We woke up early on our third day to start our sea tour in Bohol Sea. I have previously contacted our boatman and he was waiting for us in the shore fronting our hotel, Dumaluan Beach Resort. Our first stop was dolphin-watching near Balicasag Island. We left Panglao Island before 6:00 AM because the number of dolphins dwindle between 8:00-10:00 AM. Dolphin-watching is like playing hide and seek with the dolphins and racing with other tourist boats also trying to spot the dolphins. Lucky for us, our boatman knows his way to be the first near where the dolphins play.
SNORKELING IN BALICASAG ISLAND
After about 45 minutes of chasing the dolphins, we headed to Balicasag Island to snorkel and have our brunch. It is not advisable to walk in Balicasag Island shores barefooted because it is covered with small pebbles and sharp coral pieces.
We first bought fresh squids and yellow fins and had it cooked by the locals. The locals made a make-shift tent as visitor’s dining area. Cooking fee is 100.00 Php per dish, 100.00 Php for a 1.5L coke, and 50.00 Php for 1L of water. The price of the sea foods depend on the type of fish and the season. We had 1/2 Kl of squid and 1/2 Kl of yellow fin for 450.00. We found it expensive but we’re starving and we had no other choice.
After eating, we rented snorkeling gears and life vests and a smaller paddle boat to take us to the snorkeling site. We had our aqua shoes with us so we didn’t rent snorkeling fins or shoes. One look underwater and it is easy to tell that themarine sanctuary in Balicasag is protected. Hard and soft corals and starfishes of different colors and sizes litter on the sea floor. Variety of fishes of different hues and different sizes swim with and around the visitors.
One thing I like about Balicasag is that it is friendly to non-swimmers like me. The water is calm and clean and the rich marine life is found less than 5 feet deep. I brought bread pieces with me when I snorkeled and when I poured it in, the groups of fishes swarmed around me. 🙂
Balicasag Island Snorkeling Charges:
- Small paddle boat to snorkeling site – 150.00 Php / pax
- Snorkeling Gears with lifevest – 150.00 Php / pax
- Aqua shoes – 100.00 Php / pax
After an hour of floating and snorkeling in Balicasag, we went to Virgin Island. Virgin Island, or more commonly known by the locals as Puntod Island is a crescent-shaped sandbar with coconut trees at the other side. The shape of the sandbar varies depending on the tide and sometimes, the island is submerged in a 2-feet deep water.
To be honest, I was disappointed upon arriving in the island. I just visited White Island in Camiguin and it upped my expectations of sandbars. I was surprised to see dried sea grasses in the island and the litters probably from other visitors. We walked to the other end of the sandbar where white star fishes were scattered and the view and the sand quality is better
After then, we sailed back to our hotel since the boatman is fearing that our boats might be stuck in the island because of low tide.
Bohol Island Hopping Charges:
- Boat Fee for all three islands – 1500.00 Php
This article is one of my 13-part Bohol travel series. For more Bohol reads, check-out these links:
- 4Days/3Nights Bohol Itinerary
- A Magnificent Welcome at Mag-aso Falls
- Delving in Dauis Church and Hinagdanan Cave
- Everything Organic at Bohol Bee Farm
- Ultimate Relaxation at Panglao Island Nature Resort and Spa
- Dumaluan Beach Resort: Affordable Bohol Accommodation
- Navigating Chocolate Hills with an ATV
- The Shiphaus, the Butterflies and the Forest
- Charmed by the Endemic Species
- Cruising and Flying Through Loboc River
- Visiting Prony the Python and Quick Stop at Baclayon Church and Sandugo Site
- An Afternoon in Bohol Beach Club