February 12 – 14, 2013
ravelling to Apo Island from Cebu is grueling, but it is definitely worth it!
Here’s the 411 on getting there from Cebu City:
1. Take a V-hire from Citilink Terminal in N. Bacalso Avenue to go to Liloan Ferry Terminal in Santander for not more than Php250 and the trip will take about 3 to 4 hours.
2. From the Liloan Port, you’ll be taking the ferry boat to Dumaguete which will set you back about Php65.
3. Once in Dumaguete, if you’re travelling with a large group, you can negotiate for an easy ride (public mode of transportation) to take you to Malatapay, where you will be taking the boats to Apo Island. Malatapay is about 45 minutes from Dumaguete City.
4. When you get to Malatapay, you need to go through the market and then you’ll see the LGU Station that mans the Boat Rentals towards Apo Island.
5. Welcome to Apo Island!
The rates as of February 2013, are below:
You’ll probably want to aks what other miscellaneous expenses this trip would entail, so I thought I’d give you a break down of what to expect:
1. Apo Island is a protected area, therefore, frolicking in it’s waters will cost you a minimal environmental fee around the figures of Php100.
2. If you don’t have your own underwater camera, there is one you can loan for a fee of Php1300 for the entire day. For that amount, we had to provide our own memory card though.
3. Life vests, snorkeling gear, beach hut rental and flippers are for rent as well, going for Php200 each item.
4. If you’d like to have a guide to spot the sea turtles for you, that would cost another Php300. In our case, the pawikans were abound and we didn’t really feel the need to hire a guide since we could spot the turtles ourselves even in shallow waters.
5. If you didn’t pack any lunch, you can ask some of the locals to cook up some lunch for you. What’s available varies though, and cooking fee per person was priced at Php75/pax. Good thing our group packed some lunch with us.
6. You may find it a good idea to spare some budget for souvenirs as well. 🙂
It was a breath-taking and rare experience, especially with the sea turtles’ steady decline in numbers through the years. If you want to know more about sea turtles and why we should save them, check out an editorial for a local newspaper written by my brother: Why save the sea turtles? (newsinfo.inquirer.net).
- Dumaguete City (beachesplusmountains.com)
- Dumaguete City gets Galing Pook award for environment (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Hi Sir Ma’am…… (joandmarkultimateadventures.wordpress.com)