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 a prime activity in Boracay, as a good number of tropical islands can easily be reached by boat tours. Crocodile Island, Crystal Cove (aka Lauren), and Magic Island are the 3 closest and most popular islands to visit from Boracay.
These destinations offer a wide range of activities, from snorkelling to cave exploration and more. Many island-hopping tours are available from Boracay, with tour operators found in all main resort areas. Read More...
Boracay Island has its fair share of great snorkelling spots. The best beach for snorkelling in Boracay is Bulalog. Located 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, though the latter doesn’t feature as many fish species as Bulalog. One of the best snorkelling sites 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. Read More...
Both beginners and more experienced divers can enjoy scuba diving in Boracay. There’s a good choice of dive centres at hand. most of which can be found on White Beach.
The waters surrounding the island host around 25 dive sites that are 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. Read More...
Windsurfing, kite surfing and SUP
Due to its position in the Visayan Sea, Boracayis 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, is a renowned windsurfing and kite-surfing spot, especially during dry season (from June to October).
SUP (stand up paddle) boarding can be experienced all around the island, but it's most popular at White Beach. The Boracay Beach Club and Enrico’s Paddle Board Rentals Boracay are where you can rent SUP boards near White Beach.
Located on the flank of Mount Luho (the highest point in Boracay), Happy Planet Boracay Zipline & Cable Car takes you for an exciting ride 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.
- Location: Boracay Mount Luho Rd, Malay, Aklan, Philippines
- Tel: +63 (0)999 813 1559
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 definitely not for everyone!
If white-water kayaking is your thing, head over to Panay Island, which is an hour-long drive from Caticlan. You can rent a kayak and go by yourself from any beach (rates cost around PHP 500 per hour or PHP 1,500 for the whole day), or join a day tour (kayaking is usually included).
Spa and massage
Spa and massages are readily available in Boracay, and usually covers any budget level. The cheapest option, which is certainly the most popular, is a beach massage. It costs around PHP 550 for a 30-minute foot massage and PHP 700 for a 1-hour full body massage.
If you want to indulge in a more comfortable – and less sandy – setting, there’s a good choice of spa salons available in the 3 stations along White Beach, and near Bulalog Beach. Prices are more expensive than beach massages, but the treatments and massages are more refined. You can also book a stylish spa resort such as Shangri-La Boracay and Mandala Spa & Villas.
Fancy trying out an unsual water activity in Boracay? The island is home to the Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy, where you can learn to swim (and look) like a mermaid.
You'll wear a colourful tail made of spandex and proper fins during your lessons. Mermaid swimming courses in Boracay 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 a fun way to get active in Boracay. Of course, it makes for really nice photos as well.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 8pm
- Location: Fisheye Divers, Boracay Island, Malay, 5608 Aklan, Philippines
- Tel: 63 (0)36 288 6090
Cliff diving 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. One of the most famous places to engage in this thrilling activity is Ariel’s Point, located on Panay Island.
There are 5 cliff diving platforms that are 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 2 outriggers and 2 sails. Joining an island-hopping day or sunset trip onboard a paraw is an exciting activity to enjoy while on holiday in Boracay. There are plenty of tours operating from White Beach – rates for paraw sailing cost around PHP 3,000 for 2 people.