Put on your trunks, grab your snorkel and get ready to explore the lush marine life surrounding Boracay and it’s nearby islands as you board a bangka boat and go on an Island Hopping Tour. One of the top activities offered in Boracay is island hopping where you’ll get to snorkel around the coral reefs, and take stops at different islands surrounding Boracay to visit and explore the local flora and fauna.
For those of you who aren’t experienced swimmers, don’t worry! Everyone on the tour is supplied with a life jacket for safety. For a small fee, you can rent a snorkel kit and diving fins before you head out or you can pay for a snorkel mask on the boat for a few pesos.
Once the boat is anchored down by the reef, it’s time to jump in! The bangka boat is a popular style of boat with two sets of bamboo floats on each side of the hull called outriggers. When you’re ready, you can either jump off the front of the boat or climb down a bamboo ladder attached to each outrigger. We recommend bringing a waterproof camera or camera housing for snorkeling and swimming in the water so you can document all of the different varieties of colorful marine life. Don’t make our mistake and forget to charge the camera before you go out!
One of the main stops on the Island Hopping Tour is to visit Crystal Cove Island Resort, formerly known as Tiguatian Island. Read all about it here!
After spending so much time swimming and exploring, it’ll definitely be time to reenergize. The Island Hopping Tour will bring you to another stop to have lunch and relax for a bit on the beach to digest and unwind. This is a perfect opportunity to grab some ice cream from one of the many vendors walking up and down the beach!
Unfortunately, the weather didn’t allow us to make it over to Puka Beach. Located on the northern end of Boracay, Puka Beach is famous for it’s puka shells found all over the beach that are used for many of the local jewelry pieces. Although, it’s the more secluded area of Boracay, being tucked away from the busy White Beach presents a fantastic tropical view unspoiled by the development found in the other areas of the island.
The Island Hopping Tour is a morning until afternoon adventure so be prepared to stay out for the entire day. Bring plenty of sunblock and drink lots of fresh water. It’s a good idea to bring a few small snacks for those rides between each stop in case you get hungry before lunch. After a long day of snorkeling, hiking, picture taking and cruising along the Sibuyan Sea, you’ll be back at White Beach before you know it- just in time to get freshened up and rested before you check out the famous Boracay nightlife!
Bonus! Can you guess which famous Filipino Boxing Super Star owns this private Boracay resort?