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Spots in Boracay You Still Haven’t Seen and Tried

Different Ways to Experience Boracay

Boracay Activities You Shouldn’t Miss

When one talks about the beaches in the Philippines, Boracay is always included in the list. The beauty of this incomparable island in Aklan is renowned worldwide, and tourists keep coming to experience this slice of paradise in Southeast Asia.

Over the years, Boracay has become so mainstream that some people have started to question if it’s still worth visiting. If you ask locals and foreigners alike, the answer is still a resounding yes. It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-timer or you’ve been to Boracay Island numerous times; this magical island is still worth the plane or boat ticket many times over. Tourists from all over the world will tell you countless reasons why Boracay is still worth the visit.

Puka_beach
Puka_beach by Johnycanal – Wikitravel: http://wikitravel.org/en/Image:Phuka_beach.jpg. Licensed under CC BY-SA 1.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Boracay is, and will always be, full of surprises, even if you’ve been here several times. The island is more than just lounging in the powdery white sand or partying from sunset to sunrise, especially if you know how to choose the best travel destinations. There are many other things to do here if you try to explore the island and interact with the locals. If you’re ready to experience a different Boracay vacation, here are some new things to see and do to make your vacation worthwhile.

Get over your fear of heights and go parasailing.

Not everyone has the stomach to go up in the air with the vast ocean at their feet. But if you’re raring to do something truly memorable, get over your fear of heights and try parasailing. You will be strapped to a seat in a parachute and whisked off to the sky for around 15 minutes minimum.

Parasailing in Boracay
Parasailing in Boracay by Vilson V. Venezuela – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Safety is not really an issue since countless tourists have tried it. If you start to get cold feet before your 15 minutes is up, you can signal to the operator using your arm, and he will pull you down immediately. But it’s recommended that you maximize your time; the ride will cost you around PHP 2,200, which not all tourists can afford.

Try different accommodations

If you’re planning to revisit Boracay, forget about staying in one of those luxury accommodations and try something new. You’ll never run out of clean and affordable accommodation on the island, which should be good news for your wallet. Watch out for booking deals and early bird rates to get great deals on lodging and transportation. Try looking for rooms in the quieter parts of the island if you’re tired of the party crowds in Station 2.

Get a tattoo and a hair braid.

Get a Tattoo in Boracay
Get a Tattoo in Boracay

This may sound too touristy, but it’s part of the beach vibe. Now is a perfect time if you haven’t tried getting a henna tattoo or your hair braided. Fortunately, there are lots of artists offering their services all over the island, so you can shop around for the best prices. Better yet, ask a friend or two who’ve done it before and get recommendations. Prices for henna tattoos vary depending on size and intricacy of design, so this will be in the 150-600 peso range. Haggling is totally welcome, and most artists will gladly offer discounts.

If you have longish hair, then try getting your hair braided. You can sit peacefully at the beach while the artist works on your hair. This is a very relaxing experience, so enjoy it and get your Zen on.

Visit caves

With the help of a boatman, you can visit the Crystal Cove Caves, where you can go snorkeling and trekking. You have to rent a boat that is good for six people, so it’s best to do this with a group. The breathtaking view inside and outside the caves is already worth the trip. Make sure to wear beach sandals since there are rocky areas you have to walk through. Schedule your trip correctly so you can watch the sunset during your visit.

Enjoy a bumpy ride

ATV Ride in Boracay Island
ATV Ride on Boracay Island

If you’ve had enough of lazy sunbathing, it’s high time you do something that will jolt your adrenaline. Test your instincts and reflexes and hop on an ATV or buggy car. If this is your first time, you’ll be given instructions first before you’re allowed to ride in a car. You’ll need a driver’s license for this. You can rent the car by the hour and use it to explore the rougher portions of the island. Prices range from 500-1500 per hour of the ride, depending on the season.

Enjoy the view from Mount Luho.

What better way to enjoy a magnificent view of the island than the way up on a mountain? Mount Luho is excellent for those looking for an easy to moderate climb, in which the reward is a panoramic view of the whole of Boracay. The view deck gives climbers an unobstructed view of the island. You can schedule your trek or climb by inquiring at the front desk of your hotel or asking a travel center. Take pictures of the cute and harmless animals you’ll meet along the way.

View from Mount Luho
View from Mount Luho

Check out the corals without getting wet.

Riding a glass-bottomed boat is the next best thing if you want to see the lovely corals but don’t dare to dip into the deep waters. The captain will take you around the best spots to see corals and other marine life. The boat can accommodate 20 people, and the ride costs around PHP 650.

Go skin-diving on Crocodile Island.

No, it doesn’t involve diving into croc territory. The island is called such because the rock formation looks like a resting crocodile when observed from afar. Here you can see more corals, rocks, and fishes. You can take bread to feed to the fishes – watch them swarm around you when you drop those bread crumbs. Take your underwater camera and knock yourself out taking pictures.

Sunset in Boracay
Sunset in Boracay by Joannerfabregas – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons 

Don’t pass up the chance to revisit Boracay just because you dread encountering the same old stuff. There’s always something new to do on the island, whether you’re looking for a more adventurous experience or just want to chill out and relax. Boracay is the type of place that gets more interesting every time you visit. Be thankful that you have the opportunity to enjoy it as often as you can.

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Written by Jeanette Anzon

Jeanette Anzon is a graduate of Architecture in UP Diliman. She enjoys photography, sketching, arts, film and continuous education. Currently, she works as a broker and as a home stylist, accommodating clients mostly in North America. Her exposure to the market has initiated a deeper learning to real estate, marketing communication and home design. To get to know her more, you can follow @jeanetteanzon

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