Authored by Diane Wuthrich (contributor)
Boracay is the most famous tourist attraction in the Philippines.
Each year, this small tropical island attracts millions of travellers from around the world. They come to escape harsh winters, engage in exciting water sports, or master the art of doing nothing in a place lauded by international travel authorities as the best island in the world.
After all, Boracay has all the trimmings of the postcard-perfect tropical paradise: powdery white sand, jaw-dropping sunsets, and some of the clearest turquoise waters you’ll find this side of the planet.
Boracay is a feast for all the senses, not just your eyes. Here are five incredible experiences you shouldn’t miss in Boracay.
5 Things To See And Do In Boracay – Philippines
1. Soak up the sun along White Beach.
White Beach is the epicentre of all the activity in Boracay island, which is also where most of the high-end accommodations are found. Even if you aren’t staying in a luxury hotel along White Beach, many of these establishments allow visitors to rent sunbeds for free provided that you order from the hotel’s restaurant.
White Beach hotels serve a wide range of lip-smacking beach fare: cocktails, fruit shakes, pizzas, pastas, and so much more all for you to enjoy while they play tunes in the background. Bring a book, take a dip, or let the tranquil seas hypnotize you into a relaxing afternoon. Better yet, book a massage (they go for as low as $8 USD an hour) right on the beach.
2. Explore Boracay’s nightlife scene.
The island’s nightlife alone has been written about many times over, and is definitely something to experience if you enjoy being nocturnal once in a while. It really is quite something to be able to party while hearing the waves crash, making friends as you bar-hop from one establishment to another. The entire beach front strip of Boracay comes alive once the sun goes down.
In fact, you don’t have to wait until the sun goes down. In Boracay, happy hour is every hour, 7 days a week. From relaxing open-air lounges underneath the stars, talented live bands, to wild parties that last until the small hours of the morning, island nightlife has something for everyone.
3. Get busy with adrenaline-pumping activities.
There are endless options for exciting activities in Boracay. Several water sports are popular on the island because of the perfect temperatures and water; these include kiteboarding, windsurfing, stand-up paddle boarding, scuba diving, and snorkelling to name a few. If you’ve never done water sports in the past, Boracay has dozens of schools dotted around the island where friendly and professionals instructors are wiling to teach you what it’s like to live on the edge – and have a whole lot of fun while you’re at it!
If you can manage to peel yourself off the stunning beaches of Boracay, take a day trip to Ariel’s Point. Adrenaline junkies won’t be disappointed: Ariel’s Point offers trips 7 days a week to a private eco-adventure cove where visitors are invited to cliff dive, stand up paddleboard, kayak, snorkel, then indulge on a beach barbecue. The packages include transfers from Boracay island which is a fun boat cruise where you get to mingle with other travellers.
4. Pack an appetite and feast your heart out.
Boracay is a foodie’s destination as much as it is one for thalassophiles. The food scene in this tiny island has been critically acclaimed worldwide, and there is so much to try and discover during your stay. Over the past few decades, the restaurant offerings have continued to evolve to cater to a wide variety of travelers’ needs: from budget restaurants to high-end hotel dining, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a bad meal on the island.
Writing about all the must-try restaurants in Boracay deserves a blog post of its own, but these are some of the well-known eateries you shouldn’t miss, especially if it’s your first time to Boracay:
- Dos Mestizos (Spanish)
- Sunny Side Up Café (pancakes and breakfast)
- Prana at Mandala Spa (vegetarian, vegan, healthy fare)
- Real Coffee & Tea Café (coffee shop, sandwiches, breakfast fare)
- Lanterna (Italian)
- Subo (Filipino)
- Lemoni Café & Restaurant (Mediterranean)
- Los Indios Bravos (pub food)
- Spice Bird (piri-piri chicken)
- D’Talipapa (wet market where you can purchase seafood and have them cook it your way)
- Manana (Mexican)
- Masala Moe’s (Indian)
- Cyma (Greek)
Here, the food is an essential part of the island experience so bringing an appetite is a must!
5. Explore the other beaches Boracay has to offer.
If White Beach gets too hectic, especially during the peak season, Boracay has many other small coves and beaches to relax in. Most of them are just as beautiful as White Beach, but each of them are special in their own right – you’ll have to visit them to see why. Go on an excursion to check out these beaches within Boracay island:
- Puka Beach is located on the northern part of Boracay island; many say that it has the feel of White Beach several decades ago.
- Diniwid Cove is the next-door neighbor of White Beach. There are a few resorts and a handful of restaurants and bars, but it’s much more secluded. Diniwid Beach is an excellent choice for watching the sunset away from the crowds.
- Bulabog Beach is a world-class kiteboarding and kitesurfing destination. It’s frequented by travelers who come and enjoy the wind and waves, but the coast is lined with charming restaurants that invite spectators to have a meal while watching colorful kites on the horizon.
- Angol Beach has a rustic, bohemian vibe where you’ll find a few of the oldest Boracay establishment still alive and kicking, such as Boracay Treehouse and Red Pirates bar. Located on the southernmost tip of the island, Angol Beach is perfect for a lazy, quiet afternoon.
There you have it – all you need to know for an unforgettable stay in Boracay.