Welcome to Boracay, Philippines
There is an undeniable easy atmosphere in Boracay. In the daytime, travellers can be seen having a soothing massage under the shade of a coconut tree beside the shoreline. And in the evening, Boracay turns into one big party place where everyone is welcome to join.
Diversions are certainly no problem in this tropical Eden with leisure activities calendared throughout the year and amenities offered by some 350 tourist establishments.
Things to See
1) Diniwid Beach
Swim in crystal clear waters surrounded by cliffs, rocks, and exotic trees at Diniwid Beach. Hailed as one of the more secluded beaches, it boasts white sands and a serene ambience and generally remains uncrowded. Free from water sports and throngs of visitors, the small shoreline invites you to relax and enjoy the sea, removed from action and noise.
2) Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach)
Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) remains one of the most valuable ecological treasures with its crystal clear waters and fine white sands. Visit the surrounding eateries to savour fresh food or go on a picnic into a tropical natural environment. You can also go snorkelling to observe remarkable marine life and see the underwater natural beauty.
3) White Beach
White Beach attracts crowds of tourists with its long stretch of fine white sand and crystal clear water in a tropical setting. The soft sparkling sand never gets hot because its white surface reflects the sun’s rays. Tall palm trees tilt their treetops in the direction of the sea, providing secluded spots of shade. Many come here for swimming and snorkelling. You’ll find beachfront hotels and guesthouses for every budget; some offer scuba diving, parasailing, and jet skiing.
4) Bulabog Beach
A paradise for kitesurfers, the white sands of Bulabog Beach stretch 2.5 km (1.5 mi) long, gently sloping into the wide ocean. Crystal clear waters protected by an offshore reef provide an excellent location for snorkelling and swimming. Within walking distance of major beaches in Boracay, this is a great place to watch kitesurfers, who flock here to catch the breeze. Other onsite activities include parasailing and banana boats; refuel at one of the many seafood eateries.
5) Ilig Iligan Beach
Chill out on the sun away from the crowds at Ilig Iligan Beach. This white-sand beach is secluded, offering more privacy than other beaches in the area. You can reach it by hiking, riding a motorbike, or pedalling a bicycle. Swim in the clear sea, go snorkelling or scuba diving to meet local marine life, or simply soak up the peaceful atmosphere.
6) Bugtongbato Beach
Offering unobstructed ocean views, Bugtongbato Beach serves as a quiet getaway for travellers wishing to spend a few hours savouring the beauty of an idyllic Philippine island. Apart from swimming and lazing to the sounds of gentle surf, you can also stroll along the shore looking for interesting seashells. The beach is reachable by car and not too far from the main highway, across which is a mangrove forest just waiting to be explored.
Things to Do
1) Island Hopping
Island hopping is one of the most popular activities in Boracay. Hire a boat for a half-day tour around the island’s many beaches including Puka Beach, Crocodile Beach, and Tambisaan Beach. Rates are around PHP 1000 to 3500 pesos per boat, depending on the size of the boat and whether it is peak season or off-peak. Tours usually include lunch.
2) Scuba Diving
There are over 15 dive sites around Boracay waters, all waiting for your curious presence. Be blown away by a trove of corals, underwater tunnels, caves, and other interesting spots. Rates for 3 to 4 hours beginner course costs around PHP 3500 pesos. If you already have your PADI Certification, a fun dive costs around PHP 1600 pesos.
Zoom on a speedboat off Bulabog Beach and then soar high above the island. Get a fantastic view while you’re at it. Rates are around PHP 750 to 2500 pesos per person, depending on how many you are in the group, and how well you haggle.
4) Paraw Sailing
Sailing old school! A Paraw is an outrigger boat with two sails. Get onboard and let the wind take you to the best sites and sights around the island. Best done during sunset. Rates are around PHP 1000 to 1500 pesos per person, depending on how many you are in the group.
5) Standup Paddling
Because being seated is so overrated. You don’t need to be a skilled surfer to manoeuvre a standup paddleboard. This activity is perfect for beginners. Rates for board rental with lessons are around PHP 300 to 500 pesos per hour.
6) Fly Fish
An exhilarating ride that is not for the faint-hearted. Ride a giant inflatable fish and get pulled along by a speedboat. Hang on or you might be left it behind. Rates are around PHP 550 to 600 pesos per person.
7) Cliff Diving
A favourite among the adventurous. Leap off a cliff and make a big splash in the cerulean waters below. Ariel’s Point has five cliff diving platforms, with the highest at 13 meters. Rates are PHP 1,600 pesos per person for a package that includes a round-trip outrigger ride, BBQ lunch buffet, afternoon snacks, unlimited drinks, full use of Ariel’s Point amenities and services (cliff-diving, canoes, kayaks, snorkelling gear, and floating raft), and coverage of local environmental and snorkelling fees.
8) ATV Ride
Drive to the island’s highest peak, Mt. Luho. Don’t expect terrains as challenging as that around Mayon Volcano, but if you haven’t tried this before, this is perfect for your ATV debut. Rates are around PHP 800 to 1000 pesos per vehicle.
Boracay boasts miles and miles of long white sandy beaches, crystal clear sea, delicious local cuisine, fascinating culture and plenty of activities and excursions to keep everyone entertained. When you arrive at in Boracay will be lots of rickshaws waiting to take you where you need to go. Simply tell the driver your hotel or destination and he will take you there and help you with your bags. These rickshaws are a wonderful way to begin to see the wonderful culture of Boracay as soon as you arrive.
Once there you can enjoy an amazing selection of water sports or simply lay on the beach admiring the lush surrounding landscapes. Watersports fans are in for a big treat with a holiday to Boracay because it’s beaches and surrounding sea offer some of the best surfing and windsurfing spots out of all the Philippine islands.
ATMs dispense in PHP 500 pesos, and they are frequently offline or out of funds, so do not rely on them exclusively. There are ATMs on White Beach, at D’Mall, and on the main road that will accept foreign debit/bank cards. Foreign Currency is best exchanged at the banks or money changing stores. Only the larger restaurants and hotels accept credit cards including MasterCard, Visa and American Express, although a 5% surcharge on credit cards is standard. Personal checks are not accepted. Traveller’s checks get a lower exchange rate and should be changed at Allied Bank.