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Travel Guide for First Timers Balicasag Island Panglao, Bohol Philippines!

Balicasag Philippines is a small island off the coast of Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines.

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.
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Thanks to MARIE ANTOINETTE CALVEZ for the photos!
Life thrives in the Bohol Sea, one of the richest waters in marine biodiversity in the country and home to many species of turtles, dolphins, and even the blue whale. The islands dotting it are some of the best destinations to see them in the wild! One of them, Balicasag Island, where snorkeling could already introduce you to a wide array of life forms in its coral gardens. Imagine what else is in store to divers!

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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.
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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. Beach bums will also be delighted with its coast. One side has fine to medium sand, perfect for a morning of just lazing on the beach. The other is laced with shells and coarsely crushed corals. A reminder though, the waters here can get shallow so avoid stepping on the corals.
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Where to EAT at Balicasag Island Panglao, Bohol Philippines?

Balicasag Island is usually the lunch stop of the tours in the area. Locals serve lunch. You get to choose from their basin of freshly caught fish and other seafood, and they will prepare them according to your preference. However, the price can be a little steep. Another option is to buy raw ingredients before the trip and just bring them with you on the tour. Locals here offer “paluto” services: They will prepare/cook them for P300.00 only.

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