Balicasag Island Dive Sites - 2 Dives for 3,500 Pesos

Balicasag Island dives are only in the morning and are dependent on weather conditions

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BLACK FOREST

District                        : Balicasag Island
Distance                      : 10km from Alona Beach
Travel Time                : Circa 27min by banca
GPS Coordinates        : Entry point = N.09˚ 30.890’ E.123˚ 41.336’ Exit Point = N.09˚ 30.779’ E.123˚ 41.182’
Baring                         : From Alona 251˚                                          
Composition               : Steep slope dive
Snorkeling                  : Deep for snorkeling
Experience                  : Dive site for good Openwater divers or higher
Visibility ±                  : 15-30m
Depth                          : 8-40m
Current                       : 1-3
Interest                       : Most interesting at 15m. Not interesting below 40m.
Dynamite Fishing       : Not affected
Dive Direction            : Start the dive with the slope on the right shoulder, going south.

Description:
Many coral heads in the shallow part and a forest of Black coral at 35-45m. Normally the dive starts against the current, stay low over the sandy bottom and after20min the current will change, so you can drift dive the second part. This is the best dive site in the Bohol Triangle.

Marine Life:
An aquarium with all kind of Anthias, Rockcods Groupers, Scorpion fishes, Squirrel fishes, Parrotfish, Wrasse, Damsel Fish, Anemonefishes. The trigger fishes are aggressive in the months of May, June and July.

RUDY’S ROCK

District                        : Balicasag Island
Distance                      : 11 ½ km from Alona Beach
Travel Time                : Circa 31min by banca
GPS Coordinates        : N.09˚ 30.828’ E.123˚ 40.838’
Baring                         : From Alona 251˚
Composition                : Wall Dive
Snorkeling                   : Good for Snorkeling
Experience                  : Easy dive site for Openwater divers or higher
Visibility ±                  : 12-20m
Depth                          : 3-35m
Current                       : 0-2
Interest                       : Most interesting at 15m. Not interesting below 30m.
Dynamite Fishing       : Not affected
Dive Direction            : Start the dive with the wall on the left shoulder going in the direction of exit point from Black Forest, or wall on your right shoulder going in the direction to the resort Rico’s wall.

Description:
Deep drop-off wall in the south/west side of Balicasag Island.  The land orientation is the big rock marked with the stick in front of the beach in low water.

Marine Life:
Soft and hard corals, small caverns and crevices. Often school of “Jacks”, in the Big eye trevally swimming in circles like a tornado Midnight Snapper are swimming among sweetlip fishes.

 

RICO’S WALL

District                      : Balicasag Island  
Distance                    : 11km from Alona Beach
Travel Time              : Circa 30min by banca
GPS Coordinates      : N.09˚ 31.048’ E.123˚ 40.8473’                                        
Baring                       : From Alona 253˚
Composition             : Wall Dive
Snorkeling                : Good for Snorkeling. The reef top is very shallow with a few corals.
Experience                : Easy dive site for Openwater divers or higher
Visibility ±                : 15-30m
Depth                        : 5-40m
Current                     : 0-1
Interest                     : Most interesting at 10m. Not interesting below 30m.
Dynamite Fishing     : Not affected
Dive Direction          : Start the dive with the wall on the left going south or right shoulder going north.

Description:
Drop-wall in front of the resort on the west side of the island. Dive site has many small caverns, ledges and reef over-hangings. If you are going in north direction you probably finish the dive in the dive site Cathedral and if your dive in south direction you finish at the dive site Rudy’s rock.

Marine Life:
Large school’s of Vlamming’s Unicorn fish and silver Jack’s Big eye Trevally that are swimming in circles like a tornado Midnight Snapper and many different kinds of big size Sweetlip fishes.

CATHEDRAL

District                         : Panglao, Balicasag Island
Distance                       : 10 ½ km form Alona Beach
Travel Time                  : Circa 29min by banca
GPS Coordinates         : Entry Point = N.09˚ 31.224’ E.123˚ 41.076’ Exit Point = N.09˚ 31.216’ E.123˚ 40.953’
Baring                          : From Alona 254˚
Composition                : Wall Dive
Snorkeling                   : Excellent for Snorkeling
Experience                   : Easy dive site for Open water divers or higher
Visibility ±                   : 15-25m
Depth                           : 3-45m
Current                        : 0-3
Interest                        : Most interesting at 20m. Not interesting below 30m.
Dynamite Fishing        : Not affected
Dive Direction             : Start the dive with the wall on the left shoulder, going south-west.

Description:
Wall with big overhangs, ledges and gaps. On a bright day beautiful light reflections, inside the cathedral.

Marine Life:
Among the overhangs are yellow bucket sponges, the wall have big and colorful sea fans. Often Barracudas and Anglerfish, among the shallow water the snubnose drummer. Off the wall in the blue water the Big-mouth Mackerel. Close to the wall many Golden Sergeant fish, Midnight Snapper and many Pyramid Butterflies. Also seen in the One-Spot Snapper.

 

DIVER’S HEAVEN

District                         : Panglao, Balicasag Island
Distance                       : 10 ½ km form Alona Beach
Travel Time                 : Circa 29min by banca
GPS Coordinates         : Entry Point = N.09˚ 31.105’ E.123˚ 41.273’ Exit Point Black Forest = N.09˚ 30.985’ E.123˚ 41.316’ Exit Point Cathedral = N.09˚ 31.218’ E.123˚ 41.166’
Baring                          : From Alona 254˚
Composition                : Steep Slope dive
Snorkeling                   : Good for Snorkeling
Experience                   : Easy dive site for Open water divers or higher
Visibility ±                   : 12-25m
Depth                           : 8-40m
Current                        : 0-3
Interest                        : Most interesting at 15m. Not interesting below 25m.
Dynamite Fishing       : Not affected
Dive Direction             : Start the dive with the steep slope on the left shoulder going to cathedral in North-West direction. At the end of the dive the slope becomes steeper in the north. On other direction slope on your right shoulder going to Black Forest in south direction, depending on where the current is going.

Description:
Steep slope with top at 10m, it is the north-east side of Balicasag. You see Panglao Island in the north direction.

Marine Life:
A true aquarium with many Gold band Fusilier, Big-mouth Mackerel, Midnight Snapper, Red tooth Trigger fish and Turtle. On the reef edge between 10 and 15m are great corals like the Brown Daisy coral and some Big Bucket sponges.