Things to do in Boracay
Located in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines, Boracay has long been a favourite tourist destination because of its pristine white beach, powdery white sand, amazing food, adrenaline activities, jaw dropping sunset (all year round) and awesome vibe. Many say it is now too commercialised, but this island hasn’t lost its charm that continues to appeal to millions of visitors every year.
White Beach is the main hub of the island, stretching along the west coast, and it’s often cited as one of the world’s best beaches. And with a beach path running parallel to the shore, you could spend your whole stay in Boracay on sand.
White Beach is divided into three sections named after the former boat stations:
Station 1, furthest north, is home to luxury resorts
Station 2 is known as the party station. It’s where you’ll find the majority of the bars and restaurants, lots of them loud and spilling down onto the beach.
Station 3 is the quietest part of the beach, with cheap accommodation and a few restaurants and bars.
Things to do in Boracay
Go Beach Hopping
Go beach-hopping to enjoy the island’s white beaches and turquoise waters! There are 13 of them and they are not too far away from one another because Boracay is a small island that is approximately 7 kilometres long.
Go to D’Talipapa
Drop by Station 2 to find D’Talipapa — a wet market that sells fresh seafood. You haggle with the fish traders, get the freshest seafood for almost nothing and once you are done shopping for the food that you would like to eat, go to one of the nearby restaurants and have them cook it for you. (They have a wide range of cooking styles that you can choose from).
Snorkelling or Scuba Diving
Boracay is not only beautiful above water but underwater too. If you’re into diving, you will see more coral reefs in the deeper parts of the Boracay ocean. There are a lot of rental shops around and PADI-certified divers will only have to pay Php 1,600 ($35+) while beginners who have to take a course would have a cost of around Php 3,500 ($78+).
If you want the ultimate experience, I recommend signing up for the tour in Ariel’s Point. Priced at Php 1,600, it’s a deal that has a lot of ‘perks’. Apart from enjoying this special spot’s cliff diving platforms (with heights at 3 meters, 5 meters, 6 meters, 7 meters, and 13 meters) you also enjoy a roundtrip boat ride, unlimited drinks, BBQ lunch buffet, afternoon snacks, and full use of Ariel Point’s other services (canoes, kayaks, snorkelling gear, and floating raft).
Well sure, it’s not for everyone but when in Rome right? I’ve always wanted to experience it for myself and it’s part of their culture so I convinced myself to go. Every Sunday they have cockfighting derbies but you’ll need to hire a local guide to take you and even make bets for you, it doesn’t cost much (Php 200 entrance, Php 500 guide).
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