Bohol Island Tour :Dude, I saw Dolphins!


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It’s not everyday someone tap your back and say “Bro, you wanna go see dolphins? I am going out later”. That’s exactly how I felt when I read my itinerary, I got to go to see this really smart creature. I was sold. My alarm buzzer went off at exactly 5 am, I woke up and finally able to absorb that I am actually in Bohol, in my Premium Beach Front Suite at South Palms Resort Panglao. I am still in the Philippines and was about to go on Bohol Island Hoping! I took my gears, my beach towel and walked to the front desk, ready to embark on my Bohol Island Hopping journey and was told that I got my own boat, yes, all to myself!
As I walked to the Panglao beautiful white sand beach, I was greated by this beautiful sunrise and starfishes on the floor on the beach. What a start!

The day started with Dolpin Spotting near Balicasang Island. I was so excited because when I was traveling from Ubay to Tangbilaran, all I saw was beautiful sea and it got me thinking, this is perfect place to spot Dolphin! Dream come true and there I was waiting patiently to see one of the most intelligent creature on earth. Then they turned up, swiftly they go as they appeared. It was a beautiful moment to actually spot these Dolphin in their natural habitat instead of the zoo. It happen so fast that I didn’t even get to take any photo.

We then docked at Balicasang Island for breakfast and island tour. Balicasang Island is a beautiful island with inhabitant of 80 families. It is the perfect diving spot in Bohol and it’s the island where people from all around the world and Philippines come for snorkeling. I also saw several boats of divers. I guess I gotta comeback to dive here.

I am not really good with waters after what happened in Phi Phi Island, Thailand so my tourguide (who really want me to see the underwater world!) decided that I could just hold the stair on the boat and he will push the boat around. Dedication!

It was worth it and I gotta thank this guy, for I have conquered (albeit a little bit) of my fear and got to see some of the most amazing stuffs in my life. The underwater world in Bohol is so much different that what I have seen in anywhere else. I guess it’s not too exaggerating too say that Bohol is “One of the places to see before you die”.

The day didn’t end there, as the boat cruises to the next destination, I sat down and took a nap. The wind brushes my hair and sound of the bottom of the boat collides with the sea water, it gave me some sense  of calmness. This place has a really good relaxing vibes. As the boat approached the next island which is called Virgin Island, I saw the stretch of white sandy beach, floating above the water. No trees, no grass, no building, just the sand on this island. Apparently it’s a part of the stretch of Virgin Island (apparently bought by someone so rich in the Philippines, how I wish I own an island!). Whoever owned this paradise is one lucky man!

On Virgin Island, you can eat on the water. Yes, on the water with you feet dangling in the water and school of fishes swim by. It’s beautiful, too beautiful too describe.

Thus, you should plan a visit to Bohol, Philippines and experience the Visayas unique geographical and cultures like no other. It’s truly more fun in the Philippines!

Author: Rayyan Haries

A Malaysian boy's journey becoming a man through his journey travelling and volunteering around the world.

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