Bucket List #24: Swim with a School of Fish at the Ocean
Boracay is a small island located in the south of Manila and is known for its white sand beaches. Travelers who visit Boracay would say it is too “touristy” and there are to many people. However, if you know what to expect, what to do, and where you want to go then you will end up enjoying Boracay just as I had!!!
We stayed at a hotel in Boracay for four nights and enjoyed the beautiful weather and beaches. I was in absolute heaven while we got the most affordable massages, in owe of the fire dancers, and amazed by the breathtaking sunset and sunrise. I will never forget how the white sand felt on my feet, the view of the beautiful mountains while island hopping, and the exhilarating feeling of jet skiing. Lastly, I can’t even explain how incredible the millions of fish swimming along side us while snorkeling was. Boracay was an adventure that I will remember in the long run. Based on my personal experience, here are 3 tips and 7 best things to do that I highly recommend completing while in Boracay.
How do you get to Boracay?
I would recommend taking an airline to Boracay through Cebu Pacific. After landing, take the Catalan route, as it is the fastest route. It is only a 10 minute walk or a 3 minute tricycle ride.
Where should you stay?
There are luxury hotels including Boracay Regency or Shangri-La-Hotel. However, there are also hundreds of locations for a smaller budget. Compare hotels to air bnb’s and select the best place to stay at the cheapest price.
- Go during the off-peak season, so it is not as crowded. However, you can still have FUN regardless! OFF-PEAK: June-October
- Don’t just stay at White Beach, where most of the action occurs! Travel throughout the Island.
- It is NOT expensive to stay in Boracay and there are hotels that will not break your travel budget.
Enjoy Outdoor Adventures! (Jet skiing, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Parasailing, Cliff Diving, ETC.)
- Snorkeling/Scuba Diving- Not only does Boracay have the most epic views above water, but also is beautiful and rich in color underwater as well. I recommend feeding the fish to attract them towards you. (That’s what we did… and it WORKED)
- Parasailing- If you are not skilled at windsurfing or kiteboarding, parasailing is a great way to enjoy the sea. I have been parasailing before, but did not go while I was in Boracay. However, I have heard that the view was incredible.
- Cliff Diving- I suggest you cliff dive throughout the island and sign up for a tour at Ariel’s Point. The 1,600PHP($36) cost includes a boat ride, unlimited drinks, BBQ lunch, m snacks, canoes, kayaks, snorkeling gear, and float rafting. Now, THAT is a steal.
- Jet Skiing- I enjoyed jet skiing for 1,000PHP. It was an exhilarating adventure, especially when I was the one driving the jet ski. I have had more fun jet skiing in the past while I was in Bermuda due to the huge waves.
- ATV Ride– Explore the island in an ATV. Renting are 1,000PHP ($22 per person)
Get a Massage on the Beach.
The entire island is filled with massage shops that are EXTREMELY cheap. This is a perfect activity to do that will make you feel relaxed and essentially in heaven.
- DO: Be Assertive. Tell your massage therapist if there is too much pressure! I did not tell mine and ended up with thousands of bruises the next day. (I am over exaggerating)
- DON’T: Be Rude!!!
Experience the Fire Dancers and Enjoy Tropical Drinks at the Clubs
The island has a very lively nightlife scene that you do not want to miss. The country has cheap alcohol in general so if you are a foreigner take advantage! Not to mention, all bars have happy hour during there off-peak hours. You need to try Filipino San Miguel Beer. It is stronger than most beers in America! Guilly’s Island was my favorite club, as it had a gung-ho vibe and was open until 4AM. YES. I LOVE to party so I was there that late… However, if you are not a party person, I recommend going to any restaurant by the beach and watching the FIRE DANCERS!!! The dancers are a must-see and extremely talented!!
Watch the Sunset and Sunrise
The sunset is the most breathtaking view that will mark a special place in your heart, as it has to mine. The view made my hands tingle and my heart feel full. I truly miss it. Watch the sunset between 5pm to 6pm at the White Beach. The passing boats truly add to the spectacular view. Watching the sunrise on the beach is just as spectacular. I recommend waking up early to experience the wonderful view. Trust me, it is worth it, even if you are not a morning person.
Taste in the Filipino Food.
I got sick from eating the local food in the Philippines. So I recommend going to a typical western restaurant. However, the seafood is to die for and a trip to Boracay is not complete without seafood. There are tons of seafood restaurants to choose from we decided to eat at D’Talipapa. I recommend this place it is located at Station 2 on the white sand beach. Also, don’t forget to have the fresh local fruit, as the Philippines are famous for there fresh mangos and coconut juice. My favorite place is Jonah’s Fruit Shake and Snack Bar. They have the most fruity smoothies and ice cream. I had the mango smoothie. While in Boracay my ex boyfriend tried the street food entitled balut. SO GROSS. He actually said it tasted good and I was in absolute shock.