Bohol is an amazing island with many beautiful beaches, caves and waterfalls to explore. However, a day of island hopping to the nearby islands is also a great way to spend your time on Bohol. For $10 USD I was able to enjoy a 6 hour day trip to both Virgin Island Bohol and Balicasag Island.
On this day I only used my GoPro as I was worried about taking my Sony Alpha a7IIK Mirrorless Digital Camera in the boat. I would advise only taking a few items and leaving your valuables at home because during your time on Balicasag you will change to a much smaller row boat to reach the snorkeling spot.
Balicasag Island is a very small island with amazing snorkeling. The water is crystal clear and there were plenty of turtles swimming amongst the coral. One of the turtles we swam with was enormous. Use my friend Jorden as a scale. Even having lived in Hawaii for two years I never saw a turtle quite that big. There is a huge drop-off shelf that is great to check out as the fish swim past in schools. Here are the photos from the Balicasag Island part of our island hopping day trip:
We enjoyed a mango smoothie at Balicasag Island before getting back onto our wooden motor boat and heading towards Virgin Island Bohol. I call it Virgin Island Bohol as it is not to be confused with the U.S. Virgin Islands. I couldn’t help but find myself mesmerized by the crystal clear water and the seaweed below. It almost looked as if we were floating on thin air.
Arriving at Virgin Island Bohol we trudged through the muddy sand trying not to lose our flip-flops. We were greeted by many hard-working vendors selling pearls, fresh seafood they were offering to cook and other jewelry.
I was more interested in the barren sand-flats and the boats that were seemingly waiting for the tide to rescue them from the midday drought. We also found a couple of stranded starfish/seastars, which made for a great subject but we did feel a little bad leaving them there to potentially dry out.
Virgin Island Bohol is not necessarily a relaxing hangout for beers nor is it a great spot for adventuring. It is an interesting spot but I am still not quite sure what the main attraction is at this sandbar other than the sandbar itself. That didn’t stop our curious minds from a little exploring and we enjoyed ourselves nonetheless. Here are the photos from our stop at Virgin Island Bohol.