Last updated on November 26th, 2023 at 07:00 pmHow to get from Dumaguete to Apo Island Best Way Apo Island is a tiny island located in Dauin between Negros Oriental and Siquijor. In this blog post we will tell you how to get from Dumaguete to Apo Island in our Apo Island travel guide. Apo Island is a paradise to enjoy! There are a few things to do in Apo Island. Most of the people go for snorkeling or diving. You can go on a day tour or overnight. You can’t miss Apo Island if you are traveling around Siquijor, Dumaguete or Cebu. Read here where to stay in Dumaguete and the best places for diving in the Philippines!
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Apo Island Travel Guide
How to get from Dumaguete to Apo IslandIf you want to get from Dumaguete to Apo Island. There are jeepneys going to Malapatay leaving from the market in Dumaguete City. It takes 45 minutes and it costs 25 PHP. Also Ceres Liner is going to Malapatay and it costs 50 PHP an condition bus and 25 PHP not air condition bus. Tell the driver to stop at Malapatay Market. You have to cross the market until you reach the beach where you will sea the boats going from Dumaguete to Apo Island. There are a few options private boat 2000 PHP good for 4 people, 3000 PHP good for 8 people and 3500 PHP for 10 people. You have to agree when to come back and it’s including the return if you go for a day tour. The travel time is around 40 minutes to one hour depending of the sea. There are public boats charging 300 PHP per person and 20 PHP for residents in Apo Island. But there is no proper schedule for local boats going to Apo Island. Last boat is leaving to Apo Island around 4 pm so make sure you get on time. First boat is leaving around 8 am!
Things to Know before visiting Apo IslandThere are only living around 1000 people in the island. There is no continuous electricity in Apo Island. And it’s usually you will have electricity from sunset around 6 pm until midnight. There are a few hotels with their own generators that will give you a few more hours. There are no ATM’s so make sure that you are bringing cash if you stay overnight. The boats are going to Apo Island from 8 am to 4 pm. If you share a boat you have to agree the schedule that you will be back. The latest boat leaving Apo Island is 4 pm.
Prices and Entrance Fees in Apo IslandRead general information about prices and entrance fees in Apo Island. The admission fee is 100 PHP. A guide for snorkeling will cost around 300 PHP good enough for 4 people. You can also rent snorkeling gear for 100 PHP and life jacket for 200 PHP. The fees for diving are 200 PHP per person. Diving costs around 1500 PHP. There are day tours from Dumaguete to Apo Island that costs 1000-1200 PHP per person. The main activity is diving or snorkeling with the turtles and it’s something that we can recommend 100 %. We were snorkeling for a few hours and we saw plenty of turtles. You can stay overnight in the island if you wish. Click here if you want to get your discount booking activities in the Cebu, the Philippines with Klook!
Thigns do in Apo IslandIf you are going to Apo Island there are day tours from Dumaguete 1000-1200 PHP that they will include entrance fees, renting snorkeling gear and transportation. It’s almost the same price that if you decide to do on your own.
DivingIf snorkeling is amazing diving will be awesome too. There are companies offering diving in Apo Island: Mario’s Diving Center, Beach Resort and Acqua Dive.
Hiking to the LighthouseClimb to the lighthouse there are 400 stairs to go to the lighthouse. The best is going early morning to enjoy the views from the top.
Watch the SunsetA cold beer or a shake while enjoying the sunset is a perfect plan wherever you go! So if you are staying overnight in Apo Island will be one of the things to do in Apo Island.
Interact with LocalsFilipino people are so friendly and especially in the islands are happy to meet foreigners. You can walk around the island in a few minutes since it’s not really big.
What to Bring to Apo IslandThere phone signal in Apo Island is weak. But you can still can get data. In our case Globe was working properly to catch up with Instagram Stories and check internet connection. As we mentioned above there is no continuous electricity. Just bring your power bank to make sure you can charge your phone and devices. We always bring our own snorkeling gear so you will save 100 PHP. Most of the places in the Philippines are great for snorkeling so it will be great having your own all the time. Bring your sunblock. Take pictures everywhere with your camera and underwater camera is amazing the underwater life in Apo Island. Of course if you have a drone fly it around! Very Important: Please make sure you respect the turtles and the corals and don’t touch them. Also be careful with the trash and allow next visitors to enjoy paradise!
Where to Stay in Apo IslandApo Island is really small and there aren’t many places to stay. Prices for a room can go from 1000-2000 PHP. You can go cheaper or higher from these rates depending the comfort that you wish! You can book a place in Apo Island before you travels! Click here to get the best deals with Booking and Agoda. Click here to get your discount booking activities in the Philippines with Klook! Hope it’s useful this blog post how to get from Dumaguete to Apo Island. Things to know before visiting Apo Island and things to do in our Apo Island travel guide. Feel free to use our links for discounts. Using our links will help us to continue with the maintenance of the website and it will not cost you anything. Thanks for the love guys Happy Travels!
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