Balicasag Island: Your Ultimate Guide to Traveling this Paradise in Bohol

boat on the clear waters of balicasag island bohol

When in Panglao, the first thing you are looking forward to seeing is its pristine beaches. From Alona Beach to Virgin Island, the beach person in you will jump right off the boat (if only it’s possible) just to feel its sand and waters. But other than these beaches, Balicasag Island is also something worth mentioning.

It is a prime diving and snorkeling spot in Bohol because of its rich marine life. Aside from colorful reefs and fishes, you can also spot sea turtles here! So if you want an amazing underwater world experience, consider adding Balicasag in your itinerary to see the magnificent Balicasag marine sanctuary.

How to get to Balicasag Island

boats at the at balicasag island bohol

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Visitors who want to experience a piece of the island-paradise in Bohol can go there by taking a flight going to Tagbilaran. From Tagbilaran, you can ride a taxi or van bound for Alona Beach in Panglao Island. Upon reaching Alona Beach, you can now take a 30-45 minute boat ride going to Balicasag Island. 

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Discover the beauty of Balicasag marine sanctuary with ease by familiarizing yourself with the island before traveling. Read this travel guide to help you plan your trip well.

Balicasag Island history

empty beach at balicasag island bohol

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Balicasag is an island popular for its marine sanctuary where one can enjoy Balicasag Island snorkeling and diving. Since 1989, Balicasag Island was developed into a resort called Balicasag Island Dive Resort, and was also declared as a marine sanctuary under Presidential Proclamation No. 1801 for it is abound with natural beauty, potentials for aquatic sports, tourism and marine life conservation. 

And before it became the resort we know of today, Balicasag used to have power only from 6 pm to 11 pm until 2017 when it was fully energized. 

Balicasag Island Dive Resort

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Balicasag Island Dive Resort is the only resort in the 25-hectare island. It is run by the Philippine Tourism Authority. The resort offers affordable Balicasag Island accommodation like air-conditioned nipa cottages with private bathrooms and verandas, dormitories for group travelers, and lots of water activities.

With bountiful marine resources with a white sand beach and beautiful corals in shallow and deep waters, Balicasag surely is a famous tourist attraction. It is also considered as one of the best diving and snorkelling sites in Bohol given the stunning Balicasag reef and Balicasag marine sanctuary.

Things to do in Balicasag Island

Balicasag is more than your island getaway destination because aside from the breathtaking landscape, it also offers fun things to do on the island. So make sure to add these activities to your Balicasag Island tour.

1. Dolphin watching

dolphins at balicasag island bohol

If there’s one thing Balicasag Bohol is really famous for, it’s Balicasag Island dolphin watching. Take your island adventure to the next level by watching the dolphins up close.

2. Snorkeling

colorful fishes and reefs at balicasag island bohol

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Of course, when in this beautiful island, you must not miss Balicasag snorkeling as it’s one of the most popular activities. Here you’d see many colorful coral Balicasag reefs, and fishes even without diving deep.

3. Swimming

Want a relaxing activity? Take out your beach mat, have your skin tanned while reading a book, and when you’re already satisfied with it, go swimming. The stunning waters in the island are among the prides of Balicasag Bohol so make the most of it.

4. Scuba diving

If you crave something more adventurous that will give you adrenaline more than the Balicasag snorkeling or Balicasag Island dolphin watching do, try scuba diving. If we haven’t stressed it enough, the island is home to a rich marine sanctuary that lets you see a beautiful underwater world.

Balicasag Island map

Balicasag Island is located in Panglao, Bohol. Here’s a map of the island to help you explore it better.

Frequently Asked Questions About Balicasag Island

Q: How to get to Balicasag Island?

A: Visitors who want to experience a piece of the island-paradise in Bohol can go there by taking a flight going to Tagbilaran. From Tagbilaran, you can ride a taxi or van bound for Alona Beach in Panglao Island. Upon reaching Alona Beach, you can now take a 30-45 minute boat ride going to the island of Balicasag. And once you’re there, enjoy a day or two of Balicasag Island snorkeling to see the magnificent Balicasag reef.

Q: What are the things to do in Balicasag Island?

A: Balicasag is more than your island getaway destination because aside from the breathtaking landscape, it also offers fun things to do on the island. So make sure to add these activities to your Balicasag Island tour.

  • Balicasag Island Dolphin Watching
  • Swimming
  • Balicasag Island Snorkeling
  • Diving

Q: Where to go in Bohol?

A: While Bohol is world-renowned for its Chocolate Hills, it’s more than that. Here are the 15 beautiful places in Bohol that every first-time visitor must check out.

  1. Panglao Island
  2. Chocolate Hills
  3. Hinagdanan Cave
  4. Loboc River
  5. Man-Made Forest
  6. Anda Beach
  7. Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary
  8. Danao Adventure Park 
  9. Balicasag Island 
  10. Dimiao Twin Waterfalls

Must-read: Bohol Itinerary: Best Places to Visit and Budget Guide All in One

Q: Is Bohol open for tourists?

A: As of writing, Bohol is now open for tourists but with certain restrictions and travel requirements needed. For more details and updates, check out http://tourism.bohol.gov.ph/

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