Exploring Apo Island: Swimming With the Sea Turtles

I didn’t know about this place until my cousin mentioned it to me and I’m glad she did. After we swam with the whale sharks months ago, I couldn’t believe we’re gonna swim with green sea turtles this time. Foreigners would go their extra mile just to have these experiences so count ourselves lucky that we’re already living here. This made me realize how beautiful our country, the Philippines is and I’m happy I get to see and do these things with the people I enjoy being with. 

I had a good night’s sleep at Harold’s mansion. We were supposed to get their package tour but the slot was already full. We wanted to go there earlier than they would usually go anyway, so going out there on our own was a better option. The staffs were kind enough to give us directions to go to Apo Island.

My cousin and her husband.

My cousin and her husband.

We took a tricycle from the place we stayed to the bus terminal. It was roughly around 30 minutes bus ride to Malatapay. We have to take a pump boat ride going to Apo Island which was a 30 minute travel as well. It costs 2 thousand for 4 people. We were a bit early so we were glad that there were only few people on the island.

The water was so clear! It was even clearer than that of Sumilon Island in Cebu.

The water was so clear! It was even clearer than that of Sumilon Island in Cebu. We were still on the pumpboat when we saw this and we were so so excited to finally arrive at this place.


The highlight of our trip! Snorkeling with a tour guide costs 300 pesos for each of us and for every equipment you rent, you have to pay 100 pesos each. As for me I rented a life jacket, goggles and snorkel, and boots. It’s also a must to rent a table where you can leave your belongings and it costs us 600 pesos. So many fees but I tell you, it was worth it. You couldn’t enjoy the underwater view without goggles and a snorkel anyway. Lol duh, Alissa, that’s why it’s called snorkeling!  Better bring your own if you already have one though.

It was so much fun swimming with the green sea turtles! There were 7 of them in the area. Before we snorkeled, the guide briefed us about the rules. One of them is, you’re not allowed to touch the turtles, and as much as possible, you can’t step on the seafloor so as not to destroy the corals. It’s a tourist attraction but at the same time, they care for the animals and the environment. You just have to do your part by following the rules.

Anyway, it was such a great experience! The tour guide was nice and a great photographer as well. He took those photos of us and took some videos too. It would be better if I wasn’t wearing a life vest but I was too scared I would drown. lol.

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On our way to the viewing deck.

We rested for a while after snorkeling. We found out that we can go to the lighthouse and to the viewing deck. Since our time was limited, we chose to just go to the viewing deck instead. The walk was shorter. We got another tour guide for 300 pesos or else we’re gonna get lost. I knew it was at the top but I didn’t expect it to be quite a long hike. The path was kind of rocky and steep. I had to stop for several times cos I was panting already and out of breath considering I have asthma and I’m not used to this sort of thing. It was embarrassing but they were kind enough to let me rest for a few times. I wanted to quit but all I needed was a minute of rest every now and then.

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I was quite proud of myself for reaching the top. The view was amazing! The water was so clear, you could almost see the ocean floor. I’m glad my cousin and the tour guide convinced me to go with them to the top. I didn’t wanna be alone at the bottom anyway with mosquitoes biting me. lol.

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I didn’t know this was coming but it was so wonderful to witness a man proposing to a woman in real life. My cousin and her husband were already married in court but he wanted her to experience what’s it like to be proposed. A surprise, a ring, the kneeling thing. I’m happy for them and they really are gonna marry again, but in church this time. One of the reasons why I’m glad I pushed myself to get to the top.

We climbed down with smiles in our faces. We traveled back to Harold’s mansion, fixed our things, showered and left for Bacolod City. It was a very long ride. We left at lunch time and arrived in our hotel at almost 9 pm. Nevertheless, I had a really great time.

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Apo Island, I will never forget you. 





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    Renee Alexis
    September 9, 2016 at 9:10 am

    So so beautiful! And your pictures are stunning! My friends and I were planning to go to Apo Island, I just don’t know when. We have so many travel plans and this island is on the list. I hope we’d get the chance to visit it next year. Hopefully. 😀
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      September 12, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks Renee! Omg you should definitely go there. So worth it!

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    September 9, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    So nice! Wish I can go there soon. <3 Kudos to them for taking care of Mother Earth!

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    September 9, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    amazing shots! what an incredible experience!

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      September 12, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Thank you!

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    September 10, 2016 at 8:35 am

    This looks like so much fun! I went snorkeling earlier this year and we went to go find the sea turtle but he was out for a swim somewhere. :[ Somedayyy! That looks like an awesome day–it looks gorgeous out there!

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      September 12, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Aww, at least you caught a glimpse of him! Maybe he was off looking for food! Lol

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    Danica Rama
    September 10, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    omg Apo Island, why haven’t I heard of it before? O.O Anyhooow, amazing experience, but yaaaaaas to witnessing a wedding proposaaaaaal. <3 <3 Congrats to them <3
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      September 12, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      Hope you can swim with the turtles too!

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    September 11, 2016 at 5:32 am

    I haven’t heard about Apo Island until your blog post but omg it looks so beautiful!!! And I love all of your photos!! So gorgeous, hope I could visit there soon! <33 -Dems | Electrick Cities

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      September 12, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks Dems! It really was such an incredible adventure 😊 Hope you can visit there too.

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    September 12, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    I love the photos, Alissa! This island looks enticing! I would love to visit the place if given the chance. And you swam with sea turtles??? How amazing is that! I was reminded of Finding Nemo with your sea turtle photos! <3
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      September 15, 2016 at 8:41 am

      Thanks Rej! Haha you were not the only one who thought about Finding Nemo. That what I was thinking when we swam with them 😊

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    September 13, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to Apo Island but I haven’t even been to Dumaguete yet! I swear, I am the worst Visayan. The photos look very lovely, so as the weather! Congratulations on your cousin and her husband too.

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      September 15, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Where are you from? If you’re a Visayan, you have the advantage to be near those places. 😊 Visit if you could. It was so beautiful. And thank you.

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    September 13, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Oh my gulaaaaay! Sea turtles!! I should definitely visit Negros already! 🙂

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    September 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Ah I miss going to the beach! I’ve only seen turtles in aquariums and in zoos but to actually see it in it’s natural habitat would be really cool. I wish i get to do that to someday. I’m happy for your cousin, that was so sweet 🙂
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      September 15, 2016 at 8:37 am

      You should experience being with animals in their usual habitat. Feels so great 😊

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    Airish Abella
    September 20, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Oh my, swimming with sea turtles would be surely fun! 🙂 Also, witnessing a proposal seem so exciting too! You must really had a great time. Hope to hear from you soon!

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