Apo Island is one of the world's best known community-organized marine sanctuaries, and as such it has been well documented by the global science community. The project was started when Dr. Angel Alcala, a marine scientist from the Silliman University Marine Laboratory introduced to the local fisher-folk the importance of creating a marine sanctuary in the area. Initially, there was hesitation on ...
the part of the locals; but after a three-year dialogue, Dr. Alcala was able to convince the island community to establish the sanctuary.
Assisted by the staff of the SU Marine Laboratory in 1982, the local fishermen selected an area along 450 meters of shoreline and extending 500 meters from shore as the sanctuary site. Since then, the project initiated on the island led to the creation of hundreds of other marine sanctuaries in the Philippines.
At present, the island is home to over 650 documented species of fish and estimated to have over 400 species of corals. Most of the Philippines' 450 species of coral can be found here, from tiny bubble corals to huge gorgonian sea fans and brain corals. Visitors and tourists pay a fee to enter Apo Island and to snorkel or dive in the marine sanctuary there, these fees are used to keep the sanctuary clean and in good condition. Wiki
Apo Island Protected Landscape and Seascape Marine Sanctuary News
Apo Island is known worldwide for its beautiful coral gardens and abundance of marine life. It is one of the most popular snorkeling and diving sites in the Philippines.
Wary of suffering the same fate that befell Boracay, the municipal government of Sablayan is restricting the entry of visitors to Apo Reef to prevent the place from turning into a "cesspool," the word used by President Duterte to describe Boracay.
Sablayan, whose name is derived from the Visayan term "sablay," or wave convergence, is not only the biggest town in the country in land area (218,909 hectares) but also hosts the world?s second largest coral reef next to Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
About an hour by boat from mainland Occidental Mindoro is Apo Island (22 hectares), the bigg ...
This week I had the opportunity to visit Dumaguete and Apo Island with the Philippines Tourism Board. I have put together this guide highlighting the best Dumaguete tourist spots for anyone planning to visit the famed "city of gentle people" on Negros Island.
Apo Island Dumaguete is a volcanic island located 30km off the coast of the south-east tip of Negros Island in the Philippines. Notorious for its dive sites and snorkelling, an Apo Island tour is not to be missed!
Three days in Dumaguete sounds like a long time to allot for such a small city. But actually, a trip to the city will give you plenty of opportunities to see other amazing places in its neighbouring towns and municipalities.
The Philippines has over 7,000 islands you can explore! We totally understand if you find that a little overwhelming, we felt the same way. One really great way to get a taste of the Philippines is to explore the Central Visayas region. The biggest city to fly in to is Cebu City and the region includes Cebu Island, Bohol, Siquijor, Apo Island, and Malapascua.