Apo Reef Natural Park | Things to do in Sablayan-Occidental Mindoro

Apo Reef National Park in Occidental Mindoro | Photo by Jay Ermitaño Apo Reef National Park in Occidental Mindoro | Photo by Jay Ermitaño Apo Reef National Park in Occidental Mindoro | Photo by JR Felipe Apo Reef National Park in Occidental Mindoro | Photo by Jay Ermitaño
Apo Reef is the second largest contiguous reef in the world, but it isn't just its size that made it as one of the world's best dive sites. Prepare to be awestruck with the reef's teeming marine life. You'll find yourself meeting schools of jacks, groupies, angel fishes, manta rays, giant Napoleon wrasses, sea turtles, and reef sharks among many others. Dolphin and whale sightings are also common in the area. The marine park covers a total of 27,469 hectares consisting of three islands: The Apo Island, Binangaan', and Cayos Del Bajo Tinangkapang. The largest and the most interesting to see is the 22-hectare Apo Island. Here, travelers may drift on a bamboo raft in the lagoon surrounded by a mangrove forest. Guests may also climb the 118-feet lighthouse for an exhilarating view of the reef. To get to the reserve, tourists are advised to coordinate with the Sablayan Municipal Tourism Office. A guide (P1, 000) and a boat with a sitting capacity of 10 people (P8, 000) will be provided by the department. All guests are required to bring their own meals, there are also no accommodations in the area so make sure to bring your own tents. The park allows no more than 100 visitors at a time to protect its biodiverse ecosystem and all tourists are limited to a 48-hour stay. Spending a day at Apo Reef may be costly. But if you've got the cash, it's well worth the money.
Open: Open everyday, 24 hours.
Address: Apo Island, Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro
Fee: A guide (P1, 000) and a boat for 10 people (P8, 000) will be provided by the LGU
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