Dipping into various water sports at one beachy destination is fun because you get to see the place from various perspectives while riding an adrenaline high, all without breaking a sweat. Many of the world’s beaches offer an array of watersports but charge a high price to play. Just a bit south of Manila, Boracay lays out a buffet of amazing adventures that won’t waterlog your wallet.
Get Your Wings
Using wind-power, kiteboarding (sometimes called kitesurfing) requires a specialty board and a big-ass kite that the rider controls to glide across the surface of the water. Like a multi-adventure sport orgy between surfing, paragliding, wakeboarding, windsurfing and snowboarding, kiteboarding is piss-in-your pants fun and Bulabog Beach is one of the best places in the Asia to do it.
Bulabog Beach draws top boarders from all over the world to test their skills over foreign waters. Peak kiteboarding season is November-April, when the offshore winds blow just right and the primo boarding spot is a small lagoon that is protected from waves by a coral reef. Glassy water conditions make this a perfect spot for beginners looking to pop their kiteboarding cherries, or pros who want to practice their back flips on wave-free waters. If all you can manage here is a sloppy bellyflop, at least you can gaze at the insane aquatic scenery while the sting wears off.
If surfing the seas with the wind as your motor sounds like a kitemare, Boracay has plenty of other adventures under her saltwater-soaked skirt. Complete with coral reefs, canyons and caves, scuba divers go googley-eyed exploring the island from the underside. Hop on a jet ski, graze the water on a skimboard or be the pretentious speed boat a-hole. However you feel like stirring up the ocean, doing it here is relatively cheap and easy.
Drift Away from the Crowds
Not named after some surrendered battle or a pale-faced explorer, White Beach simply has white sand. Tons of it. Since people love that pillowy stuff, during the summer the beach is littered with bodies. The best way to avoid the tourist swarms is to hop in a paraw (Filipino sailboat) and drift the fuck out of there. Bargaining your paraw price with a Filipino sailor won’t require learning tagalog, since most locals speak English. There are usually snorkels onboard and your captain will sail you around to even more remote beaches where you can ditch the crowds –– and possibly your bathing suit.
Boracay hosts various water sport competitions every January. As part of the Asian Windsurfing Tour, the big event here is a six-day competition where professional windsurfers from around the world rip up the winds and waters in the pursuit of excellence. The already raging nightlife kicks up after the event every night, with food, drinks, and karaoke running until the sun comes up. If you miss the January festivities, you can catch the Dragon Boat races in April.
Once you’re all maxed out on water sports, hit the island’s smelly ass batcave for some interesting sightseeing. The cave is full of giant rats with wings and as a consequence, the whole thing is covered in guano (batshit). Should you slip and fall, and get grossly messy, hop back in the water to wash up.