Island Hopping, Boracay Island
Island hopping tours are being offered from P600-P750 per person, inclusive of lunch, snorkelling gears and boat rental. This is a must do if it's your first time in Boracay. Your Boracay experience is not complete without doing this.
Stalls offering packages can be found along the dirt road across the beach. Scout for the package offering the best menu for lunch because after the morning's snorkelling activity, you'd feel like you could eat a whole cow.
If going in a big group, renting a boat is more economical. This could range from P1500-P3000, depending on the size of the group. No meals included.
We chartered a private banca, seats around 6 people, and for P1200 (P1800 if you hire one from the hotel), the boat will go island-hopping for 3 hours.
Why go island hopping? Well, you can see interesting rock formations, crystal blue water, corals on the seabed, stunning views of nearby emerald isles, and white-sand beaches.
We were able to visit Crystal Cove, view Crocodile Island (no crocs but shaped like a croc), and swim in Puca Beach.
Before you start your journey, you have to pay P50 for the upkeep of the environment and tell the boatmen if you're interested in snorkelling so he can rent the equipment for you.
At Crystal Cove (P100 entrance fee), you can perfect your floating skills (with the orange lifevests) while holding on to a rope (waves get rough mid-day and you might end up crashing on the rocks) or crawl inside a cave. As there's a picnic area, bring your baon or buy snack from their kiosks. Be ready with your flip flops as the descending stairs to reach the cove is narrow and slippery. You bet, this city girl, didn't crawl inside the cave!
Hire one of the motor boats to take you around the island of Boracay. The tour usually takes half a day. The motor boat usually also takes you near the crocodile island for snorkelling, and to the Puka beach, which is a bit desserted compared to station 1, 2, and 3.
Brings you to Crocodile Island (for snorkling) and Puka Beach (for swimming and lunch). Costs approximately 1000-1500 pesos per banca, am not sure how many people can ride though. When you get to crocodile island, the boatman will anchor for a while, then some guy will approach and charge a snorkling fee (?). we paid 20 per person i think. bring some bread so you can feed the fishes. touching of corals are not allowed (but of course to preserve marine life)
1. Rent a boat and go island hopping. There are other small islands around which are less crowded. But of course the beach is far better in boracay island.
2. Go fishing then have your catch cooked in one of the stores after.
3. stroll towards Boracay Terraces.
4. Snorkel around the rocky portion just beside boracay terraces.
5. Have a game of beach volleyball
6. Go towards the market and buy some souveneirs. Boracay has lots to offer that will make you remember your stay.
Go island hopping on a boat or banka. A typical day trip will cost around $1000 - $1200 pesos. Most likely you will be approached by locals for this service. They normally hang out around boat stations 2 and 3. Your excursion will most likely include a trip to Crystal Cove Island, snorkeling near Crocodile Island, and lunch at Puka Beach.
Island hopping – when you get to boracay there will be guys approaching you asking if you want to go around the island. I would suggest that you just get their names or cell phone number and just come back to them when you’ve decided you want to go island hopping, its not that expensive it wont cost you more than $25 it’s a 4 hours trip around the island , you can stop on each beach and ask them to anchor somewhere to snorkel and Feed the small fishes.
Every now and then we passed these little islets, where we could see people diving into the emerald green waters. Some too brave and bold, while some needs to be coaxed or encouraged or if not pushed by their mates into the very inviting waters
One important thing not to be missed out when you go to Boracay is to check out the other islets around it. How? by hopping into a small boat, that takes you around the other islets for a certain amount, anything from 2000- 3500 pesos or more, depending on how many people are going on the tour and the size of the boat to be used, or the amount sometimes depends on your haggling capabilities.
Last stop: Puka Beach. Here, you?ll find the world famous Puka shell. Shoreline is filled with coconut trees as far as the eye can see. Water level is deeper and waves are bigger since it faces the open sea. I savored the calm surroundings by basking topless. Mang Totong was very discrete not to look my way, which made me appreciate his tour even more. It is quieter in this part of Boracay. No intrusive hawkers and noisy boats. Tranquility at its peak! :) :) :)
Going back to our hotel near boat station 2, the kids were shrieking in delight as they dangled their feet while the boat managed 3-feet waves. Of course, they were wearing their orange jackets and holding on to the boat center poles while seemingly riding the liquid roller coaster. I, on the other hand smiled to them while muttering prayers for the boat not to break apart. Oh well, wearing life jackets and plenty of other boats around to rescue in case anything happens (Murphy?s Law), I savored the last leg of our trip instead of worrying too much. :)
As we landed onshore, my kids begged for banana boat rides costing PHP150/person with a minimum of 4 people/trip. I was 6pm already and told them that we?ll do it the following day. From 10:30am ? 6pm, amazing sea life, and the pasted-constant-clown-delight-smile of my kids were all worth the PHP1,000 I paid Mang Totong.
We reached Cave 2 after a longer walk up & down pathways filled with birds, plants & statues. I dared walk in a cave filled with bats because the floor was partially submerged in sea water otherwise it would be saturated with yucky bat guano. Ewwww!!! There was another smaller cave leading to another cave where we crawled in. It was dark & slippery but the kids had loads of fun doing it. Beware that this can be done only during low tide to ensure you can readily crawl back out. Lunch was absolutely delicious! We invited Totong and his kids to feast with us. He even thought of making lemon-water solution to clean our hands before and after feasting on the food. How proactive, dont you think so? Drinking water and soda 25/bottle. We brought water which the hotel (NigiNigi) packed with lots of complimentary ice for our boat trip. 2nd stop: Crocodile Island. I was still stuffed with the delicious margarine grilled yummies dipped in lemon-soy sauce. This island was really shaped like a crocodile floating on clear blue-green water. As soon as we dropped anchor, my kids shrieked in delight over the neon blue tipped corals and the green,black,orange fishes swimming about. We brought our own goggles and snorkel set so did not have to rent ones. With bread in our hands, the fishes lunged. It was truly awesome to see considering the only congregation am familiar with is metropolitan traffic. We quickly ran out of bread so we used left over rice to feed the fish. They seem to happy to see us, probably because people = food feast for them. I was amazed at the variety of corals, anemones, sea urchins, and fishes I saw. Swimming around the boat for hrs gave me peace as well as conviction that all is not lost in this country. A fresh coconut vendor instantly relieved my parched throat with his artfully concocted drink 25/coconut. Wow! Sipping fresh coconut amidst corals and fish. A cellphone ringing brought me down to reality. At least, even as far away from civilization, my cell provider (Smart Com) is still efficient.
Price Range for Island Hopping is P1,200 to P1,800. For Pinoy's usually from p1,200 to P1,500 bu if u are a foreigner they give it a higher price. ;)
Go island hopping and caving in Crystal Cave, Buslugan Cave and Bat Cave.
The caves can be reached by renting a boat.
Another stop of the island hopping tour, a must to visit. It's a more secluded cove with the most magnificent crystalline water. If you want a more tranquil beach, go to Puka Beach.
This is just an example of the little islets that you passed by in this island hopping tour. Most of them are too little to be inhabited by humans, still they are really beautiful