in the island.

What can we say more? What more can we ask for from a fine white beach in the middle of Sulu Sea, surrounded by turquoise waters? It's a perfect panorama from dawn to dusk, especially when the sea turns luminous on a moonless night sky. Thanks to the light-emitting marine organisms.

For more information on Apo Reef and how to get there:


Learn more about Occidental Mindoro and the Apo Reef HERE.

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