Apo Reef Natural Park

Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

Apo Reef Natural Park
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Minerva D.
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The country's Apo Reef is a coral reef system located on the western waters of Occidental Mindoro. Overall, the reef covers 34 square km and is considered the world's second largest contiguous coral reef system (next to Australia's Great Barrier Reef!) and the largest in our beloved country. Known for its pristine underwater glory, Apo Reef is famous for diving.

Teeming with an array of beautiful underwater flora and fauna, Apo Reef is a wonderful destination to explore.

To get to Occidental Mindoro, you can either go by plane or by a ferry from Batangas. Apo Reef is under the municipality of Sablayan. From Abra De Ilog, ride a van or a bus to Sablayan. A ride costs Php 220.

From Sablayan, you must charter a boat by coordinating with Sablayan's tourism office. Standard boat rate is Php 8,000-9,000. This is ideal for bigger groups to cut down the boat expenses.

It is also possible for you to coordinate with the tourism office in advance so that they can book you together with other people who are going.

Unfortunately, when we arrived, no other guests booked. Php 9,000 was too much because it was only me and my boyfriend.

We opted to go to nearby Pandan Island (I'll write a review soon!) to kill time. Since Pandan Island is one of Sablayan's biggest resorts and dive operator, we were able to book our trip to Apo Reef. There were 4 other people who were just waiting for more companions to cut down the boat costs.

The boat ride to Apo takes about 3 hours but when you arrive there, you'll be in complete awe.

(If only I could take pictures with my eyes...)

We also went to Apo Reef Natural Park right after. Go up the lighthouse and see a stunning 360-degree view of Apo Reef. You can also visit the lagoon which is home to various marine animals and birds.

As always, practice the 'leave no trace' policy. Let's keep our seas clean, our beaches unspoiled. 10084


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Tei A.
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Although it's my 2nd time to visit Apo Reef, it still feels like I'm experiencing it for the first time because of the new adventures we had. Went here with friends during the Apec holiday and had a long weekend. We were blessed with extremely good weather!

Swam with giant green sea turtles, black tip sharks, nemo, "dory" and the rest of the gang. It was truly an amazing experience!

The water's so pristine, clear emerald hue that you can clearly see your feet underwater. The beach has long stretches of powdery white sand that will make you want to walk barefoot.

It is here that I got to see one of most amazing sunsets ever! Such dramatic colors and it makes everything around you "Instagram-worthy". At night, we would just sit by the beach, do stargazing and enjoy the cool evening breeze.

Apo Reef is a Marine Park Sanctuary and as such, it is protected by both DENR and the local government. Guests are expected to adhere to their rules and conditions when staying at Apo. I hope they keep thay way so as to preserve the beauty and rawness of this Island.

#loolooapp #loolooph

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Tei A.
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Such a beautiful place! A tick off my bucket list! Really glad that DENR took steps to preserve this natural reserve. This is a no-take-away zone. Everything remains in the island. When you leave, you have to take all your stuff, trash and what-have-yous with you. Several dive spots and coral garden sites.

This is the world's 2nd largest contiguous coral reef system and is home to hundreds of marine fishes and species of birds.

We saw dolphins, black tip sharks, manta rays, several species of reef fishes, and giant sea turtles!

It's been a month since I was here and I still cant move on. 128522

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Pauie P.
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Long weekend vacay with my super friends. My first time to experience camping on an island. There was no signal at all, no fresh running water and no electricity. What a worry free stay. We also had a camp fire at night and drinks that comes with our horror stories. Haha.

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Kendi V.
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must place for divers!!

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