|Island’s Leisure Boutique Hotel & Spa can arrange awesome sea turtle encounters at Apo Island!|
Island’s Leisure Boutique Hotel and Spa, a new hideaway located just five minutes away from Sibulan Airport, invited me to rediscover Dumaguete City and its neighboring attractions. Once a residential compound, the boutique hotel naturally possesses a welcoming and homey feel, but at the same time is expertly furnished to exude comfort and luxury with its well-curated furniture and decor, many of which can be purchased. There’s a small pool to chill in, and massage and spa services are offered for indulgent rest and relaxation after a day’s exploration. It’s a few minutes north of the city center by tricycle, offering a quiet and comfortable stay, but is located along the main thoroughfare of Hibbard Ave for easy access.
|Apo Island is one of the world’s best known community-organized marine sanctuaries|
The hotel can arrange tours for guests around Dumaguete City and its neighboring attractions such as Apo Island, a volcanic island located seven kilometers from the southeast coast of Dauin, 30 km south of the city. The marine habitat around the island is a marine reserve. A popular dive site and snorkeling destination with tourists, Apo Island is one of the world’s best known community-organized marine sanctuaries.
After shuttling for less than an hour to the Malatapay village in Zamboanguita, the jump-off point to Apo Island, we boarded a bangka to make the sea crossing to the marine reserve. As soon as we arrive on the island, we headed for the beach and donned our mask and fins, excited to meet the turtles. Just 10 to 20 meters from the shore on the main beach, we got to snorkel with seven green sea turtles, who regularly visit the island in the morning to feed on the algae-carpeted seabed.
|Chic comfort and convenience come together at Island’s Leisure Boutique Hotel & Spa in Dumaguete City|
While other sea turtles I’ve encountered in the wild before were extremely shy, the resident turtles of Apo Island were surprisingly very comfortable with human presence, even if it meant having a crowd of snorkelers closely observing them as they feed. I’ve snorkeled with sea turtles in Perhentian Islands in Terangganu, Malaysia and Port Barton in Palawan, Philippines before, but my turtle encounter in Apo Island was the most awesome by far!
|Island’s Leisure Boutique Hotel & Spa is both homey and luxurious|
If you’re looking for comfort and convenience at a reasonable price, check out Island’s Leisure Boutique Hotel and Spa, located at Hibbard Avenue, Bantayan, Dumaguete City, Philippines. For inquiries and reservations, please call +63 35 522 0645 or +63 9174246558, or visit their website at www.islandsleisurehotel.com.
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