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Balicasag Reef, Balicasag Island

(3.4/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
Dive in to take a look at the colorful marine life at Balicasag Reef. See a variety of different sea creatures, from brightly colored clown fish and lionfish to sea slugs, turtles, and giant clams. Rent snorkeling gear on site, or bring your own. Take a break on the beach and try some local food, or bring a snack and kick back while you gaze at the crystal clear water in this tropical paradise. In the mornings dolphins frequent the area. Put Balicasag Reef into our Balicasag Island vacation generator to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Balicasag Island.
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  • Dove 3 times here. Very nice and beautiful. Numerous sea turtles and a few large fish and schools. Great visibility on all 3 dives. Great current dive without much effort on two of them.  more »
  • This island is a paradise of fish and coral reef surrounding the island with 4: Black Forrest, Rudy's Rock, Marine Sanctuary and Divers Heaven. Too bad the crowd of Chinese and Korean non-swimmers to ravage the environment and disturb those who want to enjoy a quiet ride. My suggestion is to go to the drop-off at the end of the platform reef, where those who can't swim don't dare go. The boat from Panglao there arrives at "Marine Sanctuary", and here I am boarding the kayaks by Rolly (name: sexy on board) which leads me to the limit of the reef (200 metres from shore with depths less than two meters) and he assists in snorkeling, I do right where the new corals proliferate on 2/3 steps before you settle on a straight wall that sinks into the deep blue; Here I stand on the two vertical sub that less than 10 meters are scrutinizing the barrier and taking shots at any price; big mountain air bubbles to the surface, flickering expressing various optical effects when the Sun breaks through the clouds and sinks its golden rays in the blue waters, giving spectacular reflections; interception bubbles and do a discovery: each bubble reflects my dark picture standing in sunlight; I don't know how long rest to trap the bubbles have seduced by my picture, and I discover as well that are not round, but I'm a mushroom; i envy the sub more on enjoying the wall and take pictures galore, but, alas, my ears do not allow diving. I'm next to a school of fish over a span long, metallic blue, turning round to tending to serried ranks forming a cylinder of about 2/3 meters high and 2 in diameter with a central hole; I try an evaluation: maybe 300 fish? tranquil, indifferent to my presence, express a slow and harmonious ballet with a modest lateral drift that I have no problem to follow, without fins; at times, the cylinder dissolves, with two theories of fish that unfold in opposite directions and then return magically to compose himself to set another cylinder; I observed the whole long and carefully, but I don't remember if it was right or left hand. Drifting along the wall of the cylinder I observe a junction with a smaller and less numerous shoal, Bluefish with mild ochre horizontal streaks that proceed to straight lines; the new tour touches the cylinder without mingle with, and proceeds to a few meters, and then reverse the direction and repeat the swipe, several times. Abandoning the ballets of shoals of fish and I transfer my attention on the steps and the flora/fauna that populates, who do not know, but I observe carefully, because I want to fix the memories for the record of a snorkel that is getting exciting, I distinguish the many varieties of life, fixed or lulled by the slow movement of the sea, in a pastel color distinction on which various shades of yellow, tending to Orange predominate very light green, lilac, which turns up at Marc and lively blue. Among all this life that makes up the reef they move several species of fish, from the little ones, like those that seem tadpoles black with white stripe, and move in a community the size of a fist, or solitary which seem like those of a couple of centimetres long, blue led to larger, long head and shoulders, that I turn around (perhaps hoping that forages) colored sand with Golden streaks; a lone parrot fish rages biting into I don't know what the reef, while PISCES Sergeants-the ubiquitous yellow with vertical black stripes, wide pescetti tail-spin in small groups with tourist development; Harlequin fish that I see for the first time run Solitaire games, maybe they're all in postprandial stroll. While Rolly is ever a few meters away, back towards the shore and I get into a tangle of kayaking, surrounded by Korean sguazzanti noisily who pasture all fish catcher of the surroundings. Conclusion snorkelers to lunch at a pricey restaurant on the beach. What about this experience at Balicasag? Despite the degradation to the tourist crowd deserves 5 balls, but for how much longer?
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  • The tour begins with a view of dolphins early in the morning. Honestly it's more chasing them, but we rode for turtles and reef at balikasage. Reef just fine, no restrictions. Turtles have impressed me a lot more than the shark in oslobe. If you're going to Bohol, then this place is necessarily rendered
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