Our second day was full-packed for our scheduled Bohol Island Hopping Tour so, we made sure we had enough sleep to endure the activities of the day.
6:00 am – Call time
Balicasag Island is home to at least (6) species of whales & dolphins, which are usually sighted between February to August. It was April and to fully witness dolphins freely jumping and playing in the blue sea, we had to be early in time for their food hunt. An early morning boat trip took us to there on board a motorized outrigger boat.
7:00 am – Dolphin Watching
Dolphin watching was a matter of seconds and luck as to where your boat is perfectly situated by the time the Dolphins jumps. A somewhat hide-and-seek scenario that requires a skill in quickly grabbing a camera to take some snapshots. The closer your boat is; the quicker you grab the camera; and the chances the dolphins jump in front of you, the better.
The crew and the “spotters” by the way, who will be escorting you are former whale hunters, now trained “spotters” who gave up their traditional livelihood in favor of preserving the environment.
10:00 am – Snorkeling
Bohol is also famous for its diverse and exotic marine life. In fact, you can appreciate all kinds of colorful fishes and corals in shallow areas (just 4-5 ft) perfect for non-swimmers who are scared to swim any deeper. Life jackets are also available.
12:30 pm – Virgin Island
Caping off the trip, our last destination was Virgin Island. Locally known as Puntod Island, it is a crescent-shaped sandbar with coconut trees at the other side. The shape of the sandbar varies depending on the tide and sometimes, the island is submerged in a 2-feet deep water and will most likely disappear during high tide. So, be sure to go there before high tide comes to sill witness the island’s its white sand beaches and pristine waters.