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Are you looking for the most epic things to do in Boracay Island, Philippines?

Wondering what to do in Boracay apart from swim and sunbathe?

You’re in the right place! I’m Mel, a travel blogger who has visited Boracay multiple times, and in this guide to Boracay I’ve rounded up my top 12 must-do activities in Boracay 2023.

While this tropical paradise has gone through a recent transformation, with more focus on preserving its pristine beauty, one thing remains unchanged—the sheer epicness of the experiences and beauty it offers.

From mouth-watering breakfasts to the best ways to explore Boracay’s stunning blue waters and white sands, this post outlines 12 epic things to do in Boracay Island.

Ready? Tara na!

(Dive into my love-hate relationship with Boracay here: Paradise Lost? The ‘Algae’ Truth About Boracay)

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Sea views from Sunny Side Café in Boracay, Philippines

Best Things To Do In Boracay 2023

What To Do, See and Eat on Boracay Island

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Heritage Champorado at Sunny Side Cafe in Boracay, Philippines

1. Have the Best Breakfast Ever at Sunny Side Café Boracay:

One of the most epic things to do in Boracay is kickstarting your day in paradise with a breakfast extravaganza at Sunny Side Café Boracay. This gorgeous beachfront brunch spot serves up the most Instagrammable breakfast dishes you’ll ever lay your eyes on – plus it has a two-storey view of the bright blue ocean. Sunny Side is also one of the few places on the island that do a banging oat flat white. Happy tears.

Best Dishes to Try at Sunny Side Café:

From their famous Breakfast Bahn Mi to the heavenly Ube Pancakes, each bite is a flavour explosion that will fuel your island adventures. I visited Sunny Side Café not once, not twice, but three times during my trip. As Lonely Planet said about the place: “Repeat visits will likely follow”.

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Iced oat latte with a sea view at Sunny Side Café in Boracay, Philippines

Tip: Arrive early to secure a table with a stunning view of the turquoise waters. Don’t forget to pair your breakfast with their signature Boracay Sunrise Smoothie for a refreshing kickstart to your day. I highly recommend having their Heritage Champorado, which is INCREDIBLE. Made with dark Malagos chocolate, Sagada black rice, coconut ice cream and sweet saba bananas, it’s a must-try.

Planning to visit more islands? Check out my guide to the Top 5 Best Islands in The Philippines!

Paragliding at sunset in Boracay, Philippines

Paragliding at sunset in Boracay, Philippines

2. Experience Adrenaline-Pumping Water Sports in Boracay:

For the adrenaline junkies, Boracay offers so many thrilling water sports activities. Brace yourself for heart-pounding adventures like parasailing, jet skiing, and flyboarding. Soar high above the crystal-clear waters or speed through the waves—it’s an experience that will get your heart racing and leave you with lasting memories.

Tip: Make sure to choose reputable operators that prioritise safety. Listen carefully to the instructions provided and wear the necessary safety gear. Don’t forget to bring a waterproof camera or GoPro to capture your daredevil moments. Again, I recommend using a GoPro head strap or at least a yellow floatie stick!

Top-Rated Water Sports Activities in Boracay Island:
  • Boracay Parasailing Experience – Enjoy the breathtaking birds-eye views of this island paradise! You’ll be whisked into the sky via parachute and pulled gently by a boat along the White Beach shoreline.
  • Boracay Kite Boarding Discovery Course – A fab intro course if you fancy trying kiteboarding! Learn the basics of wind direction and how to pilot the kite with techniques like water relaunch and body dragging.

Sunbeds and parasols and palm trees in Boracay, Philippines

The perfect sunbathing spot on the shores of Boracay, Philippines

3. Indulge in a Beachside Traditional Filipino Hilot Massage:

One of the best things to do in Boracay Island is indulge in one of the best beachside massages you’ll ever have! Treat yourself to the ultimate island relaxation by booking a soothing beachside massage. From traditional Filipino hilot massages to rejuvenating Swedish massages, there’s a treatment for every weary traveller seeking rejuvenation. I personally love a hot stone massage, especially by the ocean.Let the gentle sound of the waves and the skilled hands of the masseuse transport you to a state of pure bliss. All your worries will melt away as you surrender to the island (for as long as your massage lasts, anyway!)

Tip: Look for massage providers with cosy beachfront setups and glowing reviews. Opt for a sunset massage to enhance the experience with the magical colours of the sky. And remember to hydrate – water is your friend.

Top-Rated Massages and Wellness Spas in Boracay:
  • Tirta Signature Massage in Boracay Island – Book your Tirta Signature massage experience in Boracay Island ahead of time to give the best choice of days and times to fit your schedule. Enjoy an hour and a half of deep relaxation and choose from a range of therapeutic oils to enhance your massage. This treatment includes an herbal foot scrub ritual and a cup of hot ginger tea. Couples massages are available.
  • Bella Isa Salon and Spa was voted #1 spa in Boracay by a popular tourist website! Bella Isa offers top-notch luxury experiences at affordable prices. With its beach-front paradise setting, Bella Isa offers a wide array of relaxing spa services and the friendly, dedicated staff will make sure you leave feeling wonderful.
  • Terra Wellness Spa is well known for its stellar hilot massage experience! Terra Wellness Spa is a perfect treat on a rainy island day… book now for a soothing spa experience that will melt away all your stresses.
Scuba divers from below

Scuba divers exploring the underwater world

4. Go Scuba Diving and See Boracay’s Stunning Marine Life:

Boracay’s underwater world is an absolute paradise for scuba diving enthusiasts. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or a beginner doing an introductory sesh, Boracay’s a great place to dip your toes into diving.

One of my favourite things to do in Boracay is diving into the crystal-clear depths of its waters. Swim alongside majestic sea turtles, colourful schools of fish, and explore the coral gardens.

Tip: Enrol in a diving course with a reputable dive shop to ensure a safe and unforgettable experience. Don’t forget to bring an underwater camera (GoPro is my favourite) or rent a camera to capture the enchanting beauty that lies beneath the surface. The licensed diving instructor who guides you will usually offer to take photos for the group too.

Best-Rated Scuba Diving Experiences in Boracay:

Boracay Island from above, aerial image

Beautiful view of Boracay’s clear waters from a drone

5. Embark on an Island-Hopping Adventure:

One of the most popular things to do in Boracay is to hop aboard a boat and set off on an island-hopping adventure. Boracay is surrounded by numerous stunning smaller islands waiting to be explored. The Boracay island tour will take you to secluded beaches, hidden lagoons, and gorgeous snorkelling spots.

Tip: Book a group tour or hire a private boat for a more personalised experience. Often the tours include a round of fresh grilled seafood and drinks – much needed during a day splashing under the sun. Don’t forget to bring your snorkelling gear, sunscreen, waterproof phone case, and drinking water!

Top-Rated Island-Hopping Tours in Boracay:
  • Boracay: Island and Beach-Hopping Boat Tour with Snorkeling – Go island hopping around Boracay on this boat tour, visiting the beautiful Crocodile Island and Puka Beach, where you can go swimming and snorkeling. Try a local-style seafood and fresh salad buffet for lunch. A beautiful day in paradise!
Gorgeous golden hour sunset view and boats in Boracay

Gorgeous golden hour sunset view and boats in Boracay, Philippines

6. Take a Boracay Sunset Cruise and Sip Champagne on a Yacht:

Another one of the most epic things to do in Boracay is admire its stunning vistas by water! For a touch of luxury, go on a sunset yacht cruise that sails around Boracay at golden hour. Imagine yourself on a sleek yacht, gliding across the gold-dappled sea as the sun paints the sky in hues of pink and orange. Feel the cool ocean breeze against your skin as you soak in the panoramic views of White Beach, or lose yourself in the horizon. It’s insta-perfection.

Tip: You can either book a private yacht charter or join a group sunset cruise in Boracay. Catered cruises will let you sip on a glass of champers, a cold San Miguel (or Red Horse) beer as the sun goes down.

Top-Rated Boracay Sunset Tours & Excursions:

Aerial view of a woman paddleboarding on clear blue water

Paddle-boarding on beautiful blue waters

7. Paddleboard at Sunset in the Glassy Waters of Boracay’s White Beach

In summer season, Boracay’s waters are beautifully calm, and only start to ripple a tiny bit towards the late afternoon. As the sun begins its descent, head to White Beach for a paddle-boarding session against the mesmerising hues of a Boracay sunset – one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world! Glide over the calm, glassy waters and enjoy the breath-taking view of the sky ablaze with shades of orange and pink. It’s an ethereal experience that will make you feel at one with nature – and put your balancing skills to the test!

Tip: Rent a paddleboard from any of the beachfront vendors and don’t forget to slather on sunscreen. Capture the magic by bringing along a waterproof camera or using a GoPro strapped to your head. I’d personally go for a hands-free GoPro. I’ve tried to hold up a selfie-stick whilst paddling and let me tell you, it did not go well. Ha.

Best Places to Paddle Board in Boracay:
  • Boracay Paddle Board or Boracay Water Walkers offer top-rated paddle-boarding experiences in Boracay. My advice would be to find a vendor offering paddle-boarding further up in the quiet part of White Beach around Station 1, so it’s a little calmer. You can haggle a bit on cost in person too!

Sea turtle bobbing for air on the surface

Sea turtle bobbing for air on the surface of the ocean

8. Strike a Pose in a Clear-Bottom Kayak:

Take your beach explorations to the next level by hopping into a clear-bottom kayak. As you paddle along the coastline, be amazed by the vibrant marine life beneath you. Admire the colourful coral reefs, playful fish, and maybe even catch a glimpse of a friendly sea turtle. This unique perspective will leave you awestruck. If you’re flying solo, then you can actually be paddled around by the kayak vendor, who’ll snap some epic photos of you in the kayak on your phone or camera for you. Say cheese!

Tip: Remember to wear a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the tropical sun. Don’t forget your waterproof phone case for capturing those incredible moments and to protect your phone if it falls into the water. If you love kayaking – try doing a guided kayak tour to make the most of your island adventure!

Best Kayaking Tours and Experiences in Boracay Island:
  • Crystal Kayak Photo-Op Experience – Jump into a crystal kayak and get floaty on this 15-minute photo-op experience in Boracay. Your guide will help you set up the most Instagrammable shots in this scenic spot.
  • You can also find a vendor offering clear kayaks further up in the quiet part of White Beach around Station 1, so it’s a little calmer. You can bargain a bit on the cost with the vendor too!
Aerial view of three people in clear blue waters

Clear, pristine blue waters of the ocean

9. Take a Helicopter Tour of Boracay Island for an Aerial Adventure:

If you’re craving a thrilling experience, consider doing a helicopter tour in Boracay! See the island from a whole new perspective as you soar above the stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, and turquoise waters. See paradise from above, with panoramic views of the island’s coastline, witness the intricate patterns of the coral reefs beneath Boracay’s clear waters, and gaze in awe at the lush greenery of the surrounding hills and mountains.

A helicopter tour in Boracay is the ultimate way to add a touch of adventure and luxury to your beach island getaway. So, buckle up, hold on tight, and get ready to experience Boracay’s natural wonders from new heights!

Tip: Book your helicopter tour during the golden hour—the magical time just before sunset—to witness the island bathed in a warm, ethereal glow. Remember to bring your camera too – make sure you have a wide-angle zoom lens and a solid wrist strap so your camera is secure.

I’d also recommend bringing a phone pouch if shooting on your smartphone.

Top-Rated Helicopter Tours on Boracay Island
  • Boracay: Private Helicopter Tour | Marvel at the beauty of Boracay’s white sand beaches, lush greenery, and crystal clear emerald waters. Choose between 3 flight options for a tour that fits your vacation itinerary and see everything Boracay has to offer, from glistening paradisiacal beaches to the Tambisaan Reef.(Note: Helicopter tours are subject to availability and weather conditions. Book in advance and confirm the details with the tour operator. Safety regulations and flight restrictions may apply.)

Fresh mango shake

Fresh, delicious Philippine mango shake

10. Shake It Up at Jonah’s Milkshake Bar:

A trip to Boracay isn’t complete without a visit to Jonah’s Milkshake Bar, a legendary establishment loved by locals and travellers alike. Jonah’s is known for their mouth-watering tropical and dessert shakes. From watermelon to banana to chocolate, each sip is a beachside delight that will perk you up for a day of island life.

Tip: Try the bestselling Banana Choco Peanut Shake—it’s an absolute game-changer. For an extra treat, pair your shake with their indulgent Belgian Waffle. If you fancy something more fruity, you can’t go wrong with a classic Watermelon or Mango shake. Be prepared for long queues – but it’s worth the wait! Remember to go plastic-free and choose to have a bamboo straw!

11. Catch the Spectacular Fire Dancers at White Beach:

As the sun sets, White Beach transforms into a raucous spectacle of fire dancers and performers. Though this is pretty touristy, there’s nothing like kicking back on the sand and enjoying their mesmerising fire dance routines and skilful acrobatics. At the very least, they’re entertaining, and it reminds you of how athletic people can be.

Tip: Find a cosy spot at a beachfront bar and settle in for an unforgettable show. Support the performers by tipping them after their performances. Stay vigilant of your belongings in crowded areas and enjoy the show with friends or fellow travellers.

Sea vista in Boracay Island, Philippines

Sea vista in Boracay Island, Philippines

11. Explore Mount Luho Viewpoint:

For a break from the beach, venture to Mount Luho Viewpoint, the highest peak in Boracay. You can go on a short hike or rent a motorbike to reach the summit and witness panoramic views of the island. You’ll be able to admire the sparkling coastline, lush hills, and general beauty of Boracay from a different perspective.

Tip: Bring a camera to capture the breath-taking views, especially during golden hour. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water for the hike. Don’t rush – take your time to appreciate the moment.

White Beach, Station 2, Boracay Island, Philippines

White Beach, Station 2, Boracay Island, Philippines

13. Party the Night Away at Epic Beach Club:

When the sun goes down in Boracay, it’s time to party! The best place to party in Boracay is Epic Beach Club. Known for its thriving nightlife scene, this beachfront club is where it’s at. Dance under the stars to pulsating beats spun by renowned DJs, sip on creative cocktails, and enjoy life on the island.

Experience the Boracay Scenic Sunset Cruise with Live Music for an amazing evening on the water. Romance, party vibes, and a stunning sunset – what’s not to like?

Tip: Check the club’s event calendar for themed parties and special guest appearances. Stay hydrated!

Speedboat sailing around Boracay Island, Philippines

Speedboat sailing around Boracay Island, Philippines

Boracay, with its recent transformation and focus on preservation, is always an epic destination for beach. I hope this guide on the most epic things to do in Boracay has helped you out!

Happy travels – and if you have any questions about visiting Boracay, drop me a comment.

Planning to visit more islands? Check out my guide to the Top 5 Best Islands in The Philippines!

Mel Legarda

Melissa Legarda is the founder of illumelation. She has worked as a travel blogger, creator and writer since 2015, and has collaborated with well-known brands worldwide. She has helped over 1,100+ students improve their travel photography skills since launching her creative courses. Her mission is to encourage and empower others to travel and create more. Find her on Instagram.

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