Island hopping in Boracay is a must do. It is a full day activity. My itinerary included Puka Beach, Snorkeling, Crystal Cove, Cliff Jumping at the Magic Island and Helmet Diving. I would strongly recommend that you go to the Puka Beach, whatever else you may drop or add, it is stunningly beautiful.
Our first stop on the island hopping trip in Boracay was Puka Beach. It is also known as Yapak Beach. The sand here is mixed with crushed Puka Shells yet it is soft to walk on. The water is mesmerizing. You can rent the beach chairs from the vendors. My stop was not long enough to walk the length of the beach, but given a chance I would love to go back to Puka Beach again.
Snorkeling at Boracay
I quite love snorkeling. It is not as complicated as scuba diving and yet it gives me a glimpse of the wonderful underwater world! The corals at Boracay were beautiful. I now use my GoPro to take pictures too. But like everything else I need to get a hang of the GoPro to take better pictures! What I saw was much more beautiful than what I captured!
Crystal Cove Island
There are two coves on the Crystal Cove Island. We visited the Cove 2 first. It is fun to get into the water and then walk to the other side of the narrow cove. They have put in ropes to help the visitors negotiate the path inside the cove.
The views from the island are beautiful. We walked around the island a bit. I usually like to walk around to my hearts content but the day was hot.
So we headed out of the Crystal Cove to our next activity, which was cliff jumping.
Cliff Jumping at Magic Island
Then we went Cliff Jumping at the Magic Island. It is basically a cliff with various platforms. The highest is 10 meters and it is from that you see me jumping down in the picture above!
I was scared, I just didn’t allow myself to think much before jumping. You can read about the experience in more detail here.
I was happy to sit down and eat food after he cliff jumping experience. Being a vegetarian I don’t get to eat much of a ‘local cuisine.’ But every country that I have visited I have got vegetarian food. Here you can see my lunch when we went Island Hopping!
Our last activity for the day was helmet diving. The person in the scuba gear was the instructor. The helmet is heavy but it doesn’t feel so underwater. Helmet Diving is much more restricting when compared to scuba diving. But it is infinitely easier to do helmet diving.
I was happy to head back to my hotel, The Lind, after the end of the activities. The Island Hopping at Boracay was fun. I will remember it for a long time to come.
PS. My trip to Philippines was sponsored by the Philippines Tourism Board as part of TBEX.
The day we went Island hopping in Boracay I already had a lot of excitement. I indulged in snorkeling and cliff jumping already, I was not sure if I was looking for any more excitement. But when helmet diving in Boracay was offered I could not let it go .
In helmet diving they put on the heavy helmet on your head which is connected by a pipe to the oxygen cylinder and lower you down to the bed of the ocean. It is not very deep. Because of the pipe tied the oxygen cylinder you cannot go very far but it is still a lot of fun.
I found it definitely less stressful then scuba diving. The helmets are very heavy. They put it on your head just before you are going to get into the water so that you don’t feel the weight. As I climbed down the stairs the ocean bed, I could hardly feel the weight.
I was not sure what was going to happen. There were two instructors who clicked pictures and made sure that we were safe. They explained the hand signals while briefing us on the platform because once inside, no one can talk! The main concern was pressure on the eardrums and how to equalize it! I did not feel any pressure while in the ocean.
We spent about 15 minutes connected to pipe on the bed of the sea. I could breathe easily. The helmets are loose and little water comes inside. We were briefed about it. They told us that it was not a cause of worry ,the water will not go higher up in the helmets.
One of the instructors gave us fish food which we held in our hands and fish would come flocking to us! There was a bot of coral too near us.
For me the greatest excitement was using my GoPro that I won in Sri Lanka but I hardly ever put it to use. I took it underwater at Boracay and I am quite happy with the results. From now on I am going to put the GoPro to good use at least underwater!
After 15 minutes I was happy to emerge out of the water. As I was climbing up the ladder to the boat they took out the helmet as soon as my head emerged. Helmet diving was the last activity of the day, I was happy to head back to the Lind which was my home for two nights. I was looking forward to a relaxing dinner and peaceful night after a day full of adventures.
PS. I was a speaker at TBEX and Boracay was the post TBEX FAM trip in collaboration with the Philippines Tourism Board.
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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