Visiting Boracay just for its white sand beaches is not exactly doing justice to this exotic place. True, those lovely beaches were the reason the world noticed this tropical island.
Since its "discovery," Boracay has been known for those beaches, transforming the place from being an "unchartered" paradise into becoming the premier Philippine travel destination and tourist spot.
Local and foreign tourists alike flock to the island to spend some relaxing moments along the shore or in beach houses. But the truth is, there's more to Boracay than meets the eye, or to be more precise, there's more to Boracay than its white sand beaches.
The Island of Boracay is in the province of Aklan in the Western Visayas region, some 315 km away from the capital city of Manila. Visitors can take a flight from any major city to the small town of Caticlan, which has its own airport that constantly welcomes tourists. From the airport, one can ride a tricycle going to the Caticlan Port. From there, an exciting boat ride will take visitors all the way to Boracay Port. After another tricycle ride (more or less 10 minutes away from the port), the new arrivals will be greeted by the charming Boracay White Beach.
Kick start your Boracay experience by joining an island tour or visiting the crystal cave. You may also spend an entire day island hopping, basking in the warmth of the sun as you visit each stunning beaches. Among these beaches are the gorgeous Puka Beach and Manoc-Manoc Beach. Don't forget to bring along some snorkeling gear. You'll never know when you will spot a perfect site for snorkeling and even diving. The island is unpredictable like that.
For experienced and licensed divers, Boracay diving safaris is an activity that can't be missed. Usually lasting for a day or an entire week, diving safaris are full of excitement since you get to explore Boracay's breath-taking diving spots in far-off and perilous areas. Novice divers wouldn't feel left out though, as there are diving sites in the island that are not as challenging and dangerous. Dive sites such as Laurel Island 1 are perfect for beginners who want to experience swimming through an island hole and view all kinds of soft and hard corals. Speaking of corals, Fridays Rock offers a close view of an incredible coral garden. Various sea creatures such as starfish, moray eels, and sea cucumbers are also a wonderful sight to behold underwater. If you are just a beginner and you want to safely enjoy this experience, helpful guides are available to assist and take you to these ideal diving spot.
But if you prefer to stay on the surface, then try the flying fish boat ride. For the uninitiated, the flying fish is an air cushion vehicle (think hovercraft). Originally designed for military use, enterprising individuals have repurposed it for commercial enjoyment. You may also try riding the sailboat locally known as the Paraw. A few hours of Paraw ride can offer a memorable experience - you get to enjoy Boracay's thrilling sunset while sailing around the island.
With these water activities, you can get the most out of your stay in Boracay. Beautiful white sand beaches may have defined the tropical island, but this tropical paradise has many other attractions that all sorts of people would enjoy.