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5. Eat and Shop at D'Mall

If retail therapy is more to your speed after hours of frolicking around the island, then make a beeline for D' mall. D'Mall is Boracay's open-air mall located in Station 2 between White Beach and Boracay Main Road.

It has everything from food stalls, to various souvenir shops, and ATMs. It's an all-in-one place, making sure that whatever it is you're looking, you'll find it here!

D'Mall is very laid-back compared to other significant establishments on the island. It's divided into three areas: Main Street, Local Market, and Beach Area. Main Street is where most ATMs and money changers are located.

Snack shops, pharmacies, and convenience stores are also within this area. Meanwhile, the Local Market area is where you can see small stalls selling fruits, vegetables, and other local delicacies. A local supermarket and some ATMs are also within this area.

Lastly, the Beach Area is where most diving and swimming shops are. You can also find money changers and restaurants within the city. It's also one of the main pick-up points for most trips and activities in Boracay.

Don't forget to drop by at D'Mall if you have free time! You'll surely enjoy the range of shops and restaurants in the area with your friends and family.

6. Try High-Altitude Activities at Bulabog Beach

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If you want to discover Boracay by getting a panoramic view of the island, you have to try some of these highly recommended high-altitude activities that are done at Bulabog Beach!

These activities are safe but are weather-dependent. No need to worry as you'll be given the safety rules and regulations before partaking in these exciting activities:

8. Join aBoracay Pub Crawl

You can't leave Boracay without participating in the famed Boracay Pub Crawl experience. The event promisesthe ultimate nightlife experience; bar-hopping, ice-breaker games, and welcome drinks. Live it up and party to your heart's content.

22 Things to do in Boracay: Water Activities & Tourist Sp... (2)It's a great venue to meet and mingle with like-minded travelers while enjoying the vibe the island offers to its travelers. It's also an excellent way to experience different types of music played in the various pubs and bars you'll be visiting.

You'll be able to meet a diverse group of people as the captains of each crawl groups will make sure you'll have ample time to get to know everyone. There are ice-breaker games that will keep you awake and get you to socialize with others.

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Not only that, but you'll be given a unique pub crawl shirt as well! You'll be able to taste a variety of flavored shots, and most of them are for free or sold at a low price. You'll also be given your shot glass to keep with you after the pub crawl event!

The entrance to the bars included in the itinerary is also free of charge. It's a great way to experience the nightlife in Boracay and meet new friends in the process.

9. See the Sunset at Diniwid Beach

22 Things to do in Boracay: Water Activities & Tourist Sp... (3)Diniwid Beach is a serene and unassuming little stretch of sand north of the bustling White Beach. It has the same tropical charm of White Beach but without the beach party vibe.

Aside from its beautiful beachfront, the villas nestled atop the seaside cliffs add to the appeal of Diniwid Beach, they bring to mind a similar view of Portofino, Italy. It's also an excellent spot for picnics.

Located north of White Beach, you can get there from Station 1 by following a small concrete walkway below a cliff that divides the two beaches. If you're bringing luggage with you, you'll be better off getting on a tricycle. You may also walk to Diniwid Beach from D'Mall, but it will take you around 20 to 30 minutes.

It'll be worth it though once you arrive at the beach for its picturesque views. It's a great spot to watch the sunset as it's away from the crowds and the business of the famous White Beach.

You can walk along the shoreline, swim in its clear waters, or take a photo with the sunset as your backdrop. Most people check-in at the beach resorts located here to enjoy beachfront access to Diniwid Beach and get the privacy that comes with it.

10. Go Cliff-Diving at Ariel's Point

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A trip to Boracay would not be complete without cliff jumping at Ariel's Point. It's 35 to 45 minutes away from the island and is reachable by an outrigger boat. Cliff diving is a popular water sport, and you can do it at Ariel's Point. This tourist destination boasts five different cliff diving jump-off platforms with varying heights.

The highest platform is 13 to 15 meters above the water, while the lower platforms are 7-meters, 6-meters, 5-meters, and 3-meters high. If you can't handle the higher platforms, you can undoubtedly pick the lower ones and still experience the thrill of cliff-diving. There's no excuse to let the opportunity pass by as there are lifeguards within the area ready to assist you.

Aside from being a popular cliff-diving activity. You can go swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling at Ariel's Point. You'll be able to see the teeming marine life underwater such as porcupine clownfish, puffer, beautiful corals, and other types of underwater species.

These day trip packages are available seven days a week, granted that the weather is favorable and can accommodate everyone interested to visit.

11. Escape the Crowd at Ilig-Iligan Beach

As with all the beaches in Boracay, Ilig-Iligan has beautiful white sand and crystal clear waters. What sets Ilig-Iligan apart is the tranquil beachfront and the scenic limestone islets a few meters from the shore.

22 Things to do in Boracay: Water Activities & Tourist Sp... (5)If you're a good swimmer, venture out to one of the islets and check out Ilig-Iligan's beautiful underwater scenery. It's free from any significant development as there is barely any tourist infrastructure on the island.

Before you go there, be sure to pack a bag of your essentials to make your visit more comfortable. If you get hungry, there are a few restaurants within the vicinity offering local foods. Of course, you can bring food with you as well! Have a quiet picnic while lounging around within the calm and serene area of Ilig-Iligan beach.

This beach is on the Northeast coast of Boracay. To reach this isolated patch of paradise, you can join an island-hopping tour, or hop on a tricycle from White Beach. Make sure to haggle as tricycle or motorcycle drivers tend to overcharge.

You can also walk to Ilig-Iligan Beach if you're coming from Puka Beach. You can take a walk via the Boracay Beach Road for 15 to 20 minutes. It'll be worth it though once you reach this idyllic destination.

12. Trek to Mount Luho

22 Things to do in Boracay: Water Activities & Tourist Sp... (6)Standing at about 370 ft. Above sea level, Mount Luho is Boracay's highest peak. It's also the best vantage point to get a panoramic view of Boracay island. Don't be intimidated by the height; it's a short climb toMount Luho's viewing deck.

To go here, you can join a Boracay Island sightseeing triporride tricyclesthat you can charter you to get you to the peak. The trail going upwards might be challenging for non-trekkers, but the stairs are made with concrete, which means you get to climb as safe as it can be.

There are three view decks in Mount Luho. First, the one with the bamboo and wooden bridge viewpoint called Stoy Mount Luho Viewpoint. Another one is the most crowded of them all, which is called Mount Luho View Deck.

The third one accommodates cable car and zipline rides for its visitors. It's called Happy Planet and is accessible to another mountain as well.

If you plan to go to the crowded Mount Luho View Deck, it has three levels. The first level has a heart-shaped diorama facing Boracay beach. The second level is a snack area and a minibar, where you can relax and unwind after your climb. The last one is the proper view deck, which gives you the chance to enjoy a 360-degree view of the island.

13. Snorkeling at TambisaanBeach

Of all the beaches in Boracay, Tambisaan Beach has the most abundant marine life near the shore. You only have to walk one third along the beach and swim about 25 meters into the bay to witness its magnificence. Make sure to pack your snorkeling gears such as your fins and goggles.

You don't want to miss the underwater spectacle that awaits you at Tambisaan beach. You'll be able to see different kinds of marine life such as pelican eel, spotted handfish, and frogfishes. You'll also be able to see different types of coral such as black coral, staghorn coral, sea pen, and antipathies.

If you're interested in visiting this tourist destination, Tambisaan Beach is located west of Station 3. You can take a tricycle for a 10-minute ride to this snorkeling hotspot. Once you're there, take your sweet time marveling at the coral reefs and vibrant marine life. Take note that it might get busier, especially during peak hours as it is an alternative port to Cagban Beach.

You may also opt to join a trip that includes Tambisaan Beach on its itinerary. Make sure to take photos, swim and lounge within the area, and have fun by trying out snorkeling!

14. Have a Romantic Dinner at Balinghai Beach

Balinghai Beach is an elusive beauty; during high tide, it becomes entirely submerged. On low tide, this small private beach is the perfect romantic hideaway. This beach is altogether secluded from the bustle of Boracay. You can tuck in a cove below limestone cliffs; the beach flaunts cottages built into the surrounding rock formations and plants.

Owned by Balinghai Resort, you can access the beach by paying their entrance fee. The entrance fee is consumable as a credit at their restaurant. Take advantage of this by having an intimate dining experience by the beach!

Balinghai Beach is a 15-20 minute tricycle ride from White Beach. You can also rent a small outrigger boat there to take you to Balinghai. Once you arrive, pay the entrance fee and voila!

You get to experience everything this beach resort offers. Aside from the stunning, picturesque view of the island, you can enjoy other facilities they have, such as a coffee shop and restaurant. Their cottages are made with unique rock formations, and they offer spa treatments for a more relaxing time on the island.

Enjoy watching the sunset in this hidden gem. If you want, you can also opt to stay the night. Having a day trip here is quite fulfilling already though, make sure you plan your trip here well and in proper weather conditions.

15. Explore Manoc-Manoc Beach and Cagban Beach

If you want a local's perspective of Boracay, check out these off-the-beaten-path beaches on the island. Dip your feet into its splendid white sands and swim in the blue-green waters of Manoc-Manoc Beach and Cagban Beach for a quiet and relaxing time.

These two public beaches are less crowded and offer breathtaking panoramic views of the sunset and nearby mountain ranges of Aklan. Make sure to visit them when you have time to spare!

Manoc-Manoc Beach

Manoc-Manoc Beach is the supply-boat station. While the area can be busy with workers bringing supplies to shore, Manoc-Manoc Beach has a quaint atmosphere.

Often overlooked by travelers, Manoc-Manoc is the locals' playground. Thus it's an ideal place to experience and immerse in the local island life truly. You can enjoy various high-altitude activities here, such as kiteboarding and windsurfing.

Cagban Beach

Cagban Beach is the main port of Boracay. It's the first beach you'll see when you arrive on the island. It's not a popular swimming destination due to the influx of docking boats.

However, if you take a moment to scour the area, you'll be surprised to find private spots perfect for beach bathing. It offers excellent views of the nearby Crystal Cove Island and Panay Island.

16. Experience the Exclusive Punta Bunga and Banyugan Beach

Punta Bunga and Banyugan Beach top the lists of ultra-exclusive beaches in Boracay. As such, there are fewer travelers here, and the vibe is more upscale and tranquil.

The good thing about these two exclusive beaches is you can pay the entrance fee instead of checking in at the associated hotels within the area. There are also local snack shops and restaurants near the two beaches, providing comfort to big groups wanting to eat their lunch or dinner within the region.

Both beaches can be found right beside each other on the northeast side of Boracay. Banyugan Beach is beautifully situated between two large rock formations. And while both beaches share the signature fine Boracay sand and turquoise waters, Punta Bunga Beach is considerably bigger than Banyugan.

The turquoise waters and sandy, white sands are perfect for a quick dip. What’s more, it doesn’t get crowded compared to other mainstream beaches on the island.

Punta Bunga Beach is accessible via the Shangri-La Boracay Resort and Spa, Mövenpick Resort and Ecovillage resorts. Banyugan Beach, on the other hand, is only available via Shangri-la. You can also reach both beaches via island hopping. Whether you walk-in or join an island hopping tour, you'll have to shell out for the entrance fee.

17. Visit an Indoor Shooting Range

If shooting is up to your alley, then you should check out Boracay's indoor shooting ranges! If you've never held a gun in your life, fret not.

These shooting ranges have well-trained range officers that will walk you through the basics of shooting and demonstrate the proper ways to use a handgun. Try it! It's guaranteed to be safe and surprisingly enjoyable.

The first option offers the usage of an M16 with ten bullets. The second option provides the use of a 9mm Sig Sauer or 9mm Beretta with ten bullets. The third option is to use Uzkon with five bullets or Uzi with 15 bullets.

While the last option offers the choices to use a 22 Revolver with 16 bullets, Ak 22 with ten bullets or a Rifle-Caliber 22 with ten bullets and Free 22 Walther with five bullets. All packages also include a target board and the range fee.

Upon choosing a package that best fits you, you will be having a short introduction on how to hold and accurately aim a gun by one of the professional shooters.

Afterward, the safety gears will be distributed as well as the gun that you will be using. You may aim and shoot the target boards wisely, or you may ask for professional assistance should you feel uncomfortable aiming and pulling on your own.

18. Swim Like a Mermaid

You can also become like Princess Ariel in Boracay! There are certified mermaid instructors teaching under The Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy. Their course for beginners will get you familiarized with a mermaid tail, breathing techniques, basic swim strokes, and more. You'll also be able to take photos with the use of your camera.

Once you reach level 2, you may go for advanced mermaid swimming lessons which will teach you technical skills in mermaiding. You'll be trained on the proper use of snorkeling gear, mermaid tricks to do underwater, proper handstands, adequate way to equalize, breath-holding techniques, bubble-blowing, self-rescue tips, and more.

After reaching level 3, you may go ahead and take the mermaid performer course. You'll be able to learn more about freediving techniques, elegant mermaid stroke techniques, using weight belts, and more. You'll also be able to learn how to apply waterproof make-up for your mermaid performance.

If you want to pursue mermaid swimming as a career, you can take a mermaid swimming instructor course and be part of the International Mermaid Swimming Instructors Association.

You must have taken the required certifications before taking this class. You'll get a certificate of completion and a one-year membership to IMSIA.

You may also try the scuba mermaid specialty course, or get a mermaid photo op where you'll be taught on different poses by the mermaid instructors. It's an excellent way to feel like a mermaid without having to swim or dive.

19. Ride a Helicopter for a Panoramic View

Many activities allow you to explore the island's beaches, off-road paths, and underwater views. However, there's also one tour that lets you see a different face of Boracay, one that can be viewed only from above: the helicopter experience.

Fly high above in Boracay when you try this fun activity! You can take this ride for 10 to 30 minutes. It's a different kind of thrill compared to other high-altitude activities on the island. You'll be able to witness the island's majestic aerial views thousands of feet away!

The usual helicopter tour is like this: you'll be brought to the helipad activity area where you'll meet your guide. You'll be given plenty of time to absorb the rules and regulations of the activity, as well as get oriented on the process of the helicopter ride.

You'll be able to see an aerial view of the island's famous beaches such as Diniwid Beach, Puka Beach, White Beach, Tambisaan Beach and Bulabog Beach from your window seat view.

You'll also be able to see nearby islands such as Magic Island, Crystal Cove Island, Crocodile Island, and Carabao Island. This exhilarating activity is a welcome deviation from the usual water activities in Boracay.

20. Join a Sunset Yacht Cruise

22 Things to do in Boracay: Water Activities & Tourist Sp... (7)If you're up for some relaxing time, one of the highly recommended things is tosoak in the stunning sights during a sunset Boracay yacht boat tour.

You'll be treated to a spectacular island view while eating a luxurious dinner and drinking wine. It's a romantic type of activity for couples and families wanting to spend some time with Boracay's scenery as the backdrop.

Feel like a VIP when your yacht cruise along idyllic beaches around Station 3, such as Cagban Beach and White Beach. Most yacht cruise escapades also pass by the luxurious Shangri-la Hotel, one of the most impressive resorts in Boracay. It also passes by West Cove, a well-known private retreat house for couples.

Depending on the tour operator, you might even pass by Ilig-Iligan Beach, Bulabog Beach, Diniwid Beach, Magic Island, and many more. It usually lasts for an hour or two and has its yacht crew ready to assist you in whatever you need.

Make sure to take photos of the picturesque ambiance of the island and the vivid colors of the sky. Enjoy the romantic view of the sunset with your loved ones and the many travelers on board.

21. Rent a Speedboat to Explore the Island

Boracay isn't just all about lounging on the white sandy shores; it's also an excellent destination for adventure and thrill-seekers. You can avail of aspeedboat experiencethat will have you cruise along with the different parts of the island.

It will treat you and your family to a luxurious experience without having to share it with other travelers. You get to choose from various types of speedboats, with some even having a glass bottom where you can catch a glimpse of the teeming marine life in shallow waters.

These speedboat tours often pass by the popular locations included in yacht cruise experiences. First, it passes by Cagban Beach. It's known as the main jetty port of the area. While it's usually crowded with various boats catering to different travelers, cruising along the city is still a great experience.

You'll also pass by White Beach, which is considered the main beach on the island. Cruising along its turquoise waters is an excellent opportunity to see it from a different perspective.

You'll also get the chance to pass through many other beaches. However, it usually depends on the island's weather conditions. You can ask the local boatmen should you have any questions about the speedboat trip.

22. Go on a Side-trip to Nearby Provinces

Boracay is also near well-known provinces. If you have some spare time, you can take a side-trip to these nearby provinces. More specifically, in Aklan, Antique, and Capiz. Here are some of the tourist spots and activities you can try within those areas:


If you're coming from Boracay, you can join a daytrip to Motag Living Museum in Aklan. It's a great way to immerse yourself in their culture, as this immersive museum showcases real-life exhibits. By visiting their homes, you'll get to know about traditional rice milling and plowing, among many others.

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