The water here is crystal clear. Because of the reef, it is mostly protected by big waves and fish. One would think the water may be too warm, when you first step in that is true, but wade out a bit and take a dive, it's just cool enough and very refreshing.
Ati-Atihan festival in Kalibo
This is a week long traditional festival celebrated on the 3rd week of January in honour of the 'Santa Nino' (holy infant Jesus). Hoards of people dressed in fabulous, flambouyant costumes dance through the streets, faces blackened with soot, and marching musicians play drums and xylaphones.
The highlight of the festival occurs on the last day, when groups representing different tribes compete. Costumes, including the headdress, are made of abaca fibers, shells, feathers, bamboo, plant leaves, cogon, sugar cane flowers, beads, trinkets and an assortment of pieces of glass, metals and plastics.
Much drinking and merrymaking goes on in the streets, and you'll be offered drinks on every street corner. Bring your camera, but take good care of it as there is always a risk of theft in a large crowd. Kalibo is an hour and a half away from Boracay, take a bus or taxi from Caticlan.
Island Hopping and Snorkeling
I have done snorkeling around the island on the first time I've set foot in Bora. This activity was part of our all day island hopping tour. Seeing the many corals around the island and the multi-colored fishes was really fun and delightful.
The island tour includes a stopr over at Puka Beach which was equally beautiful as the White Beach. We had our lunch here before going on with the tour. Snorkeling gears can be rented from the boat operators. Life vests are available at the boat. The activity costs me a total of P750.00.
Highest Point in the Island
Get up to Mount Luho early morning or late afternoon for a different view of Boracay. Also great for getting a proper geographical orientation of the island.
Bring change for an entrance fee, though.
Moderate hike from White Beach possible with proper footwear.
Also reachable by motorcycle or on horseback (check out the Boracay Horsebackriding Stables) or tricycle -- but the latter 2 options would usually require going around the island.
The Funkiest Lamps!
Funky Lighting sell a weird and wonderful variety of lamps in many different styles and colours, and they are all hand made on the island. You won't have seen anything quite like these before. There are many different styles, some made from handmade paper, others made from cocoa or mango leaves. Check out the cute 'gecko' lamp. Prices vary. They can also arrange for orders to be packed and shipped home for you.