Boracay’s White Beach
Once you feel you had enough of the mainland and it’s time to head down to the islands, there’s no better place to start than Boracay. This tiny island is 4 square miles of perfect beaches and fun activities, so it’s no wonder it has been dominating best island in the world toplists in prestigious magazines. If you are looking for the perfect beach experience, Boracay is one of the best places to go to.
This island is also the most popular tourist spot in the Philippines, so expect a Thailand-like vibe there. The whole White Beach strip is covered with bars and nightclubs which go on until the break of dawn. Thanks to its fantastic reputation, Boracay is one of the few places in the country which offers a fully developed, tourism oriented experience. Finding a good resort to stay at is easy, as there are more than 400 scattered around this small island, and affordable tour packages to Boracay are also very common online.
Moalboal’s Sardine Run
From Boracay the most sensible way to continue is by taking a flight to Cebu. Cebu City is the 2nd largest city in the Philippines and bears a lot of resemblance to Manila. There are a lot of churches and old monuments, as well as a vibrant nightlife and arts scene. While there’s a lot to do in Cebu island – whale shark watching, waterfalls, canyoneering and more – the one attraction which stands out as the most unique is undoubtedly Moalboal’s sardine run.
You’ll need to take a 3-4 hours bus ride from Cebu City to reach Moalboal, then another 15 minutes boat ride to get to Pescador Island. Pescador is a protected marine sanctuary, hosting a huge shoal of sardines. If diving or even just snorkeling with million of sardines around you isn’t enough, the large shoal also attracts plenty of other marine animals who feed off it – dolphins, sea turtles and even whale sharks. This attraction might not be as impressive as the sardine run in South Africa, but unlike its more famous counterpart the sardines at Moalboal don’t migrate so it’s available all year long.