White Beach Boracay is new and improved. Gone are the all night parties and bonfires, but White Beach is still the place where everything happens on Boracay.
Boracay has a surprising number of beautiful beaches given the small size of the Island; however, none quite compare to the infamous White Beach. White Beach Boracay has become synonymous with the island itself. With its powdery-soft white sand and clear turquoise waters, White Beach Boracay is the perfect environment to relax, unwind and restore the tranquility of mind and body.
Offering outstanding accommodation, along with an array of fun-filled activities and delicious local cuisine from the many restaurants in the area, White Beach Boracay attracts a wide range of tourists.
White Beach is labeled as one of the premier tourist destinations in the Philippines and was named 2018’s second best island in Asia (after Siargao) by Condé Nast’s Reader Choice Awards. It’s the perfect tropical paradise to spend a fun and relaxing holiday getaway no matter where you’re from.
White Beach Boracay: Where is White Beach?
Exactly where is White Beach Boracay? White Beach, also known locally as “The Main Beach,” is a 2.5 mile (4km) stretch of sand on the west coast of the island lined with lovely, postcard perfect tall palm trees.
White Beach further is divided into 3 sections from North to South, each having its inherent beauty and uniqueness that suit different types of tourists.
White Beach Boracay: Station OneHotels, Luxury Resorts & Great Restaurants Station 1 is at the northern end of the beach and is home to the island’s luxurious hotels and resorts. Although it’s quite pricey to stay in this area, it’s an excellent place to unwind and relax because of its serene atmosphere. A lot of good restaurants are also located here where you may enjoy a beautiful view of the sunset while having fine dining. Aside from the soft white sand and clear waters, this station is also the home of the famous Willy’s Rock – an incredible volcanic lava formation which was created thousands of years ago. At the top of Willy’s Rock is a chapel which houses a statue of the Virgin Mary. This incredible natural rock formation is the most photograph landmark on the island and offers a great view of the White Beach.
White Beach Boracay: Station Two
A Hub of Activity
Station 2 is arguably the busiest area and is dubbed as the epicenter of the White Beach. Compared to Station 1, this area has a livelier and fulfilled atmosphere with various shops, souvenir stalls, restaurants, and affordable accommodations. The shopping complex D’Mall is also located in this station, where tourists flocked to for vacation essentials and souvenirs.
This station was once the center of nightlife in Boracay before the government decided to close the island to make significant rehabilitation. When it was reopened to the public after six months, the Philippines’ Department of Tourism (DOT) has banned parties, smoking, and drinking on the beach as part of its sustainable development.
White Beach Boracay: Station Three
Tranquility and Nature
Station 3 is the most serene area of White Beach, which also boasts of several bungalows and native houses. Since it’s also the southernmost point, this area offers affordable accommodation rates and is perfect for backpackers and travelers on a budget.
The beach area in Station 3 is not that wide, but it’s clean and not crowded, unlike in Station 2. It’s a quiet place isolated from the hustle and bustle where you’ll get to really enjoy nature.
White Beach Boracay: What to DoDue to the ongoing restoration efforts of the government to rehabilitate the island, there are a lot of activities that are not permitted until further notice. However, here’s a quick list of what you CAN do at White Beach.
- Sunset Cruise
- Sailing (both yacht and paraw Sailing)
- Mermaid Swimming Lessons
- Helicopter Beach Tour
- Segway Tours
- Jet Ski (at least 100 meters offshore)
- Banana Boat
- Stand up Paddle
- Freediving (Scuba Diving has been temporarily suspended)
Try a Helmet Dive!
Swim Like a Mermaid!
What’s Not Allowed
Since Boracay’s re-opening last October, the government has started implementing stringent rules and regulations. Check the following new “naughty” that every tourist on Boracay needs to be aware of:
- No parties on the beach
- No smoking on the beach. (Boracay strictly implements a no-party and no-smoking rule within 25 meters of the beachfront.)
- No beach beds, deckchair or umbrellas on the beach.
- Pets are not allowed on the beach
- No littering
- The use of single use plastics are banned.
- Don’t build unregulated sandcastles along the shore.
- BBQ’s and grilling is not permitted on the sand.
- No fireworks after 9 pm.
White Beach Boracay: Things to Remember
Before packing your bags and flying to Boracay to see the White Beach, make sure you have booked your hotel accommodation first. Tourists may be required to show their reservation from any of government-approved hotels before they can enter the island.
Book your trip early as Boracay is now capping its number of visitors per day to 6,405 tourists daily.
As visitors of the newly rehabilitated Boracay, you are privileged to experience the improved state of the island. Aside from enjoying the beautiful views, the usual swimming and having fun under the sun, you are also expected to help the local government maintain the beauty of the island. Be cooperative and follow their newly implemented rules and regulations.