Scuba Diving Day trip to Apo Island

Scuba Diving Apo Island During the Peak Season



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Our first stop in Dumaguete when my brother Preston came to visit was Apo Island. He wanted to experience some of the best diving the Philippines has to offer, and to me Apo is the best place that I’ve ever been to. We tried out Cogon and Coconut points, and although the visibility was much lower than normal we still saw some great stuff.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    Early the next morning after we arrived in Dumaguete from Puerto Princesa, Preston and I caught the pump boat from Malatapay to Apo Island.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    The early morning clouds had already cleared over Mount Talinis, and gave us a great view of Negros Oriental province.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    They put Preston down as "Bro" on the Apo dive shop schedule board. Preston might have corrected them to point out the spelling is "brah".

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    "Bro" and me.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    Here is bro on the pump boat out to Cogon point. Ok, I'll stop the bro thing now.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    The visibility wasn't as good as it usually is at Apo, but we were still able to see this school of fish cruising over the corals.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    Preston was getting used to the Filipino style of diving at this point I think.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    I'm not really sure what this triggerfish was doing on the bottom here, but it was probably eating. Sometimes I've seen them go after the fins of divers with their sharp beaks. It's sort of funny to watch from a distance, that is unless it happens to you!

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    The school of jacks was in their usual spot on Cogon Point, but this time some of them were gathered on the bottom. It was hard to tell what they were doing, it really reminded me of trout spawning, but I'm told that the jacks spawn much higher in the water column, so maybe this group was just hanging out with each other.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    When they are ready to spawn they will pair up like these two.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    I was a little late on the draw when this trevally swam by very close.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    The damselfish were swarming around this branching hard coral.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    Here's another Apo Island clown fish.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    And another clown fish shot.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    This is a pair of tomato clown fish.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    The sunset over the Mindanao Sea was great as usual from the balcony at Liberty's resort.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    Preston and I had a great dinner in Liberty's very homey dining room.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    The next morning we took a snorkeling trip in the Apo Marine Sanctuary where we came across the school of juvenile jacks that will eventually move to Cogon or Coconut point.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    On his second dive on Apo, Preston drew the backwards "Q" wetsuit. They didn't put him down as "Backwards Q" on the chalk board, this time they used his name.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    I can't remember why I was making this strange expression.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    On our second dive we did Coconut point, where we found this swarm of small sea cucumbers attached to a sponge.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    These bright yellow corals look kind of grey unless they are lit with the flash from the camera when you are deep underwater.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    And here's a couple more clown fish.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    And another tomato clown!

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    And Preston.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    Preston may have been close to running out of stuff to read, but I don't think he was deprived enough to read "Private For Hold". Pretty vague title I must say, though from the cover you can tell it's, you know, classy.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    In the afternoon we climbed the hill up to the Apo lighthouse to catch the sunset.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    There are some cacti growing at the top of the island.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    Like clockwork, another great sunset over the Mindanao Sea.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    The last night we were on Apo we ate dinner at the resort next door to Liberty's.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    Early the next morning we had a boat to catch back to Dumaguete for the next adventure.

  • Apo Island - February 2005

    Apo Island - February 2005
    Luckily the sea was calm, so we didn't get too soaked on the way back.