Under the Apo Island Sun

Apo Island Travel Blog

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I love early morning flights because I usually can't sleep on the eve of my trips. This was no different. I woke up at 4AM to get ready for an hour plane ride to Dumaguete City (Our flight was at 7AM). I have wanted to go this place for a long time, not really knowing what it offers. I heard a few good things, but I had no superb expectations.   It was a short flight. The gag show featured on the plane kept me laughing. It was a pretty good trip, considering we paid only less than two thousand pesos for a roundtrip ticket. The airport in Manila was neat, huge, and breathable. We were served coffee and snacks in the short flight. A few more blinks later, we touched down Dumaguete. At the airport, the mighty Glen, who was the 'pilot' of the Liberty Resort 'truck' greeted us and led us to a 40-minute roadtrip to Zamboangita, the takeoff point for another 45 minute ride to Apo Island.
approaching the island
We reached the island at about half past 10. We surveyed the resort, ordered lunch to fill our stomachs and got ready for the rest of the hectic day. Everybody else had omelette. I decided to try their homemade bread with chicken and mangoes. It was refreshing. I would have loved to have mango shake under that Apo Island Sun, but the electricity had been shut. Apparently, the generator powers the whole resort 3 hours in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening. It would have been really cool too, to spend the night there without power, but our three day sched had so much in it, we could not skip a beat.

After lunch, we went to the marine sanctuary, and were briefed by the 'bantay dagat' (sea caretakers)abouth the do's and dont's in the area. 
While others swam away from the shore, the fearful me tried luck by the shore, dipped my head in the water, and marveled at the living creatures of the sea.
The water was only about 3 feet, and already the parrot, angel, jack and clown fish greeted me welcome. I hated myself for being pathetically fearful of the water.  When I felt I had seen enough, I moved back to the dry land, and waited for everyone. All Saints' Pure Shores
was really the perfect backgroud music. I was happy listening to it, and just sitting this one out.

 On our way back to camp (Liberty Resort), where we stored our gigantic backpacks filled with grocer items, clothes and backpackin 'must haves', we passed by the souvenir shop of one of the known tribal artists of Negros. We bought a few good stuff to remember this trip by.
dark clouds hid the sun
I could have bought a few larger art pieces if I had enough room in my bag, but I was happy with my neckpiece. 80 pesos for that dramatically put together piece was a great bargain.


It was already 4PM, and the beautiful sunny weather was already about to be dimmed by dark clouds. The mountains close by were covered by these clouds--an unfortunate event that I did not see coming. We were about to head back to the city, but it looked like the sky was prepared to shower us with rain. And it really did. There were 7 of us in a small boat, and 8 in the other bigger boat which fortunately had a little roof and higher seats. I was already frantic. The rain was rough, and the waves were already quite bumpy---according to my standards... I asked to go back, although my companions wanted to head on. To me, what seemed to be a really answered prayer was that they asked us to switch to another boat.
leaving the island like this?
Thank God, it was a bigger boat. It was still raining, but not as much as it did 15 minutes ago. I wrapped myself in a hooded jacket and a thick towel to psyche myself.  I thought I could not go on for another 45 minutes in the sea. I prayed on until we reached the shore.

There was no prettier sight at that time than when the skies began to clear, the mountains began to appear and the sun's rays lit again.
 

We all just laughed about it when we got back to Zamboangita. Our friends from the other boat had no idea what had happened to me in the smaller boat. They laughed with me when they did.

It was pathetic, but at least now I can laugh about it. Yeah, it was a good weather, gone bad. This was just the first day.

The next day was more exciting... and much more pleasant....
woweye says:
hi issa... what's the number for liberty? pwede ba tawad dun? hehehe
Posted on: May 31, 2010
issa005 says:
diving is good in apo... i didn't try it though, water yata ang sinus ko eh... you can check out www.apoisland .com for more info.. mura lang yung accommodation. let me know if you want to go there, i can give you the number of liberty, the owner of the liberty lodge... she's very nice
Posted on: Nov 18, 2008
abubu says:
hi! how's apo island? can u dive there? how about the accommdation? mura or mahal?
Posted on: Nov 17, 2008
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approaching the island
approaching the island
dark clouds hid the sun
dark clouds hid the sun
leaving the island like this?
leaving the island like this?
Trading at the Apo Island Shore
Trading at the Apo Island Shore
the skies were clear blue at 1400H
the skies were clear blue at 1400H
Dorm at Apo Island costs only P300…
Dorm at Apo Island costs only P30…
This room overlooking the beach is…
This room overlooking the beach i…
liberty resto foodie
liberty resto foodie
finding the marine sanctuary
finding the marine sanctuary
its raining
it's raining
find me
find me
After the battle with the rain...
After the battle with the rain...
Sweeping the moody seas of Apo
Sweeping the moody seas of Apo
Mr. Sunshine
Mr. Sunshine
Bad weather coming
Bad weather coming
The sky has finally cleared
The sky has finally cleared
Do you see what I see?
Do you see what I see?
Its only 4PM
It's only 4PM
Thats our boat
That's our boat
trading at apo shore
trading at apo shore
3 feet under
3 feet under
my chicken and mango sandwich
my chicken and mango sandwich
fiona seeing the sun
fiona seeing the sun
manong bangkeros
manong bangkeros
snorkel ka
snorkel ka
Maddie snorkelling in 4ft water
Maddie snorkelling in 4ft water
Apo Island
photo by: buddieshot