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Philippines :: Apo Reef

This is one of the most famous diving areas around Mindoro and Pandan Islands. In fact many would claim it to be the best in Asia and it is the second largest in the world. Situated 28 kms off the western coast of Mindoro Island, it is 34 kms long and divided into two lagoon systems, north and south.

Marine fauna is widespread and there are some 400-500 different types of coral. Marine life includes sharks, manta and stingrays. About 500 different species of fish inhabit these waters. Wall diving is second to none and you won't have to go too deep to experience a wide variety of life.

Trips to Apo reef are generally arranged from Pandan Island Resort on the west coast of Mindoro Island, Pandan Island itself to the south, or from Puerto Galera, 125 km away. Most live-aboard boats feature the area in their itineries also.


Apo Reef at a glance

Accommodation : Mainly situated on Pandan Island, Puerto Galera or live-aboard vessels.

Depth : 5-30m

Viz : 15-50m

Currents : can be strong

Average cost of a dive : $25

Dive Sites : 10+

Dive Operators : 15+

Getting there : 3 hours by boat from Pandan Island. 125 kms by boat from Puerto Galera. Live-aboards from 1-5 days.

Off Season : July to Jan

The map below is interactive so click on the dive site to get more details.


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