All Girls' Trip to Bohol Beach Club & Balicasag Island

Staying in Bohol Beach Club

 

There is quite a selection of amazing resorts to choose from if you're looking to stay in Panglao, and Bohol Beach Club is one of the top most picks. It's incredibly spacious; the rooms, villas and facilities are well maintained, the staff is genuinely friendly and attentive to your needs, the ambiance is relaxing and comfortable, and they have promos!

 

BBC has special promo offers for different seasons. We booked the Free & Easy Package with the Beach View Suite for 3D/2N and it came with the following inclusions:

 

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner for 2 days

  • Roundtrip land transfers to & fro Tagbilaran Airport

  • 30-min oil massage

  • 20 minute glass bottom boat tour with mask & snorkel use

  • Free & easy tour (Panglao-Tagbilaran tour or Countryside tour)

  • Early check-in & late check out on availability

 

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The Beach View Suite comes with  two semi-double beds plus one single bed, a large bathroom and a private veranda with lounge chairs. The veranda was our favorite part because it was the best place to have brunches, afternoon coffee, our wine night and just endless girl talks!

 

We loved taking walks along the shore and around the resort. You can find a lot of spots where you can just lay down and quietly enjoy the "feels", take a dip at the pool, have a nice nap in one of their large hammocks and swings, or have a go at their newly added fitness room. Their Aquasports Office also offers a long list of activities from dive courses, kayaking, glass bottom boat tours to island hopping. I mean this place has your back, whether you just want to laze around or keep busy with fun activities! 

 

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Good Food & Entertainment

 

There are three restaurants to choose from in Bohol Beach Club - Taclobo, Agotata, and Budyong. Both Taclobo and Agotata serve international and Filipino dishes, while Budyong is a Pizzeria just beside the pool. 

 

Our package came with free breakfast and dinner, which were served at Agotata. There's a specific menu if you're booked under a package, but you can also order from the regular one.  

 

Every night at Agotata, they'd have different performers to keep the guests entertained while they dine; from Folk Dancers, to a live band, to a String Trio. After dinner is always a blast! The performers are so engaging, you can learn the Tinikling with your girls, or dance to your favorite tune sang live by the band, or just relax while being serenaded under the stars.

 

 

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Live Band on the 2nd night
Kebab & Baked Oysters
Grilled Tuna Belly & Squid

Must try: We loved the baked oysters and had them for 3 nights in a row! 


 

Touring the Countryside

On our second day, we opted to take the tour that came with the package. You get to choose between Panglao-Tagbilaran Tour  or Countryside Tour. Panglao-Tagbilaran Tour brings you to the famous Chocolate Hills, Man-made Forest, Tarsier Viewing and Baclayon Church. While the Countryside Tour takes you to the Hinagdanan Cave, Alona Beach, Shell Museum, and Bohol Bee Farm. 


Entrance fees are not included, so make sure you have at least Php 200 for that. Make sure you bring water, wipes and insect repellent!

 

We were allowed to take our time and just linger in one place if we wanted. You can also mix up your itinerary to your liking. Tip: You can have lunch at either Bohol Bee Farm or in one of the restaurants in Alona Beach.

 

Hinagdanan Cave
Bohol Bee Farm Ice Cream House

Two of my favorite spots: The Hinagdanan Cave (bring your swimwear so you can dive right in!) and the Ice Cream Shop at the Bohol Bee Farm (Best Melon ice cream!)

 

 

Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling in Balicasag 


The resort's Aquasports office offers Dolphin Watching & Balicasag Island tour, with a price range of Php 2,000 - Php 3,500 per person. But if you're as stingy we are, you can opt to book directly with the boatmen if you know one. They charge only Php 2,500 for the boat, inclusive of the fees. You need to bring your own mask & snorkel if you're going to book on your own. You can rent fins from one of the stores in the island depending on the availability. 

 

It was a quick 15 minute ride from there to the spot where the dolphin pods were frequently seen. There were several boats around with tourists waiting to see one jump up the surface, and if you're lucky, you'd see quite a few playing around. The best time to catch them is early in the morning, so make sure that you leave on time.  

 

Next stop - Balicasag. Snorkeling in Balicasag is always an experience for keeps. Its pristine waters is so captivating, you just want to jump right in. We were too busy frolicking, joyfully screaming through our snorkels, diving and looking around that we didn't really bother taking so much photos or videos. We stowed away our Go Pro after a few shots, and just enjoyed the scene underwater while swimming in the cool calming water. I mean, isn't it better to just take it all in rather than just seeing it through the screen of your action camera? 

 

 

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As beautiful as it is, let's all make a conscious effort to keep it that way. Remember, leave nothing but bubbles; observe & don't disturb, do not step on the corals and that trash doesn't belong in the sea. It was quite a getaway; we decided to stay another day but it still felt too short. Even though we splurged a little bit on this vacation haul, it was time well spent with the girls who matter to me the most. Bohol Beach Club gave us the relaxation that we've been craving for and a place for us to forget our worries momentarily, while Balicasag shared its beauty and left us in awe. This was one All Girls' trip to remember. 


Mica  Daza

Mica Daza

Hi, I'm Mica. A Business Manager by profession, a Pugita by heart, and these are my stories. Visit my blog at www.thepugitadiary.com

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