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Apo Island In Dumaguete – A Complete Guide

Apo Island Dumaguete is one of the top destinations in the Negros region, and is a tourists favourite for turtle spotting. Here’s all the info for visiting.

How To Get To Apo Island

Apo Island is located just off the coast of Dauin.

It’s possible to arrange a tour yourself. Although most tourists choose to stay in Dumaguete or Dauin and book an Apo Island tour through their accommodation.

It is around a 45 minute catamaran ride from Dauin and when booked as a tour should include transfers to and from the port, lunch, time to explore Apo Island and of course snorkelling with the turtles.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Whilst is in the area don’t forget to check out Manjuyod Sandbar.

Apo Island Tour Prices

Prices around town vary but on average they get a little cheaper depending on amount of people:

2 pax – P4,700 per person
3 pax – P4,100 per person
4 pax – P3,600 per person etc.

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Heading in for our Apo Island Tour

Best Time To Visit Apo Island

Although the temperatures are good all year round, the better weather is normally between the months of December and April.

The sea temperature is good for swimming all year round.

Weekends and public holidays are always busier.

I would recommend a guided tour for the most enjoyable and environmentally friendly day.

For more tips on planning your visit to the Philippines, my Philippines Itinerary has some ideas on exactly where to visit.

What To Pack

Photography Camera


Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle


Lightweight Rain Jacket

Quick Dry Towel


Lifeproof Phone Case

Dry Bag

What To Expect At Apo Island In Dumaguete

Turtles! You must expect turtles, because you WILL see turtles.

As well as turtles, this tiny Island is also well known for its beautiful coral beds and plentiful marine life, making it the perfect place to enjoy some snorkelling.

You are pretty much guaranteed to see turtles when you venture out on an Apo Island tour and the guides are just as excited as the tourists.

With turtles being Lauren’s absolute favourite animal, we couldn’t wait to get underwater and have a swim with the local habitants.

And sure enough as soon as we pulled into the Apo Island shores, we could see them from the boat bobbing their heads in and out of the water.

We dived straight in and although there were quite a few tourists, it wasn’t too busy. Fortunately we had our boat all to ourselves, so the local guide was fully focused on showing us around.

We snorkelled in a huge loop of the area following his fins and exploring the underwater world of an Apo Island tour.

Having swum with turtles in Gili Trawangan and Moalboal, we both agreed this was the best experience we’d had!

For all turtle lovers, this is definitely one of the best things to do in the Philippines.

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Fully ready for a day of snorkelling
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We literally dived straight under to this guy!
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Charlie pretending to be a turtle
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Expect to see a lot of these guys at Apo Island Dumaguete
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Another solid day in the Philippines on our Apo Island Tour

Where To Stay In Dumaguete


C Bubble Diving Resort

C Bubble Diving Resort features a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a bar and garden in Dumaguete.

Featuring room service, this property also provides guests with a terrace.

The air-conditioned rooms provide a sea view and come with a wardrobe and free WiFi. 

Guest rooms in the resort come with a kettle. The units will provide guests with a fridge. Buffet and à la carte breakfast options are available daily at C Bubble Diving Resort.


The Bricks Hotel

Featuring a bar, The Bricks Hotel is located in Dumaguete in the Visayas region, 1.3 miles from Robinsons Place Dumaguete and less than 0.6 miles from Dumaguete Belfry.

Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and a concierge service, along with free WiFi throughout the property.

The property is close to popular attractions like Quezon Park, Dumaguete Cathedral and Dumaguete Public Market. 

Guests at the hotel can enjoy a à la carte breakfast.


ZEN Rooms Basic White Knights

Situated 1.1 miles from Robinsons Place Dumaguete, ZEN Rooms Basic White Knights Dumaguete features accommodation with a restaurant, a shared lounge and a 24-hour front desk for your convenience.

Both WiFi and private parking are accessible at the apartment free of charge. 

Popular points of interest near ZEN Rooms Basic White Knights Dumaguete include Dumaguete Belfry, Dumaguete Public Market and Quezon Park.

The nearest airport is Dumaguete Airport, 3.7 miles from the accommodation.

For more places to stay in Dumaguete, you can check the latest prices on

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. 

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile. 

Book Your Rental Car

Use to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

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