It’s More Fun in Boracay, Philippines!
Some 315 kilometers from the busy metropolis of Manila lies Boracay—the sparkling blue jewel of Western Visayas. Hailed as one of the world’s best island destinations in 2014 by the international magazine Condé Nast Traveler, Boracay continues to charm thousands and thousands of tourists year after year. In fact, in the past year alone, this small island has seen over 1.5 million tourists coming in from all over the world!
If you’re a beach bum (we know you are) and you haven’t been to this side of the world yet, you’re missing out on a lot. But what is it really with Boracay? What’s with all the hype?
Well, for starters, here are 10 things to do for your next holiday trip to Boracay Island. Feel free to put them right on your bucket list and make sure you get to do them this 2017!
Needless to say that island hopping should go first on anyone’s to-do list when in Boracay. You can be sure that the half-day tour would be more than worth it. Breathe in the turquoise beauty of Puka Beach. Appreciate the vibrant diversity of marine life in Crocodile Beach. Take lots of photos of the many beautiful views and resorts of Boracay. And don’t forget to bring your friends along with you as you venture into some of the island’s most beautiful spots!
If you’ve been in awe at the many beautiful sites in Boracay during your island hopping tour, then just think of how an aerial view of the island would feel like! Leave your worries behind (including your fear of heights) and parachute up in the sky for a quarter of an hour.
Breathe in the majestic beauty of the entire island from the highest vantage point anyone could ever get to. Enjoy the moment, and don’t forget to ask someone to take photos of you sailing in the sky!
Of course, we understand that not everyone is comfortable with their legs dangling midair meters off the ground (or sea) for an entire 15 minutes. So if you can’t really get yourself to try out parasailing, why not try paraw sailing instead? They sound almost the same anyway.
Paraw is another word for an outrigger boat with two sails. Yes, it’s very old school, and that’s all part of the experience! This time, let your wanderlust within chart out your course and go wherever the wind takes you. And who knows? You might even stumble on a hidden beach somewhere along your route!
And if you want the perfect timing for your paraw sailing experience, try sailing during the sunset. Nothing could be more perfect than that.
And speaking of sunsets, Boracay’s skies are definitely worth watching and capturing! Fall in love with the almost-magical sunset scene while strolling down the pristine sands of Boracay’s White Beach. Feel the faint afternoon breeze rustle through your hair and bask in the golden glow as you breathe in this beautiful (and romantic) view.
And you know what the best part about it is? Sunset watching will always be FREE.
No, you won’t find huge waves in Boracay. All you’ll get are gentle waves splashing onto the white powdery sand that the island is famous for. But that’s exactly what stand up paddling needs. The tranquil waters allow you to stand on a paddle board without much difficulty so that even though you’re no skilled surfer, you could still enjoy the entire experience.
6. Fly Fishing
Up for some excitement? Try fly fishing. And just in case you’re wondering what fly fishing involves, it means hanging on to a giant inflatable fish tied that’s pulled along by a speedboat.
Get ready for sore muscles though after you’re through with the whole experience. But hey! What are a few sore muscles as compared to the bundle of memories and squeals of delight throughout the entire fast (and sometimes) bumpy ride on Boracay waters? But be warned! This is not for those below 18 years of age and definitely not for the fainthearted.
Think fly fishing is too much for your nerves but do not fancy missing out on the water adventure? Then try out banana boating! It’s a less-bouncy, less-scary, but definitely not less-fun alternative to fly fishing.
8. Jet Skiing
Up for some serious water racing? Don’t leave Boracay without at least experiencing jet skiing! Get on a jet ski and race with your friends on the turquoise sea! Enjoy the adrenaline rush as you slice through the peaceful waters for at least half an hour or an hour at most. Don’t think that would be enough to get the adrenaline rush going? Try jet skiing on a windy day and feel the thrill of speeding over the waves.
9. Scuba Diving
Ah, diving! While Boracay is more well-known for its beautiful and pristine white beaches, it also has quite a number of diving sites not only for beginner divers but also for the more experienced ones.
Shallow and easy dive spots allow diving beginners to witness the beautiful world hidden under the sea. Diverse marine life greet the inquisitive eyes of the divers. Diving sites are also available for experienced divers. If you’re fortunate, you might even get to spot a whitetip or blacktip reef shark there!
10. Cliff Diving
Not satisfied with just scuba diving? Then why not try out Boracay’s cliff diving experience? Of all activities on the island, cliff diving at Ariel’s Point would probably be one of the most exhilarating and the most adventurous items you could put on your bucket list. Imagine jumping into the watery deep from a height of 12 meters! Sounds scary? More like fun!
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