Snorkeling, Boracay Island
Snorkelling, part of the whole day (actually, 10am-5pm) boating activity, easily became one of the most memorable and enjoyable stuffs we did in Bora. The boat went around the island and stopped four times off-shore for snorkelling and twice on-shore for beach wandering.
White Beach. Clear waters but there's nothing to see underneath. Not a single coral or even a fish!
Angol Beach. With few colored fishes and corals, much better to snorkel here than at White Beach.
Cagban Beach. We found few fishes and corals here around the 'Cagban Rock'. We climbed up the rock and stayed there a little while. The rock surfaces are sharp and may cause injury so be careful in exploring this rock. Later, we went to the shore where a simple buffet lunch was waiting.
Crocodile Island. Lots of colorful fishes and corals. Some fishes bite/tickle your feet. It's fun! They come more in number if you have something for them like bread crumbs. This is the best snorkelling area in Boracay although the current here is quite strong.
Puka Beach. Though its sands are not powdery fine as White Beach's, this beach still rocks! Beautiful and peaceful.
The activitiy was worth every peso. For P500 per person, one gets to go around the island, snorkel (snorkeling gears provided), enjoy a simple buffet lunch, wander at secluded Puka Beach and enjoy the sun and the sea.
What a treat!
P.S. Forget everything but your sunscreen lotion! And by the way, there's a P20pp entrance fee at Crocodile Island.
For me, Crocodile island is a good snorkeling area. though the corals are not exactly alive, the school of fish in the area more than made up for it. Be sure to bring a bread o a banana to feed the fishes. It is quite amazing how a hord of fish can finish a banana in less than a minute! If you have an underwater camera, better bring it to "capture the moment".
The famous beach of Boracay is fine and white. True enough, I tested, the sand were so fine they do not burn the feet under the hot sun.
It is great to join a boat trip around the island and snorkelling. Even if you cannot swim, you can wear a life jacket and put on the snorkel and see the amazing seaworld of corals and colorful fish below. Good way to get wet and enjoy the island paradise.
Highly suggest you bring your own Snorkeling equipment, for safety and your health concern.
Bring the bread to feed the fish, they will swim around you. Water is clear, and warm. The photo is one of snorkeling site, very beautiful and relax
The waters here are very clear and make for a great snorkeling trip. The current can get strong so you may need to hold onto the boat or a rope to avoid being swept off, but it's a fun time. We hired a boat (5 people for about $10 US each, for a 4-5 hour trip. The snorkeling was an additional 20 peso's (40 cents)
People always approach you on the beach offering their wares or services. One person (who kept giving us his name, but the accent made it hard to understand - the closest I can come up with was "John Kerry") was eager to offer to take my gf and i snorkeling. We were wary, even all the way out to the back of the island, about them taking things out of our bag or doing worse. But, it was all good - these people rely on tourist dollars so know better than to bite the hands that feed them.
That said, we ended up paying
- PHP1,800 for the 3-hour snorkel trip
- PHP50 for some kind of insurance
- PHP50/hr/set of snorkel mask, totalling PHP300 - this seemed like a bit of a rip off
- PHP15 for bread/crackers to feed the fish. This is a MUST HAVE when snorkeling.
After a 20-minute ride, we arrived and were greeted by old men paddling their kayaks over, selling coconuts and ice-cream - we got a buko for PHP35. Then an old guy paddled over and wanted PHP20/person for "environmental protection" - we even got a receipt. While i don't condone swindling, i'm also more than willing to help out a bit with this island's struggling economy. And, at the end of the day, the beauty of seeing the hundreds of fish eating out of our hands, and the coral below, was indeed priceless. A must-do when on Boracay, and bring an underwater camera to take pictures - we didn't, and regret it.
(The 2 boat boys were so good - they didn't just take us back to White Beach where we started from - they took us all the way to our hotel [Panoly], a fair distance away from the Beach)
Tambisaan is the first snorkeling spot we visited. Not that good for me but worth the view along the way.
Ilig-ilig beach is the second spot with two islands that can be seen from the shore we visited. The fish and corals are abundant here than Tambisaan.
We also enjoyed the beach while they cook the food we ordered there.
But it is up to you if you want to take your lunch on that beach or not.
If you rent a boat , it will most likely go to balabog beach side.
Feeding the fish bread is fun, but the reef is not the best i've seen in the philippines. Palawan was better. Anyway, they try to protect it, what is good.
You will not be alone there... maybe ten other boats are surrounding yours.
you can buy ice cream while you are snorkling...just want to say...it's not a peacefull place.
(Bringing all the tourists to the same place is probably the best thing to save all the other reefs...)
After tiring yourself with snorkeling, what perfect way to replenish yourself than by drinking fresh coconut. And how would you do that when you are a couple of hundred meters away from the shore? Well, they bring you the coconut instead, that’s how! A couple of vendors paddled around the snorkeling area with a small boat (or surfboard?) full of probably up to 20 coconuts. Now that’s entrepreneurship!
Snorkelling is best in the Bulabog Beach Area on the Opposite Side of White Beach since the waves there are rougher and the wonderful coral reefs and reef fishes can be found there. (white beach has hardly any corals and reefs) Once your group rents a paraw or a large banca, you can also rent snorkels and life vests which are offerered by the boatmen. Diving Enthusiasts also go diving at the Bulabog Beach Area and there are several snorkelling and dive sites around the area.
the site is great. got to feed some school of fishes. i love snorkeling tho' only on the surface of the water, i don't even know if u could call that snorkeling. underwater world is always amazing.. anyone could enjoy this even for someone who doesn't know how to swim like me.ü
One of the stops when you go island hopping. Crocodile island is one of the snorkeling areas in Boracay. Be sure to bring bread so that the fishes can go near you. There's a 20 pesos snorkeling fee.
Includes, Snorkeling, Stops at the loco , around the Island isolated Beaches, A All you can eat Buffet, and a stop at the Paradice Cove Island
Snorkelling around Crocodile Island is so fun!!! If you hold a piece of bread underwater, literally HUNDREDS of tropical fish would scramble to take a bite!
A visit in Boracay will not be complete without it...During our island trip, we visited 4snorkel sites. Adults & kids should try it!