Things to See in Boracay
The Pacific island of Boracay is a land of many wonders. And true enough, a whole generation of tourists, visitors and sea-lovers have developed a bond with the island that have sometimes spanned decades. What does this small island have that keeps visitors from coming back over and over again, and even persuades some of them to stay forever? The reasons may be as numerous as the millions of people who come to this island every year. For the Boracay virgins, however, here is a rundown of the famous things to see in Boracay—an appetizer for the legion of charms that this island holds.
Crystal Cove. This is a staple in the itinerary of all the island hopping tours based in Boracay. Located among the Laurel Islands surrounding Boracay, this is owned by a private individual. For a minimal fee, tourists will be treated to a stretch of hilly white sand beach (which is a bit coarser than that found in Boracay itself). From the island, there are some very stunning vistas that will surely invite any person to click on their cameras. A must see are the two caves that can be found in the island. With the assistance of tour guides, tourists can lower themselves into a cave where the tides had carved out a little cove. Still fed by the sea, tourists can choose to strap themselves on to a line and swim towards the cave′s mouth and into the open sea. Meanwhile, the other cave is accessible through a steep descent. Inside, visitors will have to cross a shallow stretch of water with only a guide line and then creep through a narrow passage to another chamber, where a crystal clear pool can be enjoyed while staring out into the open sea. According to some accounts, this small island is the perfect spot to view sunset and sunrise.
White Beach. Boracay is a miracle of nature—a small island in the midst of seven thousand more that just happened to be blessed with a stretch of shore that features some of the finest, whitest sand in the world. That is showcased to perfection in the island′s Barangay Balabag, where most of the commercial establishments are located. Boracay′s white beach is the perfect venue and backdrop for tanning, relaxing by the beach, playing frisbee and volleyball (the sand never gets hot, even under the noon sun), plus some serious camwhoring. In the evening, this stretch of white beach is great for a romantic stroll, a raucous bonfire, a massage, or star-gazing.
Crocodile Island. The island itself is not as interesting as Boracay or perhaps Crystal Cove. However, the waters surrounding it are a joy to discover. This is the perfect spot for snorkeling and maybe a bit of diving—and boy, what a sight to behold underwater. The island is surrounded by a living, vibrant Friday Reef which is protected by the local and national governments (so, yes, no picking of sea urchins for food, no catching of fish for aquariums, and no poaching of corals). Just below the surface of the water, visitors can see schools of various colorful fishes and corals of varying shapes, shades and sizes. It is a most wonderful world that lives just off the shores of Crocodile island.