Islands and Beaches

A Diver’s Haven: Apo Island

Negros Oriental

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Jul 23, 2013

Apo Island is a 72-hectare, 200-meter high volcanic island about 5 kilometers off the municipality of Dauin in Negros Oriental. It has 5 pocket beaches of white pebbles, 2 mangrove lagoons, and a lighthouse.

The Apo Island Protected Landscape and Seascape comprises 691.45 hectares (72 terrestrial, the remaining is the marine area surrounding the island). An average total coral cover of 63.1% and a magnificent variety of corals and marine life led to Apo Island’s being acclaimed as one of the world’s Ten Best Divesites.

It is a diver’s haven!

Coconut Point is referred to as the best divesite in southern Visayas. In “Clown-fish City” the colorful Amphiprion melanopus inhabit anemones that have colonized seven large coral heads. This underwater splendor is replicated in the Schedd Aquarium of Chicago.

Apo Island is approximately 45 minutes by motorized outrigger (pumpboat) from Dauin, Negros Oriental.

There are several Dive Spots in Apo Island. Here’s the list:

  1. “Balay” or House Reef – average depth is 10-15m
  2. Chapel Point – average depth is 20-25m
  3. Coconut Point – average depth is 10-25m
  4. Cogon Point – average depth is 15m
  5. Kan-uran Wall – average depth is 5-30m
  6. Katipanan – average depth is 7-15m
  7. Largahan – average depth is 10-25m
  8. Mamsa Point – average depth 20m
  9. Marine Sanctuary – average depth is 5-24m
  10. Rock Point West – average depth is 10-20m
  11. Rock Point East – average depth is 15-25m
  12. Ulo Point – off limits to divers
How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Dumaguete (estimated cost of Php4,000++, round trip, one hour and 15 minutes).

Apo Island is located off the southeastern tip of Negros Island, about 25 kilometers or a 30-minute drive south of Dumaguete City. You can also ride a bus form Dumaguete going to Bayawan and ask to get off at Malatapay. From a fishing village of Malatapay, Dauin, you can rent a boat (30 minutes) going to Apo Island.

You can ask your hotel (estimated cost of Php1,300++ per head, round trip) for transfer arrangements from Dumaguete City to Apo Island.

You can also visit the Negros Oriental Tourism Office at EJ Blanco Drive, Piapi, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental during business hours (08:00am-05:00pm, Monday to Friday) for inquiries about Apo Island.

(source: Negros Oriental Tourism)

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