Friday, November 30, 2012

View from the sea - Balicasag island and Panglao island, Bohol.

On our voyage from Bugo, Cagayan de Oro City to Yawata Japan our vessel passed about a mile to 3 miles from the islands resort of Balicasag island and Panglao island of Bohol province.

The Balicasag Dive is flat island is situated four kilometers southwest of Duljo Point off Panglao Reef. Balicasag Dive is surrounded by a sandy shell coraline beach, the Balicasag Dive island is fringed by a narrow reef shelf 9 to 49.5 meters wide. The tops of the Balicasag Dive submarine cliffs are covered with hard coral while lower levels are covered with sponges and gorgonians. A thriving fish community is found around the cliff face area.
Panglao is an island in the Philippines located in the Central Visayas, with an area of 80.5 sq. kilometers. Politically, it is divided into two municipalities: Dauis and Panglao, part of Bohol Province. Panglao is located southwest of the island of Bohol and east of Cebu. It is a popular tourist destination in the Philippines and includes several small islands like Gak-ang, Pontod, and Balicasag. In 2010 Panglao Island counted a total population of 68,051 people.
Photos taken last 18th November 2012.
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Balicasag island, Bohol - located south west of Panglao island in Bohol.
South part of Balicasag island
Aerial view of Balicasag Island
Balicasag island view from the sky.
Dive site around Balicasag island.
Balicasag Island is one of the small islands in Bohol, Philippines. The island is only 1.5 acre it is famous for its marine sanctuary, many tourists love to dive in Balicasag Island because of its rich marine life beneath the island. Balicasag Island is a 30-45 minute boat ride from Alona Beach, Panglao Island in Bohol, Philippines. 
Please visit the below website for more information about the exotic island of Balicasag.
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Panglao is a fourth class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines, 18 kilometres (11 mi) from Tagbilaran City. It is one of two municipalities that make up Panglao Island (the other being Dauis), and its territory includes the 3 smaller islands of Balicasag, Gak-ang, and Pontod (or Pungtud, also known as Virgin Island). According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 28,603 people. Panglao is known for its diving locations and tourist resorts.

The name Panglao may have come from its former name Panglawod, meaning "to the open sea", or derived from the term panggaw, referring to a fishing implement used by locals.
Panglao has educational institutions, including the San Agustin Academy (Panglao), Lourdes National High School, the Cristal-e College, and the Panglao Central Elementary School.

Panglao island is the site of Habitat for Humanity's "Tabalong Habitat Village". The village, still under construction, has capacity for 500 houses on land donated by local merchant Alturas. So far, around 200 houses had been built and inhabited. Tabalong Habitat Village is visited by Global Village Teams, international volunteer teams who travel to the area to assist in construction.
There are no fresh water streams or lakes on the island, so for its drinking water, the municipality is dependent on wells and the Canhilbas Underground Spring,_Bohol

North part of Panglao Island in Bohol province.
Panglao watchtower during Spanish era.
Beach in Panglao island.
Beach in Panglao island
Alona Beach in Panglao island.
View from the Sea - Cebu City and Mactan island.

Wildlife Sanctuary at Olango Islands, Cebu - 18th Nov. 20

Balicasag Island Diving Resort
Panglao Island, Bohol – Philippines

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