For as long as we can remember, we have been going to Boracay to unwind, party, or celebrate some important events like weddings or divorces (a joke). For us, Boracay is just one long stretch of powdery white sand and crystal clear waters. As it turns out though, there are no less than 17 beaches on the island! Here are the ones that you absolutely should not miss.
4 kilometers long, Boracay's main oceanfront is your quintessential beach paradise. It's got everything you could ever want for your summer getaway: postcard perfect sunsets, sand that's easy on your feet even when the sun is high up, calm waters, and great people watching opportunities.
That being said, it can be a tad overwhelming at times with hawkers trying to sell their wares and with just all the tourists visiting the island congregating in the same area.
Speaking from experience, we would advise to stay away the White Beach during Holy week. The crowd is so massive that it's really getting crazy.
If you need a bit of peace and quiet then tricycle-charter your way to Puka Beach. Do take note however that this part of the island is included in the island hopping tours so it gets busy at times with many boats bringing in tourists. It's still relatively more relaxed though especially after 2 pm when all the boats are gone.
The only thing we didn't particularly like about it is that it can get scorching hot in midday and you cannot use sun lounges unless you buy anything from the bar that owns them. Prices are a bit of a rip off even for a bottle of water. That said, it's still a good place to grab a beer while watching the sunset.
Tambisaan Beach is located on the other side of the island away from hoards of tourists. It's main draw is abundant marine life which makes it a must-visit for snorkelling enthusiasts.
In fact, if you have your own snorkelling gear, you can skip the island hopping tour altogether and swim around at your own leisure. This beach has cheaper accommodation options and also provides a good opportunity to observe the locals go about their daily lives. Please keep in mind though that the island hopping boats stop here for lunch so it can get busy for an hour or so.
A short walk away from the main beach, this place is popular for kite and windsurfing so if that's your thing, make sure to go during the windy season which typically runs from November to April.
There are tons of other activities here, too, from parasailing, to banana boats to flying fish rides just to name a few. Considering this, we advise against swimming in this area as it's not very safe with all the action going on plus you might step on sea urchins at the bottom. Ouch.
‘Secluded’ would be the best word to describe Balinghai Beach. It's literally a hidden gem as it's completely goes under the seawater during high tide. When the tide ebbs away during low tide, the beach emerges and is quite an interesting beach spot.
When we were there, we saw some couples dining right next to the water so it definitely has romantic potential. It is important to note that there is an admission fee of PHP500 / pax. A bit steep if you ask us but the good thing is you can use it as a credit to buy something from the restaurant that owns this piece of property – Balinghai Beach Resort.