Apo Island SCUBA Diving & Snorkeling

One of the most famous dive spots in the Philippines is Apo Island. The island is located 7 km from the coast of Zamboanguita a town in Negros Oriental which is also a 30 minute ride from Dumaguete City. It is a 12 hectares volcanic island that is famous for its underwater activities. Scuba divers from all over the globe travel to this island just to experience its rich marine life.

About Apo Island Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

The word “Apo” is derived from a bisaya word which means “grandchild.” Rainwater is the main source of water for everyday use for local residents and its guests. Electricity which is obtained by running diesel generators is only available three hours daily from 6 PM to 9 PM in the evening. 

Under the jurisdiction of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) the surrounding marine habitat of the island is a marine reserve strictly protected by the National Integrated Protected Act (NIPA).  Apo Island is under the authority of the municipality of Dauin and is one of the 23 barangays within the province of Negros Oriental. It has a total population of less than 1000 inhabitants who are mostly fishermen and their families.

Apo Island is the Top Diving Site in Negros Oriental

450 of the Philippines’ coral reefs as well as over 650 fish species are found the protected marine habitat of one of the smallest inhabited islands in the entire country known as Apo Island, Dauin, Negros Oriental. With its extraordinary beauty, it is hard to believe this gem went virtually unnoticed by the international diving community until fairly recently. In 2008 it was listed as one of the top 100 diving spots in the world by Sport Diver Magazine. 

Today Apo Island Scuba Diving and Snorkeling is one of the world’s best known community-organized marine sanctuaries recognized by the global science and diving communities. Recently this tiny island was recognized as one of the top gems in the Philippines by the Philippines Department of Tourism.

How to get Apo Island from Dumaguete City

There are three public transportation options to get to Apo from Dumaguete. Choose one of the 3 options below to head south towards Dauin/Zamboanguita. Expect travel time to take between 30-45 minutes depending on the time of day and traffic. Remember another option for those with lots of luggage or those who prefer aircon is to hire a private van. 

Option #1
Get to the Ceres Bus Terminal (behind Dumaguete Robinsons Mall) bound for Bayawan south of Dumaguete on the National Highway and make sure you tell the driver to drop you off at Malatapay. When the driver stops simply walk towards the coastline where you will find help at the information desk on the next boat over to Apo.

Option #2
Go to the V Hire Terminal next door to Ceres Bus Terminal and find the multicab bound for Bayawan that pases thru Zamboanguita.

Option #3
Simply take the Zamboanguita Jeepney (terminal is right across Dumaguete Robinsons Mall). From the drop off point, walk towards the shore where you can find the information center. From here you just need to register and hire a boat to Apo. Should there be less than six persons in your group, you may want to share a boat ride with other folks going there as well. If you go on Wednesdays, you will have no problem finding other passengers as the Malatapay market is flocked on that particular day.

Rates for the Boat Ride Over to Apo Island

The contact person for pump boats and bancas is Nila. Her number is 09263658260. There are a couple of options to consider depending on what time you arrive at boat launch area.

                Cost is P2000 for a  6 person boat from Banca shore to Apo.
                Cost is P3000 for an 8 person boat from Banca shore to Apo.
                Cost is P300 per person on a pump boat (one way) max of 12 persons
Boat trip times vary depending on availability and the weather. Boats make crossing from 2 AM – 4 PM Daily. There is Marine Sanctuary Fee of PHP 100 person.

Special Traveller Notes:
Visitors are not allowed to pitch tents on the beach, or anywhere in the island to sleep in. Apo Island is a community-based tourism destination that encourages visitors to support them through services, and/or products they offer, and sell including lodging. Electricity is only available at 6AM - 9PM. Apo Island Beach Resort has their own generator which runs 3 hours after electricity goes off at 9PM.



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