With a sparkling sea all around you, you will be certainly tempted to take a plunge and explore the waters. Boracay is not a heavyweight dive spot. But you will not leave disappointed. Snorkel around White Beach and you will encounter puffer fish and long pipe fish. Five minutes off the beach by boat, a decade-old fishing boat wreck named “Camia” lies 28 m. in the bottom. Now home to marine life, it has become the territory of ghostpipe fishes.
Here are some great Tourist Tips to get you going. There is a host of water sports you can do in Boracay—scuba diving, yachting, parasailing, kayaking, jet skiing, kite boarding, fly fishing and skim boarding. But for a real adrenalin rush, go to the hottest thrill in Boracay today: cliff jumping at Ariel’s Point.
Book a 1-day trip at the plush Boracay Beach Club for Php 1,300, owned by the same guy, Ariel. The fee includes transport to and fro, the use of island facilities and water sport equipments, and unlimited food and drinks. It’s a smarter deal than hiring a boat for 4 hours at Php 1,400.
A double-decked boat with a bar on-board brings you to the cove. Waiters serve you drinks as you amble about the viewing deck amid sparkling seascape and picture-postcard islands. You arrive at Ariel’s Point in 30 minutes less. A friendly staff welcomes you to a buffet table for lunch. Grilled pork, fish, and all: this is no time to watch your weight when free-flowing food and drinks are spread out before you—beer, rum, soda, four seasons, etc.
After lunch, take a walk. Feel the breeze. You’re on top of a rock overlooking the sea. And just when you feel lighter, head to the cliff, step on the diving board—and backflip or somersault down to the sea! There are 6 jump-off points ranging from 15, 25 and even 40 ft. After a big yell and a splash, swim to the nearest raft. A waiter hands you a drink. Then swim back to the rocks and climb up the wooden ladders for a greater altitude challenge.
The less intrepid can snorkel in the water. Or paddle a boat for a view of the bat caves under the cliff. When tired, take a nap in one of the cabanas up the rock. Or just head back to the buffet table area. At 5 p.m., the party boat ferries you back to Boracay. If you’re still up and not stoned drunk, then watch the sunset from the viewing deck. Or head to White Beach to join the crowd for the sunset ritual.
Actually, there is more to sunset-watching than just sightseeing. It is a Boracay ritual. When you are young, you want to try everything new, even the local customs. Henna tattoo at Php 100, for instance, is a sort of badge they wear around the beach like an `in’ thing. More expressive counter-culture statements, like reggae hair braids in cornrow, is even hipper. But sunset-watching builds a community around it. The twilight congregation is a preliminary to a much bigger ritual: the nightlife. It is time to party.