Last 2016, my only travel was in Balabac, Palawan. I was too busy then in our review center, I forgot my other passion in life and that is traveling.
Going back to this place brings a lot of memories. This time I was with new friends and only Red Chuca and I were the original members of the group who went back to this island.
The adventure awaits...
Related blog: Apo Reef and Pandan Island, Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro
How to get there
By LAND and SEA
From Buendia, Pasay or Cubao, ride a bus (either Jam, DLTB or BSC 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, daily six-hour boat trips from Libertad, Antique to San Jose are available, followed by a two to three hour land trip to Sablayan.
For nearly 2 hours, we were dragged by the boat and enjoyed what Apo Reef has to offer.
|Erwin Nuer in the middle|
Gabriel Paolo Reyes
Angel Mae Ramos
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!
ENJOY YOUR ADVENTURES IN APO REEF!