After you explore the tranquil beaches of Panglao, Bohol has several smaller islands surrounding it that have their own charm and surprises. At the top of this list is Balicasag Island, one of the best diving spots not only in Bohol but also the entire country. With its diverse marine life ranging from sea turtles to coral reefs, Balicasag Island has a lot to offer for nature lovers!
What to expect
If Panglao Island is for chill beach-lovers, Balicasag Island is for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts. While it still has the pristine white-sand beaches and crystal blue waters you’d expect from Bohol, Balicasag’s main attraction can be found underwater.
The most popular sight snorkelers and divers will see are the sea turtles who roam around the island’s turtle sanctuary. You can find them swimming along coral reefs and through various underwater caves. Tourists who dream of swimming alongside turtles can get their chance in Balicasag!
Apart from its turtle sanctuary, Balicasag also has a fish sanctuary with many species of colorful fish and coral reefs. The deeper you go, the more diverse the species you’ll find! Where to experience it
Balicasag Island is a 30-minute boat ride away from Panglao’s Alona Beach. Many of the island hopping tours offered around Panglao include Balicasag in their itineraries.