id you know that Boracay has 17 beaches? That’s a lot. And it’s hard to know which ones to visit without seeing them first. That’s why on this page I’ll show and describe both the 12 beautiful and the 5 lesser ones. So that you can make an informed decision about which ones to visit, and which ones to avoid…
- 1 White Beach: Lively & Beautiful
- 2 Puka Beach: Rustic & Beautiful
- 3 Bulabog Beach: Kite & Windsurfing
- 4 Diniwid Beach: Sunset Relaxation
- 5 Tambisaan Beach: Snorkeling
- 6 Ilig Iligan Beach: Adventure
- 7 Balinghai Beach: Secluded Dining
- 8 Private Beaches: Quiet & Beautiful
- 9 Secret Beaches: Untouched Nature
- 10 The 5 Lesser Beaches
- 11 Beach Map & How To Get To Them
- 12 Conclusion
White Beach: Lively & Beautiful
White Beach is Boracay’s main strech of sand. It’s also the biggest at 4 kilometers long. The main attraction is its beauty, but also that you have everything you need there: resorts, restaurants, nightlife, activities, it’s all available right in front of it. Read more…
Puka Beach: Rustic & Beautiful
Puka is fronted by a big cliff that stretches along the entire length of the beach. It’s a 20 minute tricycle ride away from the center, which makes it a less developed & more rustic place. At dusk you can see giant bats flying across the tops of the cliffs. Read more…
Bulabog Beach: Kite & Windsurfing
Bulabog bay is the wind and kitesurfing spot during windy season, which runs from November to April. During low season it’s a parking spot for boats. It runs parallel to White Beach, on the opposite east-side of the island. The walking distance between the two is 5 to 10 minutes.
Diniwid Beach: Sunset Relaxation
Diniwid is a small beach just 3 minutes north of White Beach. Although the area itself is nice, the main appeal of Diniwid to me is Spider House Resort. It has a loungey resto-bar built on the side of a cliff, which has direct access to the sea for swimming, and a great sunset view.
Tambisaan Beach: Snorkeling
Tambisaan is the only beach in Boracay that has a large amount of marine life. It’s great for snorkeling. To get to the marine life, walk about one third along it and then swim about 25 meters into the bay. The best time to visit is during high season, with little wind.
Ilig Iligan Beach: Adventure
Ilig Iligan is relatively quiet place that feels more rugged and wild. If you’re a confident swimmer you can also discover a secret beach right next to it, which feels even more rugged and wild. There the nature is completely untouched. The best time to visit is during high season.
Balinghai Beach: Secluded Dining
Balinghai is a small beach that’s only accessible during low tide. During high tide it’s under water. Its main appeal is that you can have dinner there, right next to the water. And usually you’ll be the only one there.
Because it’s part of the Balinghai Resort there is an entrance fee, which is P500/$10 per person. The entrance fee is consumable as credit for the restaurant. For children of 8 years old and younger entrance is free.
Private Beaches: Quiet & Beautiful
Boracay has 3 private beaches that are only accessible to guests that stay in one of the resorts there. They’re good places to stay if you’re looking for a quiet getaway. The center of Boracay and White Beach are always just a short shuttle ride away.
Banyugan is a small but beautiful beach that’s only accessible via the Shangri-La Resort. It’s enclosed by 2 big rock formations. They’ve built integrated terraces on top of the left rock which give an great view of the surrounding area.
Lapuz Lapuz Beach is located on the east side of the island, closer to the center of Boracay. As you can see, it looks great too. It’s only accessible via the Fairways & Bluewater Resort.
Secret Beaches: Untouched Nature
Boracay has 2 beaches that are inaccessible via any roads, making them hidden from public view. They’re both beautiful as you can see. The unique thing about them is their untouched nature and having them all to yourself.
Secret Beach #1
This beach is located close to Ilig Iligan, so if you want to go on a little adventure and discover this one, go there. And don’t forget to bring your swimsuit ( hint 😉 )
Secret Beach #2
This beach is located close to Tambisaan. To get to it you have to walk through a beautiful little forest that also happens to have some great high-up views of the area.
The 5 Lesser Beaches
These are the 5 beaches that are not of interest to most tourists visiting Boracay. They aren’t necessarily uninteresting, it’s just that they have less appeal than the others. So when you have limited time in Boracay I recommend sticking to the beautiful 12.
Malabunot Plaza Beach: Local Life
Malabunot Plaza is the beach I recommend visiting if you want to experience what local life is like in Boracay. You won’t see any tourists there, yet the place still looks pretty nice, though not as beautiful as any of the above.
Lugutan: Mangrove Trees
Lugutan isn’t a beach in the classical sense. It’s a small mangrove forest. There’s a pier pathway through the forest for tourists. That’s where this picture was taken from.
Cagban: The Arrival Area
Cagban Beach is right next to the jetty port where tourists arrive in Boracay during high season. This picture is looking out to the left. When looking out to the right you’ll see the jetty port.
Manoc Manoc: The Supply Area
Manoc Manoc Beach is where the supply boats dock. The people you see in the picture are workers busy bringing the supplies ashore.
Tulubhan: Local Life
Tulubhan Beach doesn’t serve a special purpose. As you can see though, it isn’t very pretty so you’ll see mostly local life there since it doesn’t have much if any tourist appeal.
Beach Map & How To Get To Them
In the map menu (top left icon) you can find a list of all the beaches on the map. Clicking one will show its picture, description and location.
For more maps visit my dedicated Boracay maps page which includes this and other maps on other subjects.
Getting to the beaches is easy. Just ask any tricycle driver to bring you there, or ask locals when you’re close already. They all know where they are (except for the secret ones).
Here’s a quick summary of the beaches, plus travel times and costs from the center:
|Main Attraction||Travel Time & Cost|
|White Beach||Lively & Beautiful||Zero, it’s the center|
|Puka||Quiet & Beautiful||20 min. via tricycle (P150/$3)|
|Bulabog||Wind & Kitesurfing||5-10 min. walk|
|Diniwid||Sunset Relaxation||15 min. via tricycle (P150/$3) or 30 min. walk|
|Tambisaan||Snorkeling||15-20 min. via tricycle (P150/$3)|
|Ilig Iligan||Adventure||20 min. via tricycle (P150/$3)|
|Balinghai||Secluded Dining||15 min. via tricycle (P150/$3)|
|Banyugan||Private & Beautiful||15 min. via resort shuttle|
|Punta Bunga||Private & Beautiful||15 min. via resort shuttle|
|Lapuz Lapuz||Private & Beautiful||10 min. via resort shuttle|
* The prices indicated are for a whole tricycle which fits 4 to 6 passengers comfortably.
As you can see Boracay has many beaches that are worth a visit – and this guide should have made it a whole lot easier for you to locate them.
Happy beach bumming! 😉