Apo Island Marine Sanctuary

Apo Island Marine Sanctuary
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Site Review by
 Ed Kenney
Date: 12/26/2009

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Ed Kenney Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    5.00
City:   Rainier Reef:    5.00
State:   Washington Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    4.00
Diving:   10 years Facilities:    3.00
 Dives:   400 Solitude   4.00
    Roads:    1.00

Evaluation

*Average:    3.96
The marine sanctuary features huge coral structures that would be considered 'old growth' even by Sulawesi, Taveuni or Palauan standards. If you like clownfish, there's at least two whole cities of them here. Just outside the MPA is a cave holding a java moray longer than 8 feet. Nearby is another cave with an upper brow of a wall featuring more nudibranchs and colorful inverts per foot than just about anywhere else. Perhaps Sinandigan Wall in Puerto Galera, Long Island in Washington's San Juans or Gili Biaha in Bali come close. And this is not the best dive on Apo Island. Coconut Pt. holds that distinction, at least during the week we were there - walls of inverts, crevices loaded with juveniles, coral colors we'd never seen before and hundreds of pelagics in the current above.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    5.00
Beginner:    4.00
Intermediate:    5.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    5.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2009
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    4.00
Surf:    4.00
 
 


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