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Apo Island with Amanda Ackiss Aug 3-4, 2012

Apo Island with Amanda Ackiss

GPS waypoint: 9°04'54.0"N 123°16'13.4"E
Location: Apo Island, Negros Oriental

Deja vu
When I permanently left Dumaguete 4 months earlier to drift around the country with no home, I thought it would be a long time before I visit Dumaguete again. I traveled to Cebu and Manila, but before I knew it, I was back in Dumaguete. Before I could even settle down for a place to stay, marine biologist Amanda Ackiss invited me to tag along her to Apo Island for her continuing genetics research. I've tagged along with her in the previous year with another marine biologist, Katherine Cure. You can call me the tag-along guy. Apo Island...yes!

--- TheLoneRider

Thank you Amanda! Until the next dive :)

with Amanda at Mario's Apo Island Scuba Diving and Homestay getting all the gears ready with my snorkeling gear behind me...I travel with my dive gear boat loading
air tanks...check! all smiles dive time...they scuba dived, I snorkeled Amanda Ackiss
Canon digicam with a marine pack off to the next dive spot all fun meeting other boat divers
back in Apo Island hammock time taking turns  

Apo Island FYI / Tips

  • Apo Island boasts of having the freshest fish on your plate - avail of it!
  • even though a marine sanctuary, fishing is still allowed in Apo Island, providing livelihood to the locals - but controlled fishing
  • electricity is only from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • internet is painfully slow and intermittent when on
  • public eating areas are hardly available except from resorts where guests are checked-in
  • drinking water is still sourced from the mainland

Apo Island Cost Index

(US$1 = Php 45.26 as of July 7, 2015)
  • $44 medium boat ride from Malatapay to Apo Island up to 4 people, roundtrip (Php 2000/boat)
  • $66 big boat ride from Malatapay to Apo Island up to 8 people, roundtrip (Php 3000/boat)
  • $22 open water dives (average, Php1000/dive)

How to get there from Dumaguete:

  • take a tricycle and ask to be dropped-off the jeep terminal going to Zamboanguita (the terminal is near Robinson's Plaza) - P8.
  • at the terminal, board the next jeep for Zamboanguita. Just tell the driver to drop you off at the Malatapay Market. P20, 42 minutes.
  • upon disembarking at Malatapay, walk towards the beach until you come upon the pier office. This is where you sign up for a boat ride. They're organized here with posted rates.
  • get onboard the pumpboat and enjoy the boat ride. For 4 people, P2000 return. For 8 pax, P3000 return, 40 minutes. (rate as of Nov 2011)

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