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
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.
Another day on the island. 5:30 am and the sun is already peeping through the palms and colouring the sky with the softest tones. The water is looking serene and undisturbed, it is holding in its transparency all the secrets of the amazing reef we are lucky to call a survey area. We prepare and leave home walking among the same familiar smiles that give us their "maayong buntag" (good morning) when we pass by.
While completing the water sessions it was impossible for me not to feel completely amazed by the sites of the coral I was swimming over. Being in the water gave me strong and quite c ...
It's hard to imagine that just a short distance away from a bustling metropolis there's an island paradise that seems undisturbed by the neighboring progress. Negros's famed Apo Island is a mere few hours trip from Cebu City. There are boats - both fast-crafts and the regular slow boats - that take passengers to Dumaguete City, from where to take a 45-minute land trip to Malatapay, the jump-off point to Apo Island.
Apo Island is a volcanic island with 74 hectares of rather rugged land area. It is located at some seven kilometers off the southeastern tip of Negros Island and 30 kilometer ...
May shark, dolphins!!!, turtles, napaka laking puffer fish, star fish, at napaka daming malalaking fish!
YUNG TUBIG DITO PARANG MAY KAPANGYARIHAN! KUMIKINANG! hahaha!
We spent lot of time snorkeling (as always) and we were truly amazed by the beauty of the islandsss! Surprised and overjoyed to see different, so many different varieties of corals and tropical fish!
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Go! Wag nyo kalimutan ang pagiging tao ha? Hindi yung travel-pacute lang! Be a ...
Grab a Philippine map and look for that boot-like shape island, that definitely is NEGROS, which is situated between the islands of Panay (to its left, where Boracay is) and Cebu (to its right). Its location tells you that as far as tourism goes, Negros has quite a competition so it is often left out by travelers. However, like its neighboring islands in the Visayas, Negros is a hundred-attraction offering that caters to different points of interest - from beaches, historic sites, nature areas, and architectural buildings. Some of it are still underdeveloped and remain off the beaten trail, an ...
How To Get To Apo Island
Apo Island is perhaps one of the most beautiful dive sites in all of Philippines. Getting there can be a little tricky. There are actually only two places to stay on Apo Island.