DIY Pandan Apo Island Trip – May 1-4, 2008 at P4000/pax

This is just a Do-It-Yourself Guide for a Pandan – Apo Island Trip on May 1-4, 2008.

I am not organizing this trip. I am just making a guide or a tip for this trip.

I did this trip last year 2007 on the same date. That experience triggered me to be what I am now doing for DIY Coron.

Anyway, here’s the guide.

Target Joiners = 8pax


April 30 – 10pm ETD Buendia-Taft Bus Terminal for Batangas Pier. Pasay > Batangas Pier > (RORO) > Abra De Ilog > (Van) > Sablayan

May 1 – 10am ETA Sablayan. Recommended Lodging – DJ Resort. Town Tour via tricycle rental. (Eco Tourism Office, Sablayan Prison & Penal Farm, Libuao Lake?, Siburan Rainforest?, Eco- waste Management Park, Sablayan Museum, Parola Park). Ask DJ Resort or Sablayan Eco Tourism for possible destinations within town. You must register first at Sablayan Eco Tourism. Overnight DJ Resort.

May 2 – 8am-5pm Daytour at Pandan Island via boat rental. See corals, lots of fish, and the resident pawikan. Laze at the beach. Pack Lunch. Overnight DJ Resort.

May 3 – 4am Wake-up, ETD Sablayan for Apo Island. 9am ETA Apo Island. Tour. Overnight Tent.

May 4 – 6am ETD Apo I for Sablayan. 10am ETA Sablayan. Bath. Quick Lunch. Checkout. 11:30am ETD Van Sablayan – Abra De Ilog. 4PM Abra de Ilog to Batangas Port via ferry, 6PM ETA Batangas Port, 7PM ETD Batangas Port to Manila via public bus, 10PM ETA Manila

Lodging Details:

May 1-2 – get 2 ac rooms + 2 extra bed, 4pax/room

May 3 – get 1 ac room, no extra bed, mainly for shower purposes on May 4 coming from Apo I overnight.

May 4  – checkout

Tent for Apo I. – borrow 4 tents at Sablayan Eco Tourism Office

Estimated Expense:

  • Town Tour using 2 tricycle – assumming P400 rental/trike = 100/pax
  • Pandan I Tour = 800 rental/boat + 100 entrance = 200/pax
  • Apo I Tour = 4500 boat rental + 500 tour guide + 4 tents (assuming 200/tent) = 735/pax
  • EcoTourism Fee = 5% of total charges = 40/pax
  • Tricycle Shuttle = 8 rides x 10 = 80/pax
  • Food = 12 meals x 100/meal = 1200/pax
  • Lodging = 2+2+1ac room = 600/ac room, 100/extra bed = 475/pax
  • Transporation = Bus-Ferry-Van RT = 1060/pax
  • TOTAL = P3,890/pax   >>>   P4,000/pax

These are based on my last year’s information. I know it can still get cheaper for me.

If you don’t have a group of 8, please post here if you want to form a group. I will just be your in-between.

Until Then.

Tara Na! Gala Na!



  1. Hi! Have dropped you a message to as well..

    we are planning to go back pandan in december via Cebu Pacific from MNL-san jose 1650H ETA… guess that would be too late to continue to pandan island… was wondering if you have any contact number of DJ resort in sablayan that you have recommended?? thank you..

  2. ung lodging is 475 per person for 3 days? and is really nice in pandan? please mail me coz im very intrested. thanks!

  3. hey, nice info.

    would u know sino pwede contact if we want to stay overnight sa apo? and how much would it cost? tent option lang 😉

    we also want to dive there pero di ko alam if the island itself has diving facilities and how much.


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