Balicasag Island Bohol Philippines


Balicasag Island

Balicasag Philippines is a small island off the coast of Panglao Island, Bohol. It is a marine sanctuary with white sand beach and beautiful corals in shallow and deep waters. Balicasag island is a haven for snorkelers and divers and also for those who simply love to swim and go island hopping. It is 600 meters in diameter and may be explored within 45 minutes.

Balicasag Island Bohol Philippines Dive Site

How to go to Balicasag Island

You can reach Balicasag Island in Bohol via Tagbilaran City, then Panglao. If you are from Manila, take a plane going to Tagbilaran. If you are from Cebu, you can ride a boat, a fast ferry, or a plane to Tagbilaran City. From Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, you may take a fast ferry. It is also possible to ride a plane from Dumaguete City to Tagbilaran, but it would take more time since the flights are mostly via Manila.

Once you are in Tagbilaran, you may rent a van or get a taxi or tricycle to bring you to Alona Beach, Panglao. There you will find many motorized boats that will ferry you to Balicasag island. The rates are around P1,600 per boat for a round trip.

What to do in Balicasag Island

Balicasag Island Bohol is truly a wonderful destination for tourists in the Philippines, especially for sea lovers. You can go diving, island hopping, snorkeling, and dolphin watching. You can also simply laze on the white shores and go swimming on the shallow waters of the sea.

Balicasag Island diving

Diving is particularly famous in Balicasag because of the island’s very rich marine life. You can find turtles and enjoy looking at the different species of fish and various corals in different depths. The currents could get a bit strong, which is a good thing since you could just drift underwater.

Balicasag Diving Sites

  1. Black Forest. The Black Forest is probably the most popular dive point in Balicasag. It is a steep slope that extends to about 40 meters deeps. It is called black forest because of the beautiful black corals abundant in the area. You can also encounter school of jacks, barracudas, eels, and many other colorful species of fish, corals, and plants.
  2. Diver’s Haven. Diver’s Haven is a great diving point in Balicasag that highlights different species of fish and other marine life.
  3. Turtle Point. The Turtle Point is where you get close encounters with sea turtles. It also has caves that run 60 to 75 meters deep.
  4. Balicasag Marine Sanctuary. The marine sanctuary of the island features a wall dive that runs over 200 meters deep. You can see corals and plants protruding from walls. You can also encounter schools of jackfish in this area, as well as other vibrant species of fish and marine life.
  5. Cathedral Wall. The Cathedral Wall features plenty of cracks that make it an interesting dive. You need a torch light to see though the crevices and witness amazing reef fishes, corals, and sponges. Other interesting sights in this dive spot are schools of jacks and the light of the sun reflecting magnificently inside the cathedral wall.
  6. The Royal Garden. With a shallower average depth of 18meters, the Royal Garden is also one of the favorite dive spots in Balicasag. This underwater plateau features vibrant varieties of marine life all in one spot. You will find turtles, different species and schools of fish, corals, and plants in different sizes, shapes, and colors.

Balicasag Island snorkeling and swimming

If you are not into diving, you can enjoy the rich marine life of Balicasag by snorkeling. Swimming and snorkeling is the best way to enjoy discovering the beautiful island. Amazing vibrant corals are on shallow waters with different fishes making them their habitat.

You can bring your own snorkeling gear or rent from the boatmen. The equipment rental usually costs P150.

Dolphin Watching

When you are doing Balicasag island hopping with kids, you might want to go dolphin watching in the sea between Balicasag and Pamilcana. You can witness dolphins surfacing out of the water doing their stunts in groups usually early in the morning

Where to dine in Balicasag Island Panglao Bohol

Many day trippers who are on Balicasag Island tour simply bring their own food to eat while island hopping or in the middle of their diving or snorkeling adventure. It is also cheaper to have your meals this way. You can also buy raw food from Tagbilaran market and have it cooked for a fee when you arrive at the island.

Another option is to dine at the restaurant in the resort or in one of the restaurants lined up in one area of Balicasag Island.

Where to stay in Balicasag Island Bohol

While a day trip is enough for Balicasag diving, snorkeling, or island tour, you can also stay overnight for a more relaxing vacation. There is only one resort in Balicasag Bohol with native bungalows that come in standard, family-type, and dormitory-type rooms. It can house couples, families, and groups of friends.

Other helpful tips

  • Scuba diving is great in the morning.
  • When snorkeling or swimming, don’t forget to wear proper swimming attire. Wear rashguard and apply sunscreen so you won’t get sunburned. If possible, bring your own mask and snorkel.
  • Help save the marine life and be a responsible diver and snorkeler. Do not touch the corals or bring them home for collection.
  • Don’t forget to take with you your waterproof camera to capture the vibrant marine life of Balicasag Island.

Whale Shark at Balicasag Island Video

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