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What To Expect On a Balicasag Liveaboard
Liveaboard diving in Balicasag happens around this circular island and offers many different dive experiences. Whilst on your luxury Philippines liveaboard enjoy the views with Balicasag the backdrop to your stay on board. Balicasag stretches out from a group of islands from the South West coast of Bohol and the island itself is home to only 100 families of philippines origin. It is difficult to find a place to stay on this quiet island as there are only beach bungalows on offer so taking a liveaboard tour is the best option for visiting this incredible dive mecca. Liveaboard boats in Balicasag allow you to enjoy the diving on offer here without the travel from island to island that a day tour will entail.
Your Balicasag liveaboard will offer dive tours for all experience levels. This dive cruise will allow you to enjoy the reefs that skirt the edge all around this island that fall into large wall drops into the blue. You can find reefs out from the beach by 50 meters that are beautifully rich with life on this coral plateau. Further out from the island your dive cruise will take you over a sloping reef and then a wall, which runs right the way around the island and offers many diving adventures. With a visibility of up to 45 meters you will see incredibly beautiful biodiversity here including the amazingly large black coral forest. Your dive safari to Balicasag will afford you opportunities for taking many swimthroughs and seeing caverns on your dives. With up to 4 dives a day you will see the sights of this remote island easily during your stay as you live aboard this boat. This island has been enjoyed by many divers and has loads to offer all diving tastes. Scuba diving in Balicasag can afford you sights of beautiful reefs, black coral gardens, juveniles and the rarely spotted anglerfish. This is a must dive area for keen diving photographers; you can try your camera skills out in all diving scenarios checking your lighting as you dive.
Dive Sites Of Balicasag
Cathedral This wall will offer all your macro delights amongst it coral covered rocks. There is so much to see here. A coral reef moving out to the wall and so many tricks of the light here to guide your eyes across different areas for an unforgetable dive. Look out for Turles (you won't miss them here), Rays, Batfish and much more. Keep an eye out into the blue for bigger species too. This site offers swimthroughs and small holes to find the hidden creatures; ghost shrimp, nudibranches make their homes here. All experience levels can dive this site.
Sanctuary A protected area dive site, look here at the nursery reef for juveniles and get your fish identification books at the ready to work out which species you saw. Dives can be made at this site between 4 and 60 meters over the blue and along the wall. Caverns and swimthroughs are the highlight here and you should spot thousands of big-eye jacks here too.
Diver's Heaven Like most sites on this island enjoy this wall dive from 6 meters to 40 meters. Hard corals are found in the shallow areas whilst turtles, Napoleon wrasse, scorpionfish and anglerfish can be found as you descend the wall. Look into holes and crevices to find hidden gems of sealife. In the darker depths search for the hiding Anglerfish.
Black Forest A popular site with experienced divers on Balicasag Island, the Black Forest is full of black corals, where barracuda, jacks and turtles reside. A hard coral slope down to 40m this diverse area is home to garden eels. This site is often dived in drift currents so leave it to the advanced divers.
Top Tips For Divers
Bring your underwater camera to catch the moments in the clear water. You are likely to catch some wonderful snaps of the mantas that will make your diving pals back home very jealous of your trip. Remember your suncream here so you can keep your skin safe between dives when sunbathing on the deck.
Getting To Balicasag
For a Balicasag liveaboard you will more often then not arrive at the Phillipine islands through the capital's Manila airport. Dumaguette, Cebu and Mactan are the departure ports for these tours.
To get to Dumaguette fly direct from Manila with Cebu-Pacific Air.
From Manila take a flight direct to Cebu with Cebu-Pacific Air or alternatively fly into Cebu with Qatar Airways from Doha, Malaysian Airlines from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore Airlines from Singapore.
Getting to Mactan can be done through Cebu as above followed by a boat across the channel. Alternatively fly direct to Mactan Cebu airport with Cebu-Pacific Air.
Balicasag Diving Reviews
Great dive with whalesharksDiving Balicasag in February on the Seadoors