|Seaward to Bohol's islands.|
|Good morning Bohol!!!|
|Island hopping starts 6 in the morning|
|The marine sanctuary island of Balicasag.|
|Special shoes for the underwater world of Bohol.|
|Balicasag Island marine sanctuary.|
|We love Balicasag Island!|
|I didn't know that fishes loves mocha cake too...|
|Seagreen! Going to Virgin Island.|
|The stunning Virgin Island and its sandbar.|
|Sandbar of Virgin Island.|
|Sea Urchins for sale|
|Exploring Virgin Island|
Even under the scorching hot summer sun, together with travelmates, we explore the second arm of Virgin Island's sandbar. This sandbar is partly submerged in the water. Maybe 6 inches like walking in a flood. The submerged part of the islet is a good spot to take photographs because it gives an illusion of walking over the water. In this area, we saw a lot of starfishes just lying at the bottom of the sand. Some were even mating! They thrive in this area probably because of rich sea-grass also thrive in the area. Aside from these star creatures, I also find a lot of sea urchins thriving in the area. They are also scattered all over the sea-grass filled area of the submerged sandbar. Sea urchins or urchins are small, spiny, globular animals which inhabit all oceans.
|Starfish living in Virgin Island's sandbar.|
|The lush vegetation at the center of Virgin Island. |
|Can you see paradise beyond?|
After exploring the sandbar and sea creature encounters, we returned to the main island to explore the other side of it. On the other side of the island, one will definitely appreciate the beautiful mountain views and scenic sights of Bohol island adjoined by the vast ocean view as this side of the island faces the main island of Bohol. Sea shells can be collected in this area as they are scattered all over the shore. As the noon sun continues to shine high, we walked through the beach of Virgin Island that gives a stunning reflection of light in the water. Whilst, the reflection of sun made the sandbar whiter added a dramatic of effect in viewing the seascape of the whole island. It was a sight to behold at Virgin Island that I won't forget.
Several locals were selling ornamental sea shells and buko (coconut) juice for refreshments in shaded tents of the sandbar. Some were consistently convincing us to try the sea urchins again. I said no. It is not a must to buy from the locals but buying their commodities somehow will help in their rural livelihood. I wonder how they reach the island since it is uninhabited. We did try the refreshing buko juice to ease the heat of summer while continue to admire the alluring sea views of Virgin Island. This is a perfect way to experience island life in Bohol.
|Walking in the water.|
|Scenic seascape of natural beauty of Virgin Island's sandbar.|
|So many stars in Virgin Island!|
|Unspoiled beauty: the back side of Virgin Island.|
|Virgin Islands stunning sandbar...|
|Enjoying summer to the fullest at Bohol.|
|No cats in Cat Island.|
|Reflection of light in water.|
Home bound to Panglao Island.