The most obvious ways to enjoy yourself are snorkeling and diving. Little children would love snorkeling by the shoreline since there are tiny striped fishes to entertain them. Just a little deeper off the shore are corals and more colorful fishes swimming in formation. For a more fun snorkeling experience, local boatmen offer island-hopping trips around Boracay for Php500 or USD11. The trip takes an hour and would stop at certain spots for snorkeling. Usually, the boatman carries along biscuits and pieces of bread to feed the fishes.
Boracay Island has a number of dive points to choose from, one of the most popular of which is Crocodile Island, with a starting depth of 5 meters. This is a diver’s paradise. Diving enthusiasts, hobbyists and just anyone who’s into marine adventure will have a heyday swimming alongside a bed of corals and a variety of colorful fishes – parrotfish, squirrel fish and soldier fish, to name a few.
Thirty minutes away from the main island of Boracay by boat, Crocodile Island gets its name from its shape, and not because there are crocodiles in the area. It is perfectly safe, although the surrounding currents are often strong and unfriendly.
Beside Crocodile Island are the twin-islands of Laurel. This dive spot is known for a tunnel swim-through that is teeming with corals and vibrantly colored fishes.
Other dive spots are Angel Point, Balinghai, Coral Garden and Friday’s Rock. Hard-core divers could find Virgin Drop and Yapak interesting. With maximum depths of 40 meters, the attractions here are grey reef sharks, dogtooth tuna, and rays.
To get to these spots, booking offices and dive centers are available along White Beach. A typical dive package costs about Php1,500 or USD34, which includes equipments, instructors, and a speed boat going to the spot.
Other fun activites in boracay that don’t require you to get wet are golf, zorbing, horse riding and trekking. There is only one golf course in the island, the Fairways Bluewater Boracay Golf Course. It is accessible by local jeepney or tricycle taxi.
The newest attraction in Boracay is zorbing, that wild activity invented in New Zealand where people get inside a giant plastic ball and get rolled downhill. The Zorb Park is located in Yapak near Puka Beach and the Bat Caves. The crazy zorb ride costs Php300 (USD6.80) to Php500 (USD11).
For people who want things slower, a leisurely horse ride by the beach at sunset is ideal. A number of horse stables are located near the Zorb Park in Yapak. One hour of horse riding through the beach and the jungles costs Php600 (USD14).
With all of these possibilities, there is never a dull moment in this world-famous resort-island in the Philippines. There are so many activities in boracay to enjoy, whether you are getting on the bandwagon for the latest attraction or coming up with your own.