Using our diving banka, we can reach Apo in some 1.5 hours (depending on the weather). Apo Island ranks among the best diving spots in the Philippines and can regularly be found among the top 10 of the world’s finest diving areas. With the support of the Marine Lab at Silliman University, a responsible interaction with the underwater world has been practised for more than 20 years. Regular checks prove that the coral and fish stocks have actually increased and grown in recent years. Upon arrival, all visitors to the island must register at the Barangay Hall and pay a Marine Park Fee. The proceeds from this fee are used to operate the anchor buoys and the sanctuary. We take care of that for our guests. The island’s 850 inhabitants mostly live from fishing and the guests’ contributions. Fishing, however, is restricted to simple bamboo traps as well as hook fishing. Fishing nets, cyanide and dynamite fishing have been banned long ago.
This shows in the fantastic reefs. Apo is not just a paradise for scuba divers, but also for snorkellers.
At the Marine Sanctuary, also known as Clown Fish City, every type of fishing is banned. Thresher sharks are sighted around the island time and again. Divers are prohibited from wearing gloves at all diving areas around Apo Island.
The small island features 10 diving areas of different difficulties. The dives area usually held as multi-level dives.
Apo Island is not only known for its diversity of coral species but also for numerous species of turtles, above all the green turtle, but also the loggerhead turtle and the hawksbill turtle which usually accompany the divers and snorkellers in large numbers.
Enjoy this biodiversity and allow for 2 to 3 days of diving at Apo Island. Mamsa Point, Katipanan, Coconut Point and the Marine Sanctuary should be musts for you.