Boracay has always been and will remain as one of the most sought-after destinations for families in the Philippines. Especially now that the island is newly improved (after 6 months of rehabilitation), the beaches of Boracay are once again poised to be among the best in the country. The natural and effortless beauty of a Boracay beach still stands out above the rest with its powdery white sands and turquoise waters…with the emphasis on “powdery and white”. In addition to the spectacular Boracay beaches there are plenty of other things to do in Boracay Philippines, Spending time on Boracay with kids is a perfect family vacation option similar to Palawan, the other favoured family destination in the Philippines. In fact, why not make it a two center holiday? It’s easy to get from Boracay to Palawan on a short flight from Busuanga Island.
- 1 What to do in Boracay For Beach Lovers
- 2 Non-Beach Boracay Activities
What to do in Boracay For Beach Lovers
Families who love the beach and take comfort in nature, will not be disappointed with Boracay beaches. Although the main option to just laze on the sand and get the perfect tan on a Boracay beach, there are other Boracay attractions that families can all do and enjoy together for that one ultimate island getaway you will always talk about at every family gathering.
Boracay Beach and island-hopping
Boracay White Beach is the most famous but it is one of many Boracay beaches. There are other beautiful and much quieter Boracay beaches on the island. Other great beaches include Puka beach in Boracay, Ilig-iligan beach and Bulabog beach (famous for its watersports).
Some of the beaches of Boracay have limited access points:
- Punta Bunga (accessible through Movenpick Resort),
- Banyugan (only accessible via Shangri-La) ,
- lapus-lapus (only accessible to guests of Fairways and Bluewater Newcoast Resort).
If the island becomes too crowded and busy for the kids’ liking, hop on a boat and take your whole family to another island more exotic but equally as beautiful as Boracay. You can book private tours in Boracay online quite easily. Some of the islands you can visit are: Magic Island (cliff-jumping is a must-try) and Crocodile Island (for swimming and snorkelling).
Explore the 3 stations of Boracay White Beach
On a lazy day, what you can do as a family is just explore the entire stretch of Boracay White Beach. There are 3 stations to explore on Boracay White Beach.
- Boracay Station 1 is where most of the high-end resorts are situated. The beach front is wider and less busy.
- Boracay Station 2 is basically the busiest part of Boracay White Beach. You can find the biggest mall on the island here (D’ Mall) and the highest concentration of bars and restaurants.
- Boracay Station 3 is for budget travellers because most of the hostels and budget accommodations are located on this side. The beach here is very beautiful but slopes steeply in some part.
Play beach sports together and then have a bonfire
Kids can spend hours building sand castles together but adults can have their own Boracay activities. There is a wide array of beach sports on Boracay beaches to enjoy together, like Frisbee, beach volleyball, or soccer. After the sun has set, you can arrange for a bonfire pit to warm yourself by, while exchanging stories with your family and grilling marshmallows.
Get a massage on the beach, henna tattoo and braids
A massage on the beach is always a treat and everyone in the family deserves this after a long day of fun activities. A lot of beach resorts in Boracay offer pampering spa treatments.
Henna tattoos on a Boracay beach are fun and nice (unless you are allergic to ink). They don’t last that long (perfect for teenagers). You just need to go to one of the stalls and choose the design that you want or you can think of your own design and let the artist create it for you.
Finally, a braid is always well-liked by kids and young adults and it puts some people to sleep (like a soft head massage).
Non-Beach Boracay Activities
There are plenty of things to do in Boracay Philippines when you tire of the beach. When you visit Boracay with kids you can enjoy both land and sea-based Boracay activities.
Kids will have a great time checking out the underwater life in the waters in the sea which is one of the most amazing Boracay attractions. With a glass bottom boat kids can look into the water without getting wet. which is great for less-adventurous or non-confident swimmers.
Go on a thrilling banana boat ride
Kids love banana boat rides. Banana boatss are inflatables shaped like a banana and you will have to hold on for your dear life as the boat is pulled by a speed motorboat. This activity is done with life vests and helmets so kids are safe while still having a thrilling ride.
Ride a Paraw and sail onto the sunset
One of the best things to do in Boracay Philippines is watching the spectacular sunset which luckily is a regular occurrence. Instead of just waiting for the sunset at one of the beach resorts in Boracay, try to watch it on-board a Paraw. Quite and environmentally friendly, Paraw sailboats use the wind and no motor to navigate. Families might prefer to book this attraction in advance, since the availability is limited.
There won’t be enough space for a big group because Paraw sailboats are usually small and can only fit 4-5 people including the captain. You can hire 2 or more Paraw though to accommodate your whole family if you have more people.
Get a taste of the local seafood local-style
Western cuisines are great but when you are on the island, local seafood is still the best option. The best way to eat your seafood is to pick them from the market and bring them to one of the restaurants and ask them to cook it for you. One restaurant that is happy to cook your seafood for you is D’ Talipapa.
Indulge in local and fresh fruits
The Philippine mango is considered the best in the world. An island getaway with the family is not complete without drinking fresh coconut juice straight from the coconut shell.
Other local fruits to try are pomelo, lanzones (cream-colored clustered fruit with a bitter seed), watermelon, melon and avocado. There are numerous fruit stands in Boracay and you can also try different flavours of fruit shakes and juices.
Be adventurous and explore other Boracay attractions
If you want Boracay activities that take in action and adventure, head out to the bat cave at dusk and watch numerous fruit bats go on their usual journey every night. Or jump from a cliff at Ariel’s Point located on the mainland. Kids can also try helmet diving (otherwise known as the marine walk), “mermaiding” (swimming with mermaid tails) and if you have money to splurge, rent a helicopter and go for that ride of a lifetime.
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