Apo Island, Philippines

Apo Island, a marine sanctuary for sea turtles

If you’re after an incredible marine exploration or an awesome turtle experience, the volcanic island of Apo should definitely be on your itinerary. Situated just a short boat ride from Dumaguete in the Philippines, this tiny 74-hectare island is home to some of the best diving and snorkelling in the country thanks to its community-organized marine sanctuary established in 1985. With the heavy efforts of locals, the surrounding reefs of the island is now full of healthy soft and hard coral species and fish, and especially turtles! These turtles are also the main reason travelers go to Apo Island. Though not a nesting ground, the island is the feeding ground of green-sea and hawksbill turtles that a snorkeling or diving trip can let you see these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. You can take great shots of sea turtles but make sure you see them from a respectful distance.

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Nature Escape & Birdwatching in Philippines

Manila → Cauayan → Danjugan Island → Dumaguete → Valencia → Apo Island → Manila
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Enjoy a day of birding with experienced local guides in the island sanctuary of Danjugan and the mountains of Valencia

Taste authentic Filipino cuisine in a buffet dinner while watching a cultural presentation of Tinikling, the nation’s traditional dance

Hop on a private bangka excursion to the unspoiled island sanctuary of Danjugan with many wildlife and birdwatching opportunities

Go kayaking and snorkeling in one of the best lagoons in Danjugan island to see a rich marine life of corals and fish

Take a refreshing dip at the Pulang Bato Hot Springs & waterfalls

Visit a local Valencia community for some cooking & social immersion activities

Have a fun time swimming with sea turtles around Apo Island

Free to explore the colonial and modern charm of Manila capital city when strolling through vibrant streets

Optional visit to a local indigenous artist’s workshop to see handcrafted musical instruments

Manila → Cauayan → Danjugan Island → Dumaguete → Valencia → Apo Island → Manila

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