5 Boracay Activities to Try (and 5 You Should Not)

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November 23, 2021
Aaron Lowel Santomin
Young beautiful family with a child on a tropical vacation in Boracay island. (Image credit: Freepik)

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Welcome to Boracay, one of the world’s most gorgeous island beaches destination. Despite its white-sand beaches and beautiful blue oceans, former explorers can attest to the fact that the Island of Boracay knows how to strike the fun with all of its fascinating activities. The island has it all, from land entertainment to its more-known water sports. Any other place will look pale in comparison to the excitement that will surely stay in your mind for years to come.

Planning to go to the sanctuary is something that you should never miss out on in your life. To make the decision-making more manageable and effortless than ever, here are the island activities to entice you, and five of those you need to ponder twice if it’s genuinely worth taking a shot.

Activities You Should Try In Boracay

1) Mermaid Swimming

The mermaids in Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy in Boracay
The mermaids at the beach: Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy in Boracay. (Image Credit: PMSA)

Island vacationers may learn mermaid snorkeling, mermaid fitness, and mermaid swimming by donning a spandex monofin. Professional swimming instructors that specialize in mermaid activities educate the explorers.

For 90 minutes, participants will get the opportunity to test out the swimming course as well as a picture opportunity. The fee at Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy in Boracay is priced at Php 2,300 for both of the activities mentioned above. If you merely want to do the picture shoot, the cost is Php1,200 per participant. Depending on availability, scuba and snorkeling equipment will entail (pun intended) additional charges.

Swimming like a mermaid is almost always a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It is a dream come true for many people who think that mermaids are just from your imagination. Then there’s the fact that it’s one of the exciting and enjoyable activities you can do in Boracay. Swimming in the traditional sense might get tedious after a while. While flicking their fins in the sea, friends and family can bond. It has the potential to open up a world of possibilities, adding a fresh taste to what is already familiar. It is also a sort of physical activity that may enhance one’s swimming abilities and build one’s cardiovascular endurance.

2) Paraw Sailing

Paraw Sailing is a popular sailboat sport in Boracay. A paraw boat has two outriggers and two sails that help balance it and move forward in the water. Experience the traditional manner of sailing and see the most incredible places around the island, which are ideal for photography – however, keep in mind that the sea may become a little challenging on days with giant waves. On usual high time, there won’t be anything to worry about.

If you plan your activities for later in the afternoon, you may enjoy the spectacular sunset while resting on the boat. Trippers also do not need to consider their seasickness as the boats tend to remain closer to the beach and cut through the waves pretty efficiently. Sailing around Boracay is undoubtedly a great way to get your feet into the water and see how much you will enjoy it. Calmly traverse the gentle sea and take the best pictures of the Boracay paradise.

3) Zipline

Ziplining is an exciting recreational activity in Boracay that involves riding a steel cable between two places while wearing a safety seat or belt. One of the activities in Boracay that is very exhilarating, ziplining is a young leisure sport with barely a decade of experience. Nowadays, ziplining is a popular outdoor sport that draws millions of people from all over the world. In the island area, there are places where you may try your hand at this activity. It can be an add-on to the trip packages you purchased through the tour agency in some situations. If not, there are still several Zipline sites where you may gaze out over the islet’s panoramic grandeur.

Popular picks among the tourist include Zipline Boracay and Happy Planet Zipline. For as low as Php 1,300, you can fly into the sky like a bird, plane, or Superman. Enjoy 620 meters long line above 100 meters of sea level.

This might be a frightening venture for those who have a fear of heights. However, this activity may serve as your first step towards overcoming your height phobia. A minute of the ride will make you witness the view that only a few have the opportunity to see. You won’t even notice your fear as you indulge in the bounties of Boracay’s natural landscape. Also, compared to other activities, zipline has fewer requirements for people who want to try. As long as you are at the right height and weight, you are almost good to go.

The pool of Pinnacle Resort & Villas in Station 1, Boracay
No zipline going down to the swimming pools of Pinnacle Resort & Villas. Not yet. (Image credit: Pinnacle Boracay)

4) Zorb Riding

In the Philippines, zorbing, orbing, and globe-riding mean one and the same. It’s a vast inflatable bouncing ball, generally made of clear plastic, that’s rolled down the hill for fun. In Ride the Zorb, there are two sorts of orbs: non-harness and harness orbs. The non-harness orbs can transport up to three riders, while the harness orbs are designed for two riders with a weight differential of at least 5 pounds for safety and appropriate orb rolling downhill.

The beach office of Ride the Zorb is located at Mango Ray Resort, Station 2 near D’Mall. It offers a very cheap yet fun activity in paradise. The cost for each person is P350.00, while the price for the harness orb is P380.00 for each person. They summon the shuttle service to pick the explorer at D’mall for a 15-minute ride to Ride the Zorb, a remote spot near Alta Vista Resort, after confirming the reservation at the beach office.

The affordability of the activity is always an excellent consideration. If that’s the case, then zorbing should be at the top of your list. Moreover, this is a unique entertainment, so people who can try this indeed have some exciting stories to tell their family members. No need to worry about safety precautions as operators always check the balls for holes or any issues. Staff is always on standby when unprecedented things happen while in the middle of rolling.

5) Paddle Boarding

Many people want to try being on a surfboard but are too afraid to ride in the waves. Having this in mind, paddleboarding is the perfect preference. Paddleboarding is a water sport in which competitors push themselves across the ocean by swimming with their arms while lying or kneeling on a paddleboard or surfboard. Stand-up paddleboarding, often known as stand-up paddle surfing, is a variation of paddleboarding. Paddleboarding generally takes place in the open ocean, with the person paddling and riding unbroken swells to go between islands or other coastal areas.

An explorer does not need to be a professional surfer to enjoy lazing around the shoreline. The rental guide will go through the dos and don’ts of paddleboarding and the fundamentals of using a paddleboard. Put on your life jacket and get on the paddleboard when you’re ready. Because the board may only fit two individuals, you can choose to share it with a loved one or even your children.

Paddleboarding has become one of the popular leisure activities in Boracay due to its health advantages. It’s a simple workout that teaches you to stand up, balance on the board, and move without falling off. In addition to being a wonderful workout, this leisure activity is also beneficial for de-stressing since it keeps you focused and relaxes your mind.

Activities You Should Not Try In Boracay

1) CliffDiving

Cliff diving is an old athletic or recreational activity with all of the present appeal of extreme sports in which gravity plays the most crucial role. As the name implies, Cliff diving is performing a variety of dives from natural features such as cliffs or other steep, rocky precipices that overlook an extensive body of water. Cliff diving is something similar to high diving, which can take place from any high location.

Located 30 minutes away from the center of the island of Boracay, Ariel’s Point Cliff has been a top pick for many adventures junking who want to feel their adrenaline rush. Standing 13 to 15 meters above sea level, the jump will be like no other.

As exciting as it may be, many people may not be up for this activity. First, standing at the edge of a tall cliff will not sit well for those who have the fear of being in tall places. There is also some risk of injury if the person jumped in the wrong position. Therefore, anyone trying this activity is expected to know what they are doing. Lastly, if you don’t know how to swim, you might want to take a pass on this.

2) Fly Fish

Flyfishing is a sport in which a person is dragged behind a boat while linked to a specially built tube that looks like a fish. A boat is the tube moving anchor. The pilot is attached to the tube by the tow line, connected to the boat via the harness. The boat then takes off, lifting the tube and its occupant into the air. The boat is powerful enough to accommodate two to four persons at once. The tube is under the control of the boat. The main attraction is a wet and crazy amusement ride. The ride will shake, glide, shift, and wave as the fly fish traverses across the water.

Seasickness is one of the most common illnesses of travelers. While the ride in the fly fish is great bonding for the family, it will induce nauseous feels while in the ride. Instead of enjoying, people may experience discomfort that will kill the experience altogether.

3) Parasailing

For a few adventurous souls, parasailing in Boracay is one of the fantastic activities you can experience. Being sucked into the sky while strapped onto a colorful parachute-covered seat is an excellent addition to the memory. Riders may admire the lovely white beach coastline from above while being hauled by a boat. For those who enjoy heights and want a birds-eye perspective of the entire island, this is a pleasant and exhilarating experience. The canopy can accommodate up to two people. For solo riders, the price is Php 2,800 for the duration of 15 minutes. For a pair of rides, the rate is only Php 2000 for each person.

As it is up above the sky, the activity is not recommended for those with pre-existing health conditions like asthma, high blood pressure, and epilepsy. It is also not advisable for pregnant women and senior citizens. For those who have a phobia, this activity is something that you need to skip. It is also on the pricey side, so your budget might reject this outstanding offer.

4) Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is a type of underwater diving in which the diver breathes below the water’s surface using a self-contained underwater breathing device. Divers frequently swim with oxygen tanks strapped to their backs. Scuba diving is an activity that reveals some of the mystery as you dive further into the underwater environment that surrounds the world’s waters. Boracay, Philippines, is known for thriving marine life in the ocean so that tourists can see new colorful marine life species endemic in the country.

Scuba diving is one of the activities in Boracay that is not for those with a faint heart. Different circumstances may happen below, and one needs to know the proper signals for safety. Instructors will teach you this beforehand, so you need to remember it accurately. If you have breathing problems, this venture can aggravate the feeling. Lastly, scuba diving will not sit right with your fear if you are afraid of different animals. Divers will encounter various animals like turtles, squid, sea urchins, among others.

5) ATV Riding

An all-terrain vehicle (ATV) is a motorized off-highway vehicle with a seat meant to be straddled by the operator and handlebars for steering control that travels on four low-pressure or non-pneumatic tires. ATV Philippines is gradually becoming a local pleasure or interest. Nonetheless, because it is tourism-driven, riding an ATV is one of the methods to explore Boracay. Discover the other rocky side of the island, which includes rugged paths and deep slopes.

ATV riding is one of the most extreme activities you can do in Boracay. Even though there is safety equipment available to the travelers, the risk of injuries is something that is never out of possibility. Also, the ride will surely be messy and wet, so this is a thing to watch out for those conscious of their appearance.

The Best Boracay Experiences

You should not be concerned about running out of things to do on the island. Boracay provides the ideal island holiday experience, from island hopping to extremely heart-aching ventures. With its beautiful beaches and bright seascapes, Boracay Island is a must-see for every adventurer or beachgoer. Everything is worth a shot, but always be mindful of your capacity to never spoil the best memories you will create in the tropical paradise.

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