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
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.
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Here are seven tropical wonders that promise to satisfy sun-sand-sea craving:
Apo Island, Dumaguete
When on this volcanic island, situated at the southeastern tip of Negros Oriental, dive with the pawikans and see them up close and pers ...
The Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System Act, or Republic Act 11038, was signed into law on June 22, but it was only publicly known last week.
It is now the enabling law for the establishment, disestablishment, and management of protected areas in the Philippines. Basically, the ENIPAS has two main features - it amends Republic Act 7586, or the National Integrated Protected Areas System Act, and declares 94 sites from various regions of the country as new protected areas.
Both the ENIPAS and NIPAS refer protected area as "identified portions of land and/or water set aside ...
Pronounced as A-po aka grandchild, this 72-hectare island is a separate baranggay of Dauin Negros Oriental. Apo Island is prominent for being one of the best dive sites in the world boasting macro species. Moreover, it is one of the best marine protected area in the country and a loving home to sea turtles or pawikan.
The first time I've encountered a sea turtle in its natural habitat was during our Pescador Island Hopping in Moalboal, Cebu. During that time, we left disappointed because the sea turtles in the area were not friendly and were aloof to people.