With so many islands to visit in the Philippines we were feeling a bit overwhelmed with options and it took us a while to decide what to next. In the end we decided that what we really wanted to do was see some turtles. There are two places in the Visayas famous for turtle spotting Apo Island and Moalboal, both are well known dive resorts but we decided on Apo island as the snorkeling was easy and right from the shore.
|My best (and pretty much only) turtle photo|
|Two turtles at once!!!|
|Beach on the other side of the island where turtles lay their eggs|
To get to Apo we caught a ferry to Damugete, followed by a jeepny along the coast to Malataypay and then a little banka boat across to the tiny island. We decided to stay at Libertys whose room prices were more expensive then elsewhere in the Philippines but included all our meals, so was actually a pretty good deal (the food was actually pretty good too). It also meant our stay was very relaxing as we didn't have to worry about anything. The place also seemed like the social hub of the tourists and backpackers on the island and we met some really lovely people.
|Diving down to turtle level|
|Popping up to breath|
|Post lunch swim|
|Apo island, main town and rocky beach|
Location: Apo Island
Highlights: Turtles!!! Many many turtles!!!
Lowlights: Our broken underwater camera - the one place it would have been most useful. Luckily we managed to get it to work for a few shots (before freezing) , but it really didn't like The Photographer so i am very lucky to have even one turtle photo (we took so so many but the camera froze/ crashed almost everytime).
Top tips: To see turtles feeding head to the far end of the beach from Libertys, the best coral can also be found here (for snorkeling) if you swim out away from shore) - if you can hire or bring fins. '
Profile pictures: Unfortunately none of my 'turtle selfies' worked out very well.
|Walking round the island|
|Room with a view|