oracay Island is small in size but diverse in things to do. From the beaches to the nightlife and everything in between, there are many activities to choose out of…
Knowing that, how do you find the activities that best fit your style? Read on to find out…
In this guide I show you the 23 best things to do and a few hidden gems, so that you’ll have detailed knowledge about what’s there, which should enable you to build the perfect itinerary.
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These activities are organized by third parties and most of them have to be booked in advance. They revolve around a variety of things, but most of them are in or around the water. My personal favorites are Ariel’s Point, Paraw Sailing and the Helicopter Tour.
So let’s get started…
Cliff Diving at Ariel’s Point
Ariel’s Point is a small rocky island 30 minutes from Boracay with 5 diving boards, ranging from 3 to 15 meters.
The challenge of cliff diving combined with the natural environment, the social setting, unlimited drinks and a BBQ buffet make it one of Boracay’s most popular things to do.
It’s a day trip and the use of activity equipment such as snorkeling gear, stand up paddleboards and kayaks is included.
Explore Boracay’s Beaches and Islands by Boat
With Island Hopping you won’t only explore Boracay’s surrounding islands, but also some of its 12 beautiful beaches. Buffet lunch and snorkeling equipment are included and you can choose between a group or a private tour.
I recommend the group tour if you want to make new friends, and the private tour if you want to be in control of which places you visit, and how long you stay at each.
Party and Make Friends with Pub Crawl
Pub Crawl is a bar hopping activity with a focus on building friendships via fun games that encourage you to connect with the other pub crawlers. The group size varies from 40 to 150 people and each night they visit 5 different bars/clubs.
The activity includes 10 free shooters, club entrance fees and a 10% discount + drink specials at every stop.
See Boracay from up High with Parasailing
Parasailing is an exhilarating way to get amazing aerial views of Boracay and its surroundings. You’ll have about 15 minutes of air time to enjoy. There’s not much more I can say about it except: play the video, it’s worth a thousand words 🙂
Go on a Sailing Adventure with a Paraw
A paraw is a local sailboat that’s similar to a catamaran in that it has 2 outriggers. Depending on the time of day and the weather you’ll have a different experience…
My favorite times are on windy days (an adventure due to the high speed and waves) and during sunset (relaxing calm weather and amazing sunset views).
A paraw can carry up to 6 people and you can choose between a private or a join in group tour, both normally last 1 hour.
Tour the Island Like a Boss in a Helicopter
Experience the ultimate aerial view of Boracay with a helicopter. You’ll fly all around the island to get views of its different beaches and surrounding islands.
If you’ve never experienced flying in a helicopter before, this is your chance to do so at a surprisingly affordable rate, it surprised me at least.
The heli can carry 3 people (excluding the pilot), and flights last from 10 up to 20 minutes.
Go on a Mainland Adventure Tour
The mainland adventures tour is a day trip that takes place at and around Nabaoy River. A jungle garden next to the river serves as the base camp from which you can explore the surrounding nature, enjoy the BBQ lunch and do add-on activities.
There are many add-on activities to choose from, such as river tubing, waterfall exploration, mountain biking and more.
Explore the Underwater World with Scuba Diving
Boracay has over 15 dive sites that are all accessible via a short boat ride. Most of them are easy so it’s a perfect place for beginners to learn. If you’re a more experienced diver then there are some challenging dive sites as well, like Yapak.
Go Helmet Diving and Find Nemo
Play the video to find Nemo, he’s out there 😉
Helmet diving is the easiest way to enjoy the underwater world of Boracay. No swimming ability or diving knowledge is required. Just put the helmet on and you’re ready to go.
Once you’re down under you’ll be surprised at how tame the fish are, I know I was. They’re not scared of you, and you can feed them too. Your guide will also take underwater pictures of you and your friends which you can take home as a fun reminder of the activity.
Fly with the Zipline
Zip down across Boracay’s landscape in the superman position and feel the high speed thrill as you take in the view of the lush green landscape, and lapuz lapuz beach to your right.
The zipline ride takes about 3 minutes. After that you’ll travel back up to your original position in a cable car. That ride takes 15 to 20 minutes, so on the way back you’ll have time to enjoy the view in a more relaxing setting.
Ride the Fly Fish
The Fly Fish is a big inflatable raft that goes airborne when a speedboat pulls it along at high speed. At medium speed it’ll start to make unpredictable movements as the front of the raft lifts up. It’s lots of fun trying to hold on as it twists and turns and occasionally goes airborne.
Become a Mermaid & Get a Photoshoot
Learn to swim like a mermaid in Boracay’s clear blue waters and meet other mermaids. You can also capture your transformation with a photo shoot.
Get a Massage
Picture by Gareth Williams
After a fun filled day of activities, what better way is there to relax than with a massage. Rest and let your body recharge for the evening. You can get a massage either along the beach or inside a spa. On the beach is usually cheaper, most commonly ₱350 (~USD $7).
Do It Yourself Activities
Do it yourself activities are things that you can do on your own, without booking at any third party. They revolve around visiting & exploring places, eating and drinking, and shopping.
Visit More of Boracay’s 17 Beaches
One of Boracay’s secret beaches, picture by Ianne Nobe
Did you know that Boracay has 17 beaches? Most only know about White Beach, Puka Beach, and maybe Bulabog and Diniwid Beach. But there are 13 more beaches, each with their own attraction. Such as Tambisaan for snorkeling, and 2 secret beaches with untouched nature…
You can get to most of those beaches via a tricycle, and to even more of them via island hopping. With island hopping you can also visit more beaches in less time, but you can only control which beaches you visit and how long you stay at each when you book a private tour.
Relax at Spiderhouse
It’s a very relaxing place to end the day and enter the evening as you enjoy the quality beats, gaze into the sunset, and socialize with your friends and the people around you. They also have a platform from which you can swim.
Feast on Seafood at D’Talipapa
D’Talipapa is Boracay’s biggest seafood market with 23 different kinds of seafood to choose from. After buying your seafood you can bring it to one of the many nearby restaurants that specialize in cooking your seafood. It’s a pretty unique experience.
Explore the Colorful D’Mall
Stroll through and explore the colorful D’Mall, Boracay’s main outdoor mall. D’mall has a large variety of shops and restos and consists out of 3 areas with somewhat different vibes. Those areas are the mainstreet area (pictured above), the beachside area, and the market area.
Enjoy the Vibrant Nightlife
Experience Boracay’s lively, positive and friendly nighttime atmosphere. Go bar hopping, clubbing or listen to live music and make new friends, either on you own or via Pub Crawl.
To find the venues that best match your style see Boracay’s 27 Best Bars, Clubs & Parties.
See Boracay from Above on Mount Luho
Mount Luho is the highest point in Boracay where you have an unobstructed 360 degrees view of the whole island.
You can get there either via a tricycle ride or via the ATV driving activity. I recommend the former because the ATV driving route isn’t very exciting. A round trip tricycle ride costs ₱300 (~USD $6), and the entrance fee at the Mount Luho platform is ₱120 (~USD $2.50).
To find out more, and to view more pictures see Mount Luho, Boracay from Above by Christian Sangoyo.
Free Things To Do
For these activities you don’t have to spend a single cent. Most people stay at or close to White Beach so that’s where these activities are, so no need to even spend money on transport.
Beach Bumming and Swimming at White Beach
Enjoy the core of what Boracay is about: laid back beach life in paradise. Kick back, relax, take a swim and take in the beauty of White Beach and its surroundings. There are many restaurants and bars in front of the beach to enjoy too.
Join a Beach Volleyball or Soccer Match
Picture by Marix Cadigal
While beach bumming is very relaxing and rejuvenating, getting some exercise can be great fun too. Join the locals and other tourists in one of the several beach volleyball matches along White Beach or Puka Beach, or join a beach soccer match in Station 1.
The beach sports start in the afternoon as the island cools down.
Visit Willy’s Rock
Willy’s Rock is Boracay’s number 1 symbolic landmark and a popular spot to take pictures and watch the sunset. It’s located in the middle of Station 1.
The water up to a few hundred meters south of the rock becomes very shallow during low tide, resulting in a large area with a very thin film of water. It’s beautiful to walk through and will leave you in awe on a good day.
Gaze Into the Sunset
Sunset is the busiest time on White Beach, especially in Station 2. So if you want to experience a more quiet sunset, I recommend you visit either the north of Station 1 or the south of Station 3. Both are relatively quiet areas.
Other good places to watch the sunset are Spiderhouse, Puka Beach, and while sailing on a paraw sailboat. Puka Beach is a good place to watch the sunset because while on White Beach sunset is the busiest time, on Puka Beach it’s the quietest time.
For a more detailed impression of the sunset see The Insanely Beautiful Sunsets of Boracay by Adventurous Miriam.
Where To Book
The activities booth in Station 1
I often get asked what the best place to book is in terms of getting the best price. To get the best price: book once you’re in Boracay, because online the activities are priced a bit higher.
Once you’re in Boracay you can book all activities at a fair price at the activities booth in the south of Station 1, close to the Astoria resort.
If you prefer to book online because of the convenience factor, then Klook has the best prices.
As you can see, there’s a large variety of things to do in Boracay, and there’s something for every budget and personality. Whether you want to relax on the beach, go on an adventure or party and socialize, you can find things to do that fit your mood and style.
Hope that helped you build out an awesome itinerary. Enjoy! 🙂