Boracay Island is small in size but diverse in things to do. From the beaches to the nightlife and everything in between, there are many activities to choose from…
Knowing that, how do you find the activities that best fit your style? Read on to find out…
In this guide, I show you top things to do and a few hidden gems, so that you’ll have detailed knowledge about what’s there, which will enable you to build a fun itinerary.
Top Things To Do In Boracay Island, Philippines: The Ultimate Travel Guide
1. Kick back and relax on the famous White Beach
Boracay’s main beach is called White Beach. The sand is powder soft, the water is crystal blue, and the coconuts are cold.
White Beach Boracay, Boracay, Philippines
White Beach is 4 kilometers long and is divided into 3 sections: Boat Station 1, Boat Station 2, and Boat Station 3. You’ll find that hotels and restaurants use these boat stations as markers of reference. Station 1 is known to be the high-end area; Station 2 is where most of the restaurants, bars, and shopping are located; and Station 3 is the quieter area away from nightlife. Take your pick.
2. See Boracay from Above on Mount Luho
Mount Luho View Deck is a platform from where you can get stunning views over most of Boracay Island
Mount Luho is the highest point in Boracay where you have an unobstructed 360 degrees view of the whole island.
3. Gaze Into the Sunset
Sunset is the busiest time on White Beach, especially in Station 2. So if you want to experience a more quiet romantic sunset, I recommend you visit either the north of Station 1 or the south of Station 3. Both are relatively quiet areas.
Sunset at White Beach de Boracay Station 1
Other good places to watch the sunset are Puka Beach, and while sailing on a paraw sailboat. Puka Beach is a good place to watch the sunset because while on White Beach sunset is the busiest time, on Puka Beach it’s the quietest time.
4. Go parasailing and get a bird’s-eye view of Boracay
How about getting a bird’s-eye view of Boracay? Hopefully, you aren’t afraid of heights like I am!
But if you are, I still recommend that you try it out — the view is worth it! You’re usually given around 30 minutes to stay up in the air, but feel free to have them bring you back down when you’re satisfied. (I could only handle it for about 15 minutes!)
5. Ride the Fly Fish
The Fly Fish is a big inflatable raft that goes airborne when a speedboat pulls it along at high speed. At medium speed, it’ll start to make unpredictable movements as the front of the raft lifts up.
It’s lots of fun trying to hold on as it twists and turns and occasionally goes airborne.
6. Crystal Cove Island
Crystal Cove Island (aka Lauren Island) is a private islet located a 10-minute boat ride southeast of Boracay Island. Locally known as Tigwatian Island, Crystal Cove owes its name to the splendid coral reefs that lie beneath the crystal-clear waters that surround it.
Daytrips to Crystal Cove are available from Boracay, which gives you the possibility of enjoying yourself with a good choice of leisurely fun on the island. These activities include trekking, caves exploration, snorkeling, pigeon feeding and more
7. Puka Shell Beach (Yapak Beach)
Located on the north of the island, Puka Shell beach offers something that the other popular beaches do not: privacy. Maybe it’s because this beach doesn’t have bright white sand or maybe it’s because this beach doesn’t offer enough food and drinks- but Puka Shell beach sees far fewer tourists than White Beach.
Puka Shell Beach
You won’t find more than a couple of guesthouses and cabanas for lounging on Puka Shell Beach. Play in the sand to discover shells and crabs, have a long walk, or take a quiet swim and enjoy the moment.
Crystal clear water at Puka Shell Beach
8. Boracay Oceanarium
Boracay Oceanarium, located in the basement of the Crown Regency Resort and Convention Center, has the longest underwater tunnel in the Philippines and one of the world's largest pearls. It's one of the top attractions for kids and a good excuse to get out of a torrential downpour during the rainy season.
Guests staying at the hotel would need to pay PHP 400 per person while for non-guests it costs PHP 600, inclusive of a guided tour and snacks. Kids below 6 years old are admitted for free but don't get extra food
9. Learn to Freedive
Freediving is essentially where you learn to become a fish, diving down in the ocean while learning how to hold and control your breath for minutes on end. Sound scary? Impossible, even? You’d be surprised. Working with highly skilled and super passionate freediver instructors, you can push yourself beyond what you thought your body was capable of.
Freediving with a whale shark
There are a few shops here that offer freediving courses that will teach you how to dive without breathing apparatuses, explain the limits of depth, pass on techniques, and more. You can do a beginner's course and/or an advanced freediving course.
10. Go Cliff-Diving at Ariel's Point
A trip to Boracay would not be complete without cliff jumping at Ariel's Point. It's 35 to 45 minutes away from the island and is reachable by an outrigger boat. Cliff diving is a popular water sport, and you can do it at Ariel's Point. This tourist destination boasts five different cliff diving jump-off platforms with varying heights.
The highest platform is 13 to 15 meters above the water, while the lower platforms are 7-meters, 6-meters, 5-meters, and 3-meters high. If you can't handle the higher platforms, you can undoubtedly pick the lower ones and still experience the thrill of cliff-diving. There's no excuse to let the opportunity pass by as there are lifeguards within the area ready to assist you.
Aside from being a popular cliff-diving activity. You can go swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling at Ariel's Point. You'll be able to see the teeming marine life underwater such as porcupine clownfish, puffer, beautiful corals, and other types of underwater species.
These day trip packages are available seven days a week, granted that the weather is favorable and can accommodate everyone interested to visit.