When we talk about the Philippines as a country, there are only a few things that automatically come to mind. Sports? Manny Pacquiao. Dishes? Adobo. Travel destination? Boracay. Boracay is an icon of Philippine tourism. It turned the heads of many people as soon as the hype of a small Philippine island with heavenly white sand beaches and crystalline waters reached their attention. Situated at about 800 meters off the coast of Panay Island, Boracay only has a relatively small area of a little more than 10 square kilometers.
The heavenly island of Boracay is known for a lot of things. Aside from its white-sand beaches, the island is also a haven for thrill-seeking individuals who love to engage in adrenaline-pumping activities. Well, there are countless for you to enjoy here in Boracay such as scuba diving, surfing, island hopping, and other water sports activities. In short, it is a tropical paradise for everyone who’s looking for relaxation and tranquility while still being able to enjoy everything the island has to offer. With that, Boracay also received tons of recognition and awards because of its natural beauty. In 2012, Boracay was hailed as the “Best Island in the World” by the international travel magazine, Travel + Leisure.
Most importantly, Boracay is famous for its thriving nightlife. It is the perfect destination for every hardcore party-goer because of the countless world-class bars and restaurants operating around Boracay.
With the help of the consistent development of the businesses and infrastructures around Boracay, more and more world-class hotels and resorts are being established by the day to ensure tourists will have the best vacation of their life on the island. In fact, there was a time when these establishments almost ruined the natural beauty of Boracay because of overdevelopment. This is when the national government decided to step in. The island underwent a rehabilitation period of six months in 2018 where its doors are closed to everyone whether local or international tourists. The goal of this action is to restore Boracay’s world-class natural beauty.
Ever since it opened its doors again to tourism, it can be clearly seen that Boracay is now more peaceful and well-balanced. Up to this date, Boracay remains as one of the world’s top island destinations and it is still becoming more and more beautiful now that it’s properly rested because of quarantine. If you’d ask me when is the right time to go to Boracay, my answer would always be “right now!”. So, without further ado, join me and let me guide you as we discover the 15 Best Beaches in Boracay!
1. White Beach
First on the list and probably the most popular is no other than the White Beach of Boracay itself. Spanning a length of almost 4 kilometers, this stunning white sand beach with its crystal clear turquoise waters and mesmerizing sunset has been considered as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
The iconic White Beach is truly the star of the show in Boracay because of the calm and relaxing vibe it gives to tourists. It is the go-to destination for everyone who wants to just chill out at the beach while having a sip of fresh coconut juice away from all the crowd.
The beach also houses some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts you can ever find in Boracay. So if you really want to maximize your unforgettable vacation in Boracay, then you have to witness the undeniable beauty of White Beach with your own eyes.
Map of White Beach, Boracay
2. Puka Beach
Another popular beach in Boracay is the famous Puka Beach or Puka Shell Beach. The sands here are not as fine as in the White Beach but that’s because the water tends to be deeper in these areas making corals and shells mix with the sands.
If you’re looking for fun and exciting activities to do in Boracay, then Puka Beach is what you need! From paddle boarding and kayaking to swimming and playing beach volleyball, and many more, you certainly won’t run out of things to do and enjoy when you’re in Puka Beach.
Aside from beach bumming and enjoying outdoor activities you should also try to explore the beauty of Puka Beach! The far left area of the beach is said to be the most pristine part of Puka Beach where you can enjoy a peaceful walk away from the crowds as you admire nature’s untouched natural beauty. The Bil-At Beach is also worth visiting which is located behind a huge black rock near the entrance!
Map of Puka Beach
3. Diniwid Beach
Next on the list is a small picturesque island that lets you experience all the goodness Boracay offers but with a lesser crowd. That’s right, Diniwid Beach is the go-to destination for tourists who want to have a calm and relaxing tropical paradise experience rather than the action-packed adventures offered by Puka Shell Beach.
With fewer visitors around, it’s much easier to chill out at the white sands while letting the turquoise waters tickle your feet. You can also enjoy swimming around the pristine waters of the beach because there are no boats or water sports equipment lying around to hinder your relaxing trip!
4. Tambisaan Beach
On the east side of Boracay is another one of the top tourist destinations in Boracay. Tambisaan Beach is a hidden gem that’s often overshadowed by the popularity of White Beach. It is blessed with stunning scenery combining the crystalline blue-green waters with the pristine white sands that perfectly represent a tropical paradise.
Tambisaan Beach is also a premier destination for calm and romantic adventures because of its secluded location. The 500 meters long stretch of white sands isn’t crowded with any establishments allowing tourists to fully experience everything that this natural wonder has to offer.
5. Ilig-Iligan Beach
With its stunning picturesque scenery and thriving marine life under its crystalline waters, Ilig Iligan Beach is certainly one of the must-see destinations of Boracay Island. One of the perks of staying in Ilig Iligan Beach is the unmatched serenity it provides to tourists. It is secluded and away from all the crowds in White Beach and Puka Beach where all the parties are happening.
Ilig Iligan Beach is incredibly gorgeous. Its raw beauty will undoubtedly make you fall in love with this tropical paradise and you will surely want to come back over and over again. There is barely any infrastructure around the beach so you’re absolutely free to chill out, walk around, swim around without anyone even bothering you!
6. Bulabog Beach
Ah, contrary to the other beaches we’ve mentioned lately, Bulabog Beach is a premier destination for fun and exciting activities that will certainly make you crave more! The wind blows just about right for you to enjoy windsurfing, kite surfing, diving, and many more. Don’t worry because even if you’re a beginner, there are schools around Bulabog Beach that will teach you everything starting from the basics!
There are also countless choices of world-class hotels and resorts available around the area so it wouldn’t be too hard for you to access anything that you might need. If you have more time, you should go ahead and try diving in the famous Ariel’s Point as well!
7. Lapuz Lapuz Beach
At the northeastern part of Boracay Island, you’ll find another sweet spot for a relaxing getaway that would definitely make you become closer to nature. Lapuz Lapuz Beach is a private beach that’s exclusively for the guests of the Fairways and Bluewater Boracay Golf Course and Country Club. This prestigious establishment is an internationally acclaimed accommodation facility that offers top-notch quality tours and services to all its guests.
Other than enjoying the white sand beach, crystalline turquoise waters, beautiful coves, and rock formations, guests can also enjoy engaging in water sports activities and joining jungle and bat cave tours! Oh, and this exclusive country club is also the only established golf club in Boracay, so for golf enthusiasts out there, be sure to not miss out!
8. Tulubhan Beach
On the opposite side of the famous White Beach, is another natural wonder that would surely take your breath away despite its remote location. Well, that isn’t much of a problem because you’ll get to enjoy everything Tulubhan Beach has to offer by yourself! The fine white sands of the beach, the blue-green waters, lush forest, and the stunning view of the sunset are all yours!
But don’t get your hopes up because unlike the fan-favorite White Beach, there are still not that many establishments around here, and most of the time, several boats are docked by the coast. Nevertheless, appreciating the raw beauty of nature still comes out on top!
9. Lugutan Beach
Another hidden gem you shouldn’t miss in Boracay is Lugutan Beach. Nowadays, enjoying the beauty of nature without the interference of other people is the perfect way for us to relax and calm our minds. Well, that’s exactly what you’ll be getting when you visit Lugutan Beach. With its creamy sands, dark blue waters, and lush greeneries around, enjoying the cold breeze of the ocean can’t get any more therapeutic.
Casting yourself away at Lugutan Beach will seem like the perfect choice for you especially when you want a calm and serene place to stay in Boracay. Oh, just a heads up! The beach is usually the docking area of several boats, so try to find the perfect time to walk or swim around whenever you’re in the mood.
10. Sugod Beach
Sugod Beach also known as Sugod Lagoon is another hidden gem in Boracay that hasn’t been discovered by many tourists yet. It’s a relatively small beach with beautiful black limestone rocks surrounding the coast. There are also several rock formations lying around the white sand beach so taking a picture with the beautiful tropical paradise in the background seems like the perfect thing to do!
Aside from its mesmerizing features, there’s still not much to see in Sugod Beach because it’s not yet as developed as its neighboring beaches. Nevertheless, if you’re in for a calm and romantic getaway trip, then look no further because Sugod Beach is what you need! So, what are you waiting for’ “Sugod” na!
11. Cagban Beach
At the southern part of the island lies the more popular Cagban Beach which is a premier beach destination because it serves as the main entry and exit point for tourists in Boracay island. Its creamy white sandy beach and turquoise waters capture the hearts of many as it is indeed alluring. The lush forest surrounding the beach is also a perfect complement to the beautiful scenery of the sea.
Moreover, the waters are also thriving with stunning aquatic and marine life that’s why snorkeling and scuba diving are also popular attractions here at Cagban Beach!
12. Manoc-Manoc Beach
Manoc-Manoc Beach is one of the more popular beach destinations on Boracay island. Its long stretch of white sand beach with crystalline waters, and towering palm trees is busy all throughout the year because it serves as a receiving port for locals. So expect to see several boats docked at the coast if you visit anytime soon!
Aside from enjoying the views and swimming around the area, Manoc-Manoc Beach is a popular destination for kiteboarding and windsurfing enthusiasts!
13. Balinghai Beach
Ah, another premier destination that will make you fall in love with its stunning scenery is Balinghai Beach. This beach is popular for its location because it is situated under a cliff which means that you will often see beautiful rock formations and black, towering limestone mountains surrounding the area. Nevertheless, all its natural features were able to perfectly blend together and produce a must-see natural paradise for everyone!
Balinghai Beach has a creamy white sand coast with crystalline turquoise waters that are truly majestic. This is why chilling out, swimming, and dining by the shore is a perfect chance for you to witness one of the most majestic sunsets of Boracay Island. Oh, and also don’t forget to try watersports activities as well while you’re at it!
14. Banyugan Beach
A tropical haven indeed. Banyugan Beach is one of the most exclusive attractions in Boracay because it can be only accessed by guests of Shangri-La Boracay. The beach serves as a private dining location for the prestigious hotel where you can enjoy the romantic views of the sea. It is also perfect for dinner dates because you can clearly witness the mesmerizing view of the sunset while sitting on the creamy white sand of the coast.
Of course, it’s also one of the calmest parts of the sea where you can freely enjoy walking and swimming around the pristine waters while admiring the beauty of nature right before your eyes.
15. Punta Bunga Beach
Finally, located at the northwestern end of Boracay is another exclusive beach that would certainly make your jaws drop! Punta Bunga Beach is a semi-private beach that can only be accessed by guests from nearby hotels such as Shangri-La and Sol Marina Hotel.
Punta Bunga Beach is where guests usually engage in watersports activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and many more. But don’t get me wrong, it is also blessed with stunning white sands that perfectly blend with the clear turquoise waters of the sea! Moreover, you can also be certain that the surroundings of Punta Bunga Beach are clean because of its exclusivity. Overall, a must-visit destination indeed!