Balicasag Island, Panglao, Bohol
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Beautiful! Though they can provide nicer and newer lifevests.
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Balicasag Island is a popular Diving and Snorkeling site in Panglao,Bohol. It's around an hour by boat from Alona Beach. I honestly was expecting a lot from this island since it's has always been talked about for having beautiful underwater sights. It's also famous for it's diverse marine life.
P200 was collected as entrance for the Island, P100 for the Guide and P100 Snorkeling Gear Rental. Imagine naka P400 na agad kami hahaha!
The day trip starts at 530am where you have to leave Alona Beach and then go whale watching for about 20-30min. In the middle of the sea. After that the boat will go straight to Balicasag Island.
Upon arriving at the island, we were bombared by people offering us overpriced breakfast, fruit shakes, buko juice and snorkeling gears. I suggest you bring your own snorkeling gears and aqua shoes. Mahal ang rent dito around P150 and short time use lang.
We were asked to ride a smaller boat around 4-5 maximum capacity, some 8-9 then the boatman will bring you to an area where you can start snorkeling.
Some offers additional P500 to do paddleboarding and P200 if you want to see Pawikans. Grabe diba!
Sobrang konti lang ng nakita kong fishes. Puro dead corals and sobrang maalon that day. Sobrang malas lang. Ang dami pang floating seaweed(not sure what plant was that talaga) pero it caused me major skin allergies! PLEASE WEAR RASH GUARD!
After that we had to wait for the other guests to come back, those who availed the paddle boarding and other packages. Mas matagal pa yung hinintay namin sa boat kaysa sa snorkeling. So napaorder nalang kami ng P100 Buko Juice! Hahaha!
I just had to express that we had a very bad experience at Balicasag. The whole island hopping is only a half day trip so at 10am we had to leave. Was so frustrated that the baotman obviously got lazy cause we were 9 in the boat and he was the only one doing the paddling. So sa mababaw na area lang kami nadala. Nafrustrate din yung mga kasama kong foreigners.
If I were you, if you'll go here, go here na ito lang and destination instead na island hopping because you won't enjoy it mabibitin ka. I know some na whole day nagstay dito and talagang nagenjoy may kasama png lunch, So sad di ko naenjoy yung trip.
I wish I could go back here. I won't rate it for now cause basically di ko talaga naexperience yung Balicasag, biased lang kasi badtrip yung Boatman!
Anyway, not all experiences are great. It's a choice to be happy (wow sa hugot!) so instead na magmukmok, my boyfriend and I still tried our best na maenjoy yung island. We took lots of photos, nagtimelapse pa kami. You can even roam around the island pero matagal lang nga mga 30min to an hour pag inikot mo :)
Hope this review helped a lot kahit na it wasn't all the good stuff.
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One of my best experience in Bohol.
In our sea tour, we go dolphin watching, went to Virgin Island and go snorkeling in Balicasag Island! We bought some bread first in the island store and use it to feed the fish. We ride a small boat going to the snorkeling area.
Waaaah! I got to see Nemo, Dory, sea turtles and other marine life. I am really in awe! I've only seen this breathtaking view in pictures and NatGeo shows and now I'm here. I'm in tears.
I'm just a bit sad that I wasn't able to bring underwater camera to capture my underwater experience.
I recommend that everyone try this when they go to Bohol.
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My balikbayan friends are around and they were asking for tips since two of them are going to Bohol tomorrow... The conversation turned to the must do things while in Bohol...
Of course, there's Chocolate Hills... The Loboc river cruise... The tarsiers... The adventure park... And the dolphin watching... But one of my favorite memories of Bohol was dropping by Balicasag island...
This island is pretty near Panglao and it is well known... Just in case you ask the boatmen to take you there... Better to ask them directly than to have your resort arrange it for you... Way cheaper!
It is serene and quiet when you go here... The water is so clear and snorkeling in the area is really really nice!!! There are more fishes here rather than in Panglao, which had lots of weeds and starfishes (at least to my best memory of our trip, years back)... The island is so picturesque, such a beautiful place for a day tip... The sand isn't as fine as in Panglao, so if lounging around on the sand is your thing, it migt be a bit uncomfortable... But the beauty of the island is raw and undeniable and it will be part of my must-see places while in Bohol! I would totally love to come back, as soon as schedule permits!
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I loved it.
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Great for snorkeling and diving! Our guide suggested that we could bring Skyflakes for fish feeding! Hope the local government continue to take care of this island.
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Amazing experience! This island is teeming with rich marine life and colorful coral gardens. I hope the local govt & tourism continue to preserve this marine park. We saw several green sea turtles, school of jacks, and so much more! 🏻 there were also some small jellyfishes but luckily was able to avoid them .
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