#IndahsTraveNews – Sept.19: This was a great post that due to a change with WordPress did not get posted here: So l thought l would make it a Special Feature to show off Indahs’ Travel & Photography News.
Apo Island is a small island located in Negros Oriental province of the Philippines. It is only three km around with hills in the middle of the island. I have read numerous diving reviews mentioning the island offers a world-class diving, an island that should not be missed for scuba diving holiday in the Philippines.
There were four accommodations in the island but we decided to visit the island on daily basis from Dumaguete (Dauin). The boat trip was organized by our dive resort in Dumaguete with the itinerary of three times scuba diving with lunch and snacks. It took 45 minutes to reach Apo Island by a local outrigger boat (with motor engines, not the canoe one). The boat was locally called as “bangka”. It was a spacious boat with roof, toilet and small kitchen. The only downside was the boat has open sides. Imagine what would happened to the passengers on the rainy and stormy day. And yup, we experienced a day trip showered with rains plus choppy waves as addition. It was over soon but enough to get us super wet! But hey, we were going to be wet when scuba diving anyway.
We visited Apo Island three times thus we made nine logged dives in Apo. There were more than nine dive sites around the island as mentioned in the map. We did not manage to dive all of the dive sites however, we always saw turtles, yes, with “s” in each dive site! Maybe we kept seeing the same turtles over and over again as similar to them who kept seeing us again and again. One of them was not too happy when I got closer to him. I left him peacefully after noticing his angry eyes (see the second image, I think he was pissed off seeing me and my camera pointed at him).
We also made a video of the turtles swimming and a turtle who was moving his belly around against the corals (time at 00:25). Maybe he felt itchy? I wished I could offer a help to scratch his belly 🙂
Some dive sites had strong current thus we did drift diving, it sort of being “transported” by the current. We were actually flying, oh sorry, I meant ‘floating’ following the current. Sometimes I did a quick click during the drifting, surprisingly some images turned quite well. The marine life in Apo Island was also varied and colorful with beautiful coral garden scattered around their dive sites. It was not a surprise that the island was considered as a world-class diving!
Practical Information on diving in Apo Island
- Additional cost applied for Apo Island diving excursion from Dumaguete. The cost depends on your dive center/ dive resort
- Diving season is all year round with best period for visibility (less rain and no typhoon): March to May
Our daily newspaper is here : Ace Worldwide News