Sightseeing around the island can be compacted into one day or stretched out for several. A trip to Boracay is incomplete without visiting the famous volcanic formation, Willy’s Rock on White Beach. Bulabog Beach has a small butterfly garden exhibiting an interesting collection of wild butterflies and flowers. To escape the other beach dwellers, pretty Puka Shell Beach in the north is less crowded than the other, more frequented beaches. Some people come here for a quiet afternoon picnic with a small group of family or friends. In the northeast, the small white-sand Baling Hai Beach has an impressive view from the cliff top at sunset.
All Attractions in Boracay Island
Ariel’s Point is a day trip destination on the western edge of Buruanga, toward the northern tip of Panay Island, a 40-minute ride southwest by speedboat from Boracay Island. Settled in a lush environment, this eco-adventure seaside resort offers you thrilling activities. like cliff diving, kayaking, paddleboarding and snorkelling. It’s also a cool place to meet fellow travellers attracted by the same kind of watersports. Day trips to Ariel’s Point include lunch and drinks.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11:15 – 17:00
- Location: at the northern tip of Panay Island
- Tel: +63 (0)36 288 6770 or +63 (0)36 288 4853
Baling Hai Beach
In the northwest of the island, the calm Baling Hai Beach is an ideal spot for swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing in a peaceful environment. Also, the beach has fantastic views from the cliff-top restaurant, especially during the sunset hour. The beach is often included as a stop-off on an island boat tour.
- Location: Northeast of the island
Boracay Bat Cave
Boracay Bat Cave is in the northeastern part of the island, near Ilig Iligan Beach. Located on private land, you have to pay a small fee and hire a guide to get there and come back safely. After a walk through the jungle, you’ll reach the entrance of the cave framed between huge boulders. Be careful when walking inside the cave as the bats’ droppings cover most of the ground and make it slippery. The stench is also very strong, so you’ll need to brace yourself for that. You can spot large fruit bats here, as well as other smaller bat species.
- Location: On the northeastern part of the island, near Ilig Iligan Beach
Boracay Butterfly Farm
Boracay Butterfly Farm is a fun place to visit with children. Covering and area of 200 sq m, you’ll find 200 to 300 butterflies from 20 species living in The Philippines, flying freely in a splendid garden filled with tropical plants and flowers. Fruit bats are also living in the garden. You’ll learn about the life cycles of the butterfly and have the possibility to refresh yourself and purchase handcrafted souvenirs at a small store. Boracay Butterfly Garden is located near Ilig-Iligan Beach, inside the Fairways & Bluewater Resort.
- Location: inside the Fairways & Bluewater Resort, near Ilig-Iligan Beach
Located on the Bulabog Beach, the Butterfly Garden is one of the island’s highlights for nature lovers. Besides an impressive collection of wild butterflies, this breeding farm exhibits some rare tropical plants and trees. The farm originally started as a hobby for Patrick Manion, a retired New Zealand chemist accompanied by his wife. Their in-house restaurant is lovely and is the food is delicious.
- Location: Bulabog Beach
Motag Living Museum
Located in Caticlan, at the northern tip of Panay Island, The Motag Living Museum lets you discover the great cultural heritage of this area of The Philippines through interactive expositions. Showcasing traditional farming and craft weaving, native cooking methods and introducing you to the subtle melodies of Malayanon folk songs, you’ll find a vivid testimony to the ancestral way of life of the inhabitants of this area of The Philippines.
- Opening Hours: From 09:00 – 17:30 – closed on Thursdays
- Location: at the northern tip of Panay Island
- Tel: +63 (0)36 288 3208
Located just north of Bulabog Beach, on the east coast of Boracay, Mount Luho is, with an altitude of 112 metres, the highest point on the island. Two view decks at the top of Mount Luho can easily be reached via cement staircases. Along the way to the summit, you may spot birds, monkeys and a Filipino version of the Tasmanian Devil. The panoramic view from the decks encompasses Bulabog, Ilig Iligan and Lapuz-Lapuz beaches. Access to the decks is respectively charged at PHP50 and PHP120, as each of them is privately owned.
- Location: Just north of Bulabog Beach on the east coast of Boracay
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church is settled on Balabag Plaza, at Station 1 near the central area of White Beach. This lovely, well-kept church belongs to the Diocese of Kalibo, and is open every day. You can attend masses on a daily basis, at 06:30 Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri; 17:00 on Wed; and 06:00, 08:00, 16:00 and 17:00 on Sun. Simply decorated and down to earth, it’s a relaxing place to visit, even if you’re secular.
- Location: On Balabag Plaza, near the central area of White Beach
Puka Shell Beach
Although there are a few restaurants and vendors selling souvenirs made of shells at the entrance, visitors can expect an empty stretch of sand on this serene beach. Named after the prevalent white seashells, Puka Shell Beach (also known as Yupak Beach) is isolated and has fewer people than any of the other beaches on Boracay. If you wish to get away from the hustle on White Beach, this is an excellent choice.
- Location: North of the island
White Beach is the most popular beach and represents the commercial centre of the island. Besides its white powdery sand and the crystal-clear water, this little beach town offers countless restaurants, cafés, bars, and souvenir shops. Think of the White Beach as one continuous beach that is divided into three sections, each with its own unique Read More...
- Location: On the Midwest coast of the island
A bizarre shaped volcanic formation; Willy’s Rock is arguably the most instantly recognizable attraction in Boracay. Situated approximately 100 metres offshore from Station One, the rock is topped by a statue of the Virgin Mary and is becomes an island itself during high tide.
- Location: Station One, White Beach
Islands near Boracay
Lying about 8 km north of Boracay, Carabao Island still retains most of its pristine nature, as the island is not yet overdeveloped. Featuring two main beaches - Lanas to the west and San Jose to the east - Carabao offers an extremely pleasant getaway from the throngs in the middle of the high season in Boracay. Boracay’s diving centres and other companies running day trips by speedboat allow you to discover this quaint island, at which you can stay several days if you so wish, as Carabao has a few accommodation options.
- Location: 8 km north of Boracay
Crocodile Island is the most famous snorkelling and scuba diving spot near Boracay. Located a few hundred metres east of Tambisaan Port, off the southeast coast of Boracay, Crocodile Island owes its name to its shape, which resembles the head of a huge aquatic reptile. The waters surrounding the island host an impressive array of marine life, including different species of corals, schools of fish, nudibranchs, scorpion fish and much more. Diving and snorkelling day trips to this beautiful spot are readily available all around Boracay.
- Location: 500 metres off the southeast coast of Boracay
Crystal Cove Island
Crystal Cove Island Resort (aka Lauren Island) is a private islet located a 10-minute boat ride southeast of Boracay Island. Locally known as Tigwatian Island, Crystal Cove owes its name to the splendid coral reefs that lie beneath the crystal-clear waters that surround it. Day trips to Crystal Cove are available from Boracay. They give the possibility of enjoying yourself with a good choice of leisure activities on the island. These activities include trekking, caves exploration, snorkelling, pigeon feeding and more.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 – 17:00
- Location: one kilometre off Boracay’s southeast coast
- Tel: +63 (0)36 272 27 09 or +63 918 911 81 34
Located just south of Crystal Cove Island, Magic Island is a great place if you want to thrill yourself by trying cliff diving. You’ll find five platforms here, respectively installed at 3, 5, 8, 9 and 10 metres above the turquoise waters of the Visayan Sea. A local team ensures that everything runs smoothly around the platforms, and makes sure that jumpers get back safely to the shore. Other points of interest on Magic Island include a bar and restaurant, as well as snorkelling and sea kayaking equipment. You can get there by joining a day trip or simply hiring a boat on any beach in Boracay.
- Location: 600 metres south of Boracay
Panay is practically continent-sized compared to Boracay Island. Covering a total land area of 12,011 km2 (Boracay is a mere 11 km2), Panay is divided into four provinces and is the landing point of all visitors to Boracay thanks to its two airports: Kalibo and Caticlan. Panay Island is a popular day trip destination from Boracay, particularly Ariel’s Point, an eco-friendly seaside resort on the northwest coast, which offers exciting activities from cliff diving to sea kayaking and more.
- Location: 600 metres south of Boracay