What to do in Boracay: Island Hopping!
It seems crazy to imagine but the island paradise of Boracay in the Philippines was once occupied by no more than a few rustic beach huts. Today, Boracay island hopping tops the list as a must do South East Asian beach adventure.
Feeling your feet sink into powdery soft white sand as you glance out onto an ocean whose turquoise blue is so beautiful it almost seems fake, its not hard to understand why Boracay has quickly grown to become THE destination to hit in the Philippines.
Once there, you will be stumped as to exactly which islands to visit in Boracay as there are quite a few gems out there.
Here are just a few to get you started:
Crystal Cove Island
This two hectare island was once called Tiguatian island and sits about fifteen minutes from the main island of Boracay. Since it is away from the mainland, it is the perfect spot to escape from the noise of Boracay itself. The island is an adventurer’s paradise where you can see fantastic rock formations, coves, thick vegetation, caves as well as a cute little beach. There are many fantastic viewpoints for you to snap a photo and make sure you ask around for the blowhole.
Don’t be fooled by the name as no one is going to be attacked by crocodiles on crocodile island. The island was named from its unusual shape which looks like a crocodile’s ahead from certain angles. This is an island for snorkeling as the water is crystal clear for you to see the colorful fishes and beautiful coral that exist. You won’t be able to step onto the island but with all the great snorkeling about, you won’t be bothered.
Puka Shell Beach
Puka beach is also known as Yapak beach to the locals and it is one of the best hidden secrets in Boracay. Although the main island of Boracay is home to the stunning White Beach, due to its popularity it can get crowded, especially during peak seasons. This is why you have to escape to Puka. It is only 800 meters away and makes for the perfect place to relax and actually hear the sound of the ocean. The name Puka comes from the beautiful little puka shells which can be found on the island. The sand won’t be as powdery as White beach but the water is stunning. Just don’t forget to pack food and drink as there isn’t much going on in terms of services.
It’s a bit far from the mainland (45 minute boat ride) but the trip to Hnugtan beach is worth the journey. It is another secluded paradise offering a great escape from the often over crowded White beach. This private beach is a fantastic spot to pack a picnic basket, some water and a pair of snorkels for a day trip with friends and family. Hinugtan has everything a beach could offer. Whether you want to just read, eat, take naps or check out the marine life, you will be able to do it all.
If you ever wanted to feel the rush of jumping from a cliff then you need to get to Ariel’s point. There are 5 levels of cliff diving to be had here and that’s just the beginning. This adventure island also offers hands on activities such as kayaking, trekking and snorkeling.
Boracay may be too popular for some but it is popular for a reason and now you have 5 excuses to get out there and see the tropical paradise for yourself.
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