Choose from 3 Fun Things to Do in Boracay
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The island of Boracay has stunning white beaches and perfectly turquoise water, but one thing missing is a rocky coast where you can scramble through a tunnel, emerge in a cave, and watch waves explode on the rocks. Luckily Crystal Cove Island next door has not one, but two different sea caves, where you walk down a staircase or crouch beneath rocks to hear the ocean as it thunders. This 6-acre, privately owned island off of Boracay is popular with Boracay island hopping tours, where in addition to touring the caves on shore, you also get the chance to snorkel and swim along the rocky coastline. The first cave is easily accessible, but the second requires crouching down and scrambling through a small tunnel, before eventually emerging in a massive cave with ledges for snapping a few photos.
You can also enjoy a picnic on the island if you choose to visit on your own, and eat your lunch with a panoramic view of five different islands offshore. There’s also a museum with seashell art and other locally made crafts, and a small restaurant with restrooms and drinks just steps from a white sand beach.
Crystal Cove Island is about 15-20 minutes by boat from Boracay. When traveling from Boracay to Crystal Cove Island, boats depart from Cagban port and Tambisaan port, which are both on the southern shore. While it’s possible to go to Crystal Cove directly, most people visit as part of an island-hopping excursion that tours the Boracay coastline.
Did You Know? There’s a small pond that’s filled with lotuses that open every day around 7am and close each day at 10am.
Address: Crystal Cove Island, Boracay, Philippines
Admission: About $4
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On an island that’s known for its spectacular beaches, Balinghai Beach on northwestern Boracay is a private, white sand stunner. Much smaller than White Beach—where Boracay comes to party—Balinghai Beach is on a section of coast that can only be reached by sailing canoe or a footpath from Balinghai Resort. The beach is technically open to the public, but you’ll need to pay a day use fee of about $10 per person. The fee is good all day, however, and allows access to beach facilities like cabanas and chairs, and there’s even a popular oceanfront restaurant for ordering some food and drinks.
While the sand here at Balinghai isn’t as soft as neighboring White Beach, the sunsets are arguably much more romantic since it’s set in an intimate cove, and the only sound is of waves on the sand and wind rustling in the trees. To visit Balinghai Beach in Boracay, join in a 6-hour island hopping tour that explores the coastline and coves.
You can only access Balinghai Beach by boat or the footpath from the resort. If you choose to visit the beach for sunset, the safest way to leave the beach is to walk to the resort and hire a ride from there.
Did You Know? If you order food at the Balinghai restaurant, the food is delivered via a basket and cable that drops down from the trees.
Address: Balinghai Beach, Boracay, Philippines
Hours: Daylight hours
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Don’t worry—there aren’t any crocodiles cruising the waters at this popular Boracay island. Instead you’ll find schools of colorful fish and vibrant, healthy corals, that make this one of the best places to go snorkeling and swimming in Boracay. The waters here can be crystal clear—particularly in the peak season—and it’s a happening stop on island hopping tours that explore the Boracay coast.
It isn’t just snorkelers who flock here, however, as Crocodile Island is also one of the best spots to go scuba diving in Boracay. The wall here begins at 15 feet and it’s a relatively shallow dive, which makes it a good spot for intro divers or those who have just become certified. Watch as schools of silvery fish go flitting in front of your face, and corals waves in the gentle currents and spring up out of the reef. There’s even the chance of spotting a turtle at it lazily swims on by, before climbing aboard your Boracay boat and exploring the rest of the coast.
Crocodile Island is off the southern tip of Boracay and accessed by a 15-minute boat ride. The best time of year for snorkeling and diving is usually from October-May, when the seas are calm and there’s good visibility because of the lack of runoff.
Did You Know? The island got its nickname because the head of the island looks just like the head of a crocodile.
Address: Crocodile Island, Boracay, Philippines
From $ 26