After this, we were off to the Balicasag Marine Sanctuary which is known for its diverse and exotic marine life. Bring some bread or biscuits so you can experience feeding the wild fishes from your hand.
|Just off the boat and waiting for a smaller |
boat to take us out to the spot.
|Too bad we didn't have an underwater cam.|
Photo from here
Last stop of the sea tour is Virgin Island. As you approach it, you'd see a sandbar which my friends and I call a "runway". It's an uninhabited island with an awesome stretch of powdery white sand beach. Going around the island takes less than 20 minutes. The best part of this stop was the fresh uni. Locals dive for sea urchins and sell it at P50 for 3 pieces.
|The sandbar leading to the island.|
|Freshly-caught sea urchins.|
|Me playing with the sea urchin Fear Factor-style.|
|Fresh uni with a drop of vinegar. Yum!|
We finished with the tour a little before lunch time. Since we were hungry and wanted to hang out somewhere else, we decided to head over to Bohol Beach Club which is a much nicer resort compared to ours. If not a guest, you have to pay P500 for using their facilities, however, P350 of this is consumable at the restaurant so I think it's worth it.
|Spent an hour napping on this comfy hammock.|
|More hammocks lining up the path.|
I think heading over to BBC was a great idea. The food was good and we had a chance to relax by the beach (except during a wedding party's photo session!) since most of the other tourists opted to stay in the pool area.
I would definitely love to go back to Panglao Island. Maybe next time, I'd stay on Alona Beach which is the livelier (read: noisier) part of the island just so I have more options when it comes to where to dine.