(If you haven’t read the part 1 of this trip, please click here: Manjuyod Sandbar and Dolphin Watching)
Guide to Getting to Apo Island in Dauin, Negros Oriental
Since most of the time (just based on what we have observed from our province) waves are usually smaller during early mornings, we left at the hotel around 6:30AM. The last time I was in the town of Dauin was way back during college days so I forgot how long would it take to drive there and so for me it would be better to start early and be on the island before 8am if possible. Anyway, this time, we went straight to Malatapay wharf and no stops, no side trips. It took us around 30 minutes only to get to the wharf then we ate breakfast at the carenderias in the area. There are at least 3 other options to get to Malatapay wharf. Well, the easiest way is to rent a van or book a tour package. You will no longer have to worry about anything else. All you have to do is enjoy the tour. The driver or guide will take care of everything for you. Another option is to rent a motorbike. Bike rentals in Dumaguete City are very affordable and would only cost around Php30 per hour. The 3rd option is to use public buses.
Apo Island is geographically located in Dauin, Negros Oriental approximately 7 kilometers away from the coast line and around 40-45 minutes boat ride depending on the waves and current. Though it is located on the next town, you’ll have easy access to boat transfers from the wharf of Malatapay in Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental. This island has a land area of approximately 74 hectares covered with lots of rocks and trees.
Adventures/Things you can do at Apo Island
There are a couple of activities you can do at the Island like trekking to the tower at the top of the mountain, swimming at the beach but for me, the most amazing one is the snorkeling or swimming with the sea turtles and different fishes of different variations. You don’t even need to be a good swimmer since some of the sea turtles are just there at 3-4 feet deep.
Getting back to the main land from Apo Island
After a couple of hours swimming and taking lots of pictures and videos, we decided to return to the main land and have our lunch there. We are expecting that food at the island will be way too expensive compared to the ones at the main land but we did not ask though. After the boat departed, it only took us 35 minutes to reach the main land. It was probably because the wind was blowing on the same direction we are heading…?
We were somehow lucky we got to the main land on that time. By the way, it was already 12:30PM. We were able to buy a big fish, a very fresh one, known to the locals as “mamsa”. One of the carenderia owners offered to cook it for a fee of course and buy rice and drinks from their store. So there you go, sutukil!!! (Sugba, Tula, Kilaw)
The Side trip to Tejeros in Valencia
After lunch, since we thought it is too early to go back to the city, we decided to go to the town of Valencia, a 45 minute drive from the Malatapay wharf in Zamboanguita. This time, no adventures, just purely swimming at the pool.