Backpacking 101: Apo Reef Budget and Itinerary

This the Apo Reef Adventure was solely organized by kuya Dom aka  Dong Ho thus we were just relaxed and let him do all the hard work lol. Kidding aside kuya dom did a great job. Aside from the unseen and inevitable mishap everything was good. Though he was the one who did all the costing and coordination he still gave us the breakdown of expenses. Well he's traveling with travel bloggers we surely will ask that hehe...

How to get There

Apo Reef belongs to the jurisdiction of Sablayan Municipality. Getting there is limited to a Bus and a Roro vessel. As of now there is only one Bus liner operating the (Manila-San Jose) route. Here are the bus station and telephone number of Dimple Star (the only bus company I saw  operating) in Manila:  

  • Sampaloc, Espana corner Antipolo St. 
    • Telephone Number +63.02.985.1451, 
    • Mobile Phone number+63.908.926.9163, 
    • Mindoro Bus Schedule: 8:00 am, 5:00 pm, 8:00 pm 
  • Ali Mall, Cubao
    •  Telephone Number +63.02.5179677, 
    • Mobile Phone Numbers +63.928.413.4565 or +63.908.696.4803, 
    • Mindoro Bus Schedule: 5:00 am, 12:00 noon, 6:00 pm
  • Alabang, Transpart near Metropolis Mall 
    • Telephone Numbers +63.02.664.7796 or +63.02.809.7796, 
    • Mobile Phone Number +63.919.429.1999, 
    • Mindoro Bus Schedule: 6:00 am, 9:00 am, 1:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 9:00 pm
  • Pasay 
    • Telephone Number +63.02.407.4614, 
    • Mobile Phone Number +63.928.603.3691, 
    • Mindoro Bus Schedule: 9:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 9:00 pm
  • Santolan 
    • Telephone Number +63.02.416.8956, 
    • Mindoro Bus Schedule: 6:00 am, 1:00 pm, 7:00 pm 

I highly suggest that you reserve a seat a day before your actual trip.

To arrange your tour i.e. food, tour guide, snorkeling gears and boat to Apo Reef you can contact the Sablayan Tourism Office thru Ms. Angie Reyes (0999-732-7949/0927-308-9027)



Van Rental Makati to Alabang: P1,500
Bus Alabang to Sablayan: P850/head 
Bus Sablayan to Alabang/Pasay/Cubao: P800/head
Boat Rent: P8,000 (Capacity: 15max)

Note: The bus fare includes the Roro. 

Food: P200/meal

Note: The food was catered. It was arranged by either Kuya Dom or the Tourism Office. 

Island Fees:
Entrace Fee: P225
Snorkels: P150/head
Guide: P750
Tent: P300/tent

Additional: fish, canned goods, chips, liquor , juice, fruit, P1,000

Actual Itinerary

Day 0
9:00PM-2:00AM = (Bus) Alabang/Cubao/Sampaloc  to Batangas City Port

Day 1

2:00AM - 5:00AM = (Roro) Batangas City Port to Abra de Ilog
4:00AM - 8:00AM = (Bus) Abra De Ilog to Sablayan (same bus)
8:00AM - 10:00AM = Breakfast/Rest/Bath at Sablayan Tourism Office
10:00AM - 12:30PM =  (Boat) Sablayan to Apo Island
12:30 PM - 2:30PM = Pinch tent/Photo opp/ Beach Bum
2:30PM - 3:00PM = Lunch
3:00PM - 5:00PM = Snorkeling
5:00PM - 7:00PM = Lighthouse/Sunset Watching/Beach Bumming
7:00PM - 8:00PM = Dinner
8:00PM - Onwards = Socials

Day 2

6:00AM - 7:00AM = Breakfast
7:00AM - 9:00AM = Snorkeling
9:00AM - 10:00AM = Pack-up/Beach Photo Opp
10:00AM - 11:00AM = Travel to another snorkeling site
11:00AM - 12:00NN = Snorkeling
12:00NN - 1:00PM = Travel back to Sablayan
1:00PM - 2:00PM = Took a bath
2:00PM - 2:30PM = Lunch at Sablayan Tourism Office
2:30PM - 4:30PM = Chill at Sablayan Tourism Office
4:30PM - 5:30PM = Went to the Market
5:30PM - 8:30PM = (Bus) Sablayan to Abra de Ilog
10:00PM -12:00MN = (Roro) Abra de Ilog to Batangas
12:00MN - 2:00AM = Batangas to Manila

Happy Travels =)

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