Boracay is an island of many possibilities, famous not only for its postcard-perfect White Beach, but also the wealth of recreation and entertainment options it offers. A many of these activities revolve around the clear blue ocean, with snorkelling ranking high with the island’s visitors.
Boracay is best known for its water sports offerings, from kite-boarding and windsurfing to canoeing, skim boarding, water-skiing, parasailing, fishing and, especially, scuba diving and snorkeling. The island’s rich waters and diverse marine life are among the best in the country.
Snorkelling is one of the more popular activities in the island, especially for families since it is the easiest way to discover the wonders under the sea. With the right snorkelling techniques and equipment, you will enjoy sightseeing under the pristine waters of the island.
There are many great places to snorkel around Boracay, including, and especially, near its beautiful beaches where undisturbed marine life can be admired.
Dazzling fish try to camouflage themselves in among psychedelic coral, while weird and wonderful creatures lurk in the deep.
Snorkelling Areas in Boracay
Said to be the best snorkel spot on the island, Balinghai Beach is a quiet resort just off Diniwid Beach on a rock cliff offering great views of the surrounds. Offshore is a nice coral garden that offers a diverse selection of marine species. A much quieter place compared to crowded White Beach, Blainghai Beach also has comfortable cottages that are spread throughout the area, offering a great spot for relaxation after long hours of snorkelling through the rich waters. The beach is also a common stopover during boat tours. Balabag, Boracay. To get here, take a paraw (wooden sailboat) from White Beach.
From White Beach, you could also take a 10-minute tricycle ride to Puka Beach, which also offers a pretty nice snorkeling spot, with colorful reefs and small fishes that seem to love approaching people. Puka Shell Beach, northern section of the Island.
Also a common boat tour stopoff, Crocodile island offers some attractive snorkelling sites. Contrary to popular belief, there are no crocodiles on the island; the name is actually from its crocodile shape, which you can clearly see when you admire the island from afar. The island’s shallow reef-top is perfect for snorkelling, although experts warn snorkellers of the strong currents.
As with other snorkelling and dive spots in Boracay, the island offers a huge range of fish and other types of colourful marine life to discern and you will likely see many of them on even a short jaunt under the waves. Some of the more popular varieties of fish off of Boracay, including: carrot-fish, bannerfish, butterflyfish, angelfish, triggerfish, cornetfish, hawkfish, sea stars, moray eels and sea cucumbers, among others.
Crocodile Island is just a stone’s throw away from Boracay Island. You can reach it in about 15 minutes with a rented boat from White Beach.
Almost everybody who ever visits Boracay goes snorkeling, so access to equipment is easy. Many boatmen and boat operators can provide you with all you need, and there are countless stalls along White Beach which rent out snorkel equipment for a minimal fee.
Snorkelling requires a basic set of equipment, mainly a mask for protecting your eye and nose from the salt water – masks should be sized right to avoid seepage. You also need a snorkel, which will serve as your breathing tube while your head is partially submerged. Snorkels are L or J shaped tubes that are usually 300mm in length and fitted with a mouthpiece. You may also need fins to better propel yourself while underwater. Some prefer to use booties for better protection from jagged corals and pointed objects.
Boatmen often lend you equipment when you charter boats. However, if you want to buy your own, they are readily available almost anywhere in Boracay – look to the dive shops that line the beach and the bigger hotels. Keep in mind that rental is common, so you won’t have to buy equipment for a one-time trip.