Did 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 ugly beaches. So that you can make an informed decision about which ones to visit, and which ones to avoid…
Quick Beach Navigation
- 1 White Beach: Lively & Beautiful
- 2 Puka Shell Beach: Quiet & 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 Ugly Beaches
- 11 Beach Map & How To Get There
- 12 Conclusion & Summary
White Beach: Lively & Beautiful
White Beach is Boracay’s main beach. 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 the beach.
To see White Beach and its different areas in detail go to my in-depth White Beach guide.
Puka Shell Beach: Quiet & Beautiful
Puka Beach is fronted by a huge 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 relatively quiet place. At dusk you can see giant bats flying across the tops of the cliffs.
To see Puka Beach and its different areas in detail go to my in-depth Puka Beach guide.
Bulabog Beach: Kite & Windsurfing
Bulabog is the wind and kitesurfing beach 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 beach itself is nice, the main appeal of Diniwid to me is Spider House. Spider House is a loungey resto-bar built on the side of a cliff. It 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 the beach 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 a relatively quiet beach that feels 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. It’s main appeal is that you can have dinner on the beach, right next to the water. And usually you’ll be the only one there.
Because the beach belongs to the Balinghai Beach 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 amazing view of the beach and its surrounding area.
Punta Bunga Beach
Lapuz Lapuz Beach
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 the beach all to yourself.
Secret Beach #1
This beach is located close to Ilig Iligan Beach, so if you want to go on a little adventure and discover this beach, go there. And don’t forget to bring your swimsuit ( hint 😉 )
Secret Beach #2
This beach is located close to Tambisaan Beach. 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 Ugly Beaches
These are the 5 beaches that are not of interest to most tourists visiting Boracay. They aren’t necessarily ugly, it’s just that they have less appeal compared to the 12 other beaches on the island. So when you have limited time in Boracay I recommend sticking to the 12.
But if you’re still interested, read on…
Malabunot Plaza Beach: Local Life
Malabunot Plaza Beach is the beach I recommend visiting if you want to experience what local beach life is like in Boracay. You won’t see any tourists there, yet the beach still looks pretty nice, though not as beautiful as any of the above.
Lugutan Beach: Mangroves
Lugutan Beach 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 Beach: The Jetty Port
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.
Tulubhan Beach: 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.
Manoc Manoc Beach: The Supply Station
Manoc Manoc Beach is where the supply boats dock. The people you see in the picture are workers busy bringing the supplies ashore.
Beach Map & How To Get There
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 the beaches are (except for the secret ones).
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 map and many more on other subjects.
Conclusion & Summary
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…
A quick summary of the beaches, plus travel time from the center & costs:
|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 above are for a whole tricycle which fits 4 to 6 passengers comfortably.
Happy beach bumming! 😉