Aklan

Buruanga is an off-the-beaten-track destination full of natural attractions. Plunge into the turquoise waters of Ariel’s Point (formerly called Batason Point). The cliff diving is amazing. Buruanga Point is a haven for snorkeling and diving. Nearby Wasak-Wasak Beach in the village of Alegria has crystal-clear emerald waters. You’ll also find Tuburan Beach and private Hinugtan Beach, fringed by coconut trees and wilderness.

Discover diving at Nag-asog White Beach, with its kaleidoscopic corals and fishes. Other diving spots in Aklan are Black Rock (ideal for Nitrox diving and good for all skill levels), Panay Wall (Dof Drift II), and Santander Wall.

Try spelunking at Ignito Cave (also called White Elephant Cave) in Tigum Village. It boasts of cathedral-like caverns adorned with stalactites, stalagmites, and flowstones. Sabang Cave, on the other hand, has a stunning vista of beaches and pastoral land. Explore Tulingon Cave in Nabas, believed to be one of the country’s longest caves.

A two-hour trek takes you to Talipis Falls, where you can soak in refreshing waters. Tigis Falls gushes into the sand and sea. Agnaga Falls is also a good day trip near Boracay. Other idyllic spots for swimming are the natural springs of Basang and Hurum-hurum.

For a change of scenery, take a walk at the Bakhawan Eco-Park. This successful mangrove re-forestation project has a long bamboo bridge stretching out to the beach.

Another good side trip from Boracay is the Kalibo Piña Village, which showcases the piña jusi. Watch in awe as Aklanons extract delicate fibers from pineapple leaves that will be made into Philippine native wear like the Barong Tagalog.