In addition to a pulsating nightlife that typically lasts until dawn, Boracay offers the active traveller a wide range of pursuits as well as sunbathing and swimming.
Boracay is one of those tropical islands where you can do nothing at all or enjoy a choice of watersports activities, including scuba diving, snorkelling, wind surfing and kite surfing.
Boracay offers more than 24 offshore dive sites suitable for all levels of ability and enthusiasm.
The most popular day dives include Yapak, which offers deep walls, a variety of coral and marine life including schools of batfish, wahoo, tuna, barracuda, eagle rays, white-tip and gray reef sharks.
At 30m deep, the wreck of the Camia II offers schools of batfish, scorpion fish, ghost pipefish and, at night, sting rays and octopus.
Nearby Panay and Manigum islands offer good day excursions with wall dives in depths from 3m to 30 m.
For a two-day trip head to Panagatan Cays, a group of three small islands with deep wall dives and the opportunity to see turtles, barracudas, schools of jacks and many different species of shark.
White Beach is home to more than 20 dive centres that cater to both advanced divers and beginners; PADI open-water courses are also available. The best time to dive in Boracay is during the dry season.
Bulabog Beach offers excellent conditions for both these sports during the dry season between November and March, when onshore winds range between 18 and 30 knots, with the best conditions between December and February.
Sign up for a lesson or hire all the equipment you need to experience some great thrills. White Beach offers good onshore winds and challenging waves during the wet off-season, when the calm-weather watersports migrate to the east coast.
Explore some of Boracay's natural attractions, including…
Take a short hike through forest to this steeply inclining cave where you can see multiple small stalactites and, at the bottom of the cave, many small insectivorous bats; bring a flashlight to better see the bats.
The best way to experience the Bat Caves is from the sea during a swim-through into one of the caves, when you can look up into an immense cavern inhabited by thousands of hanging bats.
Follow the trail from Bulabog Beach by foot or mountain bike to reach Boracay’s highest point, 100m above sea level, with great views over the island.
This volcanic rock formation, which sits in shallow water facing White Beach, contains a staircase leading to a chapel and a statue of the Virgin Mary.
Other activities include sailing, kayaking and jet skiing. Beach volleyball is also popular. Or unwind with a massage beneath swaying palm trees.
Away from the beach, explore the island on foot, horseback, scooter or quad and mountain bike. Check out the bat caves on the northeast coast, cycle through the forest of dead mangrove trees on the south coast, hike up to Mount Luho for panoramic views or tee-off from the Graham Marsh-designed, 18-hole, par 72 golf course.
Latest update: Things to do in Boracay: 5 May, 2022