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Top Things to do on Boracay Island
Boracay Island is one of the top island destinations in the Philippines. It is arguably the most popular, but El Nido is catching up! Boracay’s popularity is mainly due to its pristine white sand beaches, but it also has plenty of activities to keep any visitor busy for days.
Here are just some of the top Boracay activities you may want to try out:
- Boat Tours
Boracay Island is surrounded by smaller islands like Crocodile Island and Crystal Cove that have some interesting sites of their own. Crystal Cove, for example, has its secret cave, where you can swim in during high tide.
Snorkeling is one of the most popular activities on Boracay, but I am going to include it here as all boat tours include some snorkeling time!
Boracay waters may not have those incredible reef sharks, but it has plenty of colorful fish species to keep you fascinated while breathing through your tube (snorkeling reference). Just take note that if you have snorkeled through beautiful coral reefs before; you will find that Boracay’s are not considered to be world class.
Boat tours are a staple activity on Boracay, so it’s not hard to book them when you get to the island. No need to book in advance or book through your hotel. You can just go out on White Beach, and you will find plenty of signs offering half-day or full-days tours. Prices are usually consistent during high season. But if you come during the off-peak season (Mid-July to October), ask around and bargain, and you should be able to get a good deal.
These two are the most popular activities on Boracay Island, especially for those who are seeking a bit of action and thrills during their trip. If you are staying on White Beach, don’t be surprised if you don’t see any of them. You need to head over to Bulabog Beach, as it receives consistent strong winds which are perfect for windsurfing and kitesurfing. If you don’t bring your gear, no problem. There are plenty of businesses that rent out the needed equipment. And if you haven’t tried windsurfing or kitesurfing before, you can easily sign up for lessons, provided you are willing to spend the cash.
Although there are other prominent diving spots in the Philippines, there are still some good diving opportunities around Boracay Island. There are a couple of Diving Resorts operating on the island. I am not much of a diver; but it is easy to sign up for lessons once you get there.
4. Watching the Sunset
Some of you may think that this particular Boracay activity is not worthy of making this list because it’s as simple as sitting on the beach, and watching the natural phenomenon that happens every day. I don’t know why, but there’s something magical about the ‘Boracay’ sunset. It is truly beautiful I think. The contrast of the white sand and the powerful orange-ness of the sun works. My recommendation? Do it. Get yourself a cozy spot on the beach and spread out a blanket (or any sarong) and get ready for the show. Another option is to go to a beach bar, order a drink (San Miguel Beer perhaps?) and secure a chair. We did just that, and it was awesome.
If you want a name – Jony’s Bar is one of the nicest ones on White Beach to watch the sunset (and no, they did not pay me to say that! You can check out the property here if you want to see if it’s location suits your needs.