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5 Best Things to Do in Boracay
Boracay is a small island 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 too many people. However, if you know what to expect, what to do, and where you want to go, then you will enjoy Boracay! We list 5 best things to do in Boracay, Philippines.
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 awe 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. I can’t even express how incredible the millions of fish swimming alongside us while snorkeling was. Boracay was an adventure that I will remember in the long run. Based on my experience, below are the 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 because it is the fastest route. It is only a 10-minute walk or a 3-minute tricycle ride.
Where should you stay?
The best luxury hotels to stay at include Boracay Regency or Shangri-La-Hotel. However, there are also hundreds of locations for a smaller budget. Compare hotels to air bnbs and select the best place to stay at the lowest price.
- Go during the off-peak season, so it is not as crowded. Off-Peak: June-October
- Do not just stay at the White Beach, where most of the action occurs! Travel throughout the Island.
- It is not expensive to stay in Boracay, and some hotels 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 it is beautiful and rich in color underwater. I recommend feeding the fish to attract them to you.
- Parasailing- If you are not skilled at windsurfing or kiteboarding, parasailing is a great way to enjoy the sea.
- Cliff Diving- I suggest you go cliff diving 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, 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.
- ATV Ride–Explore the Island in an ATV. Renting is 1,000PHP ($22 per person)
Get a Massage on the Beach.Boracay has EXTREMELY cheap massage shops. This perfect activity will make you feel calm and relaxed.
- 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 ClubsThe Island has a lively nightlife scene you do not want to miss. The country has cheap alcohol in general. Not to mention, all bars have happy hour during their 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 4 AM. 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 are so talented!!
Watch the Sunset and SunriseThe 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 miss it. Watch the sunset between 5 pm to 6 pm at White Beach. The passing boats add to the spectacular view. Watching the sunrise on the beach is just as beautiful. I recommend waking up early to experience the view. Trust me, it is worth it, even if you are not a morning person.
Taste in the Filipino Food.
- 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 located at Station 2 on the white sand beach. Also, do not forget to have fresh local fruit, as the Philippines are famous for their fresh mangos and coconut juice. My favorite place is Jonah’s Fruit Shake and Snack Bar because they have fruity smoothies and ice cream. I had the mango smoothie. While in Boracay, my ex-boyfriend tried the street food entitled balut. He said it tasted good.
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