Diving in Balicasag Island 2023
Diving in Balicasag Island in Panglao is the highlight of any scuba diver vacationing in Bohol. It’s a beautiful small, inhabited island with a marine sanctuary, protected area limited to only 150 divers per day. It’s only 30 minutes by bangka boat from Alona Beach and our, Balicasag is on every divers must visit list and for very good reasons.
Balicasag dive sites offer you an incredible scuba dicing experience. From sandy slopes where turtles grave lazily on the sea grass to spectacular walls full of life, diving in Balicasag island very rarely disappoints! A huge ‘storm’ of Jacks has now made its home here and is seen almost every day. Whale sharks and other pelagic’s are also spotted here. Keep on reading if you want to learn more about diving in Balicasag, or check some more Panglao Dive Sites for you to explore on your vacation in Bohol.
Booking your dives in Balicasag Island in advance is strongly advised. Tickets are limited to 150 divers a day. Don’t miss your spot on our diving trip to Balicasag and book now!
Click on the booking button or contact us directly via the Messenger widget in this page if you’re interested in diving in Balicasag Island.
Balicasag Dive Sites - the Best Diving in Balicasag Island
The dive sites in Balicasag Island are suitable for beginners and experts alike. Ranging from 5m-50+m there is something here for every dive level. Divers must hold a minimum of Open Water license or an equivalent scuba diving certificate. We suggest you to do your Scuba Open Water course with us, in case you didn’t do one yet. Read further for a full description of the available dive sites in Balicasag Island.
Balicasag has 5 dive sites surrounding it:
- Divers Heaven
- Black Forest
- Rico’s Wall
- Rudy’s Rock
Our diving trips to Balicasag always involve Cathedral and Black Forest, as these two showcase the best the island offers – incredible coral formations and plenty of green turtles. Depending on our schedule we might have another dive in one of the other dives sites, or a third dive at Danao Wall on our way back. Please contact us via our contact page or directly via the Messenger Widget to inquire about our schedule or next trip.
Balicasag is also a great snorkeling destination as many snorkelers frequent it on their island hopping trips. When we have enough space on the boat we also allow snorkelers onboard. Don’t hesitate to inquire about bringing your friends and family with you while you’re diving if you want to have a fun day with them too, or even if you’re just interested in snorkeling alone. We’ll do the best we can to assist you with your trip to Balicasag.
Last thoughts about diving in Balicasag
A diving trip to Balicasag Island is in the top of the bucket list of your Bohol Scuba Diving Vacation, and your visit to Panglao won’t be complete without it. We dive in Balicasag a few times a week and our schedule will surely match yours. Even though that it’s an amazing diving site, it’s only one of the numerous spots in Bohol. Don’t skip diving in Balicasag Island when you’re in Panglao!
We suggest the you check more of Panglao Dive Sites, and even diving in Pamilacan Island while you’re here in Bohol. Contact us now and we’ll assist you with your scuba diving, and to create unforgettable memories while diving in Balicasag and more.
How do you get to Balicasag Isalnd?
Most people get to Balicasag Island on their island hopping tours from Alona Beach in Panglao. This option is good for snorkelers who’re looking for a quick snorkeling session in Balicasag Island. However, divers will need to join an accredited diving center from Panglao in order to dive in its sanctuaries. It takes around 30 minutes to travel to Balicasag Island, but times may vary according to the changing weather conditions.
Where is Balicasag Island Located?
Balicasag Island in located in the Bohol Sea, just in front of Alona Beach. It’s situated about 10km from the southern tip of Panglao Island, and is about 30 minutes away.
What is Balicasag Island known for?
Balicasag Island is known for its spectacular dive sites and snorkeling spots. Balicasag is abundant in corals, turtles, jackfish and many other types of fish and marine life. Many tourists consider diving in Balicasag Island as the highlight of their trip to the Philippines, and even the best diving experience they had in their life.