you get almost everything on boracay's island hopping tour; spelunking, snorkeling, sumptuous buffet lunch, all for the price of $15 or Php 600. you get to see the view of the ocean from puka beach and laurel island. plus, you'll see ice-cream-vendors-on-sea....
An unhurried trip around the island by outrigger boat can be arranged for about P500. A day trip, including the nearby Carabao Island with its equally beautiful white sand beaches - still unspoiled by tourism - would cost a bit more. There are skillful artisans on Carabao who not only build snazzy paraw, but also have mastered the art of sailing them well.
Now and then, boat trips to several interesting snorkelling areas are available, for example with the MB Blue Dolphin, which cost P150 per person for four hrs. It's not a good idea to arrange snorkel trips with boatsmen who are not from Boracay and who know neither the water current conditions nor the good places for coral.
This should be on the top of your list. Boracay is not all about the White Beach. There's more to explore. Basically, the operators have the same rate, P600/head, but we haggled Allan B for only P500/head, 10 am-5pm, including buffet lunch. Always ask the operator about the size of the boat because smaller boat (6-8 pax) may not be able to tour the entire island due to strong current on some area, better to go with at least a 20-seater boat with a group for better navigation.
Many operators offer tours around Boracay. You may opt to rent a whole boat if you're a large enough group, or you may opt to join group tours. Most group tours last the whole day. They include snorkeling gear and lunch.
Usual places include 3 snorkeling areas, including Crododile Island, and Puka Beach. If you wish to visit Crystal Cove, you will have to shell out an additional PhP100 (USD2) for the island's entrance fee. I must warn you, though, that it is not advisable to do so during the monsoon months because it'll be difficult to snorkle on the island's crystal caves.
And do watch out for the "floating market" on the waters off Crocodile Island! It's a fun sight. Entrepreneurial natives will approach your boat with either coconut or ice cream. It's a nice treat during a hot day.
Group tours average PhP500-600/person (about USD10 to 12).
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