There are actually more than a hundred things to do in BORACAY but for first-timers and those that are yet to become a little more adventurous, here are ten things that you should do when you visit this island paradise of the Philippines.
BORACAY is a small island located in the province of Aklan, Western Visayas, Philippines. Divided into three local barangay: Manoc-Manoc, Balabag and Yapak it is known all over the world for its relaxing white sand beaches and fun after dark festivities.
ONE: STAY AT AZALEA
But there’s more to BORACAY that its sun, sand and water – this I learned when I visited the island for the first time just last month courtesy of friends from Azalea Hotels & Residences Boracay, the most perfect place to book your stay when visiting Boracay.
And I think that’s the first thing you should do, get a hotel in BORACAY that knows the place, in and out. If you’re a first-timer this is a must, so that you won’t have to worry about the little things, so you can enjoy all the unique things that the island has to offer.
Azalea Hotels & Residences Boracay is the island’s first 4-star quality serviced apartment that offers the most spacious accommodations, fully furnished with kitchen, dining and living area facilities. Located right at the center of White Beach in Station 2, this hotel is fast becoming one of the island’s main attraction as well.
TWO: GO OUT ON THE BEACH AT NIGHT
We arrived late in the afternoon so the next we did after arriving in the island is to have dinner at the beach. One thing that the island of Boracay is not short of are restaurants and other kinds of food establishments. And the best ones are of course those that are located at the beach.
The entire White Beach turns into a spectacular venue for various festivities at night time. There are fire dancers and all sorts of gimmicks, live bands and live music brings the island to life. People are everywhere!
What’s really surprising is that we went there after summer – and it still felt like summer in Boracay. An eternal summer in the island of Boracay? I once thought that the line was just a promotional gimmick, but it seems that I am proven wrong.
THREE: SNORKEL AT CROCODILE ISLAND
The first agenda after breakfast the next morning is to go island hopping. And so we did. First on the list was snorkeling the waters near Crocodile Island where the water is not too deep, and there are a lot of untouched beautiful corals and different kinds of fish.
It’s my first time snorkeling, the hardest part for me is learning to breathe with my mouth only. The best part is looking under water and seeing all those wonderful and bright-colored fishes. It’s like a different world down there.
FOUR: FRESH BUKO AT SEA
Island life is almost always associated with coconuts, but here in Boracay, you can have it in the middle of the sea. As Buko (coconut) vendors are also out at sea carrying the fresh fruits with them and selling it to anyone craving for some satisfying snack while having a little bit of in-water adventure.
FIVE: HAVE LUNCH AT TAMBISAAN BEACH
At noon, we had our delicious lunch of fresh seafoods at Tambisaan Beach which is located at the southern part of Boracay opposite the Cagban Jetty Port and just across Crocodile Island.
Aside from being a wonderful spot for a sumptuous island meal experience, this is where tourists go for snorkeling and also as a jump port going to Crystal Cove.
You can swim here also.
SIX: VISIT THE BAT CAVE AND CLIFF DIVING SITE OF CRYSTAL COVE
Speaking of Crystal Cove, this island near Caticlan is a host of many activities for visitors of both Boracay and Aklan. Crystal Cove is known for their diving spots and bat caves. We elected to go to the bat cave instead of the cliff diving spot.
SEVEN: ENJOY THE VIEW AND WATER OF PUKA BEACH
Aside from White Beach, the other part of Boracay that’s perfect for fun beach activity and swimming is Puka Beach in Barangay Yapak. This is located at the northern tip of the island. The sand here has a different texture than that found in White Beach since it’s a mixture of white sands and crushed puka shells.
In my opinion, while it lacks the commercial convenience of White Beach, the view at Puka Beach is far more magnificent. The water is cleaner also, perfect for swimming.
EIGHT: SHAKES, BURGER AND MUFFINS
In the afternoon, we head on back to White Beach to experience home-grown snacks and pasalubong items like Jonah’s Fresh Fruit Shakes, Chori-Burger and Kalamansi Muffin. You should never leave Boracay without experiencing it.
NINE: GO ON AN ATV ADVENTURE
One great off-beach adventure that you can take in the island is their ATV adventure course. You start by renting out Karts and ATVs in this old and abandoned (creepy too) amusement park called Happy Dream Land. You will then be led by a guide to a flat road driving adventure that ends at the Ocean Tower, where you can rest and get a 360 view of the island before heading back to the old abandoned park.
TEN: VISIT THE GROTTO AT BORACAY ROCK
For Catholics or those interested in culture, the Boracay Rock at Station 1 (formerly known as Willy’s Rock) houses a grotto of the Virgin Mary that you can visit. It’s one of the island’s most famous landmark.
So, that’s 10 things to put on your Boracay itinerary. It’s best to ask your hotel’s help for arranging your activities if you’re going there for the first time. Azalea Hotels & Residences Boracay has a Travel and Vacation Concierge that can help you with all your needs.
AZALEA HOTELS & RESIDENCES BORACAY
Station 2, Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan
CALL: +63 36 2881144 / +63 998 9953916 / +63 917 8611138
BOOK ONLINE: www.azaleaboracay.com