Boracay Island is famous for its beaches and with more than a dozen unique beaches and coves it has something for everyone. The majority of Boracay’s beaches have the world famous white powdery sand and are perfect for soaking up the sun and cooling off in crystal clear waters. Below is a guide to some of the main beaches you can explore on your visit to beautiful Boracay Island.
This small, serene beach is located just a short stroll from the north end of White Beach and is particularly good for snorkelling. You will also be treated to some of the best views of the beach either from a nearby platform rock or by choosing to dine in the nearby luxury resort of Nami. You can access Diniwid Beach either by following the pathway from Boat Station 1 of White Beach, or by tricycle.
Puka Shell Beach
Puka Shell Beach is the second largest beach and covers half of the northern tip of Boracay Island. The beach is about 800 meters long and gets its name from the Puka shell, which is regarded by experts as the finest shell in the world. Unsurprisingly the beach is perfect for finding small shells and white coral amulets, which are often used to make necklace and bracelet pendants.
Balinghai is a tiny beach perfect for a secluded getaway from the hustle and bustle of White Beach. It is enclosed by tall craggy walls of rock and can feel like a picture perfect romantic spot. There are cottages and the Baling-Hai resort dotted around the cliffs and drinks and food are delivered to the beach in an unusual way…but you will have to try it to find out…
Are you feeling lucky? If so you must visit this beach, which is a great place for treasure hunting. Cagban basically means ‘cave’ or ‘chest’ and it is rumoured that there are still several buried treasure chests hidden in the sand or surrounding caves. Cagban is also the port for disembarking onto Boracay Island. If you arrive at Caticlan airport, boats will ferry you from Caticlan to Cagban port.
Bulabog Beach, on the east coast of Boracay Island, is also very popular and a much quieter part of the island. Although it can be windier on this side as it faces straight out into the Sibuyan Sea, this also makes it ideal for windsurfing, particularly in the early months of the year. It is a very beautiful part of the island and it is off this side of the island where some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving is found.
Punta Bunga & Banyugan Beach
Just a short walk from Balinghai Boracay Beach you will find Punta Bunga Beach. Here you will find more of the beautiful shells that get washed up on many of the pristine white sand beaches of Boracay Island.
Increasingly homes and private apartments are springing up here due to the beautiful views the hillside provides.
A short hill climb from here you will a perfect picnicking spot surrounded by coconut trees and the Bunyagan Beach which offers yet another secluded strip of white sand and relaxation.
On the Eastern side of Boracay Island you will find Ilig-Iligan Beach with its enticing coves and caves. From here you can easily make your way to inland Boracay where you will find an impressive jungle where you can spot giant fruit bats hanging in the trees.
In this area there are plenty of locals willing to offer their services as tour guides to take you on the 30 minute walk from Ilig-Iligan Beach to the Bat Caves. Ilig-Iligan Beach is accessible by road either by tricycle or hiking.
Manoc Manoc Beach
Located in the village of Barangay Manoc Manoc on the southern end of Boracay Island is the Manoc Manoc Beach. This is where a lot of the locals and hotel workers live and you can get great views across the channel to Panay Island and Caticlan.