Here’s what you need to know about island-hopping in Boracay.
White sand beaches, coconut trees, magnificent sunsets, epic labor day parties, banana boat rides, henna tattoos, and hair braids — these are just some things that we associate with Boracay Island. And most of these are found on the island’s famous White Beach.
But did you know that there are secluded beaches and neighboring islands that are worth a visit, too? From hidden coves to caves with impressive rock formations, Boracay Island and its surrounding waters boast natural wonders and vibrant marine life that will leave you in awe.
And what better way to explore these than to island-hop? In this article, we will share useful information about island-hopping in Boracay. We’ll also list the best islands around Boracay and why you should visit them!
Island-Hopping in Boracay
Boracay Island-Hopping Rates
Island-hopping in Boracay would cost around PHP500-2,000 per person, depending on the size of your group and the tour package you get. The cheaper ones rarely include lunch, while the more expensive tours usually do.
Most Boracay island-hopping tours are shared. This means you’ll be sharing a huge motorboat with other tourists. If you don’t like sharing with other people, you can rent a private island-hopping tour. They may be pricier, but you’ll have more control over your itinerary.
The tour company would usually pick clients up from their hotel if they’re staying on White Beach. If you’re interested in the best hotels in White Beach, see our top picks for hotels in Station 2 and hotels in Station 3.
Boracay Island-Hopping Tips
- Depending on the tour package you avail, your island-hopping trip may come with free lunch. Bear in mind, though, that they usually prepare seafood. So if you’re allergic, let the tour company or organizer know in advance.
- Boracay island-hopping tours usually take 3-5 hours. So you might want to bring your own snacks and drinking water.
- Bring sunblock! The heat may get intense, especially at around noon; you do not want to damage or burn your skin.
- This may be common knowledge already, but remember to waterproof all your electronic gadgets and other valuable stuff. You may put them in a ziplock or a waterproof purse.
Where You Should Go
1. Crocodile Island
Do not be fooled by its scary name; Crocodile Island is not full of crocodiles. It is only called that because it looks like a crocodile’s head from an aerial view.
The rich marine life of Crocodile Island makes it a great spot for snorkeling. You can witness rare types of fishes, colorful coral reefs, and even sea snakes!
An environmental fee of only PHP20 already comes with bread you can feed to the fish and free goggles with breathing tubes for snorkeling. Take note, though, that these snorkeling goggles are only improvised. We strongly recommend you bring your own.
2. Crystal Cove Island
Formerly known as Tiguatian Island, Crystal Cove Island is a 2.5-hectare land surrounded by crystal clear saltwater. This island offers scenic views of the majestic West Philippine Sea.
Sheltered by lush tropical vegetation, Crystal Cove also has several pathways that lead to picnic spots, caves with crystal formations, remarkable underwater sceneries, and a small zoo.
An island fee of PHP200 allows you to explore Crystal Cove for an hour and enjoy a variety of activities, including swimming, snorkeling, spelunking, and trekking.
3. Puka Beach
Yapak Beach is more commonly known as Puka Beach because of the abundance of puka seashells in the area. Located at the northern tip of Boracay, this 800-meter long beach is the 2nd largest on the island.
What we love about this secluded beach is its tranquility, making it a perfect spot to enjoy a quiet swim without the touristy crowds. Colorful shells, pebbles, and corals scatter around the sand. Because of this, the sand here is coarser than that of White Beach.
We suggest you stay close to the shore when swimming, though. The water gets increasingly deep quickly and the currents can get a bit too strong.
4. Hinugtan Beach
A peaceful retreat awaits on the serene shores of Hinugtan Beach.
Located on the northern part of Boracay Island, this less developed version of the White Beach is just as beautiful but sees fewer crowds. It gives you an idea of what Boracay looked like before all the big hotels and resorts were developed.
The Bottom Line
Aside from its iconic White Beach, Boracay has a bunch of other coves and surrounding islands that are just as beautiful. Why not make the most of your beach holiday by island-hopping? Learn more about the best beaches in Boracay.
What other beaches and islands near Boracay do you think are worth visiting? Let us know in the comments! Also, if you found this guide helpful, kindly share it with your friends. Check out the comprehensive Philippines guide with more travel tips and hotel recommendations all over the country.