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  • 1. Bohol
  • 2. Basic Facts  Southwest of Panglao  Depth: 5-35m  Viz: 10m +  Currents: moderate  Best months: Nov-May.
  • 3. Dive spots in Balicasag Resorts and dive centers in Panglao also offer dive trips to Balicasag Island
  • 4. Dive spots in Balicasag  Southwest Wall (Rico's Wall)  At Rico's wall between 7 and 11 meters you will find a shelf with coral gardens, then a wall descending to 35m. The coral garden is the home of soft, leather and hard coral, feather stars, starfish, smaller reef fish and anemones with anemone clowns. At the edge of the reef and in the shallower water you can watch fuseliers, surgeonfish, jacks, snappers, wrasses, batfish, moorish idols, anthias and damsels as well as bannerfish.
  • 5. Dive spots in Balicasag  Diver’s Heaven  A true aquarium with many Gold band Fusilier (Caesio Caerulaurea), Big-mouth Mackerel(Rastrelliger Kanagurta), Midnight Snapper (Macolor Macularis), Red tooth Trigger fish (Odonus Niger) and Turtle. Between 10 and 15m are great corals like Brown Daisy coral (Tubastrerea Micrantha) and some big Bucket sponges (Xestospongia Testudinaria).  Southeast Wall (Rudy's Rock)  Here you often come across a shoal of big-eyed mackerels that then circle divers for a few minutes. The wall has small caves, projections and crevices with devil firefish, soldier and hussar fish as well as morays. If you are lucky you can even meet some soup turtles!
  • 6. Dive spots in Balicasag  Northeast Slope (Black Forest)  A steep sand slope descends from the beach to a depth of more than 40m. Here you will encounter coral blocks, whip and soft coral, on the sand there are gorgonians. After 30m you can admire forests of black corals as well as groupers, barracudas, napoleons, wrasses, tuna, batfish and snappers. In the shallow water you may see morays, bannerfish, giant and orange-striped triggerfish, surgeonfish in shoals, jacks, garden eels, angel, emperor and peacock as well as trumpet fish, puffers and flute fish.
  • 7. Dive spots in Balicasag  Cathedral Dive  One will encounter among the overhangs Yellow Bucket Sponges and on the walls are big and colorful sea fans. You will see Barracudas and Angelfish and among the shallow waters, the Snubnose Drummer (Kyphosus Cinerascens). Off the wall, one will meet the Big-mouth Mackerel (Rastrelliger Kanagurta) and close to the wall are many Golden Sergeant fish (Amblyglphidodon Aureus), Midnight Snapper (Macolor Macularis), Pyramid Butterflyfish (Hemitaurichchthys Polylepis), and also the One-spot Snapper (Lutjanus Monostigma).
  • 8. How to get there From Tagbilaran, Bohol:  Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines offer domestic flights to Tagbilaran City from Manila daily  From Tagbilaran, hire a cab or rent a car going to Panglao  Panglao is 15-30 minutes away from Tagbilaran  Boats to Balicasag Island are available in Panglao (45 minutes) From Cebu:  Take a direct flight to Cebu International Airport or a domestic flight from Manila  From Cebu, take a ferry (Supercat or Oceanjet) to Tagbilaran, Bohol
  • 9. Places to stay  Balicasag Dive Resort  Website:  Ananyana (Panglao)  Website:  Belleview Rock Resort (Panglao)  Website:
  • 10. References     sites/bohol/balicasag-island.php