is the haven for diving and snorkeling. It is a sanctuary for maritime life. The underwater view is amazing as you can see the different kind of fishes and corals. Some says it's the 2nd best diving spot in the Philippines. The Balicasag reef was amazing. The reef is large. A Polish tourist said that it is better than the Apo reef. We swam in the reef without using the snorkels because Pepsi, Raff and I were not used of using one. We tried but we all felt uncomfortable and felt better off without it. We chose to used only our goggles. We also tried to look for the turtles and braved the big waves of Balicasag Island. We saw a lot of divers in full gears while the three of us just have our fins and goggles and we laugh about it. We made fool out of ourselves, hahaha! Unfortunately, for me, I only saw the turtles when I was onto the boat but Raff and Pepsi were able to chased and swam with the small turtle. After awhile, I felt sick because of the big waves and asked them that we should go back in the island. The lunch was ready when we got back. We had sea food, sinigang dalagang bukid, grilled dalagang bukid and grilled squid. If you have time to prepare your lunch before heading in island hopping before, please do so at it was very expensive to have sea food lunch in Balicasag Island.
|Balicasag Island has the magnificent reef|
We didn’t know what to expect in this island as we hopped onto our boat. At far we saw a long white sandbar and as we go nearer, it was like a crescent shape island. Our boat slowed down when we reached the shallow water. You can see the sea floor covered by sea grass and corals and the water is crystal clear. The island is not advisable for swimming as it has shallow water and with lots of sea urchins but the island is perfect for picture taking :)
|Crescent Sand Bar|
|Our Ride :)|
The cave has a naturally lighted cavern with an underground lagoon. The lake was popular for swimming spot until it has been advised not to go dip into the lagoon because of the high levels of various pollutants presents in the water but saw two tourists swimming in the lagoon. Hinagdanan Cave is made from limestone and many stalagmites and stalactites.
Last suffer at Graziella, a Filipino/Italian cuisine. We were a bit late so, we waited for awhile to get a table. It seems that this restaurant served good food also when a lot of customers patiently waiting to get a table. Raff and I ordered their Menu of the Day, the Rigotto with Blue Marlin while Pepsi ordered Shrimp Gambas in Coconut.
The last activity in our itinerary was to check the cocktails offered in Alona beach. We hang out at Oasis Beach and Bar Resort and over hearing the music at the neighbor's bar. Pepsi had Apple flavor San Mig while again Raff and I had the same order, The Alona cocktail drink.
We all went to bed happy.
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