Snorkeling in Balicasag Island Bohol
One of the destination in Panglao, Bohol when you go island hoping is the Balicasag Island. Where you can go snorkeling and see the different species of fish in the cliff underwater. The fish sanctuary is highly preserved by the native residence, you can see the corals beneath even if you are in the "banka" because of the crystal clear water. And if your are snorkeling, you may think that you are inside an aquarium because you can clearly see the fishes that swims around you. You'll never seen so much colorful fish up close sliding unto your hands battling against each other just to get a bite of bread or biscuits that you are holding.
While you were having fun underwater be reminded that there will be time that you will see the steep cliff while snorkeling and if you are afraid of dark water you better be prepare but you dont have to panic since there is a rope floating that serves as a warning that you are approching the cliff. For other its more fun cause its more extreme swimming on top of the cliff and its nice to have a picture you taken underwater besides the cliff. Occasionally, you will see divers underwater over the cliff thats how clear the water is. So if you want to experience diving you may want to try this first and have a feel of what it could be in the water.
Bangka rentals is P150 per person, that includes use of snorkling goggles, life jacket, footwear just dont forget to bring with you bread or biscuits for fish feeding
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The Philippines are an archipelago of more than seven thousand islands off the southeast coast of Asia. Only half of these islands have been named and roughly one thousand are inhabited. Look at how beautiful they are! People first arrived here from the mainland around 25,000 B.C. by crossing a land bridge which existed at the time.
The name comes from Ferdinand Magellan of Portugal, who explored the Philippines in 1521. He claimed them in service of Spain, naming them after Prince Philip. Spain controlled the Philippines for the next 350 years until the Philippine Revolution of 1896.
Here's a picture of Fort Santiago, where the national hero Jose Rizal was imprisoned prior to his execution. He was a poet and novelist who supported peaceful reform, rather than violent revolution, against the Spanish government.
This is one of poems in which he describes the creation of the world, as a gift to his mother:
"Say they that tell of the world, the first dawn of the sun, the first kiss that his bosom inflamed, when thousands of beings surged out of nothing, and peopled the depths, and to the heights mounted, to wherever his fecund kiss was implanted"
Violent revolution broke out anyway and the Philippines changed hands from Spanish, to American, to Japanese control over the next fifty years. Following World War Two they finally became an independent republic.
Back to the beautiful ocean! You can dream about the Cafe Del Mar resort next time you find your screen saver kicking in when you're still sitting at the desk staring blankly. There's a series of DJ mixes with this title but I don't know if it refers to the same place. I would not be surprised.
Annnnd to really get you buying your plane tickets...
the sunset over Borocay White Beach!
Text by Steve Smith.