Scuba Dive Apo Island
Every diving trip to the Philippines should include a trip to Apo Island.
Apo is one of the world’s top diving locations in the world, with thousands of scuba divers visiting the island all year round, from many parts of the world. In the Visayan dialect; Cebuano the word “Apo” means grand child.
Apo Island is the grand child of the Talinis volcanic mountain in Negros Oriental.Apo is a small volcanic island with an area of 72.4 hectares and a coastline of 4.8 kilometers.It is located in the Bohol Sea only 26 km South of Dumaguete, the Capital City of Negros Oriental. Apo Island has a population of approximately 900 people.
The island has a school, no road, only a side-walk, and there is limited electricity from a gas generator.
All fresh water and groceries come from the main land via Malatapay which is the nearest village to Apo Island.
|Apo Island Dive Sites||Description||Depths||Divers/Snorkelers|
|Chapel||Flat coral slope & wall||6-30m||OWD/Good|
|Katipanan||Flat coral slope||6-20m||OWD/excellent|
|Rock Point West||Steep coral slope& wall||6-30m||AOW/ excellent|
|Rock Point East||Steep coral slope& wall||6-30m||AOW/ ok|
|Marine Sanctuary||Steep coral slope||4-20m||closed at this time
|Kan Uran||Steep coral slope & wall||5-20m||OWD/good|
|Mamsa Point||Steep coral slope & wall||6-25||AOW/ good|
|Cogon||Coral slope||8-20m||AOW/ strong current|
|Coconut Point||Coral slope||5-30m||Rescue/ strong current|
|Largahan||Flat coral slope & wall||3-20m||OWD/ excellent|
|Boluarte||Flat coral slope||5-30m||OWD/good
You can get a passenger boat transfer to Apo island and back to Malatapay, there is a great beach restaurant just at the side of their pier on the beach called Dream Cafe, the food is really good, and inexpensive, always a cold drink, and comfy rooms to stay.
Apo Island has three resorts, three home-stay place and three dive shops.
Scuba Diving around Apo Island is considered “the best” of the Visaya’s because of its great corals and dense marine life.
There are a total of 11 dive-sites; 2 cliff, 3 steep slope and 5 coral slope and 1 flat slope dive site.
The most famous dive site is the Marine Sanctuary in front of a lagoon in the South west side which is supported by the Silliman University in Dumaguete City.
Very unique in Apo is also the guaranty to see Sea Turtles on nearly all dive sites.
Even during a snorkeling trip right in front of the Bay-bay village you can see several loggerhead Sea Turtles grazing the sea weeds that are growing there in the shallow water.
The third and last village called Cogon is on the East side of Apo Island.
Negros Oriental province where Dumaguete Ciys is capital is also the most traveled place for scuba diving in the Philippines.