The jewel in the crown, Balicasag is a stunning marine park with five divesites. Beautiful sandy areas full of seagrass and turtles, gentle slopes with nooks and crannies hosting all kinds of macro and big stuff, giant walls that plummet to unknown depths. Turtles everywhere, huge schools of Trevally, giant Gorgonian sea fans, sometimes we get whale sharks, mobula or manta rays, giant cuttlefish, etc. Even if you don’t get lucky with the big stuff you will be blown away with the rich abundance of hard and soft corals, huge schools of brightly coloured fish everywhere, beautiful topography and the tranquility of the island during the safety stop. As a marine park, you must already hold a diving license to dive here and numbers are limited, so BOOK IN ADVANCE! Balicasag is a dive trip, we do a minimum of two dives on this trip.
Starting at 5m over a sandy/grassy area with a gentle slope leading to small crevices covered in soft and hard corals. Often home to the large storms of trevally and with turtles munching on seagrass. It really is a ‘diver’s heaven’ with almost everything a diver would want from a dive in terms of habitat and sea-life. If you look hard enough you can find all kinds of interesting life here, ribbon eels, scorpionfish, Spanish mackerel, barracuda, nudibranchs, stonefish, many anemone fish, and a huge variety of other tropical fish. Always have an occasional eye into the blue in case something interesting comes by.
Like Diver’s Heaven, Black forest is named after the collection of black corals found at the deeper depths. It has an abundance of soft and hard corals with some beautiful coral gardens in the shallows making for eye-opening safety stops. Turtles and trevally can be found all the way along the slopes, often the green and hawksbill turtles are eating or sleeping around the shallow depths. The only problem with this site is the fish get in the way of your view of the other fish! A stunning dive site.
A wall with many large ledges. You begin the dive near the edge with great coral formations and drop down by a near vertical wall that drops to depths far beyond recreational diving. It is an amazing experience as you drop down with the small caverns and overhangs. Huge gorgonian sea fans and big clusters of soft coral where you can find frogfish, great macro, and the usual abundance of brightly coloured tropical fish, this is a beautiful dive.
One of our favourite dive sites at Balicasag. Some say it gets the name from the large overhangs that mimic the arches of a Cathedral and others say it is the way the sun shines through the majestic hard and soft corals on the top of the wall that exposes an otherwise hidden cavern. You may have the chance to see white tip sharks snoozing in caves and often the Spanish mackerel swim by in huge schools that light up the blue like a galaxy of stars. A truly exceptional wall, Cathedral is nature’s version of Notre Dame, but with a lot more fish.
A truly great wall dive, some of the best coral gardens at shallow depths and fantastic swim throughs and caverns a little deeper. Often you have a slight current here so can just hang and watch this site drift by like a movie. You may find the trevally schooling like a tornado and some of the larger groupers, sweetlips, snappers, and turtles cruising around here. Not often visited by other divers so the dive is perfect for a spot of underwater meditation and the safety stop at the stunning shallow corals is a perfect way to end the dive.