|early morning arrival at Abra de Ilog Port|
By LAND and SEA
From Buendia, Pasay or Cubao, ride a bus (either Jam, DLTB or Starex) en route to Batangas City Pier. Travel time from Buendia to Batangas City using the ACTEX route is more or less 2 hours. Alight at Batangas City Pier, then board the RoRo boat to Abra de Ilog. Montenegro Shipping Lines is servicing the route. Fare is P270 and travel time is 3 hours. From Abra de Ilog Port, board either a van or bus to Sablayan Port. Travel time to the port is 2.5 - 3 hours or 124 kilometers (209 kilometers to San Jose). Fare using the van is P220. Alight at Sablayan Market and hire a tricycle ride to Sablayan Port. Fare using the trike is P10. Reaching Sablayan port, hire a boat going to Apo Reef. Rental of the boat is P8,000 -10,000. Travel time is 3 hours.
BY AIR and LAND
Small chartered planes, upon prior arrangements, could land directly in Sablayan Airport or Mamburao Airport. Mamburao is a two-hour land trip to Sablayan.
Se planes can also land near Pandan Island, along the coastlines of Sablayan and in Apo Reef.
Tour-operated boats from Manila, Batangas, Palawan or Puerto Galera could also be pre-arranged. Coron, Palawan is just 3 hours away from Apo Reef.
From Visayas, dailysix-hour boat trips from Libertad, Antique to San Jose are available, followed by a two to three hour land trip to Sablayan.
|Sabang Hanging Bridge|
|waiting time in Sablayan market|
|boarding the boat to Apo Reef|
|Red while cooking our lunch|
|pointing to Coron|
|Jireh, Earl, Rod and Max|
Red, Max, Joshua, Dolly and I started our drinking spree while Red was busy cooking our dinner. They prepared a very sumptuous and mouth-watering dinner consisting of grilled pork, grilled squid, grilled fish and some veggies!
Past 7 pm, the inevitable happened. It's dinner time!
After the sunrise, I took a bath and headed towards the lagoon. Good thing Rod was ready for the adventure and we headed to our destination.
The snorkeling experience in Apo Reef is totally different from my previous snorkeling. While the boat was slowly moving, we were dragged by the boat by holding to a rope and you do not have to swim. You simply have to enjoy! =)
|photo by Rodrigo Acuzar|
Activities in the island:
|photo by Rodrigo Acuzar|
On my part, I was able to see/encounter 3 pawikans.
Things to know about Apo Reef
No signal of networks
No food available
No electricity (but they have solar panels)
No rentals for tent, hammock, sleeping bag
No mineral or drinking water
They have toilets!
Other Tourist Spots in Sablayan
Sabang River Hanging Bridge
Eco-Waste Management Park