Boracay may be famous for its nightlife, but the island also offers plenty of things to do with kids, making it a popular family destination in the Philippines. Its pristine beaches and clean waters are home to a variety of wildlife, as well as fun activities such as swimming, snorkelling and diving.
Boracay's best family-friendly things to do feature a good choice of outdoor sightseeing excursions, thrilling nautical sports, and a few cultural visits of manmade attractions. There’s indeed something to see and do for everyone in your family in Boracay.
Go island hopping
Island hopping is one of the prime activities in Boracay. From Crystal Cove to Crocodile Island, and from Panay to Carabao, Boracay is surrounded by islands that can be visited on day trips. Your children will enjoy the exhilarating feeling of taking to the sea on board a speedboat or a Paraw (the local sailing boats), visiting new territories, and getting a thrill out of snorkelling, exploring caves, picnicking on the beach, and all the activities comprised in an island-hopping tour. Check out the five best islands to trip to around Boracay.
Slides N’ Splash Water Park
Slides N’ Splash Water Park Boracay is floating park made of inflatable devices, offering a wide range of challenging water activities. It's within a 15-minute boat ride from White Beach – Station 1.
It’s suitable even for novice swimmers as life vests for children and adults are at hand. From trampolines to jiggling ladders to long log-shaped floaties, you and your children will spend a stimulating day in a safe environment under the supervision of the staff and trained life guards.
- Opening Hours: Sunday–Monday from 8am to 4.30pm, Tuesday–Saturday from 9am to 5pm
- Location: 0107 Manggayad, Barangay Balabag Boracay, Malay, Aklan 5606, Philippines
- Tel: +63 (0)945 396 2261
Join a glass-bottom boat tour
Glass-bottom boats range from sea kayaks to converted fishing boats, all of which offer a safe way to discover the outstanding underwater sceneries around Boracay. A typical glass-bottom boat tour lasts about 2 hours, and includes snorkelling, soft drinks, and snacks. It’s also affordable – around PHP 750 for adults and PHP 300 for children under 5 years old.
Boracay Oceanarium is a modern, family-friendly attraction located on the basement floor of Crown Regency Resort and Convention Center. You’ll find 2 main sections to explore – the Discovery Tunnel is home to a variety of fish and marine species from the Philippines, while the Oceanbar is a stylish restaurant where you can see a mermaid show and live fish feeding sessions. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 6pm
- Location: Crown Regency Resort and Convention Center, Boracay Island, Caticlan, Malay, Aklan, Philippines
- Tel: +63 (0)36 506 3029
Ride a banana boat
Banana boat rides are very popular in Boracay, though they usually don't accept kids below 6 years old. Like a nautical rodeo, you ride an inflatable banana-shaped raft pulled by a speedboat which races a short distance off the coast of Boracay.
The price is about PHP 300 per person for a 15-minute ride. Wearing a life jacket is mandatory. You can easily find banana boat rides along the 4 km of White Beach all year round, and at Bulabog Beach in high season.
Dream Land Trick Art Museum
Dream Land Trick Art Museum displays a collection of trompe-l’oeil paintings that offer you great photo opportunities. You can be snapped drinking the milk served by Vermeer’s Milkmaid, receive a mathematics lesson by A. Einstein, cruise Venice in a gondola, ride in Santa Clause’s sledge, and much more through these optical illusions’ paintings. Entrance costs PHP 180, which includes a visit to the Bird Farm and a ride on the Sky Cycle.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 5pm
- Location: Dream Land Theme Park, Malay, Aklan, Philippines
Learn scuba diving
Boracay is a wonderful holiday destination for scuba divers. Lying 500 metres off the southeast coast of Bora, Crocodile Island is one of the region's most beautiful dive sites, but you can find other superb spots can be found around the island.
The many dive centres in Boracay have different options at hand for your children to learn scuba diving. The PADI Bubblemaker is the equivalent of a first dive, and can be pursued from eight years old. The PADI Junior Open Water Diver certificate can be obtained between 10 and 15 years old – it allows your child (accompanied by an adult) to dive a maximum depth of 12 metres.
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. You’ll first have to 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
Parasailing is a common activitiy on Boracay's White Beach. Get a bird’s eye view of Boracay Island by flying with a colourful parachute pulled by a powerful speedboat.
Children over the age of 3 are allowed to join these exciting rides over the sea. There’s no need to worry as, before departure, the operator teaches you the hand signal needed if you would like to end the ride. In any case, children are always accompanied by an adult, and wearing a life jacket is mandatory.
Build sand castles on the beach
As the main attraction in Boracay is the beach, you certainly will spend a bit of time on the sand with your children during your holiday. Talking about sand, did you know that one of the favourite activities here, for the locals, is the construction of sand castles?
It appears that the quality of the sand of Boracay makes it highly suitable for such works of art. Your first attempt may not be as beautiful as the true masterpieces built by the Filipinos, but building a sand castle gives you the time to share a pleasant moment on the beach with your children.