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Bohol Island—Awesome Sun, Sea, and Sand

Sunday, November 18, 2012


Bohol is a tropical island paradise in the Southern part of Philippines.  From Manila, you can reach Bohol in just an hour by plane. It wasn’t a well-planned vacation on my part, but since I never got to swim with the whale sharks in Bicol (thanks to the typhoon!), I was itching to go diving somewhere and I thought of Bohol.

Dive Thru Resort, Panglao Island, Bohol
After a few hours of searching for resorts in Agoda.com, we stumbled into this charming resort called Dive Thru. It is located in Panglao Island, Bohol. For $80/night with free breakfast, I thought it was a steal so we booked it for four nights. It is a refuge for beach bums like me—a private paradise with rustic appeal and a front yard with azure waters teeming with marine life. 

You will never run out of things to do in Bohol; from snorkelling to island hopping, to scuba diving, to visiting chocolate hills, seeing the endangered Tarsiers etc.—you will wish you have stayed longer.  First thing I opted to do is island hopping! 

Boatman (he looks like a 14-yr old kid...and I have a feeling he is!)
For 3,000 pesos (US $73), you can hire a boat for yourself all day to take you to nearby islets for snorkeling/diving.  Actually 3,000 pesos is a bit too much since I have asked the Hotel to arrange a boat for me. I have found out that tourists can haggle and usually you can pay as low as 1,800 pesos (US $43) for a boat. Prepare 500 pesos (US $12) for entrance fee to Balicasag island's Marine Sanctuary where a guide will accompany you when you go free diving/snorkeling. 

Balicasag Island Marine Sanctuary, Bohol,  Philippines
Balicasag Island is really awesome! It's as if the Gods are still in charge here--otherworldly fantasy where it's just you and nature and the wind is your air-conditioning. It is one of the most pristine dive sites in the world and is waiting to be explored. 
Is this Nemo? :)

The underwater camera we purchased didn't work so I was forced to buy a plastic case for my Nokia N8 and I used it to take underwater pics. Too bad I couldn't take it with me deeper. 


yellow coral
Balicasag Marine Sanctuary has one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world! I took a quick video using my phone so you will have an idea what I am talking about (but too bad coz the video didn't do it any justice).

video

Next stop is Virgin Island...it is about 15 mins away from Balicasag Island. 

Virgin Island, Bohol Philippines

Its pristine white sands, clear blue waters, and a relaxing island vibe sounds more like a cliche for beach bums who have had their fair share of awesome beaches, but this tiny island (more like a sandbar), took my breath away. 

Tourists in Virgin Island
Even the scorching heat of the sun didn't prevent me from staying here longer than I am supposed to. The price I paid for staying longer is a massive sunburn all over me, but I think it is worth it. :)

I don't think these people minded getting burnt too! :)
Oh Panglao, I shall return!!! 

10 comments

  1. oh! homesick now.... i've been to bohol 5 years ago with hubby and it was amazing! looking at your pics warms up the afternoon!

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    1. Hope you can come home and visit Bohol again soon! Thanks for dropping by :)

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  2. That's such a beautiful natural scene. Love to go there somedays.

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    1. Yeah Bohol is really beautiful. More fun in the Philippines! :)

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  3. oh am gee!!! whew, thank you for the awesome virtual tour sis! haaayyyy I wish I'd someday have the financial luxury and time to travel too :) super love all your shots...what a beautiful place indeed! viewing the photos again! :D

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    1. Thanks for visiting sis! I actually envy you coz you don't have to go further to have fun with nature. You have it in your backyard already! :)

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  4. I could agree you more Bohol is amazing and romantic place for lover. Nice blog keep on posting! :)

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    1. Yeah amazing indeed! Thanks for visiting :)

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  5. Woops sorry ^ But yeah, I looooove this place. looks gorgeous. And I just wanted to let you know that I am loving the look of the site :D very professional!

    Jen xx

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