If you’ve heard of any place in The Philippines, chances are it’s either El Nido for it’s pristine water and beautiful landscapes, or it’s Boracay for the wonderful beaches and the nightlife. Well there’s a not-so-hidden gem in Boracay that anyone who visits should check out, and that’s Ariel’s Point. I touched on it in my Boracay post, but I thought I’d go into detail as to why you should step away from your relaxing vacation and embrace a day of adrenaline.
ONE :: It Gets You Out Of Bed
The boats depart at about 11am, but you need to sign in by 10am… at White Beach, also known as Station 1. If you’re down at Station 3, that’s about a 20 minute walk (or a short tricycle ride if you cheat). If you’re staying in Station 1 then you lucked out! But you still need to drag your butt out of bed, meaning you’ll get to enjoy a good chunk of the day!
TWO :: You’ll Get To See Another Island
Ariel’s Point is a 30 minute banca ride from Boracay as the organizers take you to Burunaga, on the northern tip of Aklan. Chances are you might have already visited Aklan if you flew into Kalibo airport, but you probably didn’t see much on the bus ride from the airport. This gives you an opportunity to experience some of its natural beauty and change your opinion of the province!
THREE :: You’ll Push Your Limits
If you’re anything like me and struggle with vertigo, cliff diving will be a challenge for you! It’s a great way to step outside your comfort zone though, because you’re not thrown into it. There are different levels you can jump at – 3, 5, 8 and 15 metres. For me, the 3 would have been enough, but with a little coaxing from friends I was able to do the 5. I’m super proud of myself that I did it, and I’m sure it helped a little once I had to really face my vertigo when I went canyoneering in Cebu. Robin was crazy enough to do the 15 metre jump not once but three times! Maybe next visit I’ll try it, but either way there’s lots of options for everyone!
FOUR :: Enjoy The Scenery
If cliff jumping isn’t for you – that’s okay! There’s plenty of other activities you can do like snorkelling and kayaking. The waters are absolutely beautiful, and from what I could tell there was a fair amount to see! You can explore more of the area this way, which is also makes for a fun experience!
FIVE :: You’ll Be Spoiled
If you’re more of a ‘lounge and enjoy the sun’ type, then Ariel’s Point is perfect for that as well! With an open bar, you can enjoy as many cocktails as you like from upon departing Boracay until you step foot back on White Beach. Yes, they start serving on the boat (but it’s beer only ladies). There’s also a buffet lunch with a variety of options, including many vegetarian dishes and typical Filipino cuisine.
SIX :: You’ll Make Lasting Friendships
If you’re travelling solo or with a significant other, sometimes it can be difficult to meet people and build friendships. Here, you’re pretty much guaranteed to go home with a new friend. It may be a little awkward at first, but as the liquor flows then the chatter starts. I’m lucky enough to have come home knowing quite a few more wonderful people, including my Aussie sister from another mister, Sacha! We even did more exploring together as we were both in Cebu at the same time!
SEVEN :: The Night Awaits
As you arrive back to White Beach at 5pm, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy a romantic dinner and a beautiful sunset, or if you’re like me – a pub crawl! There’s one every Friday and Saturday, and some other weekdays so check in at La Reserve Beach Hotel and see when they’re running it. If you join early, you can knock up to 300PHP off your ticket! And that new friends part? They’ll make it even more fun… especially if you convince half your banca on the way home to join in!
Ariel’s Point was honestly the highlight of my adventure to Boracay. It’s a great crew of people and you’re there with many like-minded ladies and gents from around the world. Yes it may be a little touristy and yes it might be a little on the pricier side (2,500PHP per person), but the experience and lasting friendships are worth it in my opinion! Also, if you’re thinking ‘drinking and jumping sounds super dangerous’, don’t worry. There’s lifeguards everywhere (both on the platforms and in the water) and you know your limits. We had absolutely no issues, just a day filled with sunshine, laugher, and splashes! Visit their website for more information.