Here are the Top 9 Beaches on Boracay Island
In this article, we’re going to introduce you to beautiful Boracay Island, Philippines. The Philippines is a nation comprised of over 7,000 islands in the Pacific Ocean. Boracay Island is one of the smaller islands in the Philippines, measuring just 7 kilometers from one end to the other.
Boracay is world famous for it’s beautiful beaches, seafood, and nightlife. We’ll show you the Top 9 beaches and Top 14 activities on Boracay Island, Philippines, and show how you can enjoy an affordable vacation in this tropical paradise.
Where is Boracay Beach, Philippines?
The Philippines is located in the Philippines Sea, which is the western end of the Pacific Ocean and is part of Asia. It’s nearest neighbours are Taiwan, China, Vietnam, and Indonesia.
The island of Boracay is located just north of the larger island of Malay, which is roughly in the middle of the Philippines archipelago of more than 7,000 islands.
Top 9 Beaches and Top 14 Activities on Boracay Island Philippines
We’ve picked our Top 9 Beaches and Top 14 Activities that you can enjoy on Boracay Island, Philippines. Boracay is a small island so you could visit all of the beaches and try all of the activities in a week if you really wanted to. The good news is that the beaches are mostly free to visit and all of the activities are relatively inexpensive, compared to other beach resort areas. You’re also going to find that hotels, meals, and local transportation are quite inexpensive, so a vacation here will be quite affordable.
Here are the Top 9 Beaches on Boracay Island
Boracay Island has many beaches for you to enjoy, but we’re going to describe our top beaches and let you decide which ones to visit. We’ll start with the most famous “White Beach” and work our way clockwise around the island.
White Beach is the largest, most beautiful, and by far the most popular beach on Boracay Island. This beach has the best sand for walking or sunbathing, clean, clear water, great facilities and a wide range of attractions. White Beach is 4 kilometers long from end, and you have a choice of walking along the sandy beach or along a path that runs parallel to the beach. To get to White Beach, If you’re staying in central Boracay, you can simply walk from your hotel.
If you look at the map, you’ll see that White Beach is divided into three “stations”. Station 2 (in the middle) is the busiest and has the wildest nightlife. Stations 1 (in the south) and 3 (in the north) are quieter and more laid back.
Diniwid Beach is just north of White Beach, and the two beaches are separated by a rocky cape. Diniwid has a nice sand beach and clear water and is far less crowded than White Beach. If you’d like to visit Diniwid, you can walk there by following a concrete path from the north end of White Beach. It’s about a 15 minute walk.
Continuing north, the next beach is Balinghai Beach. The beach is not very well developed (no restaurants or resorts), but you might enjoy a visit for the tranquility and some good swimming. It is not easy to reach, as you will have to take a small hike through the woods to reach it.
Punta Bunga Beach
The next beach is called Punta Bunga Beach. The good news is that it is a beautiful beach with clear water and great swimming. The bad news is that this beach is “managed” by three luxury resorts: Shangri-La, Movenpick, and Crimson. If you’re a guest at any of these hotels, you won’t have any problems accessing the beach. If you’re not a guest, you may have to convince the security folks to let you in to enjoy the beach. The northernmost end of Punta Bunga is called “Banyugan Beach” and is reserved exclusively for guests of the Shangri-La.
Puka Beach is also known as Shell Beach because there are many small shells to be found along the beach. It occupies almost the entire north end of Boracay Island. The beach is nice and the water is clear but the swimming may be more challenging due to the deeper water and windier conditions. There are no hotels here but you will find a few snack bars. The best way to get to Puka Beach is to hire a tuk-tuk (motorized trike with seating for passengers) or motorcycle.
Continuing “clockwise”, the next beach called “Ilig-Iligan” is located at the northeast corner of Boracay Island. The beach and water are very nice here, and if you are adventurous you can swim to some nearby small islands and caves. There aren’t many facilities here so come prepared. The best way to get to Ilig-Iligan Beach is to hire a tuk-tuk (motorized trike with seating for passengers) or motorcycle.
Heading south, we next come to Lapuz-Lapuz Beach. This is another beautiful beach that is “managed” by a private resort called “Fairways and Bluewater”, so it may be difficult to access. If you’re a guest at the resort, or if you play a round of golf there, you may be able to enjoy the beach.
Bulabog Beach, like White Beach, is located near the center of Boracay Island. Also like White Beach, it is a very long beach with nice sand and clear, blue water. But that’s where the similarities end. Bulabog Beach is the “wild child” of Boracay. It is often very windy there, especially from November to April, and so the beach is primarily used for kite flying and windsurfing. Bulabog Beach is easy to reach, just a 10 minute walk from White Beach on the eastern side of Boracay Island.
Last but not least is Tambisaan Beach. Located at the southeast corner of Boracay Island, this beach is not blessed with the natural beauty of the other beaches on this list. The twin appeals of this beach are that you can go fishing or snorkelling here, and you will find many local Filipinos to meet here. You can arrange for a fishing trip, or for a snorkelling excursion to nearby Crocodile Island.
Top 14 Activities on Boracay Island Philippines
Here are our “Top 14” activities that you can try when you visit Boracay Island. You will generally get the best deal by negotiating directly with the operator, instead of booking through an agent. But you never know, so ask around.
#1 – Cliff Diving
There are a few places where you can go cliff diving, but the most popular is likely “Ariels Point”. It’s located on a small island near Boracay. Most people spend the whole day there, enjoying cliff diving, kayaking, swimming, snorkelling, or paddleboarding. You can buy a package deal that includes transportation to the island, meals, and activities.
#2 – Underwater Helmet Diving
Underwater helmet diving is a novel type of underwater diving that allows you to walk along the bottom of the sea. They place a large helmet on your head which provides air to breathe. You can feed the fish or pose for a photo while you’re down there. You buy a package tour, which includes transportation by speedboat to a large platform where they fit you with a helmet and train you.
#3 – Parasailing
Parasailing is very popular in Boracay and you’re sure to see people trying it all over the island. Great fun if you’re not scared of heights.
#4 – Paraw Sailing
A paraw is a sailboat that is equipped with two outriggers to prevent the boat from flipping on it’s side. Lots of fun and don’t worry the crew will do all the driving for you. This is a great way to watch the beautiful sunsets on Boracay.
#5 – Mermaid Swimming
Who hasn’t dreamed of being a mermaid? Now you can try it yourself, just slip on a flipper and go for a swim.
#6 – Scuba Diving
Boracay is a great place for scuba diving and you will find lots of outfitters who can help you, even if you’re a beginner.
#7 – Snorkelling
Even though Boracay has a lot of beautiful beaches, you will have to travel to find some great snorkelling. We recommend going to Tambisaan Beach, or better yet, go on a snorkelling excursion to nearby Crocodile Island.
#8 – Island Hopping Cruise
If you just like to get out on the water for some sightseeing, there are lots of island hopping cruises that will take you around to the small islands that surround Boracay. You’ll visit a few islands and enjoy a nice meal and drinks.
#9 – Banana Boat Ride
Hop on board a “Banana Boat” for a wet and wild ride on the ocean.
#10 – Stand Up Paddling
The ocean around Boracay is generally calm, bad news for surfers, but great news for you if you’ve always wanted to try stand up paddling.
#11 – Jet Ski
You’re sure to have a blast zipping around on a jet ski with your new friend or spouse. Make sure that the operator is reputable and won’t try to charge you extra for mysterious damages.
#12 – Beach massage
You’ll find lots of shops offering inexpensive massages in Boracay. For something unique, you can enjoy a massage right on the beach! Just head to the beach and look for the ladies and gentlemen walking around offering the service.
#13 – Shopping
Boracay is not a great place for shopping, but there are a couple of places to check out if you feel the need to shop.
D’Mall is an open air collection of shops and restaurants that stretches all the way from White Beach to the main highway. If you’d like some fresh seafood cooked to order, look for the restaurants where the catch of the day is sitting on ice in front of the restaurant.
If you’re looking for an enclosed mall with air conditioning, hop in a tuk tuk and head for City Mall. Lots of shops and fast food to recharge your batteries here!
#14 – Nightlife
Last but not least, when the sun goes down in Boracay, the party starts! Boracay has a fun and inexpensive nightlife. There are lots of bars, some on the beach, with cheap drinks, dancing, and partying late into the evening. Most of the bars are along White Beach, just head out and find one that is in your comfort zone. You can explore on your own or you can join an organized pub crawl where you can make some new friends. Keep in mind that the nightlife near Station 2 is going to be the loudest and go on into the night, so choose your hotel accordingly!
Practical Information for Boracay Island, Philippines
When to Go
It’s always warm in Boracay Island, although they do experience “dry” and “rainy” seasons.
During the dry season from November through May, the weather is dry and sunny and the winds are calm on the White Beach side, making for relaxing swimming. The other side of the island will have strong winds and waves making it suitable for kite surfing and windsurfing.
The weather changes during the rainy season from June to October. There is more rain and a real risk of typhoons. During this season, even White Beach gets large winds and waves which sometimes makes it unsuitable for swimming.
There are busy tourist seasons around Christmas (late December) and Chinese New Year (February) when crowds are larger and prices may be higher.
Language and Currency
Most of the local Filipino people speak English, so you won’t have any trouble communicating.
The currency is the Philippines Peso (PHP). You can get pesos at any bank, ATM, or even at your hotel. Credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted.
In addition to the usual passport and visa requirements, the Philippines government has imposed some special rules to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Boracay Island is within the jurisdiction of Aklan province, so you will need to satisfy the public health requirements of Aklan province prior to entering Boracay Island. The rules may change at any time, so we encourage you to visit the Aklan government “Guide for Tourists” website which will describe the latest rules.
Where to Stay on Boracay Island Philippines
There are hundreds of places to stay on Boracay Island, ranging from a few dollars per night for a hostel to hundreds of dollars a night for a suite in the ultra luxurious Shangri-La Resort. Here are a few of our favourites. You should be able to get a comfortable room with private bath and air conditioning for less than USD$60 at any of these hotels.
Located near White Beach Station 3, a beach resort with amenities that include free WiFi, a library and complimentary usage of a beach bed and umbrella.
Located near White Beach Station 1, an affordable five-star resort in a quiet location.
Henann operates seven resorts on Boracay Island, the Garden Resort located near White Beach Station 2 is a great choice.
At the northernmost end of White Beach, a simple and elegant property.
Getting to Boracay Island, Philippines
Most people will fly to Boracay Island. The most convenient way is to fly to “Caticlan Airport”, which is also known as the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport, or sometimes called Boracay Airport. The IATA code for this airport is MPH. From the airport, you will be shuttled to the “jetty” for a short boat ride to Boracay Island. Some resorts will include the transfer from the airport to the hotel in the price of the room; make sure you check when booking. If not, you will need to arrange your own transfer on the ferry and then on to your hotel.
Another option is to fly into “Kalibo Airport” (IATA code: KLO) and then take a bus to Caticlan. You might find a cheaper flight this way but the bus ride to Caticlan is about 2 hours so you are likely better off flying directly to Caticlan.
You can’t drive to Boracay Island but you can take a “Roll On Roll Off” (RORO) ferry from various locations in the Philippines.
Getting Around Boracay Island, Philippines
Walking is a practical and free way to get around Boracay Island. You can cross the entire island from White Beach to Bulabog Beach in about 15 minutes.
Tricycles are motorized vehicles that hold a driver and a few paying passengers. There are gasoline and electric tricycles. You need to negotiate a price with the driver before starting your trip as there are no fixed prices here.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article on the beautiful Boracay Island in the Philippines. Happy travels everybody!