I’ve been to Boracay three times already. My first time to visit the island was with family way back 2010, the second time with an ex-boyfriend in 2013, and the last one was with friends last Jan 2017. In this travel guide, I’ll point out the good and the not-so-good points in exploring Boracay based on my personal experience in the island. Let’s look at my list:
1. Awesome beach
The pearl white fine sand and crystal clear waters of Boracay’s beach just seals the deal. Boracay, although very small, is one of the country’s finest islands. Every year more and more people are visiting but reviews are conflicting. Some say there are too many people in the island, to the point that you almost can’t have some quiet time by the beach. This is true! Boracay is not exactly a remote island where you can have all the peace while reading a book by the beach. In fact, Boracay is nothing but exuberant in nature. It’s a place where everyone can just go crazy, lively, active, energetic! Every island in the Philippines showcase different vibes, but a quiet island is not something Boracay can offer.
2. Beach Activities
It’s impossible to get bored in Boracay. There are so many different kinds of activities ranging from water sports (kayaking, snorkeling, diving, parasailing, helmet diving, cliff diving, jetskiing, sailing), island hopping, beach massage and beach sports (volleyball, ultimate frisbee, etc.). Some may find water sports quite expensive but it’s really not. Why is that? Philippines has one of the cheapest prices when it comes to water sports. I don’t think you can get it any cheaper than that. A good strategy to do is come with a local. With a local friend that can do the haggling, you will most likely avoid a foreigner price and even get a discount. Another strategy is to canvass prices first. Usually they will have almost the same prices, but if you bargain and if you play your cards right you might just get offered a way lower price.
Btw, beach massage is awesome! You should try it at least once. It’s really nice to get a massage after a full day of beach activities. But make sure you choose wisely, there are a lot of shops offering massage. Some are mediocre, but most of them are really good.
3. Great food
If you’re not a fan of Filipino food, you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Boracay is tailor-made to fit different nationalities. Various restaurants and even popular food chains are available in the island. But of course, Filipino food is something you should try. They have a nice selection of seafood and it’s really relatively cheap. Another good thing about Boracay is you can have your meal by the beach. They set up dining areas by the beach so you can enjoy your food while listening to crashing waves and the smell of the sea.
4. Beach clubbing/Night life
I believe Boracay is the ultimate go-to-destination if you’re looking for an awesome beach party or beach night life. Be it a relaxed beer drinking session while listening to a band by the beach or a crazy all-night-dancing party or just walking by the beach with beer. Boracay has all that and more. An awesome guide to Boracay’s Nightlife is nicely done by Boracaycompass.com. Check them out, their write-up is amazing!
5. What happens in Boracay, stays in Boracay
I think one of the reasons why so many people go to Boracay, aside from its awesome beach and fun island activities, is because Boracay offers you a free hall pass on life. It’s like the island is permitting you to go crazy, try new things, meet new people, explore nature, get drunk, and more. I recommend you to visit Boracay at least once in your life. It will be amazing I promise!
Here’s a nice sunset view as well, isn’t it lovely?