Much of the hype resurfacing around Boracay is thanks to the six months of extensive rehabilitation that brought back its old glory. Though a lot has changed, one thing is for sure—it still remains as one of the best destinations in the Philippines for travelers around the world.
Now that Boracay is back and beautiful as ever, you’ll definitely want to book your next trip and enjoy its breathtaking natural beauty. If you ever do plan to visit, here are 19 things you can do while you’re there:
Go cliff diving at Ariel’s Point
Whether you’re looking for some adventure or just want to escape the flock of tourists at White Beach, Ariel’s Point is the perfect spot for thrill-seekers and beach bums alike. Apart from the five different diving platforms ranging from three to 15 meters, the attraction also offers snorkeling, kayaking, and paddleboarding as well as a lunch buffet and open bar.
Try the famous Chori Burger
While famous for its white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, Boracay is slowly becoming a mecca for foodies because of its mouthwatering local cuisines. If you’re looking for a simple, unpretentious, and affordable yet tasty snack, the Chori Burger is one of the most sought after delicacies on the island and can be found in different stands spread out across Stations 1 and 2.
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Become a mermaid for a day
More than just living out your fantasy by wearing a flashy tail, Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy offers classes to all shapes and sizes that hopefully will have you swimming in the sea with the grace of a mermaid by the end of the 90-minute class. Don’t worry, you’ll also be given time for a mini photoshoot.
Dine at Two Seasons’ bar LO
Two Seasons’ bar LO is one of the top dining spots in Boracay—particularly for its Four Cheese Pizza and Sizzling Oyster Sisig. For travelers who frequent Boracay, it is and will always be a part of their trips. Suffice to say, it is definitely worth the visit to check what the hype is all about.
Shop, dine, and explore D’mall
Located in Station 2, D’mall is where you’ll find a little bit of everything in one place. The colorful and vibrant street market design of the shops give it a laid back vibe that is enticing to walk around in. Here you’ll find convenience stores, restaurants, clothing shops as well as some souvenirs you can get on the last day of your trip.
Enjoy cocktails at Prisma Bar
Looking for the perfect spot for your girls night out or maybe just up for some refreshing drinks? Prisma, a modern tropical bar, boasts a collection of instagrammable signature cocktails that can both be enjoyed tableside or poolside. Aside from having the largest rum collection in the country, the live music performances make for a go-to joint for the young and hip.
All day breakfast at the sunny side cafe
The Sunny Side Cafe is considered one of the most highly rated restaurants on the island and with good reason. While sampling the seafood is a must at Boracay, visiting this contemporary all-day breakfast cafe is also something you shouldn’t miss out on. Dishes to try: Espresso-Caramel Pancakes and Bacon and Mango Grilled Cheese Sandwich.
Get an aerial view of the whole island on a helicopter
For those who have the extra cash to spare and want an unforgettable and exciting experience, a private helicopter tour is the best way to see all the island has to offer in style. While overlooking Boracay’s white sands and turquoise waters and taking in its beauty, it’s also the perfect opportunity to snap some bird’s eye view photos.
Check out Cha Cha’s Beach Cafe
Eating with a view is always a must, especially when at the beach. It’s a good thing that Coast Boracay’s main food and beverage outlet, Cha Cha’s Beach Cafe, does not just serve great food but is also an Instagram-worthy spot. Make sure to try their signature Ube Champorado and enjoy the sunset with cocktails and live music during their Sundown Sessions every Friday.
Unwind at Puka Shell Beach
Puka Shell Beach or Yapak Beach, as the locals call it, is named after the puka shells scattered along the sands of the beach. It is 30 minutes away from the larger crowds of White Beach which makes it the ideal location for those who want to enjoy a more relaxed and peaceful environment.
Paraw sunset sailing
If you’re a huge fan of sunsets, Paraw sailing is another way to enjoy the view. It is one of the more relaxing water activities being offered on the island and is a great way to upgrade sitting by the beach waiting for the sun to come down.
Experience the ultimate nightlife with Boracay PubCrawl
While there have been many changes made to the partying and drinking scene after Boracay’s rehabilitation, there are still plenty of bars and clubs to check out. Boracay PubCrawl, although not a bar, is moving party on the beach with a group of 50 to 150 people from all over the world and is strongly driven by their tagline—“turning strangers into friends.”
Snorkeling at Crocodile Island
Named after its resemblance to a crocodile’s head, this small island is just a 20-minute boat ride away from White Beach. Though not as scenic and action-packed as its neighboring islands, Crocodile Island is rich in marine life and is considered to be one of the best snorkeling and diving spots in the Philippines.
Soak in a hot Kawa Bath at Kayak Inn
Sitting in a hot Kawa Bath with medicinal herbs said to have healing properties is probably the best thing to do after riding inner tubes down Tibiao River. Though this hidden gem will require a side trip to Antique, it will leave you pleasantly surprised that it’s not on top of everyone’s Boracay itinerary.
Visit Willy’s rock
A visit to Boracay is incomplete without stopping by Willy’s Rock. It is one of the most photographed and famous landmarks on the island because of its battleship-like volcanic rock formation where a statue of the Virgin Mary sits atop in a grotto, which can be seen along the stretch of white sand of Station 1.
Have a gastronomic experience at Boracay’s first and only food hall
Streetmarket, which is located within the hip lifestyle hub, Station X, is home to seven unique specialty stalls—Diavolo, Fat Rice, Percy Seafood, Poketa, Santa Peligrosa, Sugar Cloud, and Winner Winner. The concept behind the hall is a curated mix of cuisines from all around the world while “bringing out the rich personality and uniqueness that defines Boracay.” Our picks: Diavolo’s brick-oven Neapolitan pizzas, Fat Rice’s curry crab, and Winner Winner’s classic buttermilk fried chicken. There, you can also find Coco Mama’s coconut milk ice cream and Supermagic burgers.
Parasailing is the most popular water activity where riders can have a beautiful view of the island from above. Though it may seem like a serene experience, it is definitely not for the fainthearted.
Explore the marine life by helmet diving
One of the easiest and unique ways to enjoy and explore the underwater life of Boracay is to helmet dive. A plus, it requires no swimming and is fairly affordable compared to other water activities on the island.
Complete your trip with a drink from Jonah’s Fruit Shake
Nothing screams Boracay trip more than a bottle of the iconic Jonah’s Fruit Shake. ICYDK, it’s been one of the go-to refreshments of tourists in Boracay and have been well-known and loved for many years now. With over 40 flavors and combinations to choose from, you can never go wrong with a classic mango shake and one of their bestsellers, choco banana peanut.
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