Balicasag Island Dive Resort
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7.6
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9.1
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Exceptional location
  • Balicasag Island1.65 km
  • Diving & Snorkeling3.18 km
  • Virgin Island5.64 km
  • Danao Beach8.24 km
  • Doljo Beach9.25 km
  • Panglao Church9.57 km
  • Blue Planet Diving Shop9.61 km
  • Island Adventure Philippines Dive Center10.22 km
  • Alona Beach10.24 km
  • Winners Sports Bar Alona10.38 km
  • Balicasag Island Dive Resort

    Balicasag Island, Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines - See map
    "Highly recommend to stay here to enjoy the crystal ocean water in the morning without many tourists."
    Zhen - October 26, 2017
    Exceptional reputation
    Recommended by 83% of guests
    Very good service
    7.6 rating for service
    • Private beach

    • Air conditioning

    • Balcony/terrace

    • Bar

    • Garden

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    Location score
    9.1/10
    Room comfort score
    7.4/10
    Cheapest price score
    Room size
    20 sqm.
    Better than
    98
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    Bigger than
    87
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    Value for money7.8
    Location rating9.1
    Nearest airportBohol–Panglao International Airport (TAG)
    Distance to airport11.3 km

    Rooms available at Balicasag Island Dive Resort

    Duplex Cottage
    Duplex Cottage
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Beach view
    • 2 single beds
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      What people love about Balicasag Island Dive Resort

      • 9.2
        Exceptional

        "Great diving and great people everywhere on thistiny island."

        Steve

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        October 3, 2016

      • 9.2
        Exceptional

        "Highly Recommended!!"

        Pimpaka

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        December 21, 2016

      • 8.4
        Excellent

        "The only and nice resort in the such beautiful island."

        Ayu

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        August 16, 2017

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      8.0
      Very good

      "Nice weather, kind staff were good."

      Jihyeon

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      April 18, 2018

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      8.0
      Very good

      "Very nice 4 nights stay."

      DELPHINE

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      January 2, 2016

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      Bohol–Panglao International Airport (TAG)
      11.3 km
      Sibulan Airport (DGT)
      47.3 km
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      Agoda Reviews (718)
      7.6
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      Cleanliness7.1
      Facilities6.3
      Location9.1
      Room comfort and quality7.4
      Service7.6
      Value for money7.8
      Rating
      9+ Exceptional (123)
      8-9 Excellent (126)
      7-8 Very Good (171)
      6-7 Good (92)
      <6 Below Expectation (109)
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      8.4
      Excellent
      Shane from Philippines
      Couple
      Duplex Cottage
      Stayed 2 nights in June 2019

      Past prime”

      This place used to be up to date and quite nice. However, it is falling into disrepair (pool, generator, rooms) with no plans for improvement. While it used to be a great dive resort, it is largely Chinese families and few divers. I guess this is part of the problem when the government gets into the business of running tourist resorts.

      Reviewed July 07, 2019
      6.4
      Good
      Thomas from Sweden
      Family with young children
      Duplex Cottage
      Stayed 2 nights in July 2019

      Excellent location away from the crowd but experience could be a lot better with minimal effort”

      Location and reef is beautiful in a perfect location away from the daily flooding by Alona tourists visiting for snorkeling and diving. Rooms were ok but in one room the door hinge was broken and in the other the toilet seat was loose. Bathroom cleaning should be improved significantly. One small water supplied per person/day. Better to supply free drinking water and a boiler + tea/coffee in the rooms would be a great improvement and adequate for the fairly high cost of the room. Food is ok but nothing special and a little on the pricy side. Wifi is not available and phone connection is very limited - don't expect do come here to do any work. Dive operation is poorly run. Uninterested dive master, very short dives due to unfilled tanks (fill to only 180 bars) and a misunderstood requirement to be in the surface with at least 50 bars left. I got a lame execution that tanks are only certified for 190 bars. Equipment is washed in dirty water and regulator submerged FULLY.

      Reviewed July 22, 2019
      10.0
      Exceptional
      ovidiu from Philippines
      Family with young children
      Duplex Cottage
      Stayed 7 nights in March 2019

      Wonderful time here ! Highly recommended!”

      We stay here for 1 week, mid March .... but planning for next time to stay 2 weeks . If you love snorkeling or diving, this is your own paradise . In less than 1 min out from your room you could be swimming next to beautiful fish and corals. And if you're lucky enough one of the giant turtles will be near you . Restaurant it's good enough, and everything peaceful and quiet. If you looking for luxury, just go somewhere else. If you deal directly with the resort they will provide van and boat transportation to the island, all together for about $ 60 Can. There is no wifi on the island and the power went off only a couple of times for short time. Also, did not use at all the mosquito repellent.

      Reviewed March 19, 2019
      3.2
      eunjin from South Korea
      Solo traveler
      Duplex Cottage
      Stayed 3 nights in October 2018

      As they always say, FIND ANOTHER PLACE.”

      It is not resort. Its no better than war refugee tent. One of complimentary water was half full. and only provided at the first day. They change bath towel only when asked to. Toilet was broken but they never tried to fix it fast. We ask three times for 3 hours. Rental gear were sucks. Masks were not cared well do keep leaking while we were snorkling in the sea. We have to wipe the mask every 3 breath. Food were also sucks (we were not surprised anymore). They use different ingredients on same menu. Table sheet was changed only ONCE IN A DAY so you can guess what kind of food had been ordered by the guests before. The island is beautiful but there are so many other better places to go. I recommend you just have one day tour. 가지마세요 가지마 제발. 딴데가세요 그리고 리셉션 직원 영어 좀만 못알아들으면 아주 불친절해집니다.

      Reviewed February 20, 2019
      4.4
      Jiri
      Couple
      Duplex Cottage
      Stayed 3 nights in December 2018

      Beautiful island but very old and ugly accommodation”

      CONS: The whole "Resort" would need a lot of reconstruction, it seems very neglected. Almost like closing any minute... Advertised swimming pool was empty and filthy. Cocktail bar at the pool looked like closed several years by now -> the same about the "sunbeds" - dirty, damaged and only locals and dogs were lying there. No single one house cleaning during 3 nights stay. Bad smell & loud aircon. Half-broken toilet. PROS: Very nice suroundings, beautiful snorkeling, sea life, nature. Very quiet place, nice sunset. Make it close: Old and dirty resort with a big potential, unique sea marine life and nature. BUT need to repair and new management.

      Reviewed February 07, 2019
      8.0
      Excellent
      Zhen from China
      Couple
      Duplex Cottage
      Stayed 1 night in November 2016

      Balicasag paradise ”

      The resort is the only hotel on the island. Highly recommend to stay here to enjoy the crystal ocean water in the morning without many tourists. The room is a little bit dark, the service needs to be improved.

      Reviewed October 26, 2017
      8.0
      Excellent
      Pan from China
      Solo traveler
      Duplex Cottage
      Stayed 1 night in July 2016

      Value for money and good place for divers”

      I love this hotel more than those located in Alona beach, even though the facilities in the hotels in Alona are better. The view is good because the resort is benefited from the whole beach, no other hotels. It is very quiet and relaxing. You can dive any time, take a boat go away from the beach for 15-20m, you can snorkeling or scuba diving easily. The food is delicious in the restaurant and the staffs there are helpful. Please do not complain the limited supply of drinking water because it is a small island! Remember to take some mosquito repelling spray when you stay there, it will make your trip happier.

      Reviewed July 14, 2016
      8.3
      Excellent
      Geoff from Canada
      Couple
      Duplex Cottage
      Stayed 1 night in October 2014

      Island trip”

      location, location, location

      It was about a 1.5hour boat ride to the island which was pleasant. Did see sea turtles and fish along the way but no dolphins which we were promised. The island itself is beautiful but if you were like me and needed internet and phone signal to carry out some work there is none unfortunately. Relaxing none the less

      Reviewed October 21, 2014
      7.6
      Very good
      takashi from Japan
      Solo traveler
      Duplex Cottage
      Stayed 2 nights in May 2019

      Not worth to stay”

      Room is clean. Staff were nice. But No WIFI. No network. I paid 1800peso from Banglao island from arona beach. There is pier west coast of Banglao. Please please do not use boat from arona beach. Filipino charge you a lot. If you want to dive around this island, you had better come from Banglao island. Not worth to stay.

      Reviewed May 08, 2019
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Rowena from Philippines
      Family with teens
      Duplex Cottage
      Stayed 5 nights in March 2019

      Fantastic Beach”

      Yearly we're here, beautiful beach and the best place for snorkling and diving, good food are everywhere, just pricey thats all.

      Reviewed May 14, 2019
      6.0
      Kisako from Japan
      Solo traveler
      Duplex Cottage
      Stayed 2 nights in February 2019

      nice beach and under water”

      nothing around there. But quiet and relaxing.

      Reviewed February 28, 2019
      6.8
      Good
      Ekaterina from Russia
      Couple
      Duplex Cottage
      Stayed 1 night in November 2018

      Good”

      Need renovation! Had not water in toilet

      Reviewed February 08, 2019
      8.0
      Excellent
      Tracy from Australia
      Solo traveler
      Duplex Cottage
      Stayed 5 nights in March 2018

      Very basic”

      You are going to the island to chill and snorkel. The Resort is at a 3 star level. Really basic. Cold water showers and not much variety in the restaurant menu. The pools are empty and there are only three sun loungers. But the view is amazing and you are swimming in the ocean which is just 30 metres from your villa. No WiFI but this is a good thing to escape every day life.

      Reviewed April 04, 2018
      4.4
      Zsolt from Hungary
      Couple
      Duplex Cottage
      Stayed 2 nights in March 2018

      Island 3/5, resort 1/5”

      This resort is a joke, and a bad one. When we first arrived to the island it was surprising that there are many many eateries on the beach. Turned out they cater for the day trippers. Unfortunately it also means the island has a high number of inhabitants who make the island dirty, and there is limited waste management. I was hoping that island is a lot more deserted and pristine, so much for that. The resort itself is so undermaintained that this word is not even enough to express it properly. Imagine a resort that was built 20 years ago, and since then they only cared for the garden. And the pool has been out of services for quite a while. The sad thing is that with some work this place could be so much better. It has amazing potential. I hope one day it will have a competent management. The restaurant is another peculiar thing here. During the 2 nights stay they probably had half of the meals on the menu available.

      Reviewed March 13, 2018
      8.0
      Excellent
      Cindy from China
      Family with young children
      Duplex Cottage
      Stayed 1 night in February 2018

      Beautiful getaway from Alona Beach”

      It was our third stay on the island and as before the beauty of the underwater life didn’t disappoint . The coral in front of the resort is amazing and there is lots of sealife around. On every visit we’ve encountered several turtles. The price of the rooms are good value but unfortunately this time the pool was out of order. The hard working staff takes very good care of the resort but the bungalows could use a refurbishment . Still a lovely place to spend a day or two. As soon as the tour boats have left after lunch, peace and quiet sets in and you have the whole island to explore!

      Reviewed February 17, 2018
      8.4
      Excellent
      MINJEONG from South Korea
      Solo traveler
      Duplex Cottage
      Stayed 3 nights in May 2017

      My paradise~!”

      I had visited twice at the Balicasag island dive resort. It's still wonderful diving and snorkling spot. The squid fishing was nice at night. The electricity was not disconnected and water also good condition. I'd like to visit again there.

      Reviewed May 17, 2017
      8.0
      Excellent
      Dexter from Philippines
      Family with young children
      Duplex Cottage
      Stayed 2 nights in March 2017

      Be self contained. Bring food, snacks and everything its an island so dont expect to much ”

      Best place to go for scuba diving in Tagbilaran Bohol area. Its would be best if you bring your own gear and be selfcontained in everything. Food, snacks, medicine Etc. Best and Excellent dive instructor and dive masters in Bohol is in this island.

      Reviewed March 24, 2017
      9.6
      Exceptional
      John from Australia
      Couple
      Duplex Cottage
      Stayed 2 nights in February 2017

      Beautiful”

      We requested transport both van from accommodation and boat for crossing - all went to plan and found that we had paid less than other guests that had come across independently of this service offered by the resort. We are retired so scuba diving is much too energetic for us - but love to snorkel. The turtles were a bit disappointing but did catch a glimpse of a couple of them at a distance - the marine sanctuary was were all the beautiful fish are and just loved our time there especially viewing the drop off where there is a sudden drop in the ocean that looks like a cliff in the ocean with the most beautiful coral and colourful fish. Don't miss that - it is quite dramatic. There is a nice pool and pleasant surroundings. We enjoyed wandering through the village and meeting the children and there carers behind the resort. We saw interesting nippa type huts and cockerels with their feet tethered to ropes - cock fighting seems popular in the Philippines. Loved our stay here.

      Reviewed March 13, 2017
      9.6
      Exceptional
      Sander from Netherlands
      Couple
      Duplex Cottage
      Stayed 1 night in December 2016

      A...Mazing”

      We found this island by coincident. My girl wanted to swim with big turtles and Balicasag just jumped out of the screen. She fell in love with the island right away, and it did not disappoint. The resort is very nice and really want to help you. There is one girl at the reception with an 'I'm to pretty to be workin' attitude, but it's more funny than it is anoying tho! The cottages are pretty nice and spacious. The island is about 400m in diameter so you walk around it in no time. At any point you can just walk into the water and snorkle. There is a turtle point where you can find the most and biggest turtles. They are very relaxed and will just swim around with you. Well, they did with me, not with my girlfriend who really wanted it, so that pretty much pissed her off to my entertainment. The next day we went to the turtle point again and we found a turtle who was willing to swim a lap or 2 with the wife, so all was good! The food at the bar is good! The juices are very nice! Try fresh mango juice if you have the chance! Would definitely recommend people to stay at least one night on Balicasag!

      Reviewed December 24, 2016
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Dmitrij
      Couple
      Duplex Cottage
      Stayed 2 nights in November 2016

      Love it absolutely!”

      It was our best decision to stay on the island for couple of days! Resort is fantastic place, not crowded, delicious food and friendly staff. There are plenty of activities to do and also a local village to explore. Must do while travelling in Philiinnes!

      Reviewed November 21, 2016
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