Island hopping off the coast of Panglao will often take tourists to Balicasag Island in Bohol, 914km southeast of Manila. It's fairly accessible, only about 30 to 40 minutes by boat from Alona Beach, and offers tourists a taste of tropical bliss in its white sand shores and marvelous underwater scenery. The island is famous for it's diving, and surrounding it are several world-famous dive spots like Black Coral Forest and Turtle Point, where rare black corals and sea turtles reside. Non-divers can also enjoy a leisurely walk along the coast of the 25-hectare island, swim and enjoy a hearty lunch with the locals.
How to get there
Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines fly from Manila to Bohol. From the Tagbilaran airport in Bohol, ride a taxi, tricycle or habal-habal to take you to Alona Beach, Panglao. Along the shore are motorized boats you can hire to take you Balicasag Island and other islands.
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By Celia Nachura
Published September 2016