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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Apo is the largest atoll like reef in the Philippines, marked geographically by three islands; Apo, Apo Menor and Cayos del Bajo.

The shallow lagoons surrounded by mangroves serve as a source of food, a nursery and aspawning ground for many coastal and marine species. The 34 square kilometres of reef also feature magnificent drop-offs and overhangs with resident turtles, barracuda and snapper. Apo Island is also highly rated amongst divers for its schooling pelagics, enormous groupers, Napoleon wrasse, and pristine hard coral gardens.

Visibility of up to 50 metres is common in season (Nov-Feb) and divers should keep an eye out for white-tip and grey reef sharks cruising by. 

This remote marine reserve should not be confused with Apo Island in the Visayas region, which can be enjoyed from any resort in Dumaguete or from a liveaboard on a Visayas itinerary.

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, spotted eagle ray, white-tip reef shark, grey reef shark, barracuda
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Club Paradise

The only resort on Dimakya Island in Palawan province, Club Paradise Resort is the jumping-off point for trips to Apo Reef and also offers a great place to relax. A great option for divers and non-diving buddies.

Suggested liveaboards are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

S/Y Philippine Siren

A traditional 40 metre long phinisi, this is one of the most spacious vessels in the Siren Fleet. A variety of itineraries are available throughout the Philippines, depending on the season.

Atlantis Azores

This luxurious liveaboard offers a number of seven and ten night trips throughout the year in different areas of the Philippines, including Malapascua, Tubbataha Reef and the Visayas. A great option for groups.