As though the world-famous White Beach in Boracay were not enough to get you excited, this resort-island in the Philippines has a lot more to offer. Attractions in Boracay are not limited to its inviting white beaches. They include an assortment of tropical pleasures that you could not experience elsewhere. You had best watch out, though. Some of these attractions are not for the faint of heart.
The best and most visited dive spot is Crocodile Island. There are no crocodiles here, sorry, but the island does look like a crocodile from a distance, hence the name. If you are a fan of the marine world, Crocodile Island is a must-see. Located at the southern part of Boracay, Crocodile Island offers so many eye-candies to diving enthusiasts. It abounds with corals, gorgonians and several canyons that are home to a variety of fishes such as soldier fish, cardinal fish, squirrelfish and others. There are also other dive areas nearby that are worth visiting while there. Snorkelers and divers would find Laurel Islands 1 and 2 very satisfying. Daring divers be warned: there are strong currents surrounding these three islands, so you should be prepared.
For the really adventurous, Ariel’s Point is sure to satisfy. Besides snorkeling and swimming, the place is famous for its five cliff diving platforms. If you have not tried jumping off a cliff, the inviting turquoise water below will make you jump shouting in glee on your way down. Or you can just enjoy the spectacular view.
To get there, arrange for a boat from Ariel’s House located at Boracay’s White Beach. The 30-minute boat ride costs about Php1,200 or USD27, with a free lunch and unlimited drinks (beer, soda, juice or water).
There are also attractions in Boracay that won’t require you to get wet, one of which is horseback riding. Imagine galloping down the beach as sunset reflects on blue water and white sand; behind is lush tropical jungle. Horse stables are located at the northern part of the island, near Puka Beach. The ride follows a route along the jungles of Balabag and Yapak, a golf course, Bulabog Beach and Mount Luho. An hour’s ride costs about Php600 (USD14). This is a cool and fun way to see parts of Boracay the way locals do.
At the other side of the White Beach are the famous bat caves. Locals used to enjoy watching thousands of fleeting bats at twilight, but that attraction disappeared when the tourists arrived. Today, though, the eeriness of the caves and hardened bat droppings are still wonderful to see.
And then there are the white beaches. Aside from the island’s main attraction – the White Beach – Puka Beach or Yapak Beach, Bulabog Beach, Bunyagan Beach and Manoc-Manoc Beach are also very inviting.
Attractions in Boracay are hard to miss. Most of them are accessible by foot, while all of them are just a boat ride away. Locals are very eager to offer an island-hopping trip on board an outrigger boat with prices ranging from Php1000 (USD23) to Php3000 (USD69) depending on the length of the trip. There are just so many ways to have fun – parasailing, jet-skiing, snorkeling, skim boarding, and shopping, to name a few. But there is no pressure to try all of them. Simply relaxing by the White Beach is enough to make that dream paradise vacation come true.