Besides lounging on the sands of White Beach we also checked out two other awesome beaches on Boracay.
We hired tricycles to bring us up to Puka Shell Beach on the north end of the island and to Diniwid Beach just north of White Beach on the west coast.
Both Diniwid Beach and Puka Shell Beach are spectacular in their own ways and you should make time to see them if you find yourself on a Boracay vacation!
The Famous Boracay White Beach
You could easily visit Boracay and never leave White Beach.
White Beach, named for its powdery soft white sand, is right out of a travel magazine or postcard. Coconut palms arch over the bright sand. The water beckons, glistening in the sun.
Just behind the beach is an endless array of food, drinks, and entertainment.
White Beach is divided into three areas, named for the boat stations that were formerly spread out along the beach. Boats from Caticlan used to land directly on White Beach, but now they go to the jetty port on the south end of the island.
Nevertheless people still refer to White Beach based on the stations so there are Boat Stations 1, 2, and 3, from north to south respectively.
While we explored nearly all of White Beach we spent most of our time near Station 3.
We loved Station 3 partly because we stayed at Orchids, a fun Boracay beach resort (near Station 3), but mostly because we liked the laid back feel, smaller crowds, and lower prices that Station 3 had to offer.
Seriously, if we turned right at the end of our path to the beach (towards Station 2) we spent more. If we turned left, we spent less.
Same sand, same water. Mostly similar food and drinks with a few notable exceptions (see our last post about eating cheap on Boracay).
The sand all along White Beach is particularly great for sandcastles. Jasper, Aurora, and I spent many hours constructing a variety of sandy masterpieces. I didn’t even know I could make a puppy out of sand!
There are several local kids who build amazing sandcastles along the beach. Typically these sandcastles have “Boracay” spelled out and perhaps the date. They will also custom make one with your name or any other text you want. If you take a photo of the sandcastles the kids will expect a tip, and will absolutely want one if they custom make something for you.
The sandcastle business seems cool at first glance but these kids do this all day every day. They don’t go to school. They make 5 pesos (about a US dime) here and there in tips. Even in the Philippines that doesn’t go far. Something to think about before deciding to participate.
White Beach is great in the evenings too. Don’t miss the Boracay sunsets. The sunsets vary from night to night so stop in a couple times. They’re all good, but some are truly epic.
Boracay Puka Shell Beach
Puka Shell Beach is only a 15 minute tricycle ride from White Beach but it feels like a totally different island.
Perched on the north end of Boracay, at the end of the “main road,” Puka Shell Beach is a vast stretch of the same gorgeous white sand as White Beach. But without the people.
There are a handful of little huts down the beach to the left as you walk from the main road. The huts offer lounge chairs and umbrellas with the expectation that you’ll order some food or drinks.
We found the guys running the huts to be super friendly but prices are high, especially compared to the delicious and cheap Puka Grande Restaurant at the end of the main road.
Other than that there is no development on the beach. Just water, sand, and a dramatic jungle cliff.
The real jewel is off to the right as you enter the beach. Keep walking and you’ll find isloated little coves where you will feel like you are on your own private island. The cliffs here are even more dramatic, carved out of craggy volcanic rock.
One day we even saw a huge flock of giant fruit bats flying along the top of these cliffs.
The twins found heaps of very pretty seashells and sea glass along this beach during our two visits. The beachcombing here was so good that they both said Puka Shell Beach was their favorite on the island.
A tricycle from Station 3 to Puka Shell Beach was 150 pesos ($3). That included the entire trike on a direct trip.
The drivers would sometimes ask for 200 pesos, but 150 is the going rate and they all took that if pressed. There’s a tricycle stand at the end of the main road with plenty of trikes waiting to take you back to White Beach from Puka Shell Beach.
Boracay Diniwid Beach
Diniwid Beach is just north of White Beach and you can even walk there from Station 1. Since we were way down at Station 3 we decided to take a trike directly to Diniwid Beach instead.
At first glance Diniwid Beach is pretty but not jawdropping. There’s a big cliff off to the right with resort buildings impressively clinging to the side. But otherwise it seems a little small compared to White Beach and Puka Shell Beach.
Diniwid has a lot going for it though.
First of all Diniwid Beach is very quiet compared to White Beach, even Station 3. Not quite the “end of the world” feeling of Puka Shell Beach but there were just a handful of other people on the beach when we were there.
There are still several restaurants behind the beach if you are feeling hungry, but don’t be tempted. Hold out and make the swim to Spider House Restaurant instead!
Spider House is built into the edge of the cliff at the north end of the beach (to the right as you come from the road). Its bamboo decks hang out over the water and offer stunning views back towards Diniwid Beach, and White Beach in the distance.
See our post about eating cheap on Boracay for more details.
The water at Diniwid is shallow for a long way out. Kat and I were actually able to stand all the way out to the ladder at Spider House. This was nice as the kids could swim next to us and we had a solid base when they clung on needing a rest.
The tricycle on the way to Diniwid Beach cost us just 50 pesos ($1), but we told the driver he could pick up and drop off additional passengers. On the way back we had to pay 150 pesos for the whole trike as the first part of the ride is on an isolated road where the chance of picking up extra passengers is slim.
Like Puka Shell Beach there is a tricycle stand at the end of the road near the entrance to Diniwid Beach.
White Beach is as stunningly beautiful and fun as it looks in the travel magazine and travel blog photos. On our last full day on Boracay we had a nearly impossible time prying ourselves away as the sun slipped below the horizon.
But our enthusiasm for Boracay beaches doesn’t end with White Beach.
Basically everywhere we turned on Boracay there was another one-of-a-kind amazing beach experience waiting for us.
We’re working on a complete budget guide to Boracay for families. We had a blast visiting Boracay and we want to make it easy for you to plan a vacation to Boracay too. Look for it soon!
Also check out our other Boracay posts: