This list of best things to do in Boracay Island puts together the reasons why this tiny island, that covers an area of around 11 sq km, is one of the most popular holiday destinations in The Philippines. The main point is that Boracay is a tropical island dream come true: the 17 beaches and coves it hosts are simply stunning, and it is part of an archipelago – the Western Visayas Island Group – which offers great island-hopping opportunities.
Boracay Island has both natural and manmade points of interest, though some of them require a short boat ride to access. They may give you the taste to visit this charming island, located some 300 km south of Manila.
Boracay Island may be pretty small (7 km in length and less than 2 km wide), but there are no less than 17 beaches and coves of all shapes and sizes. You can head for the popular 4-km-long White Beach, or take a boat to the small and secluded Ilig-Iligan and Tambisaan beaches.
A wide range of nautical activities are available on Boracay's beaches, including surfing, kiteboarding and snorkelling, or simply relaxing on the soft sand to get a beautiful tan. Read More...
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. Daytrips to Ariel’s Point usually include lunch and drinks. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10.30am to 5pm
- Location: Batason, Buruanga, 5609 Aklan, Philippines
- Tel: +63 (0)36 288 4853
Crystal Cove Island (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. Daytrips to Crystal Cove are available from Boracay, which gives you the possibility of enjoying yourself with a good choice of leisurely fun on the island. These activities include trekking, caves exploration, snorkelling, pigeon feeding and more. Read More...
- Location: Tabon Point, Malay, 5618 Aklan, Philippines
- Tel: +63 (0)917 841 6057
Motag Living Museum
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 Malayanon folk songs, you’ll find a vivid testimony to the ancestral way of life of the inhabitants of this area of The Philippines. The Motag Living Museu is located in Caticlan, at the northern tip of Panay Island,
- Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 10am to 4pm (closed on Mondays)
- Location: Malay, Aklan, Philippines
- Tel: +63 (0)921 556 3111
Mount Luho boasts altitude of 112 metres, making it the highest point on Boracay Island. The 2 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 the beaches of Bulabog, Ilig-Iligan, and Lapuz-Lapuz. Access to the decks is respectively charged at PHP 50 and PHP 120, as each of them is privately owned. Mount Luho is north of Bulabog Beach, on the eastern coast of Boraca.
- Location: Mount Luho, Malay, Aklan, Philippines
Crocodile Island is a mere 500 metres away from Tambisaan Bay, on the southeast coast of Boracay Island. This tiny island owes its name to its shape, which makes it resemble to a large saurian reptile floating on the crystal-clear waters of the bay.
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 daytrips to this beautiful spot are readily available all around Boracay. Read More...
- Location: Crocodile Island, Boracay, Philippines
Boracay Bat Cave
The Boracay Bat Cave is near Ilig-Iligan Beach on the northeastern end of Boracay Island. You have to pay a small fee and hire a guide to get there and come back safely. The visit involves a walk through the jungle, before reaching the entrance of the cave framed by huge rocks.
Be careful when walking inside the cave. as the bats’ faeces cover most of the ground and make it slippery. The stench is also pungent. You’ll spot here large fruit bats as well as other smaller bat species.
- Location: Ilig Iligan Beach, Boracay Batcave Beach Road, Malay, Aklan, Philippines
Willy’s Rock is a rocky outcrop that forms a tidal island with a statue of the Virgin Mary atop steps carved into the volcanic rock. This volcanic rock formation gets its name from the nearby Willy’s Beach Club Hotel.
It’s a very popular spot with local people, especially local Catholics, and as a result it can get a little crowded at times. The manmade staircase leading up to the statue is always wet and can get a little slippery at times, so take care, especially during high tide. Read More...
- Location: Boracay Tambisaan Jetty Port Rd, Malay, Aklan, Philippines
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary is a Catholic church at Station 1's Balabag Plaza, close to the central area of White Beach. This lovely, well-kept church belongs to the Diocese of Kalibo, and is open every day. The church's peaceful atmosphere makes it one of the island's most relaxing place to visit, even if you’re secular.
- Location: Boracay Highway Central, Balabag Plaza Station 1, Boracay Island, 5608 Aklan, Philippines
- Tel: +63 (0)36 288 3219