Balicasag Reef
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Max V
8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
It was absolutely terrible. You are obligated to pay 300 php per person to be allowed to snorkel. Then you are also obligated to take a guide and mini boat to the reef. You get 30 minutes at the turtles and 30 minutes at a reef where there is little to see. We started at the turtles, our guide was swimming so fast that we could not keep up. And after we saw 1 turtle he insisted on leaving, already sitting in the boat and demanding us to climb in. This was only 10 minutes. The second reef was crowded with so many boats, the only thing I was doing is watch my head for the other boats. But there was not much to see anyway. So we decided to leave on our own 5 minutes later.
We have read so many great stories about people wandering around the island and being able to snorkel on their own, this is not true an not possible! They watch you like a hawk.
Written 4 December 2023
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Biffro
London, UK1,425 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We did two dives at this reef with Piratas Dive Centre in Bohol and it was a massive highlight. The reef is full of colourful and pretty pristine coral and diverse shoals of fish. We were so fortunate to have seen lots of turtle and a massive shoal of jack fish. The diving here was the best whilst in the Philippines and we were lucky to have had good visibility and calm water whilst here. A beautiful reef teeming with life and well worth coming to see.
Written 5 May 2023
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Footprints158353
Coimbra, Portugal6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Although the island is a bit crowded with boats, the general feeling is that the touristic providers try to keep the reef safe. It is totally worth to book a trip to see the corals and the fish, and the guides are very professional. After you can also enjoy a wonderfull meal in one of the restaurants. Really good food!
Written 9 February 2023
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JPManogura
Panglao Island, Philippines84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Family
This is one of the best islands here in bohol. Where you can go snorkeling or diving. This island is 40mins away from alona beach by boat. There are two sanctuaries that you can visit for snorkeling the marine sanctuary (corals and fishes) and sea turtles where mostly in shallow water. This is one of the best things to do if you are in bohol. It's fine to go to Balicasag Island at 9am after balicasag you can go to another island which is near called the virgin island(it's a sandbar) , like 15 mins away before you will come back to alona beach 🥰
Written 15 January 2023
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Kuyarenneil
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022 • Family
This is one of the best experience and the highlight of our vacation. We paid 3K php for our boat exclusive for my family of 3 teenagers and hubby. Then we paid 300 php each for environmental fee and for the small boats when you reach the Balicasag Island for swimming with the turtles and fishes. We left around 6 am. First they took us to see the dolphins. We saw a group of dolphins swimming so close to our boat. Then after about an hour they took us to Balicasag Island for the small boat tour looking and swimming with the turtles first. You can rent your snorkel mask and flippers for extra cost 150 php for mask and 150 php for flippers. These are optional. Then our guides took us to another spot to swim with the fishes. We brought with us slices of bread to feed the fishes so they would come near us. For additional fee of 1500 php we paid for a go pro with a videographer/photographer and an SD card to record all of the underwater activities.
It’s so worth it. Then around lunchtime our boatman and captain took us to Virgin Island to have lunch. There you can eat your own food or you can also buy food from the floating restaurants/stalls. We had our own food but kids and hubby wanted hotdogs, pork barbecue, broiled sword fish and broiled sea urchins and soda and bottled water. I paid around 2K php and everyone was so full and everyone shared the food. We also had young coconuts for 100 php each. The coconut water was so sweet and refreshing. We were not able to see the sand bar in Virgin Island since it was high tide. Our guides informed us that it’s best to visit this island during the months of December to February when it’s low tide season. You can swim in Virgin island and take pictures but we opted not to do this since we can’t see the sandbar. Around 2pm we headed back to the mainland and went home happy about our trip.
Written 26 July 2022
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Theboy1980
Norwich, UK31 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
Don't bother its a trap. Just want to rinse you out of as much money as they can. You get a boat from panglao offing snorkeling for around 2000 pasos. You get there on a really noisy boat take your ear plugs. And out of the bushes comes a guide demanding more money to take you snorkeling in a patch half the size of a football pitch. Then if you want to see the turtles pay more. It's a total tourist trap where the locals are trying to milk you for all they can. Avoid please.
Written 26 February 2020
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Edwin Tee
Quezon City, Philippines114 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Nice place to experience feeding the fishes. Various colorful fishes will come to you. Both big and small fishes will approach you. Get also to see the pawikan or giant turtles. We were lucky to see 3 today. One of the 3 surface to catch a breath.
Written 24 February 2020
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sherwok
Norwich, UK50 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Wish I had read these reviews beforehand. We hired a private boat for the 3 of us to go island hopping and snorkelling. Boat cost was 2000 peso and took us to Balicasag island. Then we were asked for another 1000 for a guide and snorkelling. Which was not expecting so refused to pay due to feeling was being ripped off. There were others off the island snorkelling with Dive companies and we were told to dangerous. We walked around the beach and swam on our own. Then the boat took us back. If you decide to hire a boat to understand what's included and if there are any additional costs. We have taken many a boat trip in Europe and in Asia and never come across this before. Lesson learned to avoid being conned
Written 20 February 2020
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Bob Hutchison
13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The reef is being destroyed by total lack of care by the Philippino people in return for making a fast Peso off of the hoards of Chinese people coming to Philippines. This is suppose to be a Marine Sancutary and is not being treated as such. Driving boats over reefs throwing anchors in on top of the reefs to name just a few items. Most of the fish are gone except for small ones and not very much in variety. Once the reefs are ruined then they will wonder why no more tourist are coming.
Written 8 February 2020
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Kiril G
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Balicasag reef is wonderful place for snorkeling,one of the best I have seen.On Pamilacan you can take a boat to Balicasag it's not expensive if you are a group of people we were 7 people and pay 610php per person.The people from the boat will say you that you need to pay 250php for snorkeling or watching turtles but you don't.On south-east side of the island are the turtles.On north west is snorkeling in front of the Balicasag island Diving Resort.The beach is not good for staying but in the water is like heaven.
Written 4 January 2020
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