Get ready for an energetic holiday with this list of the best activities in Boracay. This small tropical island is one of the main holiday destinations in the Philippines, and features a great choice of exciting things to do for its visitors.
The waters surrounding Boracay Island are famous for their warmness and transparency. They offer outstanding scuba diving and snorkelling playgrounds, yet the most popular activities in Boracay Island are not limited to water sports. Have a look at our listing below, and get ready for an active holiday in Boracay.
Island hopping is the prime activity in Boracay as a good number of tropical islands can easily be reached on day trips. Crocodile Island, Crystal Cove (aka Lauren), and Magic Island are the three closest and most popular islands to visit from Boracay. The three of them feature a wide range of activities to enjoy, from snorkelling to cave exploration and more. Many island-hopping day trips are available from Boracay, with tour operators found in all main resort areas. Panay Island is also a famous day trip destination, especially for day-trippers looking to visit Ariel’s Point, an exciting eco-adventure seaside resort at which you can cliff jump, and much more.
Boracay Island hosts its fair share of great snorkelling spots. White Beach, the most popular strip of sand on the island, is not really good for snorkelling as it has no reef, but there are plenty of convenient spots. The best beach for snorkelling in Boracay is Bulalog. Situated on the east coast of the island, it hosts an impressive marine life accesible from the beach. The downside is that it is often crowded with snorkellers. Ilig-Iligan Beach is another excellent snorkelling spot, as well as Tambisaan Beach, although the latter doesn’t feature as many fish species as Bulalog. Nevertheless, the best snorkelling site in the area is located a few hundred metres off Boracay, surrounding Crocodile Island. You’ll find here an impressive underwater fauna and flora bathing in crystal-clear waters.
Beginners and more experienced divers can enjoy scuba diving in Boracay. There’s a good choice of dive centres at hand - a dozen of them can be found on White Beach only, and the good thing is that all of them apply the same prices. The waters surrounding the island host something like 25 dive sites reachable via a short boat ride. The most famous dive site near Boracay is Crocodile Island. It’s especially good for underwater photographers as it hosts many critters and nudibranchs. The best time to dive in Boracay is from April to June.
Due to its position in the Visayan Sea, Boracay is not a great surfing destination, but it is a really good spot to enjoy windsurfing, kitesurfing and stand-up paddleboarding. Obviously, these cool water sports are not practiced at the same place and time. Bulalog Beach, on the east coast of the island, has become a renowned wind and kite surfing spot, especially during dry season (from June to October). Stand Up Paddle boarding can be experienced all around the island, but it's most popular at White Beach. Boracay Beach Club and Enrico’s Paddle Board Rentals (in D’Mall) are two places where you can rent SUP boards near White Beach.
Located on the flank of Mount Luho (the highest hill in Boracay), Happy Planet Boracay Zipline and Cable Car takes you for an exciting ride in ‘Superman position’ over a superb view of the northern coast of the island, with Ilig-Iligan Beach right in front of you. The flight lasts less than a minute but it’s quite exhilarating. A cable car takes you back to the departure point in a far slower way and gives you the opportunity to take panoramic photos from this unique viewpoint.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: On the flank of Mount Luho
- Tel: +63 36 288 2843
Kayaking is a big activity in Boracay. If you're a novice, you can simply kayak along the beaches and explore the rocky parts of the coast. Experienced kayakers don't hesitate to do a complete circle around the island, but at 20 km it's not for everyone! If white water kayaking is your thing, it can be enjoyed a one-hour drive from Caticlan, on Panay Island. You can choose to rent a kayak and go by yourself from any beach (expect to pay around 500 pesos per hour, or 1,500 pesos for the whole day), or join a day tour in which kayaking is included.
Spa and massages are sought-after activities in Boracay, and they are readily available for mostly all types of budget. The cheapest option, which is certainly the most popular, is a beach massage. From 550 peso for a 30-minute foot massage to 700 peso for a 1-hour full body massage, it’s as affordable as it’s pleasant. If you want to indulge yourself with a more comfortable – less sandy – setting, there’s a good choice of spa salons available in the 3 stations along White Beach, and near Bulalog Beach. Their prices are more expensive than beach massages, but the treatments and massages on offer are also more refined. Last but not least, if you can’t imagine a holiday without taking care of yourself in top-notch spas, you can book a stylish spa resort such as the Shangri-La Boracay or the Mandala Spa & Villas, just to name a few.
Fancy to try out an original water activity? Boracay was the first place in the world to open a Mermaid Swimming Academy (they are now available in Manila and other destinations in the Philippines), a place where you can learn to swim like a mermaid with a colourful mermaid tail made of spandex with proper fins inserted. Mermaid swimming courses have 5 levels, and mermaid tails can also be used while scuba diving. It may sound like a joke – especially for men who look rather cute with a mermaid tail, but it’s really serious, and this activity becomes more and more popular.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
- Location: At Fisheye Divers, Station 1, White Beach (beside Starbucks) and at Victory Divers, Station 2, beside Nigi Nigi Resort
- Tel: +63 917 324 39 47
Cliff diving is a very popular activity in Boracay. It may be somehow hazardous and risky, but the opportunity of jumping in the water from high perched seaside rocks is part of many island-hopping day trips. The most famous place to engage in this thrilling activity near Boracay is at Ariel’s Point, on nearby Panay Island. You’ll find there no less than five cliff diving platforms properly supervised to ensure that everything goes fine for the divers. Magic Island is another popular cliff diving spot, and on Boracay Island itself, you’ll also find a few cool spots to jump from.
A paraw is a sailing boat native to the Visayas region of the Philippines. It’s usually of modest dimension and has two outriggers. Joining an island-hopping day or sunset trip onboard a Paraw is an exciting activity to enjoy while on holiday in Boracay. Red Pirates Pub & Sailing Tours is one of the most recommended companies to go Paraw Sailing. They have a certain experience in sailing that type of boat, and they know every nook and cranny of Boracay and nearby islands’ coastline.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 00:00
- Location: Station 3 on White Beach
- Tel: +63 36 288 5767