After setting foot in the soft, powder sand of White Beach, you will probably beÂ tempted to stay put all day. The warm azure water and lines of palm trees all set theÂ scene for what is one of the worldâ€™s greatest beaches. Yet, Boracay offers you a lotÂ more than just a perfect day on the beach. There are a lot of ways to enjoy yourselfÂ on this island in the heart of The Philippines. Here are 10 things that would makeÂ your trip to Boracay one for the books.
1. Arielâ€™s Point:
Arielâ€™s Point is a favorite for anyone looking to jump off of cliffs and drinkÂ some beers. This 6-hour trip is reasonably priced and includes transportation to theÂ point and back, cliff jumping, snorkeling, kayaking, an all-you-can-eat buffet, and ofÂ course, is all-you-can-drink. You have a choice of soft drinks, beer, or the notoriousÂ rum and coke.
Get high up in the air and catch an overhead view of the sublime scenery. Â Youâ€™ll have the wind running through your hair, which seems to take all of yourÂ cares with it. Make sure your camera is waterproof. Splashing down in the ocean atÂ the end of the ride wonâ€™t do your regular camera much good.
3. Island Hopping:
You have a couple of options when you sign up for island hopping. You canÂ do a 3-hour version, or the full 6 hours. If you pick the 3-hour trip, just be aware thatÂ you actually donâ€™t visit any islands. Itâ€™s just a snorkeling trip. Deceptive name, IÂ know. It is still a great time though. You get a private boat and see some cool fishÂ and coral. The 6-hour tour sets you up with all of the above, plus a full BBQ on aÂ different beach. Both choices are a great way to spend some time on the water,Â soaking up the sun.
4. Scuba Diving:
You can get your PADI here, or just go out for some fun. There are a lot ofÂ different companies offering a wide range of services along White Beach. DespiteÂ this, the prices are pretty much fixed across the board, so there isnâ€™t much point inÂ shopping around. When you do get out there, the waters are warm and clear, andÂ there is a good amount of ocean life to observe.
5. Rent a Jet Ski:
Going out for a rip on the water in a Jet Ski gets the blood pumping and sticksÂ a smile on your face all day. You can rent them at numerous places for 30 minutes orÂ a full hour. Itâ€™s one of the pricier activities, but all of the best things in life will cost aÂ little bit more.
6. Watch the Sunset on a Boat:
Even if you arenâ€™t the romantic type, this boat ride is not one to miss. If theÂ skies are clear, this will rival any sunset youâ€™ve seen; plus, youâ€™re on a boat, and thatÂ makes everything better. You can opt for a booze cruise, or a private boat,Â depending on your taste. Youâ€™ll get back to shore afterwards with plenty of time toÂ enjoy the rest of the night.
7. Get a Massage:
You canâ€™t walk more than 20 meters along the beach without seeing a placeÂ to get a massage. Tables are set up along the beach, and spas are scattered along theÂ strip. Even some resorts offer massages to passersby. The beach front temporary setÂ ups are the cheapest options, and the spas run from pretty cheap to surprisinglyÂ expensive (relatively speaking).
8. Rent an ATV:
Need a break from the sand between your toes? Check out what else theÂ island has to offer in a badass way. You can rent a quad for yourself, or a buggy forÂ you and a buddy. Take it out for an hour, or the whole day if youâ€™re feeling reallyÂ adventurous. Just like most things, donâ€™t be afraid to shop around. Itâ€™s a buyerâ€™sÂ market and these guys are expecting a haggle.
9. Stand Up Paddleboarding:
As long as youâ€™re on White Beach, SUP is a great choice. Not so much onÂ Bulabog Beach, which is a haven for kiteboarders, due to the wind and waves. RentÂ your gear from pretty much any place you want, and spend some quality time on theÂ water.
You can get lessons if youâ€™ve never tried Kiteboarding before, but be warned,Â you will be hooked. Having Mother Nature pull you along the water is an experienceÂ that very few people donâ€™t want to repeat. If youâ€™ve been kiteboarding before, youÂ probably know that this is the best spot in Asia to hit up.
Bonus: Helicopter Tour:
This didnâ€™t make the top 10 because of the likelihood that the 4500 peso/15Â min price tag per person is an expense that most people aren’t looking to spend. Â Thatâ€™s a lot of other activities and drinks out the window in 15! However, if you areÂ the type to go big or go home, you cannot, under any circumstance, get a better viewÂ than this. Donâ€™t forget your camera.
There you have it, 10 things to get you off the beach and make the most of yourÂ time in Boracay.
If you are planning your trip, and have any questions, feel free to contact me atÂ Mike@MikeGoesMIA.com