Mystical, Maniacal Reefer Madness at Apo Reef

One of the awesome things that traveling to a place like Apo Reef provides me, is the chance to remain in one place without worrying about moving to the next destination. It's about getting lost in the moment relaxing under the sun. Just what a convict with time in his hand would do but still enjoy  boundless freedom, as far as the journey that brought us here. Cap it off with humming along tp Weezer's "Island in the Sun" while lying on the beach getting a tan. 

"When you're on a holiday, you can't find the words to say. All the things that come to you. And I wanna feel it too....No, No, we'll never feel bad anymore" (hip) (hip)....

Jamie Fournier

So, we did just that. We camped for the night at Apo Reef napping our fatigued body to recover. After lunch, we mesmerized our eyes like maniacal coming of age creatures witnessing something mystical in the captivating presence of Apo Reef. We climbed the lighthouse and kayaked through the thick mangrove forest. There lies the enigma, as the best part of Apo Reef –many say–can be seen at the bottom of the surrounding coral reef formations. 

Levy Amosin

A fact that makes Apo Reef a haven for scuba divers. Being a non-scuba diver, I wasn't able to witness that spectacle underwater. But that never dampened my spirit as I've found a place so peaceful and inviting I just might have able to write a kick ass novel if I stayed here for a month. I'm pretty sure the madness will reign in the loneliness of the place but the creative burst will supplement it and make things pretty outstanding even vacant from the usual failures of being pressured in the big city.

Koryn Iledan

The Apo Reef is manned by a dozen members of the Philippine Navy and Philippine Rangers. Being a maritime national park it is protected from all sorts of environment abuse. The trees and the mangrove forest remain untouched and unhinged from the abuse from the hands of stupid morons. Here exists a magical formation of Earth's various lifeforms converging in one the island and at the bottom of the ocean around it. 

pitch a tent at Apo Reef

Yachts and boats from far away resorts up to Coron, Palawan passes by Apo Reef for divers to explore the surrounding bottom of the sea. Some of them would stop over to camp for the night while others just hang out on their yacht in what they call as "live aboard".

Sophie Gianan

In our case we were tent bound for two days. We cooked meals in between, lie around, sleep, talk. A lazy kind of life but nevertheless a welcome reprieve from the staggering, 'trying hard to be geniuses' in the corporate world where I came from.

Sophie Gianan

A weekend at Apo Reef is like what my imaginary shrink ordered for me that day. By night time, the "Super-Moon" made its appearance. It was like an eye opened up in the sky and never blinked. It illuminated the supposed to be pitch-black island with neon-like light showers from the moon. It was freaking Mystical if you ask me.

Marky Ramone Go

I was so tired from the long commute from Manila the previous day which comprised of a three hour bus to Batangas Port, a 2 and a half ferry ride to Abra de Ilog another 2 hour bus ride to Sablayan, a 10 minute trike ride to the beach and lastly, a 2 hour boat ride to Apo Reef.

Sophie Gianan

My mind was ecstatic but my body yelled for rest like a stoner afflicted with reefer madness. I had a wonderful rest and with the company of great friends Gael, Marcos and Darwin we woke up to a new day when the sun substituted the Super-Moon. Rejuvenated with a superman-like feeling, we explored Apo Reef for one last time and went snorkeling at a nearby dive spot and saw a shipwreck about 20-30 feet below – shallow enough to be visible through our snorkeling gears. Somehow our envy of the scuba diver group diminished a bit. Just a bit though, as we pledged to ourselves that we'll come back to Apo Reef with oxygen tanks and dive suits in tow.

Dive in Apo Reef - still unchecked, but it was still a great weekend spent away from home.

Related posts:

- Apo Reef: Mangrove Forest

- Apo Reef Lighthouse

- Super Moon at Apo Reef