Dive Sites

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Apo Reef has over 20 de­clared dive sites, mostly lo­cated around Apo Is­land. Coral lovers will shiver with ex­cite­ment at the sight of healthy brain corals, huge table corals, fire corals, staghorn corals and end­less va­ri­eties of soft corals.

APO IS­LAND EAST

Dive in a cloud of but­ter­fly­fish while whitetip sharks cir­cle around. The white sand slope is an easy dive with mild cur­rent, and an ex­cel­lent place to spot tur­tles. Watch out for the school of teira bat­fish in the blue!

APO IS­LAND NORTH

This site is a dra­matic, deep wall with mas­sive tube corals. Spot the shy lob­sters hid­ing amidst the rocks, swim along­side cu­ri­ous hawks­bill tur­tles, and ob­serve schools of yel­low sweet­lips cruis­ing around. Be­tween De­cem­ber and March, ham­mer­head sharks have been sighted by the deep wall. The edge of the wall is also a great spot to meet grey reef sharks.

SHARK RIDGE

An outer reef dive spot on the north­east side of Apo Reef, Shark Ridge is a plateau flat­tened by the strong open ocean cur­rents, with small caves and rocky hide­aways lin­ing the ridge. Groupers, mo­ray eels and sharks can be spot­ted here. The plateau drops into a dra­matic wall car­peted with mas­sive gor­gonian fans, where sweet­lips and schools of tuna can be sighted.

BI­NAN­GAAN DROP-OFF

Look out for schools of snap­pers and tuna, and a cou­ple of spot­ted ea­gle rays glid­ing in the blue while they smile un­der their beak-like nose.

CORDE POINT

On the shal­low, sandy bot­tom of Corde Point, hard corals abound. An af­ter­noon dive is rec­om­mended, for the mid­day sun pen­e­trates the clear wa­ter and paints ev­ery­thing in an or­ange glow. Hun­dreds of or­ange an­thias and yel­low pyra­mid but­ter­fly­fish swarm this coral gar­den.

APO WRECK

Wreck lovers should def­i­nitely pay a visit to Apo Wreck, an uniden­ti­fied ship that is crusted with hard corals. Swarms of reef fish such as trum­pet­fish and snap­pers re­side here.

APO 29

For ex­pe­ri­enced divers who love cur­rents, this ex­cit­ing blue wa­ter dive fea­tures an un­der­wa­ter mound that sits at about 25 me­tres below the sur­face. Do note that the cur­rents can be un­pre­dictable and at times rel­a­tively strong.

HOW TO GET THERE?

Be com­fort­able, safe and well­pam­pered while div­ing Apo Reef on board At­lantis Azores, a blue wa­ter pri­vate yacht that is built to han­dle rough seas safely. With a spa­cious dive deck and ded­i­cated cam­era setup area, a fresh­wa­ter jacuzzi and a full-time ac­cred­ited chef, Azores was set up for divers by divers, with the small­est de­tails in mind.

TOP: A yel­low­tail blue dam­selfish, Ben PhilippsIM­AGE:ABOVE: A black­tip shark, Greg PiperIM­AGE:

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