Island Hopping in Bohol- Balicasag and Virgin Island
Going island hopping in Bohol to Virgin and Balicasag Island was one of the highlights of my trip to Bohol. Crystal clear blue waters, amazing sandbars, and sea turtles are just a few of the things you can expect to see on this island hopping adventure day.
HOW TO BOOK AN ISLAND HOPPING TOUR IN BOHOL
This was my second time visiting Bohol, and I knew I wanted to go island hopping again! It was so fun the first time I had to show Thomas. Booking a tour for island hopping in Bohol is pretty simple. All you need to do is walk down any street in Panglao, preferably near the beach, and locals will be trying to sell you a tour.
Thomas and I wanted to book a private tour as we wanted to be at Virgin Island before anyone else arrived. We paid 1600 Pesos for a private boat for the day, plus some extra fees (200 Pesos) for a guide and an environmental fee. It ended up being more expensive than we would have liked, but we did get Virgin Island to ourselves, that was pretty nice.
If you are interested in booking a tour with others, you are looking at around 350 Pesos per person, so much more affordable.
WHAT TO EXPECT- ISLAND HOPPING IN BOHOL
I am going to assume that most of you will end up taking the tour with other guests as I had my first time. The tour runs from sunrise until about noon, so lunch is not provided. You will meet at the beach at sunrise and head off for the dolphin watching. I did see dolphins when I went and it was really incredible! After the dolphin watching, you will head to Virgin Island.
Virgin Island is a pretty large sandbar lined with beautiful starfish and clear waters. By the way, don’t touch the starfish. When it comes to nature, just think Vegas rules.
There are vendors on the island selling fresh coconuts and mango. Thomas and I grabbed a mango and some fried banana. The mangos in the Philippines are genuinely the best! After a bit of sunbaking and playing in the beautiful waters, you will then head to Balicasag Island, my favorite.
SNORKELING WITH SEA TURTLES AT BALICASAG ISLAND
Balicasag Island is my favorite place to swim with sea turtles in the Philippines. If for some crazy reason you don’t seem to find any, be sure to head to APO ISLAND. The water at Balicasag Island is some of the clearest I have ever seen in my life. The reef is absolutely stunning and filled with beautiful fish.
Chances are you will have a guide that will lead the way around the island as the current can be quite strong. Thomas and I didn’t have fins and I had a water housing, it was a bit of a struggle, but definitely entertaining.
BE SURE TO BRING FINS! THE CURRENT CAN BE VERY STRONG.
Because we were on a private tour, we had a lot of time to swim around and take photos of turtles, most of the photos you see below are actually all the same little dude. After about two hours, we got back on the boat and headed back to Panglao!
WHERE TO STAY IN BOHOL
Thomas and I stayed in Bohol and were basing ourselves in Panglao. Panglao is the most popular place to stay in Bohol and a pretty good base for adventuring. We stayed at MINGCHE APARTMENT. They had amazing WiFi and even better customer service. When we couldn’t find the place, they sent a tricycle to come and pick us up free of charge. Definitely, the best place to stay in Bohol.
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