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7.6
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Beach6
Housekeeping5
Food & Dining4
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9.1
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Exceptional location
  • Blood Compact Monument24.72 km
  • Island City Mall25.63 km
  • Baclayon Church26.07 km
  • Baclayon Museum28.03 km
  • Loboc Church38.07 km
  • Bamboo Hanging Bridge44.46 km
  • Mahogany Forest46.38 km
  • Chocolate Hills69.05 km
  • Danao Adventure Park73.35 km
  • Can-umantad Falls87.93 km
  • 3-star Resort

    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 86% of guests
    Very good service
    7.6 rating for service
    Very good comfort
    7.4 room quality and comfort
    Very good cleanliness
    7.1 rating for cleanliness
    • Private beach

    • Breakfast [free]

    • Air conditioning

    • Balcony/terrace

    • Bar

    Cheaper than 91% of all properties in Bohol in the last 24 hoursCompared to 1,312 Bohol properties at Agoda for various dates
    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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          Frequently asked questions

          What time is check-in and check-out at Balicasag Island Dive Resort?

          Check-in is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The property offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.

          What is the smoking policy at Balicasag Island Dive Resort?

          Balicasag Island Dive Resort does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas. The property offers its guests both smoking and non-smoking rooms. You can request your preferred room type during booking, but please keep in mind that rooms are subject to availability.

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          What people love about Balicasag Island Dive Resort

          • 8.4
            Excellent

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

            Ayu

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            August 16, 2017

          • 10.0
            Exceptional

            "Quite and relaxing place with a very good ambianc."

            Dexter

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            April 6, 2016

          • 8.0
            Very good

            "Still a lovely place to spend a day or two."

            Cindy

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            February 17, 2018

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          9.1/10
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          7.4/10
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          Overall rating:

          7.6

          Very good
          767 reviews
          Cleanliness
          7.1
          Facilities
          6.3
          Location
          9.1
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          The place is beautiful and the accomodation was quite adequa...
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          More about Balicasag Island Dive Resort

          Designed for both business and leisure travel, Balicasag Island Dive Resort is ideally situated in Panglao Island; one of the city's most popular locales. Only away, this 3-star hotel can be easily accessed from the airport. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

          At Balicasag Island Dive Resort, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. This hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.

          Hotel accommodations have been carefully appointed to the highest degree of comfort and convenience. In some of the rooms, guests can find non smoking rooms, air conditioning, desk, balcony/terrace, toiletries. The hotel offers an excellent variety of recreational facilities, including private beach, outdoor pool, diving, fishing, massage. Whatever your purpose of visit, Balicasag Island Dive Resort is an excellent choice for your stay in Bohol.

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          Food & Dining
          20 mentions
          Beach
          17 mentions
          Swimming Pool
          7 mentions
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          What they offer

          9.2
          Exceptional

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

          Steve

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          October 3, 2016

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          Airports

          Bohol–Panglao International Airport (TAG)
          11.3 km
          Sibulan Airport (DGT)
          47.3 km
          Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.

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          Reviews of Balicasag Island Dive Resort from real guests

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          7.6
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          10
          Cleanliness7.1
          Facilities6.3
          Location9.1
          Room comfort and quality7.4
          Service7.6
          Value for money7.8
          High score for Bohol
          Rating
          9+ Exceptional (133)
          8-9 Excellent (132)
          7-8 Very Good (180)
          6-7 Good (94)
          <6 Below Expectation (116)
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          Mar - May (155)
          Jun - Aug (125)
          Sep - Nov (131)
          Dec - Feb (244)
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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
          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
          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
          5.2
          SHAN from China
          Family with young children
          Duplex Cottage
          Stayed 2 nights in December 2018

          The only resort on the Balicasag island”

          Great location, the food and view from restaurant is good, but the room is not so good, the air-conditioner is too noisy, and the service at front desk is very poor, you have to find a ship from alona beach of Bohol by yourself, it's better to ask them to pick you up again when you want to go back.

          Reviewed January 25, 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
          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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