In the island of Boracay, you can feel the summer vibes all year round! This small island in the western part of the Visayas region is known for its white-sand beaches and vibrant nightlife, as well as for being a haven for water sport enthusiasts. Diving, snorkeling, kayaking and windsurfing, you name it and you’re sure to find it in Boracay!
Boracay’s main beach, often known as White Beach to most tourists, is further divided into three parts: Station 1, Station 2 and Station 3. At station 1, you’ll find expensive hotels and other luxury facilities, while station 2 is known as the food and party hub. However, if you’re looking for some privacy, station 3 is known to be the quietest part of the island, located at the southernmost corner of Boracay. With the recent Boracay reopening, you’ll surely get the chance to enjoy all three of these stations.
Are you ready for an exciting trip? Whether you’re looking for adrenaline-pumping activities or you’re just aiming to have a relaxing vacation, Boracay has something great in store for you. Read on below to know what you’re going to expect:
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Jumping Off a Cliff
Let’s get straight to the most thrilling activity there is on the island: cliff diving!
At Magic Island, a popular cliff-diving site just a couple of minutes away from the beach proper, there are some diving boards that stand 15 to 30 feet (4.5 to 9 meters) high, which you can access for a minimal entrance fee. The fee includes unlimited use of diving boards but excludes the use of protective gear such as life vests.
For a meet and greet with Boracay’s underwater residents, you can go scuba diving! There are over 14 different sites in the area with varying challenge levels and features. For starters, you can try Angel Point, which is characterized by reefs with sea grass, or Coral Garden, where you’ll find shoals of a ton of colorful fish.
Going on a Hike
Boracay is not just about the sand and the waters. Hiking enthusiasts would surely be thrilled when they know that the island’s highest point, Mount Luho, is open to the public for outdoor activities.
On the way up, you can visit a wildlife park where you’ll find a Philippine eagle, different species of birds, snakes, monkeys and wild cats. The entrance fee is just a dollar, which is very budget friendly for travelers on a budget.
Try Being a Mermaid
If you’ve ever had dreams of being a mermaid when you were younger, well, the Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy in Boracay can make sure that such dreams can come true.
They offer mermaid swimming lessons that aim to familiarize participants with the mermaid’s tail. Classes last for 90 minutes and include a directed mini-photoshoot after the session.
So, there you have it. These are just some of the things you can do in Boracay island. Yes, you may have done all these before, but with the recent Boracay island reopening, you’ll surely enjoy these activities more in a much cleaner environment.
With its powdery white-sand beach and vibrant party scene, Boracay has been cited again and again as one of the world’s best island party destinations. However, due to its recent closure, it’s a good idea to break away from the crowd and visit other white-sand beaches in the country instead.
It’s just as well that when it comes to Philippine beach holidays, this archipelago is rich in white-sand beaches that aren’t as crowded as Boracay just yet. Without further ado, here are a few of the top picks that you may not have heard about.
Malamawi Island (Isabela City, Basilan)
Malamawi Island’s long and white-sand beach will make you wonder why you didn’t check out this amazing beach holiday destination sooner.
As soon as you get off the boat, this little piece of Heaven on Earth will make you forget about all the concerns you have every day. Not a lot of people dare to visit this part of the country, which just means that you can have this stretch of fine beach practically all to yourself.
Makatira Island (Sta. Cruz, Zambales)
Zambales is known for its beaches in Subic, Pundaquit and San Narciso. However, a lesser-known and equally stunning island paradise is located off the coast of its northernmost town in Sta. Cruz — Makatira Island.
This private island is owned by Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez. It features a long sandbar that stretches into the sea, crystal-clear water of varying shades of blue, and a marine sanctuary that’s an ideal place for snorkeling.
Matukad Island (Caramoan, Camarines Sur)
The Caramoan Peninsula in the province of Camarines Sur was considered one of Google’s top trending searches for the summer of 2017. It’s no surprise; this group of islands boasts white-sand beaches, sandbars, crystal-clear waters and even limestone forests. If you want to break away from the crowd, Matukad Island is a must-visit indeed.
Tinaga Island, Calaguas (Vinzons, Camarines Norte)
It would be a challenge to choose a beach when you’re in the Calaguas Group of Islands. However, Mahabang Buhangin on Tinaga Island is the best option if you’re looking to camp out on a long strip of gorgeous white sand. Just make sure you have your diving or snorkeling gear with you for you to appreciate the life under water.
Palani Beach (Balud, Masbate)
Palani is the town of Balud, situated 68 kilometers from Masbate City, is a 10-kilometer stretch of white-sand beach tuckered away in a cove surrounded by verdant hills. The water is only waist-deep up to 500 meters from the shore, making it a good place for swimming, even for the kids.
There are no 5-star hotel accommodations in the area, although you can check in at no-frills resorts like Paraiso de Palani, Bocala Beach Resort, and My Q.
So, there you have it. These are just some of the destinations for the best beach holidays Philippines if you’re looking for places that feature white sand. Just remember to take good care of the area and bring a ton of sunscreen with you. There are still more beaches, too, so don’t be afraid to explore the Philippines a little more.