A day in Apo Island

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014


IT HAS always been my dream to live near the beach. I like the feel of fresh air and the sound of the waves. I think the sunset will be radiant, too. The beach house would not be made of bamboo but made of glass with its own private swimming pool. Dreams are free.

This summer, my family and I had the chance to visit Apo Island in Dauin, Negros Oriental. Dauin is about 30 minutes from Dumaguete City. A boat from Malapatay, Dauin, will take you to the island.

Upon arriving at the island, we saw that the water was so clear and we can really feel the fresh air.

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Even of it is just a small town, there are many activities to choose from in order to enjoy the island. One can visit the marine sanctuary, go up to the lighthouse, tour the whole island, or swim, dive and snorkel.

My sister and my two nephews snorkelled and they were excited to share that they swam with the turtles. They said it was a novel experience for them.

Apo Island is surrounded by hard and soft corals, the breeding ground of about 500 species of fishes.

My Apo Island experience was simple but memorable. We walked around in the area to see the marine sanctuary, but we discovered that it was temporarily closed for the day because of a storm watch (which did not come).

Walking around, we were greeted by the villagers. We learned that it was their fiesta that day. The people were in a festive mood; they were very friendly, happy and accommodating.
Some were even open to have their home rented by the visitors.

We were able to meet the priest after the Mass. Since the sanctuary was closed, we went to the resort area and just relaxed. We swam a little and just cooled our bodies in the water. We stood, sat and frolicked in the sand. The feeling was heavenly.

But, alas, the day had to end; we were going back to Bacolod that afternoon because a storm was reportedly coming. We hesitantly packed our things and rode the boat back to Dauin.

Nevertheless, it was an experience to remember. We hope to come back to Apo Island in the near future, maybe next summer.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 14, 2014.

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