Balicasag Island is a marine sanctuary with a historic lighthouse. Vertical walls over deep water in strong currents mean healthy corals and good fish life, with plenty of pelagic visitors. The best white sand beach in Bohol is found in Panglao Island - Alona Beach, with its multitude of dive resorts to choose from. Diving is varied, with coral gardens near the surface and steep walls with caves, overhangs and crevices harbouring fish and invertibrates. Manta rays, hammerhead sharks and even whale sharks may be seen here.
Getting there: Fly from Manila to Tagbilaran. From Tagbilaran, it is a 30-minute drive to Panglao or Aloha Beach and a 9-kilometer transfer by boat to Balicasag Island.