This list of the top 10 attractions in Boracay Island puts together the reasons why this tiny island, that covers an area of only 10 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.
The Boracay must-see attractions listed below feature both natural and manmade points of interest and 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 The Philippines’ capital city, Manila.
While Boracay Island may be pretty small – 7 km in length and less than 2 km wide – it hosts no less than 17 beaches and coves of all shapes and sizes. From the popular 4-km-long White Beach to the small and secret Ilig Iligan and Tambisaan beaches, which are only accessible by sea, you can enjoy a wide range of nautical activities, including surfing, kiteboarding and snorkelling, or simply relaxing on the soft sand to get a beautiful tan.
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
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 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
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
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
Located right in front of Willy’s Beach Club Hotel, after which it’s named, Willy’s Rock is a strangely shaped volcanic rock formation that became something of a landmark on Boracay Island. A small staircase has been built to reach the top of the rock, which stands some 3 metres above the sea. You’ll also find a statue of the Virgin Mary in a cement grotto. Situated near Station 1 on the central area of White Beach, some 50 metres off the shore, Willy’s Rock offers a cool background for a selfie while on holiday in Boracay.
- Location: In the central area of White Beach
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
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