Boracay – a tropical paradise and is a favorite mecca of travel buffs because of its fine white sand and the tiffany blue sea. The 7km coastline is bounded by buildings that host bars and hotels. Boracay is a frequented Eden in the Visayan region of the Philippines. And not only local tourists find satisfaction in Boracay, but also foreign travelers. From daylight to nighttime, Boracay keeps the groove and the jive. Holidaymakers get the pure bliss in the cold sea and in the urbanized coastline. What makes Boracay more attractive are the fun activities and water adventures.
Boracay is divided into three stations. Each station is a host of hotels, resorts, and inns. So, it would be better if you have your resort or hotel booked beforehand. Travel agencies and operators can help you pick the right hotel to match your dream vacation.
How to get there? You can go there by plane or by ferry. By plane, you have to book a plane ticket that will depart from Manila to Caticlan. From Caticlan, you have to ride a boat going to the resort of your choice. The plane ticket from Manila going straight to Caticlan (in most cases) costs an arm and a leg. For a cheaper travel cost, you can fly from Manila to Kalibo. Then from Kalibo, you have to take public transport going to Caticlan. Travel agencies can organize your travel itinerary and can also include your Kalibo-Caticlantransport in the package.
By water, you have to take the public transport first from Manila going to Batangas port. From Batangas port, you have to ride the 2Go Ferry going straight to Caticlan. Again, book your ferry ticket in advance. From Caticlan, you will ride the boat that will drive you to the station or resort of your choice. For more guides on how to get from Caticlan to Boracay, you can check this site.
With no further due, let me introduce you to the 10must-do things in Boracay that will surely satisfy the wanderlust out of you!
Explore the Islands
One of the common activities in Boracay, Island hopping will tour you to the different islands in the vicinity of Boracay. The usual spots in the tour would be Puka Beach, Coral Garden, Crocodile Island, and Crystal Cove. Most tours have lunch included in the package. To book an island hopping tour, have it included in your itinerary by telling travel consultant or the staff of your hotel.
Fly High Above the Sea (Parasailing)
Parasailing is most availed not only by those who want a panoramic view of Boracay but also for those who want to feel carefree. Parasailing is best enjoyed with a friend. And besides, it’s cheaper when you avail it with a partner. Having a vantage view of the island and the dancing sea, you might want to bring a camera to capture the beautiful vision. Just don’t lose your grip.
If you’re no Pro in scuba diving, you can try Helmet Diving. This is also best for those who are not able to swim but still wants to experience the underwater realm of Boracay beach. With Helmet Diving, you will have a close encounter with the colorful and playful fishes. If you want them to come to you, better bring bread and feed them.
Try Banana Boat
While Banana Boat is a regular ride in almost beach and resort, trying it in Boracay is surely not just an ordinary experience. Banana Boat is best enjoyed with peers or the fam. Laugh hard as you watch your team dunk in the rough surface of the sea.
Experience the Standup Paddling
In standup paddling, you don’t need to be an expert nor to be a professional to navigate yourself in the cold water. But of course, it might take a couple or more accidental plunge to the water before you get the hang of it. But once you do, you will have pure enjoyment in maneuvering yourself in the ocean.
Address: Bulabog Beach Road 1-A, Boracay, Malay, 5608 Aklan, Philippines
Contact: +63 908 820 2267
Jump off the Cliff
No, I am totally not suggesting suicide here (I think), but Cliff diving is one of the favorite daredevil adventures in Boracay. If you visit Magic Island (often included in island hopping packages), you can try the cliff diving. Climb the giant limestone, jump to the edge, and have yourself devoured by the cobalt blue sea.
Address: Batason, Buruanga, 5609 Aklan, Philippines
Contact: +63 928 226 8210
Shout your fear in the Reverse Bungee (G-Max)
A simple caveat for my beloved readers: Reverse Bungee is only for the intrepid, bravados, and bombastic people. Reverse Bungee will push your adrenaline to the limit and can even, hyperbolically, pump your heart three folds faster. The Reverse Bungee is one of the crays in Asia. It is only available in Singapore and Boracay.
Address: White Beach Path, Malay, Philippines
Contact: +63 921 532 3550
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Play with your hair
As you laze on the urban lodges and huts in the coastline, you will meet the natives of Boracay who offer hair braiding. For women who want to have a summer look for the obligatory #BoracaySelfie, playing with your hair may be a fun idea. You can also go straight to spas and salon to have your hair done.
Meet new people
And since Boracay is a one-stop hub for travelers and beach buff, it is a perfect place to meet and bond with new people – perhaps, create a new friendship. And the best time to mingle with others will be at night hours. I’m talking about the groovy and lively nightlife of Boracay. Boracay has a range of bars that you can hop on to socialize with strangers. Meet new people and dance the night out in PubCrawl for as low as Php690 ($13).
Address: Boracay BeachPub, Station 2, Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, 5608 Aklan, Philippines
Contact: +63 906 207 5343
Feel the solidarity
After your wild nightlife, you might want to wake up early to catch the breathtaking sunrise in the horizon of the Boracay beach. The blue sea turns to gold as Mr. Sun tries to hop up the sky. The morning sunshine is relaxing, it is overwhelming, and is truly a natural beauty. Just as how satisfying the sunrise is, watching the sunset is also stunning and awe-inspiring.
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