Boracay on a gloomy day (Photo by Writer)
While there are other beaches in the country, Boracay, popular for its four-kilometer White Beach, gets the most attention. Attracting over a million tourists each year, it is indeed one of the country’s tourism jewels. The biggest chunk of tourists visits during the summer months, particularly from March to May, although quite a huge number of them also come during the holidays or the super peak season: for Christmas in December, New Year in January, and the Chinese New Year in February.
However, if you are someone who wants to enjoy the beach when it is not very crowded, it is best to visit Boracay during the rainy season from June to November. The island experiences the southwest monsoon or habagat during these months, but experiencing Boracay on a rainy day is also worth a try.
During the habagat season, restaurants along the White Beach usually put up wind-breakers and bamboo wave-breakers as protection from the strong winds and waves. These installations must strictly follow the “universal design” set by the Boracay Redevelopment Task Force. Rain showers are also expected during this season. Nevertheless, a little rain should not ruin your perfectly planned vacation.
Dubbed as Asia’s 24/7 island, Boracay offers activities that are not limited to activities for a clear sunny day or a cloudless, moon-lit sky—there is always something to do even when the rain sets in.
Taste the flavors of the world.
Interior of True Food Indian Restaurant (Photo by Writer)
A cold weather is a perfect excuse to enjoy a gastronomic treat in Boracay, where you can sample dishes and delicacies from different countries. Since a large population of foreigners has become residents of the island, many restaurants were established showcasing cuisines from different corners of the world.
If you want to taste authentic Indian food, True Food Restaurant along the beachfront in Station 2 offers traditional Indian delicacies for vegetarians and meat lovers. Guests have to sit on pillows with legs crossed, patterned after the ancient tradition in India.
Aria Italian Restaurant (Photo by Writer)
Aria at the beachfront of D’Mall, meanwhile, offers Italian dishes to satisfy your pizza and pasta cravings. Every month, Aria offers different chef’s creation for their guests to feast on. Among their latest is the Carpacccio di calamari con cream di piselli e mentuccia (Calamarescapaccio with green peas and mint sauce).
, a Mexican restaurant along the beachfront is known for their best-selling taco and burrito platter. If you want some tapas, visit Olé Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant
inside D’Mall. Dos Mestizos
in Calle Remedios in Station 3 also offers a variety of Spanish dishes.
If you want some Filipino dishes, Pamana
restaurant along the beachfront in Station 2 is an option. They are famous for their Sizzling Bulalo
Steak and Crispy Tadyang
topped with Luniz (Batanes’s special version of Adobo).
Experience the nightlife.
Wave Bar and Lounge in Station 2 (Photo credits to Wave Bar Lounge)
Boracay is known for its vibrant nightlife. Those who like to drink on a rainy evening can try the “Still Standing After 15” challenge of Cocomangas Shooter Bar
at the beachfront in Station 1. If you can finish their 15 shooters without passing out, you will get the drinks for free, a free shirt or jersey, and of course, a plus points for your country!
Meet new friends.
The gloomy weather does not need to dampen your spirit when in Boracay; it’s still a good time to meet new people! Make friends with people from all over the world at Boracay Pubcrawl. Pubcrawl offers party packages where you or your group can join other people in checking out the different night spots of the island. True to their slogan, “Turning Strangers into Friends,” Pubcrawl will not let the night go by without you befriending someone.
ATV Ride on a rainy day (Photo credits to Ji Yun Yoon)
Island hopping and other water activities are still allowed even when it is raining. Banana boat and fly fish rides are more fun with a little rain shower. But swimming at the beach is prohibited when the current of the water is too strong. For another adventure, though, the rain just adds up to the fun: ATV rides in Mt. Luho, located at the back portion of Boracay, get more exciting with some mud. You can rent the ATVs for Php 800.00 to Php 1,000.00 per hour.
For some adrenaline rush, you can try reverse bungee jumping at Boracay G-Max. Test how tough you are while getting a bird’s-eye view of the island as you bounce in the air. It is located beside the beachfront of Paradise Garden in Station 3.
If the weather outside is unforgiving, avoid stress and pamper yourself with a good massage. Some hotels have their own spa services, but you can also get the services of outside massagers or physical therapists. If you want a view of the beach while having your massage, massage centers can be found along the beachfront, too.
For a royal treat, experience the “Princess Treatment” of Mandala Spa and Resort Villas
in Angol, Station 3. You can get a floral footbath, a luxurious hot bath, or the “Mandala Signature Massage” in a private terrace.
Try a new sport.
Kiteboarding in Boracay (Photo by Writer)
While swimmers camp out along the beach, the rainy season brings surfers and kiters to the waters of White Beach. The big waves caused by the habagat bring excitement to kiteboarders and windsurfers who usually enjoy their sports at Bulabog Beach. If you are not really into sports, watching the riders enjoy their ride is still a sight to delight.
For someone who needs a quick tropical vacation or for a backpack traveler who just wants to experience the island vibe, the good news is that traveling to Boracay is never a hassle. Domestic and international flights are available daily to and from the Kalibo International Airport and the Caticlan Airport. After taking a boat from Caticlan to Boracay White Beach, tricycle and e-trikes (electric vehicle) are already available from the port to service you around the island.
While it is best to enjoy the blue waters of Boracay on a sunny day, you can still create your enjoyable and unforgettable memories on the island even with some rain.