Actually, there are many water sport activities you can do in Boracay: jetskiing, parasailing, speedboating, flyfishing, paraw sailing, skim boarding and banana boat riding.
Equipment: You can just rent all you need for your desired aqua sports.
Frisbee is another favorite activity on the beach. It is best done during early mornings or sunset when it is not so hot. No expense if you bring your own frisbee.
Equipment: Bring your own frisbee or buy from hawkers on the beach
Hi all, I am making a solo trip around Asia. My day 1 begins 14th July from SIN - Manila. And I like to visit Boracay since I have never been there.
1. Can anyone tell me what is the cheapest way to get there?
- The cheapest way to go Boracay to Manila is RORO
- Second is you go to Dumaguit and ride MV/LOVE (MBRS) Boat Ship
- Third is by Airplane Caticlan to Manila or Kalibo to Manila
Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Sea Air, and Asian Spirit
i hope it helps . . .
Looks really easy, hurts like hell when you try it. Yup our bodies ached on all places just trying to learn how to skim board.
Skim boarding is using what looks like a surf board (only shorter) to glide on a couple of inches of water along the shore of the beach.
One VERY IMPORTANT insider tip – do it when the tide is low, and water along the shore is calm. This is the time that you will riiiiide baby! I learned this on our second day of skim boarding. During our first day, the waves coming along the shore are rough and we can not stay on the board, even if our lives depend on it. We would just tumble and roll on the sand. But late afternoon on the second day, the tide was low and the shore would have a few feet across of calm 2-inch water. This is perfect and I was able to ride for a much longer time without falling.
Skim boarding is the last remaining water activity in Boracay that is not govern by the tourism department. This is run by locals – locals who love to skim board themselves and would do it everyday! They would rent their boards for P200 per hour which includes lessons, or P150 per hour for the board alone.
Look for Kuya BJ. He is a nice guy and has been skim boarding all his life. He would probably have a silver surfboard for a necklace. I would know, I gave it to him. :)
Equipment: You may also buy a locally-made skim board in Station 2. They cost around P1000 - P1500.
First stop in our island hop tour is the snorkeling area near Crocodile Island, considered as one of the better snorkeling spots in Boracay. This is a 15-minute boat ride away from Bulabog beach, east of Boracay Island.
We had to pay P20 for “snorkeling fee” and rental of snorkeling gear is P100.
I had a blast! I absolutely enjoyed seeing all kinds of fishes around me. It was fun being around these critters during a bread-feeding frenzy. Tickles a bit too.
Did it lessen my fear for open water? – NO!
Equipment: A very important tip is to bring A LOT of bread. Apparently, they also like pandesal in the morning like Filipinos do. :-)
A banana boat is a boat shaped like a banana? I don’t get it. Anyway, this boat can hold up to 10 persons and gets pulled by a motorboat up to speeds of 40 km per hour (okay I’m guessing). The trip is about 15 minutes long and we get to see another part of the island.
Before, it was part of the ride for the operator to deliberately make the boat roll, and ultimately have it turn upside-down, throwing people off into the water. But there was probably an unfortunate incident that happened involving this practice, because now, they won’t do it anymore. It made the ride a bit boring for me. Booooo!
This will cost you about P200 per person, or P1500 – P2000 for the whole boat (haggle guys!).
This is just motorcycle, less the chance of a flat tire.
By boat, we were brought to a platform situated in the middle of the water, about 250m off of Bulabog beach (east side of the island of Boracay). There are a number of jet skis for hire but since it is off season, we were all by ourselves to enjoy the area marked with buoys.
Safety first, you need to wear a life vest. Then they will teach you the basics (which is “let ‘er rip!). The jet ski can accommodate up to 3 persons but it is much comfortable when there are only two of you. And you can take turns jumping the waves. Oh yes, a jet ski can jump up to a few feet when it hits a wave.
It was a thrilling experience for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Too bad it was expensive at P1500 for 30mins. Ah well, for the experience...
every summer the PUA holds their annual summer beach ultimate tournament in boracay, the boracay open, usually in the month of either February, March or April. Ultimate is basically frisbee for the uninitiated. boracay has its own team, the boracay dragons, who are the best and (as far as i remember) remain unbeaten in their home turf. teams from all over the philippines and as far as australia converge in boracay for the weekend tournament and its fun to watch these guys (and girls) run around in the sand chasing a disc. matches are done during the day and don't forget to stay for the partying done at night!
Equipment: a frisbee is all you need.
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.
Equipment: 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.
if you love beach volleyball, there's a lot going on in boracay. if there are no games, all you have to do is start one and a lot of people will join you afterwards.
there's a net opposite hey jude in station 2 and a few more nets opposite nigi nigi in station 1.
Equipment: bring your own ball as the prices in boracay for a beach volleyball can be a bit steep though you can find cheap ones in station 3.
Skimboarding is a sport similar to surfing which takes place near the shore. The skimboarder wait for that wave that would bring at least 3-inch deep spread of the water over the flat sand surface. When a perfect wave breaks, the skimmer run towards it with the skimboard still in hand. Planing the board on the water surface upon dropping it, the skimmer jump onto it as quickly as possible. Once on the board, the skimmer must remain as stable as possible and balance as the board speeds in parallel with the sea shore.
Skilfull variations are like when the skimmer then glides out into the ocean toward the oncoming wave, banks off of it, and rides it back into shore. I even saw somebody doing a hand-stand skimming. There are many possibilities for riding the waves and this is where skimboarding gets really fun and interesting.
Equipment: Locally-made skimboards are sold at P1000+ by the white beach area. Shaped like surf boards but smaller in size of 1meter long by half meter wide, these boards are made of marine-type plywood and finished with polished painted surface. Artwork designs on the board are expressive of the freestyle and thrill of the sport.
There are many snorkelling sites around Boracay Island but where we love most is the coral reef at the northeast coast of the island at Yapak. The place eventually becomes full of boats bringing divers as they come and go for an average of 1 hour snorkel activities all day long. The more the merrier, I feel, with this kind of activity.
What makes snorkeliing here a hit? Our tour guide advised us to bring bread to feed the fishes. We didnt know until we were on it that the fishes would have a bite of that bread right upon releasing them in your hand. (It is a scary feeling to hold on anticipating the fishes would bite your fingers). Surely, it was a very close encounter with these rainbow-colored tropical fishes.
Equipment: We brought our own gears but these could be rented from the boat operators at about P100 per set. Also, for the not-so-athletic bodies, wearing a life vest would be a plus.
A handful of dive shops dot the stretch of White Beach offering down from the basic beginner PADI-accredited courses just by the shore and/or up to the adventurous professional dives at nearby dive spots dotting the water around Boracay.
Around Boracay and the surrounding islands/islets are well recommended dive spots.
Equipment: It is no problem to find and rent scuba equipment in the island which the shops have a-plenty to offer that suits anybody's preference.
Dragonboat racing, being an Asian sport, is but natural to influence Boracay to have a rowing team ready for competition on international races around the region. Much more, the island hosts the annual Boracay International Dragon Run sometime in month of May or June.
Being at Boracay in the month of April, I have the opportunity to watch the rowing team doing their daily tune-up practice along White Beach. It is very admirable watching the team rowing in rhythm as their boat swiftly slicing through the water. The team is made up of locals and some expats, I observed.
Equipment: A dragonboat long enough to accomodate 24 rowers and a sturdy set of paddles and brawn power.
This is hard work, but my friends really enjoy it. Competitions are held every year in Boracay. You'll have to stick around for a while to get involved in the action, but it's fun to watch.
Equipment: Boats and paddles are provided!