For some people, Boracay in the Philippines represents the world’s ultimate beach holiday. But how many of the beaches on this glorious island are worth laying down your towel on? Let’s take a look at six of the very best beaches on the island. Whatever it is you are looking for in Boracay, you can be sure that there is a beach for you somewhere!
The most popular beach on Boracay, and perhaps in the whole of the Philippines, is White Beach. This well known strip of powdery white sand is just four kilometres long and about a hundred meters at its widest point. Beachcombers can have endless activities on this beach. Sunbathing and just enjoying a cool drink is just one of them. Guests will love the waters for wading, snorkelling, skin boarding, sailing and so many the lists could be endless. Some people even have a great time with the transparent bottom boat tours and banana boat.
Among all the Boracay beaches, windsurfers and kite boarders love this one the most, Bulabog Beach. The strips of sand and water just pulsates with life in the initial months of the year as amateur and expert windsurfers and kite boarders congregate here to get what they can from the strong winds coming from the sea. Although visitors can do all kinds of wind sports in all Boracay Beaches, if they want to challenge themselves and be competitive, Bulabog Beach is the only beach for them.
Another beach in the south of Boracay is called Manoc-Manoc Beach which is ideal for enjoying various water sports such as snorkelling and just wading. The beach also offers great views of the mountain and hillsides of the island along with the jetty of Caticlan. Along Manoc-Manoc beach, there are a lot of shops where visitors can have some food and cool beverages.
Situated on the opposite side, Puka Beach is the second longest beach on the island at approximately 1.3km. It is often visited by people who wish to explore the island by boat, and is ideal for beach picnics. It is called Puka Beach due to the many small shells which can be seen on its shore, which have a glossy white appearance. Locals of the island collect these shells and craft them into keepsakes like jewellery.
Another of the famous Boracay beaches is Diniwid Beach. It is in fact part of a private resort and is lesser in size than White Beach. The beach itself is only about 200 meters, but equally as breathtaking. This strip of sand is situated on the north side of the island and White Beach. Although, lots of visitors flock to Diniwid for the stunning view of the island from the platform outcrop which is located.
For those searching for the perfect Boracay beach for some seclusion, privacy and intimacy, then Balinghai Beach is your ticket. The beach is protected by some rock walls that seclude it from the rest of the island. Guests can choose from cottages right on the beach or from those which have been constructed on the rock face. Avid snorkelers love this beach for the amazing marine life and corals which are just a few meters from the shore.
Have you been to Boracay? If so, what is your favourite beach on the island? Do you have any advice to give fellow backpackers before their trip?