Balicasag Island Snorkeling – Pangalao, Bohol

Balicasag Island is the most exciting island in Panglao, Bohol for one simple reason—colorful fishes and lots of them. In fact, they are so many, you’ll see them swarming even in the shallow parts of the beach!

Balicasag Island Fishes with Juliet
Juliet surrounded by colorful fishes

The land formation of the beach made this possible because the edge of its shallow part has the wall they call the “Diver’s Heaven”. The “Diver’s Heaven” is in the 8th place of the “Top 10 Dive Sites in the Philippines” based on the Scuba Dive Philippines’ website.

Balicasag Island Fishes with Jun and Jul
Having fun together with the fishes

 

Snorkeling in Balicasag Island

Looking at a bulk of them with their colorful scales illuminated by the sun was really awesome. Their kaleidoscopic color gives you an impression of an underwater rainbow.

It was really nice to get surrounded by those fishes while feeding them. They made me feel like a kid in Candyland! Thanks to the “Diver’s Heaven” below, it can also be considered as a “Snorkeler’s Heaven”.

Balicasag Island's Diver's Heaven
The edge of the snorkeling area where the “Diver’s Heaven” can be found.

 

Getting to Balicasag Island

The moment our batch arrived there, several small boats started coming toward us. We were told that we need to ride those boats to get to the snorkeling area because our boat for island hopping is too large for shallow waters. Each boatman will serve as guides and lifeguards to their corresponding passengers. They charge P150.00 per person and each boat can carry two passengers only.

Balicasag Island's Shore
Just reached the island

Aside from being a lifeguard and a boatman, our guide was a photographer as well. He took most of our underwater pictures and did a great job. He was also the one who recommended that we use some crackers to feed the fishes to make them surround us and have better pictures taken with them. My wife really appreciated our boatman’s so she decided to buy some ornaments from his wife who was just waiting on the shore.

Balicasag Island Snorkeling
Juliet ready for snorkeling with camera and crackers
Balicasag Island Snorkeling Boats
We can see here how small the boats are

Lunch Time

To prepare for our next stop, we requested to have some fish cooked for us in the local eatery and we bought some coconuts for our drinks. It took them 45 minutes to prepare our meal but it was all worth it because the food tasted great. If you’re concerned where the fishes came from, I guarantee you—they’re not from the snorkeling area since it’s a protected area.

snorkeling fun
EJ holding a dead coral

Your island hopping trip in Panglao, Bohol won’t be complete without visiting this amazing snorkeling and diving site. You don’t really have to dive deep to encounter loads of colorful fishes. Getting swarmed by these bright little creatures is a bliss. Make sure not to miss a thrilling and one of a kind experience on this island.

Balicasag Island Rates

Snorkel Rent: P150.00
Water Shoes Rent: P100.00
Lifeguard / Entrance fee to Marine Sanctuary: P150.00
Waterproof Camera Housing: P300.00
Lunch: P300.00

5 thoughts on “Balicasag Island Snorkeling – Pangalao, Bohol”

    • Hi Sunset Goddess,

      We were actually using a submersible digicam. You’ll see my wife holding it in the 3rd to the last picture in this post. I’ve seen some underwater camera cases sold in CDRking and in some cellphone shops within Metro Manila. I have some facebook friends who tried those and never had a problem. :)

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