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Balicasag Reef

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There are plenty of better places for snorkeling in the Philippines

Balicasag has a beautiful coral reef, no doubt, but I was quite disappointed with the snorkelling... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
sporte8
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Lleida, Spain
via mobile
Average experience

Don't pay more then 300 peso for the boat ride to Balicasag if your joining a tour group. Or rent a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
shawn c
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Calgary, Canada
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good28%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible5%
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“fish sanctuary” (18 reviews)
“snorkeling area” (12 reviews)
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"fish sanctuary"
in 18 reviews
"dolphin watching"
in 22 reviews
"snorkeling area"
in 12 reviews
"marine life"
in 20 reviews
"alona beach"
in 34 reviews
"boat ride"
in 12 reviews
"per head"
in 8 reviews
"private boat"
in 8 reviews
"beautiful fish"
in 4 reviews
"island hopping tour"
in 8 reviews
"colorful corals"
in 4 reviews
"black forest"
in 6 reviews
"scuba diving"
in 8 reviews
"pesos per person"
in 4 reviews
"amazing experience"
in 5 reviews
"crystal clear water"
in 3 reviews
"turtles swimming"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Balicasag has a beautiful coral reef, no doubt, but I was quite disappointed with the snorkelling tours in the island. All the boats departed at the same time and went to the same little spot for snorkelling. The place was really crowded, everyone was shouting,...More

1  Thank sporte8
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't pay more then 300 peso for the boat ride to Balicasag if your joining a tour group. Or rent a boat to yourselves for the day would be better. Snorkeling on the turtle side was great! But the fish side was disappointing and too...More

1  Thank shawn c
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Reviewed April 5, 2018 via mobile

So sad to see that the large coral plateau is mainly damaged. Only on the edges to the drop into the deep the corals seem in good condition. I was hoping to see a better intact reef after reading the reviews - but unfortunately it...More

2  Thank Frank-Nick
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Reviewed March 24, 2018 via mobile

I can't decide whether this island snorkling excursion was good or bad...Let me explain myself...whilst there are turtles..in one area...and loads of fish ...in another area...which leads me to believe..the turtles are feed to keep them close to the shore...You have to pay an ecology...More

4  Thank mitchfrance
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Reviewed March 20, 2018 via mobile

Went snorkling here and its really amazing! Marine life is well preserved. Its also a great place to for intro diving. If you're lucky, you will see dolphins jumping and playing. We even saw sea turtles swimming around! Great place! I love it!

1  Thank maccenteno
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Reviewed March 19, 2018

So I did the snorkeling tour yesterday and wanted to write this review. Before I went, I read all the negative Trip Advisor reviews, but still a wishful/hopeful person I am, I still wanted to go. As many have claimed, this was just a sad...More

4  Thank kimhB4033CO
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Reviewed March 9, 2018 via mobile

I have seen some of th best dive sites in the world like Semporna in Borneo, Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Belize, etc. But Balicasag reef is cleaner, healthier and richer than any of them! But beware of the dive resort, it is horrible.

1  Thank Zsolt B
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Reviewed March 5, 2018 via mobile

For scuba diving balicasag is amazing. Turtles everywhere and beautiful fish and corals, maybe not the most colourful corals but it’s also not what balicasag is famous for. The snorkelling however is just a big scam. Expensive trips and pay this pay that, if you...More

2  Thank Enaldia199
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Reviewed February 18, 2018

If you expect a lot of colorful coral you will be disappointed. Did see a lot of beautiful fish but the hordes of people there at the same time is a real turn-off. Also, difficult to get back into small pangka boats though the boat...More

Thank monkey1947
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Reviewed February 7, 2018

This is a must do if you are scuba diving or snorkling. The fauna and the reef are really worth it. You will be able to spot many turtles coming to the surface to breathe. Many dive shops take you there for a full half...More

1  Thank Bustravel88
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Nino J D
March 26, 2017|
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Response from DeepBlueMind | Reviewed this property |
Hi, it's probably easier to be at Alona Beach, go to the beach front and look for 'Bohol Divers Club' for their daily trips to Balicasag Island. Done this before with no advance booking online. Bring cash.
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gzx5
November 28, 2016|
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Response from meiametherb | Reviewed this property |
Once you arrived at the Balicasag island they would offer you to have a local to boat you to where you wanna go (turtle or fish sanctuary) I think the cost would be around 250php per head and additional 150 for snorkling. I... More
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footsieDylanHB
October 26, 2016|
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Response from meiametherb | Reviewed this property |
where are you staying if I may ask? If you are already in Panglao and you know how to bike you can rent one and just bike yourself to Alona Beach from there boats are waiting to get you to Balicasag then Virgin Island... More
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