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Balicasag Island Dive Resort

Situated on the roundish island of Balicasag off the south western end of Panglao island in Bohol province, this dive resort offers visitors a great destination to explore the rich marine life of Bohol.

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The island resort lie at the western coast of Balicasag and is managed by the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA).  PTA also offers a tour package that includes the accommodation to Balicasag and the tour to other destinations on Bohol.

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To reach the island, one has to take about 45 minutes drive from Tagbilaran to Alona Beach in the island of Panglao.  And from the white beaches of Alona, one has to take another 45 minute boat ride to the island of Balicasag. 

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As one approaches the island, one will find it’s white sand beach and it’s crystal clear water very enticing.  A few meters from the docking point on the island is the Balicasag Island Dive Resort (BIDR).   The resort has a wide open ground that have a lawn.   Surrounding the resort are a number of coconut trees and other tropical trees.

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 BIDR has no white sand beach that fronts its property but rocky plates of corals.   On low tide, one will see large mossy plates of bedrock that is covered with moss.   On high tide, the sea covers these rocky shores.  On the eastern side of the resort is a marine sanctuary where marine life and its coral garden is maintained and preserved for the natural ecosystem to flourish.  

With coral gardens and rocky shores of the resort, this area has become a great spot for snorkeling and scuba diving which the resort mainly offers.   BIDR offers diving lessons for non-divers and also facilities for licensed divers.

For non-diving visitors, the resort offers a great view of the sea and sunset while resting on one of their resting huts along the shore.   Or, one may relax on any of its benches along the shore while sunbathing or simply enjoying the rejuvenating sea breeze.

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The resort also has a salt water pool for those who prefer it.   This pool also serves as the initial diving spot for first-time divers before they actually scuba dive in the sea.

BIDR also has a number of air-conditioned cottages that is made of bamboo and wood with nipa on its roof to help in lessening the tropical heat into the rooms.

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At the center of the resort is its main restaurant that also offers sumptuous meals for the famished guests after a long time of diving into the open sea. 

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