What to do in Boracay?
This is a make-or-break-trip-to-Boracay question both first-timers and seasoned Boracay tourists ask when planning their Boracay itinerary.
Soaking in the sensational views and enjoying a delightful dip in Boracay's tantalizing beach is more than enough for most people.
But if you're like some adrenaline-junkies who crave risky adventures that get your gut jumbled and your heart rate skyrocketing, or even if you’re not an adrenaline junkie and you just wanted to try something absolutely daring, there are a couple of things to do in Boracay.
Cliff diving at Boracay's Ariel's Point or Magic Island is one of them.
There are two ways to enjoy cliff diving in Boracay. You can book the much talked about Ariel’s Point eco-tour package or join the numerous island hopping tours, which includes a cliff diving stop at Magic Island.
Ariel’s Point Boracay
Ariel's Point is one of Boracay's top attractions for good reasons. In fact, your Boracay trip may be a complete dud without it.
If you're an adventurous, beach-loving, thrill-seeking traveler who loves to have fun, booking the Ariel's Point day trip package may just be the best decision you’ll make for this beach vacation. This Boracay package includes a variety of exciting activities such as:
✓ Cliff diving - boards start from 3 meters up to 15 meters
✓ Paddle boarding
✓ Boat Cruise - 35 to 45 minutes of boat ride in a banca to Ariel's Point
✓ Lunch Buffet - fresh and traditional dishes including grilled fish, grilled pork, barbecue chicken, seafood, and more
✓ Open Bar - unlimited drinks including soda, beer, locally distilled rum, mixed drinks and bottled water
✓ Sun Bathing
Day trips to Ariel's Point are available 7 days a week granted that mother nature is in a good mood. The boat departs at around 11:15 AM from Ariel's House and returns to Boracay's White Beach at 5:00 PM. You'll have about 4 hours to enjoy all the thrilling activities the package offers.
Take note that children under 7 years old are not eligible for this adventure no matter if the kid thinks he’s Superman or she’s WonderWoman.
Ariel's Point Day Trip Package Rates:
♦ 2,500 PHP per person
♦ 2,000 PHP per person if you're staying at the Boracay Beach Club
Bookingera's Pro Tips!!!
1. Buy your tickets in advance. As the #2 Boracay tourist attraction according to TripAdvisor, tickets sell out like hot Nutella pancakes. You can purchase tickets online or in-person at Ariel's House located in Boracay's station 1 the day before your trip.
3. Ariel’s Point tends to get immensely crowded during the peak season. If you’re the friendly sort, this is a great time to make friends. Otherwise, plan your trip during the non-peak months and enjoy a less crowded Ariel’s Point.
Magic Island Boracay
Is 2,500 PHP for a day trip too much for your tight budget?
There's a much cheaper Boracay package that lets you cliff dive to your heart's content. Instead of the pricey Ariel's Point, you can book a much cheaper island hopping tour package, which includes about 1-hour of cliff diving at Magic Island. Diving boards available include 3-meters, 5-meters, 7-meters, 9-meters, and 10-meters.
At a glance, the Boracay island hopping tour includes:
✓ Buffet lunch
✓ Cliff diving at Magic Island
✓ Boat cruise
✓ Puka beach tour
Island hopping day trips in Boracay are available daily. Departure for the tour starts from 9 AM and will last about 4 to 5 hours. Check this complete Guide to Boracay Island Hopping for more info.
Boracay Island hopping rates:
♦ 800 to 1,200 PHP per person
♦ 150 PHP entrance fee at Magic Island
Don't want to join people you don't know on an island hopping tour?
Another option you can try is to rent a boat or banca for your own group. Rates vary from boat to boat and depending on the number of people in your group. Typical rates range from 1,400 PHP to 3,000 PHP exclusive of buffet lunch and other fees.
You can ask your boatman to skip the other tourist spots and head directly to Magic Island so you can while half of the day away cliff diving, swimming and relaxing.
Which is Better?
Depending on your budget and preference, both Ariel's Point and Magic Island are top tourist attractions in Boracay you should try. If you can afford Ariel's Point's rates, book it for the ultimate cliff diving experience on the island. If you're a money-pinching tourist who wants to have fun on a budget, Magic Island is a much cheaper option all around.
Either way, cliff diving in Boracay is all about conquering your fears.
Go jump the highest diving board available and scream — either in orgasmic adrenaline bliss or abject terror — your way towards the ultimate Boracay experience.