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Dolphin Watching & Island Hopping in Bohol

  
We have to get up before the sun rises to catch a glimpse of the dolphins.  Since it is going to be almost a whole day sea trip, we requested the hotel to make us a sandwich for our breakfast while cruising the ocean. We were informed by the hotel staff that we can also bring packed lunch and they can prepare it for us also. I politely declined thinking that we will be spending our lunch at Balicasag Island and expect fresh seafoods are available there :)

Sunrise at Alona Beach

We went to Alona Beach Shore and looked for our banca (motorized boat).  Jun Tambis (our tour guide) texted that the boatman will be meeting us on the shore.  As soon as we reached the shore, our boatman met us and led us to the banca, turned on the engine and started looking for dolphins.  First the boatman took us to the place where dolphins were spotted the last day.  After a while he accelerated the engine because we saw water spurting and thought it might be a whale.  When we reach the spot it was gone.  We continued looking for dolphins, the boatman told us that there are times that dolphins won't show up but assured us they will try there best (as if they have control over the dolphins ha ha ha ha).  It was already 7:00 am and we were cruising to the direction to Balicasag Island.  There are several banca's  circling on the area a hint that they have spotted dolphins.  And so we joined the group.  At last after 2 hours of navigating and steering around the sea we finally saw a group of about 6 dolphins and in awe I forgot to take photos.  I was just standing and staring at the water because everything was so quick or you lose the chance of seeing them.  After a few minutes the dolphins didn't show themselves again.  We decided to proceed to Balicasag Island.


Balicasag Island is a small island popular to tourist for their marine life sanctuary and a place for snorkeling & diving.  It is known as one of the best dive spot in the Philippines.  On shallow water, you can see fishes and corals.  You can also find find a lighthouse in the middle part of the island.  When we arrived, the water was shallow perfect for snorkeling.  Nothing to worry if you don't have snorkeling gear because the residents have plenty of it for a small rental fee of P100.  We also need to rent a small paddled banca because motorized boat is not  allowed to enter in the fish sanctuary area.  The banca & tour guide cost us P150.

Balicasag Island, Panglao Bohol

After we made the snorkeling arrangements, we went to a local vendor and asked what kind of food they were offering.  There 's not much to choose, they have fresh seafoods &  meat available.  They sell it by kilograms and they will cook it to your desire for a fee.  Hmmmmmm yum yum yum I thought.  I was surprised to know that a kilo of fish will cost you P500-P700 while porkchop is P450/kg.  rice is 20/cup and cooking service is P100.  Seems like I am paying my lunch from a 5 star hotel :))   We were already there so we might as well enjoy it.


Reaching the fish santuary I put on the life vest (a must), snorkeling gear right away and jump on the water. Amazing!!! that's all I can say.  I have done snorkeling in Boracay, Davao & Camiguin but this was the only place that I saw countless number of different colored fishes, different sizes the biggest I saw was bigger than my palm.  How I wish I had an underwater camera so I can capture that moment.  You can also see different kinds of corals and a few meters away from the sanctuary was a cliff that drops off steeply to very deep water, a good site for scuba diving. I was astound by the site.
 
Snorkeling at Balicasag Island Fish Sanctuary


We rested a while after lunch.  Then I ask our boatman to take to Virgin Island.  This is one of the islands in Bohol where a big part of the beach sink during high tide.   It is known to the locals as Virgin Islands because nobody lives there.

Virgin Island, Panglao Bohol
Our banca docked and we didn't waste our time, went down and explored the Island.  The water was already rising that time, we saw not much of the white sand which I read from other blogs to be about a kilometer wide during low tide.


Not a perfect jump shot :))


Nevertheless we enjoy being there not only because there are only few tourist around, I find it funny that there's a vendor in the Island selling buko at P100/pc.  It's good I brought a lot of bottled water with me, I don't have to buy and taste a very expensive buko just to quench my thirst :))  Surrounding the Island is a fine white sand, in the middle was a few trees that barely gives shade to the visitor.  An umbrella and lots of sunblock could give a relief, unfortunately I don't have both.  Yes, I left the sunblock lotion in the hotel and as expected our skin got burned :((


Though the banca was at our disposal for the whole day, we decided to head back to Alona Beach at 2:00pm because we were tired and burned already.

18 comments:

  1. panglao is definitely my favorite place in bohol but by the time i arrived there, the water was toooo far away already. i couldn't really swim.

    wow, i'm shocked that the buko costs 100. it's very expensive. hmmm. good thing you brought water with you already. it's truly a must to bring your own water too. we can never predict the prices when we go on vacations.

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  2. The water is so clear that you can see all the things under the water.Ganda ng place

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  3. Been through the same route last May. The panglao beach front, virgin islands and dolphin watching. Bohol has a rich marine life.

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  4. Indeed a nice adventure, though quite expensive on that seaside lunch.

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  5. Awww too bad you didn't get to snap photos of the dolphins. But I guess focusing on the experience is way more fulfilling than taking photos. I also love Balicasag Island. On an off day, you can have the island to yourself. Btw, your jump shot looks really funny. :))

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  6. I will be going to Bohol this Saturday, September 8, to race in the Bohol Marathon :) The pictures here makes me regret not booking a longer trip! :)

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  7. I haven't seen the DOLPHIN here???? hahahahaha. Maybe they're all hiding from you. Virgin Island,Panglao Beach is like Canigao Island in Matalom, Leyte.

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  8. i would be glad to see dolphins too! they're such cute nature! xx

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  9. I like to go there too!!! I love nature... Ow, the buko is so expensive ha?! Grabe! lols.

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  10. I have seen dolphins nung pauwi na kami from Camiguin. They were swimming in group tapes parang nakikisabay sila sa barge namin. Haha!

    Also, Panglao's beachline is so serene. Perfect!

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  11. Its known that Bohol has a magnificent view of the sunset as well as the chance to see some dolphins in action. ^_^

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  12. I was in bohol last summer and waaa didnt able to get here hahaha.. too much oplaces to visit in bohol hahaha..maybe next time..

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  13. We were able to chance upon Virgin Island back when I went here seven years back. It was so surreal, like stepping into one of those island movies like the Beach. We didn't want to leave, but the guy at the banca told us that we had to because the tide was coming in. In a way, it was good because I didn't realized I was really burned until a few minutes after.

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  14. Ang ganda ng tubig. Parang nasa bahamas.

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  15. you are fortunate to see the dolphines ... balicasag is one of my top spots for snorkling as it has the best coral formations ...

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  16. I have been to Bohol twice but not to their beaches... I went on a heritage tour instead...hehehe

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  17. my family and i are going to bohol this august. is this a good time to do dolphin and whale watching? if you have package tour offers, can you send it through my email? thanks! eugene.lumanlan@gmail.com

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