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Balicasag Reef

445 Reviews

Balicasag Reef

445 Reviews
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Visayas 4 Islands: Cebu, Bohol, Panglao and Balicasag
$1,670.58 per adult
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Self-Guided Cebu and Beyond (10D9N)
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Self-Guided Cebu and Beyond (10D9N)

Want to explore Cebu with no hassle? We’ll help you understand what makes Cebu the Queen City that it is today as we take you to different historical structures that withstood time. Cebu, which is the heart of the country's smallest island group, is well-loved for its immaculate waters. Explore the province's pristine beaches, get acquainted with its wonderful aquatic life forms like the whale sharks, take a refreshing hike to one of the highest points in Cebu and visit the famous tarsiers only found in Bohol.
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Theboy1980 wrote a review Feb 2020
Norwich, United Kingdom24 contributions10 helpful votes
Don't bother its a trap. Just want to rinse you out of as much money as they can. You get a boat from panglao offing snorkeling for around 2000 pasos. You get there on a really noisy boat take your ear plugs. And out of the bushes comes a guide demanding more money to take you snorkeling in a patch half the size of a football pitch. Then if you want to see the turtles pay more. It's a total tourist trap where the locals are trying to milk you for all they can. Avoid please.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Edwin Tee wrote a review Feb 2020
Quezon City, Philippines113 contributions17 helpful votes
Nice place to experience feeding the fishes. Various colorful fishes will come to you. Both big and small fishes will approach you. Get also to see the pawikan or giant turtles. We were lucky to see 3 today. One of the 3 surface to catch a breath.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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sherwok wrote a review Feb 2020
Norwich, United Kingdom52 contributions23 helpful votes
Wish I had read these reviews beforehand. We hired a private boat for the 3 of us to go island hopping and snorkelling. Boat cost was 2000 peso and took us to Balicasag island. Then we were asked for another 1000 for a guide and snorkelling. Which was not expecting so refused to pay due to feeling was being ripped off. There were others off the island snorkelling with Dive companies and we were told to dangerous. We walked around the beach and swam on our own. Then the boat took us back. If you decide to hire a boat to understand what's included and if there are any additional costs. We have taken many a boat trip in Europe and in Asia and never come across this before. Lesson learned to avoid being conned
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Bob Hutchison wrote a review Feb 2020
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The reef is being destroyed by total lack of care by the Philippino people in return for making a fast Peso off of the hoards of Chinese people coming to Philippines. This is suppose to be a Marine Sancutary and is not being treated as such. Driving boats over reefs throwing anchors in on top of the reefs to name just a few items. Most of the fish are gone except for small ones and not very much in variety. Once the reefs are ruined then they will wonder why no more tourist are coming.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Kiril G wrote a review Jan 2020
4 contributions1 helpful vote
Balicasag reef is wonderful place for snorkeling,one of the best I have seen.On Pamilacan you can take a boat to Balicasag it's not expensive if you are a group of people we were 7 people and pay 610php per person.The people from the boat will say you that you need to pay 250php for snorkeling or watching turtles but you don't.On south-east side of the island are the turtles.On north west is snorkeling in front of the Balicasag island Diving Resort.The beach is not good for staying but in the water is like heaven.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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