23 Incredible Things to Do in Boracay, the Philippines


boracay white beach

The pristine island of Boracay rose to fame thanks to its stunning white sand beaches and crystal clear water. It was a party haven, a place to make memories under the starry sky. But in the case of Boracay, there is too much of a good thing and the island was shut to travelers in order to let the natural world recover.

Now open, and ready to welcome you, Boracay is a tamer but more sustainable version of its former self. The gorgeous beaches remain and the ocean is once again teeming with exotic marine life and colorful reefs with incredible underwater clarity.

It’s an island that balances outdoor adventure, with relaxing and rejuvenating experiences, befitting of such a beautiful part of the world. To have you prepped for the best trip, here’s our guide to the best things to do in Boracay!

boracay white beach

Spend a Day — or Three — on White Beach

Serene white sand beaches aren’t rare in the Philipines. In fact, they’re par for course. So what makes White Beach the most famous in Boracay, and one of the top in the island nation? The soft, powder-like sand drifts up between your toes as you step along her majestic shores. While the turquoise water glistens under the bright sky, the sand steals the show.

After Boracay was shut down to revitalize the island, a new decree was put it place to protect the sand under law. Today, you can’t even build sand castles. This won’t take away from the experience, it only helps to showcase the beauty of White Beach even more.

White Beach is a lengthy 2.5 miles (4km) long. It’s broken up into three sections, the first with high-end resorts, the second with beachfront restaurants and bars. Lastly, the third is quiet and family-friendly. Somewhere in between, your paradise awaits.

boracay views

Take a Hike to Mount Luho

Encased in beautiful beaches and almost entirely flat, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Boracay is not for hiking. But there is one exception. Mount Luho. More of a hill than a towering mountain, the peak is still a lovely distance above the Sula Sea and the winding coast.

The trail is mostly made up of stairs that guide you to the summit 370 feet (112m) above sea level. Along the way, you’ll hear monkeys play in the distance and a great number of birds traversing the canopy. 

Despite its diminutive stature, Mount Luho has three viewing platforms in which to admire the beauty of Boracay. The main one is the Mount Luho View Deck, which has three levels of its own. The first level has an Insta-worthy heart exhibit for photos over Boracay Beach. The second has a bar and snack shack with the top level offering an expansive platform providing panoramic views.

Cliff-Dive at Ariel’s Point

Travelers can reach the exciting destination of Ariel’s Point via a memorable journey on traditional outrigger boats. The trip will take around 40 minutes, guiding you south from Boracay to the northern tip of Panay Island. As you get closer to the point, you’ll see several diving boards jut out of the cliff above the sparkling sea.

Ariel’s Point has developed a reputation among adventurers and thrill-seekers. There are five heights from which you can dive and complete the hair-raising experience. The highest platform is 50 feet (15m) above sea level, with the shortest 10 feet (3m) above.

With lifeguards looking on, feel free to begin small and work your way up to more terrifying heights. However, the thrill of cliff diving is present from all platforms, with the jagged rock behind you and nothing but the sea and beautiful horizon to the front.

Cliff diving isn’t the only exciting part about a trip to Ariel’s Point. Beneath the surface, you’ll find an underwater world teeming with beautiful fish and vibrant corals. Swim and snorkel or explore via kayak and stand-up paddleboards. 

Relax at Ilig-Iligan Beach

After a thrilling day at Ariel’s Point, you’ll be seeking some R&R by the water. One of the best ways to do this while getting away from the crowds is to visit Ilig-Iligan Beach. On Boracay’s north coast, the idyllic beach is a tranquil experience from the get-go.

Devoid of major developments, the soft white sand feels a world away from some of the more popular spots. While there are some local restaurants inland, you’ll want to pack everything you need for a complete beach day. So you can enjoy nothing but sun and the warm sand beneath your feet.

Elevating the beach’s beautiful views are the several small islands just offshore. On a calm day, it’s possible to swim out there and discover your own private paradise. Or, if you have snorkel gear, dive into the colorful scenery hiding under the electric-blue water.

Explore the Motag Living Museum

Where most museums would be satisfied with a line of exhibits and bright displays, the Motag Living Museum is well, alive. Run by locals, the museum helps to show Boracay’s agricultural heritage and what life in the island’s original villages was like long before the first traveler arrived.

Say goodbye to stuffy inside exhibits. At the Motag Living Museum, you can watch fascinating live presentations of everyday local life. Explore traditional homes and the work that goes into farming the surrounding landscapes, from rice milling to plowing.

Rather than just reading some interesting facts on a plaque, you can interact with the villagers, ask questions and dive deeper into the matter at hand. Take a journey into the past and see just how far Boracay has come.

Towards the end of the experience, you’ll be able to try some authentic Boracay cuisine, including plenty of produce grown in the surrounding fields.  

Do Some Island-Hopping

Boracay is an idyllic paradise, enveloped by white sand beaches straight out of a fairytale. One of the best things to do in Boracay is to jump between a bunch of them, while stopping by the many islets just minutes from the coast.

Each morning, several boats depart from White Beach to explore the best spots on the island. You’ll find no shortage of options to choose from. It’s a wonderful way to plant your bum on some of the more remote beaches on the island without having to worry about a thing.

Hop from one beach to another with a refreshing beer ready to go at each one. In between destinations, admire the gorgeous coastline while making memories with your best friends. 

On this unforgettable island-hopping tour, make your way to Crocodile Island for some snorkeling and Puka Beach for some sun tanning. Enjoy a fresh seafood buffet for lunch with picture-perfect island views.

Try Kite-Surfing  

Like any island paradise worth its salt, Boracay is teeming with water adventures. Perfect for first-timers and exciting for veterans who have been there and done that, the gorgeous Bulabog Beach is the place to kite-surf in Boracay.

From the minute you pass the swaying palm trees and onto the sandy shores, you’ll feel the strong wind whip through your hair and push you back a step. The sand sweeps around your ankles and for many, it’s not the beach for a day of reading. 

Under a mile from White Beach, it’s a simple walk to arrive at this kite-surfing mecca. Behind the beach you’ll find a row of rental outfits ready to set you up for a day on the water, whether that be for a lesson or with your own gear. 

When you’re ready to go, set yourself up and let the wind do its thing, as it guides you from one end of Bulabog Beach to the other.

Laing is a Filipino dish of shredded taro leaves with meat or seafood, cooked in thick coconut milk with labuyo chili, lemongrass, garlic, shallots, ginger, and shrimp paste

Join a Cooking Class 

For some, the memories stemming from photographs or a cute souvenir from the local market are enough to commemorate your travels. But for the foodies among us, there’s something unsurpassed about bringing the flavors of a local cuisine back home.   

Filipino cuisine is aesthetically colorful and is packed with a sweet, yet salty and tangy taste. Like most of Asia, rice is the staple, but the local cuisine combines it with a variety of spices, seafood and lean meat. The amazing part of Filipino food is how each flavor stands out on its own, without being combined into one superior taste.

There’s no shortage of classes around the island, with all accommodations able to hook you up with a local experience. When provided with a choice, it helps to embark on a morning cooking class. In this cooking tour, you’ll join your chef at a morning market to pick out your fresh ingredients before learning all about Filipino cuisine.

Go Shopping at D’Mall

More island bazaar than mall, D’Mall is the place to go for some retail therapy while on Boracay. Behind Station Two, on White Beach, the mall has everything you need for a day of browsing from endless local boutiques to charming souvenir stores and food stalls to keep you fueled.

If you’re searching for your next favorite swim suit or a fresh pair of flip-flops, you’ll find them here. While you can let your inner-child out while perusing a variety of inflatable water craft and elaborate buckets perfect for your best sandcastle yet. But you can’t leave without picking up a fridge magnet souvenir for your folks back home.

The open-air mall is teeming with the smells of food shacks cooking up classic local dishes and even popular international eats like tacos. Whether you’re shopping or sunbathing on the beach, D’Mall is a great place to go for simple cheap eats that you can have on the run.

Take a Trip to Willy’s Rock

To the end of White Beach, you’ll find a popular natural landmark and one of Boracay’s most unique attractions. From the sand, you can easily spot the volcanic island off in the distance, standing quietly above the ocean, adorned with several trees.

From Station 1, you can take the brief trip to Willy’s Rock by swimming in the shallow waters. Or, if the tide is out, you can make your way there on foot. The tiny island now features its own staircase cut into the ancient rock and it even has its own Catholic statue.

It all combines to make Willy’s Rock a photographer’s dream with its cragged edges jump out of the blue water and the palm trees somehow finding life where not much else has. Naturally, it’s a popular tourist spot, but come early morning you can enjoy it before anyone else.

Visit Crocodile Island

Although it’s a popular stop-off on Boracay’s many island-hopping tours, you could easily spend a whole day on Crocodile Island. Now for those fighting demons, as you worry about running into some giant salt-water crocs, you can put the demons to rest. The island got its name from its “striking” resemblance to the animal. 

The crystal clear water that envelopes the island is protected. Complete with your snorkeling or scuba diving gear, you can explore the unspoiled haven teeming with every tropical fish under the sun and a variety of intricate corals.

Away from the major hubs on Boracay, you’ll be undisturbed by fellow travelers as you navigate the beautiful world beneath the surface. Common species you’ll swim by include lionfish, moray eels and angelfish.

Sip Cocktails at Golden Hour

No time on Boracay would be complete without watching the sun go down by the ocean with a tropical cocktail in hand. In fact, it’s probably how you’ll spend every evening. As you should in paradise.

Most of Boracay’s top spots, including White Beach, face west with nothing but the South China Sea in the vast distance. From any of the beachfront bars and restaurants along the island’s main drag, you can witness a perfect conclusion to the day.

From the initial burst of warm colors, you’ll be hooked in. Waiting patiently for the canvass to become even more spectacular. It happens ever so slowly until you blink and it’s all right there before you. With your traveling crew, or new friends from the hostel dorm room, savor the sight as the color explodes into nothing, making way for bright stars.

Aside from cocktails, an unforgettable way to experience a Boracay sunset is on the water. On this sunset cruise, paddle-board and snorkel before kicking back on your boat for the evening’s performance.

boracay at night

Experience the Nightlife

With the sunset in the rearview mirror, it’s time to get out on the town and see what adventures await. Boracay was once a backpacker and party haven. Since it’s reappearance from lockdown, it may be tamer, but night owls will still have a wonderful time. 

The hub of Boracay’s nightlife can be found along White Beach. Station 1 and 2 have the most happening scenes where you’ll find large open-air bars, seating on the sand and even some exciting fire shows on the beach. Those wanting to shake their hips will find a number of dance clubs, including Paraw Beach Club.

As for solo and small group travelers, a Boracay pub crawl will take you to from low-key bars to pumping clubs while you meet travelers from all over the world. Those seeking a chill evening can skip the first two stations and head to Station 3. Here you can relax and chat over a drink with the sound of crashing waves in the distance.

Sail a Traditional Paraw

For generations, Boracay residents have used their paraws to sail around the coast, to fish and to explore neighboring islands. The vessel is a small boat with two sails and an outrigger on either side. The sails triangular shape stands out on the water and its nimble size makes for some fast and exciting sailing.

With the water lapping the boat right beneath you, there’s something spectacular about exploring aboard a paraw. It’s rustic and without the pressing sounds of engines. One of the best things to do in Boracay is to enjoy a private sail along the coast aboard the authentic vessel.

You’ll find plenty of them set up and ready to go along the island’s west coast beaches. Whether you’re after a short cruise in front of White Beach, a sunset experience or an adventure around the island, your local captain will provide.

Date night at Balinghai Beach

Tucked away from the boisterous atmosphere found elsewhere in Boracay, Balinghai Beach is an exclusive haven away from it all. At high tide, the sand is swallowed up by the water, which rises to the edge of the limestone cliffs complete with ocean-side cottages.

From White Beach, the resort is only a 15-minute ride away or you can hire a paraw for a unique arrival. Balinghai Beach isn’t open to the public. It’s owned by a resort with the same name and requires an entrance fee. However, this fee is a credit for Balinghai Resorts beautiful beachfront restaurants. 

Make the most of the exclusive experience by arriving early. Aside from relaxing on the quiet shores, you can indulge in a spa experience within one of the cliff-side cottages. As the sun goes down, make use of your credit by enjoying a romantic dinner by the ocean, taking in unrivalled views of the evening’s sunset. 

Be a Mermaid

From Ariel’s Point to being Ariel herself, there’s no shortage of things to do in Boracay. The island is home to a mermaid experience that allows travelers to finally fulfil their dreams of being a majestic human/fish. At the Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy, beginner mermaids can learn the tricks to the trade from pro instructors.

The academy has three levels. It all begins will proper breathing techniques, and getting familiar with your new tail. The next two levels expand on these skills, teaching you how to properly use gear, do tricks like handstands, and hold your breath for longer. You’ll even be shown how to apply waterproof makeup to take your mermaid experience to the next level.

If you’ve been inspired to make your life as a mermaid a full-time job, then the academy and the International Mermaid Swimming Instructors Association can make that happen too!   

Take to the Skies

So far you’ve explored beaches, islands and tiny mountains on foot, so why not take to the skies and see it all from above? With the help of this helicopter experience, you can enjoy some of Boracay’s best vistas without lifting a finger. Choose between three different flight options, with a hotel pickup.

After taking off from the helipad, soar up into the heavens to appreciate the thin island and her delightful coastlines. See the paraws and island-hopping boats cruise over the aqua-colored sea heading to tiny islands that are just a speck compared to Boracay. Then, look down on sparkling white sand beaches, with locals and travelers like ants meandering along.

Helicopter tours will go for around 30 minutes, which is enough time to experience all the hotspots on the island from the sky. After you touch down, you’ll have a new appreciation for the island’s alluring scenery. 

Day Trip to Surrounding Provinces

As you’re filling up the Boracay itinerary, you may want to leave a day spare to venture off the island to nearby provinces. Boracay is a part of Aklan, but the majority of the province is on the island of Panay. 

In Aklan, you can explore the coastal town of Caticlan, known as the gateway to Boracay, Here, you’ll find beautiful white sand beaches, the crystal clear water of the Sanga-an River while being just a short ride from the Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park.

Speaking of nature, the neighboring province of Antique is home to whitewater rafting and tubing along the scenic Malumpati River. Afterwards diving into the refreshing Malumpati Cold Spring or warm up at Kawa Hot Bath.

Last up on your adventure into the provinces are Capiz and Roxas City. Featuring ornate colonial architecture, you’ll find plenty of interesting history here, including the Santa Monica Church and at the Punublion Museum.

Explore the Boracay Bat Cave

On the northwestern end of Boracay, there’s a cave home to the island’s native flying foxes. Reaching the cave is an adventure in itself and requires a walk through the dense coastal forest. Soon the trees make way to giant boulders, with the cave plunging down.

While a lot of caves will feel cold owing to their lack of sunlight and the surrounding rocks soaking up any heat, this cave is quite different. As soon as you walk inside, you’ll be hit by the cave’s humidity. Above you will be a series of stalactites dangling from the ceiling like frozen icicles.

Of course, the star of the show are the old world flying foxes which have inhabited the cave for centuries. The best time to arrive and see the bats in person is at dusk. Keep in mind that these fully grown fruit bats can grow to a formidable size.

Sunbathe at Puka Beach

Named after the puka sea shells that once inhabited the beach, Puka Beach is one of the best on Boracay. It’s a popular stopover on the island-hopping tours owing to its unspoiled scenery and views of the neighboring island of San Jose.

Beyond those that arrive for a short while on their tour, you’ll likely spend the day with few others. So bring along plenty of sunscreen, a great book and some snorkeling gear for an idyllic afternoon. 

The sand here isn’t as soft as White Beach, owing to the amount of shells that once called the beach home. Today, you can still walk along Puka Beach searching for the perfect shell, one that will find its way onto a beautiful necklace.

With its position on Boracay’s north coast, you’ll be in the perfect spot come dusk to see the flying foxes soar out of the nearby cave into the darkening sky.

Go SCUBA Diving

After all of your snorkeling experiences, you may be ready to go the next step and scuba dive. For those that are ready to get the PADI certificate, Boracay’s pleasant water conditions make for a magnificent spot to learn all the skills.

There are a number of PADI certified diving outfits along the streets behind White Beach. Take your time to compare the differences between each one to see which suits you best. Most will begin in either an on-site pool or shallow coastal waters before bringing you up to speed and embarking on an open water dive.

The beauty of scuba diving is its exclusivity. Once you’re comfortable with the gear, you can dive and explore where snorkelers can’t. Boracay offers exceptional visibility, often as far as 160 feet (50m) and with mild currents, you can explore without too much worry. 

Scuba divers will not only get up close to beautiful tropical fish, but swim with reef sharks, large tunas and manta rays.

Have a Massage

Among all the action, the sailing and scuba diving, Boracay offers plenty of opportunities for R&R. Seeing as it is your vacation, why not indulge in the ultimate form of relaxation and book a massage. Along the island’s main drag, visitors will find a great collection of local and budget-friendly spa houses, perfect for rejuvenating the mind, body and soul.

Counting them all is a task in itself. But to pick one, find a parlor with a bed by the beach. These offer the tranquil sounds of crashing waves as the masseuse slowly brings your muscles back to life.

For something up-scale and exclusive, Boracay is home to several high-end resorts along its coastline. Many operate like beach clubs, asking for a fee in exchange for food and drink credit. Most also provide wonderful spa treatments that are worth every penny.

But the ultimate Boracay detox can be had at Tirta Signature Massage. Combining a Swedish massage with foot reflexology and an aroma massage, all the body’s toxins will be released through the lymph nodes. It’s a thorough and purifying experience that will have you ready to attack the rest of your travels.

Try all the Water Sports

We’ve touched on paraw sailing, kite surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving, but in truth we have only scratched the surface. Boracay lives up to its reputation as a tourist mecca by offering a seemingly unlimited list of water sports that will take your day at the beach to the next level.

Begin with a classic, the jet ski. From in front of White Beach you can zip along the coast reaching crazy speeds. Enjoy the views that zoom past you as you try to attempt a donut across the turquoise water. 

Along the way, you’ll spot a variety of inflatable crafts being towed across the sea by speed boats. Join them by jumping on a banana boat or fly fish and superman across the water as the boat tries its hardest to tip you overboard. 

Across the island on the windy east coast, watch the kite surfers below as you soar up into the sky while para-sailing. Enjoy stunning views of Boracay and the many neighboring islands.

Lastly, for something more relaxing, jump in a sea kayak or SUP and explore the nearby waters. Extra points awarded for those who venture out for a sunset paddle.

62 Comments

  1. Poi
    January 14, 2012

    My first reaction “F*cking Hell”

    That looks amazing!

    • January 14, 2012

      I know! I could have stayed there forever…

  2. paul | walkflypinoy
    January 14, 2012

    i agree with La Conquistadora. boracay is just one of the more popular beaches here in the philippines. there is a whole lot more (finer white sand and quieter atmosphere). locals and local travelers like to keep them secret. ;)

    • January 14, 2012

      I think I’d be bored with a quieter atmosphere, I liked the bars and restaurants of Boracay :)

  3. Jaime
    January 14, 2012

    HOLY FUCKING SHIT… WOW!!! I remember seeing the pics you posted online… and now seeing this… I must go… no joke I will be spending a month or two there… I love the beach. OMG THIS IS BEAUTIFUL. Great photos too~

    • January 14, 2012

      Jaime, you’ll love it there! Gorgeous beach to sunbathe on during the day and lots of partying at night – it’s perfect!

  4. La Conquistadora
    January 14, 2012

    Boracay is really amazing. Did you notice that even when the sun was beaming so brightly, the sand under your feet is always cool?

    You must have gone to the more frequented beaches like in Panglao (Bohol) or Puerto Galera, which is why you didn’t find a better beach than that in Boracay, but I assure you, there ARE even better white sand beaches in the Philippines. Perfect reason to come back!

    • January 14, 2012

      I went to Bohol and Palawan and found that none of the beaches there could compare!

      I will definitely be back though!

  5. Fiona
    January 14, 2012

    Great Post Lauren. Your pictures are stunning! Boracay looks like the perfect beach escape. Maybe one day I’ll make it there.
    Thanks for posting.
    Best Wishes.

    • January 18, 2012

      I hope you get to, Fiona! I had a great time there!

  6. John
    January 14, 2012

    Beautiful photos – thanks for sharing! So the massages were dirt cheap – how were the prices for everything else? Was it pretty inexpensive overall?

    • January 18, 2012

      Thanks, John! Prices were similar to Thailand. Still really cheap but not the cheapest in SE Asia. If you look at my four month summary I outline my daily costs for the Philippines.

  7. January 15, 2012

    HOLY! I just went to Cape Le Grand–Australia’s best beaches–and I thought they were the best in the world, but this might just give them a run for their money! http://www.cestchristine.com/2012/01/postcard-from-the-best-beaches-in-australia/

    • January 18, 2012

      Wow, those photos are gorgeous! Definitely on a par with Boracay :)

  8. Audrey
    January 15, 2012

    aaaaahhh, now that is paradise! :D I’ve only seen similar beaches along Cuba’s northern coast.

    • January 18, 2012

      It truly was paradise!

  9. Sarah
    January 16, 2012

    I loved Boracay so much I went there twice- in just under a month!

    To me, it just has the perfect formula for you know, perfectness. The nightlife without the debauchery, the beach knowing it’s so perfect but without flaunting it in your face, and the hilarious locals!

    All of it. Sigh. Perfection.

    • January 18, 2012

      I want to go twice! I need to go back, and you summed it up perfectly :D

  10. Fidel @IHarTravel
    January 16, 2012

    I definitely need to go there. How were the prices of things there in comparison to Thailand?

    Beautiful photos!

  11. Micamyx|Senyorita
    January 16, 2012

    Boracay is love!

  12. Someday I'll Be There - Mina
    January 16, 2012

    simple, WOW!! this looks so amazing! literally heaven as you have called it.
    I heard Palawan has some really amazing beaches as well…been there?

  13. January 17, 2012

    I once wrote a post called “Boracay: The first week in a paradise not yet lost”. That was from a visit in 1985 (!) and I believe much/most has been lost since then. Your pictures show that Boracay is still a gem, offering a stunning beaty to all visitors.

  14. Eric
    January 17, 2012

    Hi Lauren,
    thanks for visiting my country and the positive comments you made. Hope, you visit Siquijor island close to Bohol there’s a nice beaches there too.
    Keep on visiting my country, hope you had a good time..my suggestions don’t stay in the cities…

  15. Amanda
    January 18, 2012

    I want to be there NOW! Ahh, it looks so pretty!

  16. Geraldine
    January 19, 2012

    Wow! Gorgeous beaches. Definitely a place on my bucket list now!

  17. Will - Gap Daemon
    January 19, 2012

    Really amazing photos. Making me jealous as I sit here freezing my anus off while Spaniards keep the doors of this cafe ajar in the chilly winds of Granada.

    I want to be there skinny dipping!

  18. Globetrottergirls
    January 22, 2012

    These pictures are travel porn :) Tempted to book a flight to the Philippines right now!! Amazing beach – we have to go there!

  19. January 22, 2012

    Hi we leave for the Philippines on Tuesday and i’ve just booked 5 nights in Boracay. As if I wasn’t excited enough these pictures have brought me up to fever pitch. Great post thx.

    Deborah

  20. Ellie
    January 22, 2012

    I see beautiful pictures of paradise and I can’t help but ask myself what I am doing living in Saginaw, Michigan USA in the winter.

  21. ayan
    January 26, 2012

    Bantayan in Cebu is like boracay without all the bars

    and btw, did you go to El Nido? or only in Coron?

  22. January 29, 2012

    That beach looks wonderful. Ah… I’d love a beach about now :)

  23. Cam
    January 29, 2012

    One of our favourite beaches and islands – great photo collection!

  24. January 29, 2012

    As I am freezing my hiney off in Bulgaria, these look absolutely incredible. What I wouldn’t give to be there right now!

  25. Ordinary Traveler
    January 30, 2012

    You are killing me with these photos! Scott and I were just talking this weekend about adding the Philippines to our travels this year. Glad you are enjoying it!

  26. Cheryl
    February 2, 2012

    Gorgeous! Wish I was there right now. It’s very cold in Berlin.

    The photos are really pretty.

  27. Cole @ Four Jandals
    February 9, 2012

    I am just going to repeat everyone else. WOW. Very jealous with snow outside at the moment!

  28. February 22, 2012

    Boracay! I miss this place so much! Seeing your amazing pics of the island it felt as if I have been transported to White Beach! I hope to re-marry here one day! I have to convince the groom-to-be first. LOL

    Did you try the famous Jonah’s shake? Their version of Mango Milkshake is to die for!

    By the way, the only beach that I’ve been to in Philippines that is comparable to Boracay sans the night life is Bantayan Island off the Northern Coast of Cebu. The sand is not as powdery as Boracay’s but it’s just as white!

  29. Red Hunt
    March 3, 2012

    Amazing beach pics! I could use some time at White Beach….still winter here at home!

  30. Gregory
    March 9, 2012

    I’ve been waiting for a place to tickle my pickle, to tell me THIS should be the first goal of my Big Trip. Thanks; I just found it. :-)

  31. Raymond @ Man On The Lam
    April 2, 2012

    I love Boracay! I’ve been there a couple of times. Please tell me you went to the Hobbit House — they have the coldest beer on the island!

  32. Mary @ Green Global Travel
    April 17, 2012

    These are the kind of beach photos that I want to make into wallpaper. Beautiful!

  33. Nicole
    May 7, 2012

    Amazing photos! :)

  34. Monica
    September 3, 2012

    Looks like paradise. I want to go here!

  35. Bethaney - Flashpacker Family
    December 30, 2012

    I’ve heard mixed things about Boracay. Some love it, others loathe it. I’m glad to see another tick in the like column. I’m looking at a trip to the Philippines and fancied a trip to El Nido which is supposed to fantastic. It looks a little hard to get to though. Boracay would be an easier option. The beach looks great for little kids.

    • Busch
      December 30, 2012

      Boracay is absolutely beautiful, exotic, and unique. But it really depends on the season and the time you get there. I hate it when it gets very busy as Holy week, new years, and other occasions. It gets very crowded for such a tiny island and you barely see the beauty of the island anymore.

      The weather can be very unpredictable as well. It is also hovering by green algae/seaweeds quite abit as of late, making the shore, beach, and the water not as enjoyable as it should be and used to be.

      I notice that less people seasons gives the island better visibilities and much better water, beaches in general.

  36. Tina
    January 4, 2013

    Been there and like what Lauren said “it’s Paradise”

  37. Hasse D
    January 6, 2013

    I was in Boracay in November..

    Yeah – the beaches are great.

    What I did NOT like are all the locals that constantly bother you to try to rent out their Jet-ski or sell you all kinds of crap.

    I experienced it on the beech as well as in the shopping streets. That was just too much for me.

    Compared to the rest of the Philippines the hotels are really expensive, but of course thats due to the popularity of Boracay.

  38. Boracay deals Philippines
    September 17, 2013

    A place to be proud of for us Filipinos. Some consider it as the best island in the world, no complaints about that since the place live up to their expectation. From lots of fun activities during the day and nights as good as those of city-life, Boracay surely is a place of satisfaction guaranteed.

    • September 18, 2013

      Boracay is my favourite island in the world! :-)

  39. March 24, 2014

    Hi, Lauren! This is such a lovely article, and we’re so glad that you had a great time in Boracay! With your permission, we’d like to link this article on our Facebook page. We’d also like to know if we can use one of your beautiful images for a poster that we can upload on our Timeline. We’ll just edit it a bit to include text. Of course, photo credits will go to you and your blog. Please let us know ASAP! Thank you!

    • March 24, 2014

      Hi Kim,

      I’m so pleased to hear you like my photos! Sure I’m happy for you to use it in a poster if you mention the url of my blog when you share it. Thanks!

  40. August 21, 2014

    Oh no.. not another fan. ^_^ I think I’m gonna write the opposite why I really don’t like Boracay ^_^ this will give a fresh perspective

    • August 29, 2014

      I can definitely understand why people don’t like Boracay — it’s very touristy! :-)

  41. September 16, 2014

    Hi ! U should visit INDONESIA !!! So much beautiful beach.U can go to flores,bali,etc

    • September 16, 2014

      Hi Nina, I’ve been to Bali a few times, but would love to explore more of Indonesia! :-)

  42. Ace Guevarra
    February 12, 2015

    Great post!

    Boracay is just one of the paradise of the Philippines, have you been to Palawan yet?

    • February 16, 2015

      Yep, it’s where I went after Boracay :-)

  43. Paul Voorberg
    April 2, 2015

    Hi Lauren, nice article! Did you visit the many other beaches that Boracay has as well? White Beach will always stay my favorite but i love Tambisaan as well for relaxing and snorkeling, and Ilig Iligan for some adventure/swimming to private beaches completely off the beaten path.

    • April 2, 2015

      I didn’t see them, no. Will put them on my list for next time, though!

  44. November 28, 2015

    We’re heading to Boracay for most of December, can not wait after seeing these pics!

    • November 30, 2015

      Ah, it’s amazing! Have a great time :-)