Balicasag’s different shades of blue

TWO2TRAVEL | Bohol | Balicasag Island
Balicasag Island, Bohol
The western part of Balicasag was deserted that day (save for a couple of roosters tied on trees) because of strong winds. In times like this, everyone troops to the eastern end to do business. On other days, it’s the other way around.

Balicasag Island, Bohol | Two2Travel
TWO2TRAVEL | Bohol | Balicasag Island
Our guide toured us around the government-run Balicasag Island Dive Resort, the lone resort in the island. The property faces the marine sanctuary where tourists usually snorkel. As you can see on the photo, however, even snorkeling would have to be done on the other side (which meant no marine sanctuary for us).

Balicasag Island, Bohol | Two2Travel
TWO2TRAVEL | Bohol | Balicasag Island
Pretty place even under bad weather, agree? :)

TWO2TRAVEL | Bohol | Balicasag Island
This guy was doing his rounds around the resort, and he was nice enough to pedal along this lane again when we asked (although he did hesitate, saying his bike was too small for him :P).

TWO2TRAVEL | Bohol | Balicasag Island
Hi, we’re finally going snorkeling. :)

TWO2TRAVEL | Bohol | Balicasag Island
TWO2TRAVEL | Bohol | Balicasag Island
TWO2TRAVEL | Bohol | Balicasag Island
Say hello, for the nth time, to our guide Randy, who would have even more appearances in this post. Starting with—

TWO2TRAVEL | Bohol | Balicasag Island
Balicasag Island, Bohol | Two2Travel
TWO2TRAVEL | Bohol | Balicasag Island
The waters looked cloudy on some parts, making it difficult to see what was underneath.

TWO2TRAVEL | Bohol | Balicasag Island
The corals on clear areas looked good though. Note however that this was the other side of the island, which even our guide admitted doesn’t have as much of the beautiful corals that the marine sanctuary on the other side does.

TWO2TRAVEL | Bohol | Balicasag Island
TWO2TRAVEL | Bohol | Balicasag Island
TWO2TRAVEL | Bohol | Balicasag Island
TWO2TRAVEL | Bohol | Balicasag Island
TWO2TRAVEL | Bohol | Balicasag Island
TWO2TRAVEL | Bohol | Balicasag Island
TWO2TRAVEL | Bohol | Balicasag Island
From this, taken early in the morning—

TWO2TRAVEL | Bohol | Balicasag Island
—to this, just before leaving in the afternoon.

TWO2TRAVEL | Bohol | Balicasag Island
Here’s to foolhardy decisions that go your way anyway. :P

HOW TO GET TO BALICASAG ISLAND:
DROP-OFF POINT

Panglao Island (to get from Tagbilaran to Panglao, read this).

BOAT HIRE

Balicasag is located 45 minutes away. Those in big groups (6-8 people) may get boats for hire at Alona Beach. Average cost is P3,500 during the high season & P1,800-P2,500 during the low season.

FOOD

Fresh seafood are sold in makeshift stalls along the beach. You can then have them cooked any way you want. Some charge cooking fees for every type of dish, and this is where you haggle (so haggle hard).

SNORKELING

Locals will offer to take you snorkeling at around P300 each. If you’re good enough, you can trim that down to P200 (including mask rental). Fins are at P100, and we spotted underwater compact camera cases for rent as well.

DIVING

Balicasag has five dive sites and one marine sanctuary, and it’s said to be one of the Philippines’ best places for scuba divers. Place to go, obviously, is Balicasag Island Dive Resort.

ACCOMMODATIONS

TIEZA-managed Balicasag Island Dive Resort offers diving + accommodation packages or day trip scuba packages. Cabins looked nice when we went around. Click on this page for reservations.

GUIDE

Mr. Randy Guivencan
0929 251 2967

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10064759038222104757 Sky Summer

    As usual stunning pictures! Love the jumpshot! :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00779572056259030202 Two2Travel

      Thank you!!! We work really hard for the jumpshots, haha! :-)))

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15082087003446932648 anney

    Ang ganda ng place! Beautiful shots!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00779572056259030202 Two2Travel

      Hey Anney! Salamat! You should visit too! :-)

  • Anonymous

    What type of -underwater Camera did you use? or is it a Dslr with a case? Beautiful shots by the way! :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00779572056259030202 Two2Travel

      Thanks! Just DSLR with a case. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14798109037174312607 honeylane palero

    can i ask if how much did spend for your meal?

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00779572056259030202 Two2Travel

      Hi Honeylane, I think it’s P500 for us three (Owen and I and our guide). :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04287742711829373178 Riza Ann

    Hi,

    magkano po yung boat rental niyo? Yiiieeeeee! ang ganda ng shots! Too bad digicam lang ang meron ako. Hindi pa underwater kaya walang pag-asa na makakuha ng pics kapag pumunta kami :((

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00779572056259030202 Two2Travel

      Hi Riza Ann, we didn’t charter a boat because that was too expensive for 2 people. We hitched a ride with one of the boatmen at the port near the Panglao Church (this is farther away from Alona Beach) and he agreed to take us for P100 per person per way, so overall P400 for the two of us. You can try asking around for a public banca going to Balicasag in that area because I think there is, it’s just that we weren’t very lucky when we went. ~Nikka

  • http://www.lakbaydiva.com/ Lakbay Diva

    you got to balicasag for a hundred bucks only? i should be ashamed as a boholano hahahaha…

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  • manilacitizen

    Your photos are superb, as always

    • http://www.two2travel.com/ Two2Travel

      Hey thank you so much!!! :D

  • theclothesmuse

    Everything I need is in all of your posts. Sana sing-swerte ko kayo when I go there. :) And excellent photos! You should go for the annual NatGeo contest!

    • http://www.two2travel.com/ Two2Travel

      Haha thanks ate! Eto pala yung number ng guide namin dati, taga-Balicasag siya. Randy – 09292512967. Baka lang kailanganin mo. :)