Two of the most popular sports in Boracay are windsurfing and kiteboarding, and they can be enjoyed best at Bulabog Beach, home of international windsurfing and kiteboarding clubs and competitions. But there is more to this beach than these two sports for it to merit the title of the second-best beach in Boracay. A kilometer long, this tourist haven is located at the Eastern part of the Island and stretches parallel to the most popular beach around, the very fashionable White Beach. Travelers should have no problem finding either place, especially as tricycles regularly cut across the island back and forth the two famous beaches for only Php20 or USD0.45. At some points it is even possible to reach one beach from the other by foot. From White Beach’s famous D’Mall, for instance, Bulabog Beach is a mere 5-minute walk. Called the “other side” beach by locals, this spot has beauty and sights to spare, and even matches White Beach’s famed sunset with a magnificent sunrise of its own.
There are times when it is used as the point of entry for boats headed to Boracay. Boracay is in Aklan province in the Visayas group of islands in the Philippines and getting to it requires tourists to take a domestic flight to Kalibo, Aklan from either Manila or Cebu. Manila is the capital city of the Philippines, while Cebu is the most important city in the Visayas. From Kalibo, travelers take a shuttle bus going to Caticlan, which has an airport but can only accommodate a few flights. At Caticlan, travelers generally board an outrigger boat from the Jetty Port going to the island of Boracay. During stormy weather, however, the sea between Caticlan and the Boracay seaport can get rough. This is when Caticlan to Bulabog Beach becomes the safer route.
There are very good hotels in the area, particularly the Palm Breeze Villa Boracay, the 7 Stones Boracay Resort and the Cobiba Villas Boracay Resort. These are actually famed for being windsurfing resorts. There are also other cheap inns, restaurants and shops. The trendy restaurants and food establishments are Boracay Butterfly Garden and Restaurant and the Lazy Dog Bed and Breakfast. Given the proximity to White Beach and D’Mall, Bulabog guests could easily go to D’Mall or D’Talipapa for more shopping and dining. Many of the local shops remain dedicated to the popular activities, selling items and equipment for windsurfing and kiteboarding.
Windsurfing and kiteboarding events peak early in the year, during the dry season. At this time, Bulabog has a steady onshore wind that goes perfectly with the sports. The Boracay International Fun Board Cup happens each January, and this 6-day fun tournament has been going on for 20 years, under the sponsorship of the AWT, or Asian Windsurfing Tour. A mecca for water sports galore, Bulabog’s reef is also an acknowledged host for speed and slalom sailing, just a few hundred meters offshore. Beyond the reef are wind-driven waves, the ideal setting for speed trials, freestyle, and kiting hang-time events.
One could be forgiven for mistaking all of this as evidence that Bulabog Beach is always fast-paced and full. Nonetheless, there actually comes a time when the action wanes and the tournaments finish. Once this happens, the beach becomes relatively “deserted” and turns into a new kind of mecca for the weary water-sportsman or traveler: a pristine contrast of peace and easy living, set against a backdrop of lucent waters and white sands.