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Here Are Some Great Activities You Can Do in Boracay For the Holy Week

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By: Karen Bermejo | March 14, 2022
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Spend a quiet yet fun Holy Week celebration in Boracay

As a Catholic nation, Holy Week is a widely commemorated holiday in the Philippines. Apart from the religiosity of the event, most people anticipate it for the opportunity to take a long break. Those tied to their jobs finally get a chance to spend time in their hometown or travel to new places. This year’s weeklong holiday falls on the second week of March, the start of the summer season.

When it’s summertime, Boracay will surely be a destination to go to. Here’s what you can do this Holy Week in Boracay Island.

Go beach-hopping.

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One can see the green forest of Yapak when in Puka Beach.

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If you’re a beach person like me, you will indeed find one that will suit your preference in Boracay. White Beach, is the most famous one known for its powdery white sand. It is the main area where you can find hotels, bars, restaurants, and various pop-up stores. If you’re the sporty type, Bulabog Beach is the place to go, a popular spot for kitesurfing and windsurfing. Diniwid Beach is also an excellent place to chill during sunset. I prefer less crowded areas, so I head to Puka Beach and Ilig-Iligan Beach, both located in the northernmost portion of the island. You can buy a refreshing drink and relax in a bamboo beach bed at these places.

Enjoy some water activities.

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Helmet diving lets you get up close with the fish

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Since it is surrounded by water, it is recommended to try some water activities while in Boracay. You can spare one day in your itinerary to check out the activities the island has to offer. You can try helmet diving (PhP1,200) in the morning when it’s not too hot yet. The activity lasts for about 30 minutes, including the speedboat ride. It can be pretty scary if you can’t swim but walking underwater and seeing colorful fishes would ease your fears.

Afterward, you can go island-hopping, usually four to six hours. Instead of joining a group, booking a private tour is more convenient since it allows you to go snorkeling, swimming, and do other activities at your own pace. You can then cap off your day by sailing a paraw (outrigger boat). You can rent each paraw at PhP3,000, suitable for two persons.

Go for an inland adventure.

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You can find a kart racing track in Barangay Yapak.

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Apart from water activities, many inland adventures are to try in Boracay. You can tour the island with a mountain bike, which you can rent for PhP150 per hour. If you prefer racing, you can also go to Barangay Yapak to find go-kart racing tracks. A race cart session with five 900-meter laps costs PhP1,000. You can also ride a horse while on vacation here for PhP1,300, including a guide fee.

Satisfy your palate.

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A smoothie bowl made of fresh fruits from Nonie's

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Going meatless as part of the Holy Week tradition is not a problem on this white-sand beach island. My favorite part of each trip is eating delicious food. Several restaurants specialize in healthy meal options, including vegetarian and vegan dishes. One of these is Nonie’s located in Station X. Nonie’s operates daily from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM. They have a selection of healthy grains, rice meals, and other Filipino food with a healthy twist. For non-Catholics, there’s no need to worry as it is business as usual for most Boracay restaurants. That means you can still eat your favorite meat dishes throughout the week.

Visit the mainland.

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You can explore the wonders of Pangihan Cave in mainland Malay.

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Since Holy Week is one of the busiest holidays on the island, you can escape the hustle and bustle of the island and spend a day exploring the mainland of Malay. Malay has it all on your things-to-do list from waterfalls, rivers, caves, and eco-farms. Start your day scouring the Malay Ecological Center and then make a short stopover at Agnaga Mini Falls. Visiting the Pangihan Cave is also something worth experiencing. Allocate an hour for the spelunking activity to have some time to explore the stalactite formations inside the cave. Lastly, you can go to the Nabaoy River where you can go swimming and have a sumptuous lunch of native dishes at the restaurants near the area.

Take some time to relax or reflect.

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Pamper yourself with a relaxing spa.

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The Holy Week season is also the perfect time to take a retreat and wash away negative energy. If you are a religious Catholic, your Holy Week activities will not be complete without attending masses that you can do at Holy Rosary Parish in Barangay Balabag. You can also join the traditional procession on Black Friday should the local government allow it. For non-Catholics, one way to relax is by pampering yourself. My favorite pampering activity is going to one of many spas on the island. You can have a spa session at your hotel or book a massage package at a wellness center like Mandala Spa Resort and Villas. The resort is open daily from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. You can also take yoga classes or enjoy vegan dishes from their restaurant.

Holy Week is one of the busiest times in Boracay, but with these activities, you’ll indeed have some time to reflect and take a pause.

Visit Yoorekka Magazine for more travel spots and exciting activities in Boracay and Panay Island!

Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions wherever you go. For now, keep safe!

This article was originally published in Yoorekka on March 20, 2018.

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About Karen Bermejo
Karen writes to earn a living, tell stories and promote her advocacies. She’s a traveler and a volunteer. Her adventurous soul makes her more comfortable to sleep on the couch of a stranger than pay bucks for accommodation. Her ultimate dream is to travel the world, master a foreign language and learn how to swim. To keep her sanity while chasing her dreams, she chases waterfalls on weekends.
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