Boracay is blessed with beautiful beaches and islands, and there will always be something new to try out and experience each time you visit this amazing province. Like I said on my previous post, I wanted this trip to be as chill as possible, but on the third day of our stay, I wanted to do some sightseeing, and the best way to do it is to do some island hopping, right?
I didn’t have any problems looking for tour operators that provide island hopping services. They are flocking around the White Beach day and night. Price starts at PHP1,500 for 3 hours, and succeeding rate per hour is PHP 1,000. The price varies depending on how many people are going since more people means getting a bigger boat. It’s actually more expensive than the usual island hopping tour rates, but that’s because Boracay is hella an expensive place to begin with. Again, you might want to do some haggling to get some discounts.
At 8:00 in the morning, we went to the place we agreed to rendezvous and bought food for lunch in D’Talipapa. Prior our trip, I asked our guide, Barry, if he could cook the food for us.
If you’re an adrenaline junkie, Magic Island is a perfect place to visit as it offers cliff-diving activity. It was early in the morning when we arrived in island. There were few people around, and the place has a chill vibe. Entrance fee in Magic Island is PHP 150 per person.
Like I said, Magic Island is popular because of the cliff-diving activity. Here, there are several diving boards, each with different height ranging from 15 feet to 30 feet. I personally didn’t do cliff-jumping because I didn’t feel like doing it on that moment, so what I did was just took several photos of others jumping off the board.
There are several cottages around which you can rent, a sari-sari store, and a grilling / cooking station where you or your local boatman can cook food. The island is pretty small so there’s nothing else much to do aside from cliff-diving.
There’s another place in Boracay called Ariel’s Point which also has cliff-diving activity, but has an expensive entrance fee and is farther.
Crystal Cove is a 2.5 hectare island that is nearby Magic Island, which is why you can see it when you go cliff-diving in Magic Island. It has its own private beach, and two coves where visitors can swim and snorkel. Entrance to the resort is PHP 200 per head good for whole day, withing the resort’s opening hours.
We went to Boracay on a February, so Valentines decorations are visible especially on the entrance of the cove. In order to reach Cove 1, you need to descend to the spiral stairs. The water has strong currents during that time so we weren’t able to swim down the natural pool.
Cove 2, on the other hand, located on the other side of the island. You can enjoy a panoramic view of the sea and its neighboring islands going to Cove 2. If you’re extremely claustrophobic, you might want to think twice as entering Cove 2 require you to crawl inside a narrow tunnel. The view is stunning once you get inside, though!
We didn’t have much time to get to other islands or beaches on that day, but some notable places are: Crocodile Island for snorkeling, Puka Beach for those who want a quieter beach, Bulabog Beach for windsurfing, kiteboarding and parasailing activities, and Diniwid Beach.