Crystal Cove Island is one of the main stops of the Island Hopping Tours from Boracay. Located about 10-15 minutes by boat from White Beach, Crystal Cove is an Island Resort featuring white beaches, beautiful views and a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of Boracay. On the island, there are walkways that will lead you from each of the different areas the two hectare island has to offer- from various picnic areas, a museum of local seashells and artwork, an aviary with some of the local birds, and of course, the island’s popular sea coves.
Crystal Cove Island was formerly known as Tiguatian Island and is roughly two hectares in size. The main picnic area is made up of several huts and buildings created using rocks and materials from the surrounding area. With several picnic tables around, there is plenty of space for private gatherings with your friends or loved ones.
The first sea cove is found near the main picnic area. In order to view the waves splashing against the walls of the cove, you’ll need to descend down a skinny spiral staircase where you’ll enter the center of Cove 1. Be careful where you step because the rocks can get slippery! Inside this cove, you’ll find rock formations and crystal clear water. After spending a few moments enjoying the view of the Sibuyan Sea, you can explore the rest of the island’s beautiful offerings.
The oceanic wildlife surrounding the areas around Boracay and Crystal Cove is a thriving community of several different specimens of fish, coral, sponges, shellfish and other species of marine life. In the museum, you’ll find various examples of some of the more exotic mollusk shells as well as several paintings by some of the local artists.
Walking around Crystal Cove is a peaceful and relaxing way to really take in all of the 360˚ views. The pathways cut throughout the island lead you to several spots around the island to stop and enjoy the scenery or take photographs. You can take your time to enjoy all the local flora and breathe in some of the sea air.
Cove 2 can be found on the other side of the island from Cove 1 and the main picnic area. This second cove is a little trickier to access, as you have to walk down a bamboo lined pathway through the water into a large, open cave. Be prepared to duck down low, because in order to access the actual cove, you’ll need to crouch down through a small tunnel in the cave that leads you to the opening of Cove 2. Cove 2 is a slightly larger cove than the first one where the waves crash a bit more violently. If you’re adventurous enough to navigate your way around the slippery rocks, there are a few ledges that provide great picture taking spots with the water crashing in the background.
After spending your time snorkeling around with the vibrantly colored fish around the coral reef, it’s great to take a rest and enjoy the sights at Crystal Cove Island Resort. Whether you want to walk around the island and explore all its features, or just hang around on the beach and play in the water, Crystal Cove provides a leisurely getaway during your visit to Boracay.