You will appreciate the beauty of Apo Island more if you will take a glimpse of how life is underwater. And yes, the best thing to do there is snorkeling or scuba diving...Since it is a marine sanctuary, the corrals and the fishes are just breath-taking.
Snorkeling or diving is definitely a must. If you've been to Palawan's Pandan or Starfish Island, this one is much, much better. The water is good for swimming too as this is very clear. Although, it's not that calm as the waters in Boracay and Palawan. If you want to flex your legs muscles, go and ascend the hills. There are stairs going up. The lighthouse is about 30 to 45 minutes away from the shore.
Apo Island doesnt really have the "night life" with all the bars and loud music. Since electricity goes off at 9pm, the best thing we did to enjoy the night was just to sit at the sea shore, talk, laugh with our heart's out (as we recall all the "bloopers" we did from the past), listen to the waves, and do stargazing...
We had fun and it was simply priceless.
Dress Code: anything comfy...
From Malatapay (a town 45minutes away from Dumaguete City) to Apo Island, the means of transportation is a boat. When we went there, we contacted the owner of the Lodging place we booked and she arranged the boat for us. We are a group of 13, so we had the big boat which accomodates upto 8persons at P2700 pesos and the smaller one for 5 people which costs P1700.
If in anyway you want to go to Apo Island without an arranged boat prior to the trip, the personnel at the port is very accomodating to assist and arrange the boat for you. The coast guard allows the trip up to 4-5pm only.
Plenty of rocks, bigs and small ones, surround Apo Island especially its shore and the beach... So when you go hiking or swimming or snorkeling, watch out of those rocks coz they can scratch!
Secure a large boat. When we got there, there was no available larger boat. We managed to get there using a boat good for 4 only oncluding the one manning the boat and his assistant. If you are not used to it, back out. Secure your things. You'll be literally bathing with salt water. Bring drinking water. You can use it to wash our face. Be warned of water inside the resort's comfort rooms. Don't flash them on your face. They were fetched from the sea.
We though that the path going to the lighthouse is less traveled by tourist. There are siniguelas trees (Spanish Berry) scores of meters away from the lighthouse. We feasted on their fruits. It was a surprise that nobody was picking them.