Apo Island is located just off the south coast of the island of Negros. Lonely Planet had hyped it up to be a great snorkelling/dive spot so naturally we booked a trip there. The resort we were staying at, White Chocolate Hills in Zambonguita, offered use of a private speedboat for trips to the island. This was for a maximum of 6 people and includes use of snorkelling equipment. The individual cost of hiring the boat was 1,250PHP. Here’s where Apo Island is located:
The boat left from the beach right outside the resort and it took around 15 minutes to get to Apo Island. The sea was choppy so we got soaked on the way over to the island.
The first stop was an area to the right of the turtle sanctuary on Apo Island. There were heaps of fish and coral to look at. There were a few turtles swimming in this area too. Here’s a picture of one of many starfish in the area:
The second stop was a visit to the turtle sanctuary. It’s 200PHP for entry to the park and a guide. The guide will show you turtles close to the shore. To be completely honest, I found the guide to be a little pointless because there were so many turtles that it was easy to find them. Here’s one turtle:
After we’d seen many turtles, we returned to the boat and headed to a snorkelling spot to the left of the turtle sanctuary. This patch had the most colourful coral I’ve ever seen and many fish. A couple of snorkellers in the group saw turtles and sea snakes in this area but I wasn’t so lucky. I did see a couple of clown fish:
This was a great snorkelling spot and I would encourage anyone travelling in this area to take a trip over to Apo Island.