What are the top tourist attractions to visit in Boracay Island, Philippines?
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Boracay island, located in the Philippines, is a tourist destination that is famously known for its white-sand beaches, vibrant nightlife, and for being a haven for water sport enthusiasts.
A visit to Boracay will show you the true meaning of paradise with its soft white sand and blue water. You can go for a swim or unwind, plenty of exciting activities waiting for you. From diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and windsurfing, you name it, and you’re sure to find it here! Our list will make sure that you have an unforgettable trip. Here are the ten best things to do in Boracay.
If you’re planning your first trip to the beautiful island of Boracay, then check out our 15 things to do below:
Let’s go straight to the most thrilling activity there is-cliff diving! A popular cliff-diving site just a few minutes away from the beach proper, called Magic Island. There are diving boards that stand 15 to 30 feet high, which you can access with a minimal entrance fee.
Ariel’s Point, located 30-minutes away from station 1, offers an array of water activities for beach lovers. Even beginners in paddleboarding are welcome here. Their brand new boards are specifically designed for beginners.
Also located at Ariel’s Point, you can choose from either a single kayak or a tandem kayak. The fees include the use of life jackets for the guest’s safety.
Being in the White Beach is satisfying on its own, but Boracay’s less-crowded corners and the nearby islands are definitely worth exploring. If you wish to see other parts of Boracay, you can join an island-hopping tour. Most of these tours visit Puka Shell Beach, also referred to as Boracay’s Hidden Gem, for its unspoilt and uncommercialized shores.
Visit Crocodile Island
Another must-see is Crocodile Island, aptly named because it looks, from a distance, like the head of the Crocodile. Other quieter beaches you can visit are Ilig-Iligan Beach and Lapus-Lapus Beach.
Visit Bulabog Beach
Bulabog Beach is the best spot for parasailing, windsurfing, and kiteboarding. It’s often regarded as Asia’s number 1 kiteboarding destination. Bulabog Beach can be reached on foot from White Beach in just 10 minutes.
Crystal Cove Island
Crystal Cove Island offers plenty of fun activities. Explore the two coves to see different kinds of fascinating rock formations.
Go on a hike
Hiking enthusiasts would surely be thrilled to know that the island’s highest point, Mount Luho, is open to the public for outdoor activities. On the way up, you can visit a wildlife park where you will find Philippine’s national bird, the Philippine eagle, other species of birds, snakes, monkeys, and wild cats. Afterwards, you can continue to the viewing deck; here you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the whole island. It’s a nice reward after conquering the trails leading up to the summit.
Be a mermaid
Boracay could make your fantasy come true. Thanks to the Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy. They offer mermaid swimming lessons that aim to familiarize participants with the mermaid tail. Classes last for 90 minutes and also include a directed mini-photoshoot. If you decide to take your mermaid dreams to the next level, you can even continue with an Advanced Mermaid Swimming Lesson and a Mermaid Performer Course!
Visit the Mangrove Nursery
Although the Mangrove Nursery is not located along Boracay’s main thoroughfare, is still worth a visit for its refreshing views and admirable efforts in conserving the trees along the coastal swamp. Enjoy walking on the wooden planks serving as a boardwalk and then quench your thirst with a serving of buko juice.
Enjoy the seafood feast
Don’t forget to grab the chance to enjoy freshly-caught seafood. You can visit a traditional wet market here like D’Talipapa. Here, you can buy the freshest fish, shrimps, crabs, and other kinds of seafood, as well as meat products, vegetables, and other essential cooking ingredients. After buying, you can bring these raw items to a restaurant known locally as a Paluto and there, they’ll gladly cook the meal you want for a minimal fee. Budget travelers prefer this dining experience since it is cheaper than buying a meal at a hotel restaurant. It is also an excellent opportunity to get closer to the local culture.
Try Boracay’s local delicacies
Here are some of the local delicacies you shouldn’t miss when in Boracay. First, there’s the chorizo burger, which is grilled chorizo sandwiched in a bun. You can choose from a sweet or a spicy sauce, or enjoy it plain. You can find it along with the food stalls at Boracay’s White Beach, along with other grilled food such as the famous dried squid and chicken liver. For drinks, don’t forget to head to Jonah’s Fruit Shakes, a famous refreshment store with various branches scattered throughout the island. They serve sweet smoothies made from fresh fruits such as mangoes, bananas, strawberries, and my personal favorite, avocado.
Experience local Filipino’s tricycle
The city government only allows a particular type of transportation on the island and most of the time tourists, as well as locals, used public transports called tricycles. It is a motorbike attached to a side-car, which is accessible wherever you are on the island. If you’re a foreigner, I recommend you to try this as it is very convenient and it can fit a whole family in one bumpy ride!
Join the Pub crawl
Your Boracay holiday would not be complete without experiencing the nightlife. One of the most exciting ways to do this is through Boracay PubCrawl, a bar-hopping tour branded as a “moving party on the beach.” Hit pubs, beach bars, and pumping clubs, with free entry to all and ten shots to get the party started. You also get to bring home your very own T-shirt as a souvenir of an epic night.
Live the full island experience
Boracay is a lively place, and I would never get tired of visiting there again. Filipinos will welcome you with a warm hug and a big smile. The Island will be guaranteed you an experience you will never forget. The locals will treat you like their brothers and sisters.
Boracay is a well-loved tourist destination both by locals and foreign travelers. Boracay island doesn’t run out of exciting activities, whether along the shores or inland. You definitely have to come and experience them for yourself at least once in your lifetime!
Boracay Island Travel and Tour Packages
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