Discover Carabao Island - Boracay
Even though it is less popular that it’s world renowned twin, Carabao Island is still a sight to behold, with its white sandy beaches and clear blue waters. If you are looking for a beach that is not as busy and congested as Boracay, but still offers you the same sandy paradise, then this island is where you should go. While technically not part of Boracay, with the island found nearer Romblon than Panay, it is still considered one of the options people have for island hopping.
Carabao Island is a mere hour away from Boracay, and can be reached by boat. The name of the island stems from the fact that if looked at from the air, it resembles the head of a carabao. This island can be seen from Puka beach, with one of the two beaches on the island visible from here. These two beaches are Hambil and Lanas, with the former being the better looking shore and the latter having more resorts to choose from.
The activities you can enjoy on this island include some of the more popular ones that you can also enjoy in Boracay, namely kite surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and caving. If you love camping, you can actually pitch tents on the beach and stay there without having to rent rooms for your vacation. Staying here instead of in bustling Boracay will give you a laid back, rustic, and slower paced vacation. You don’t have to worry about food here since there are a few eateries that do cater to tourists and visitors to the quiet locale, but you can bring your own if you want.
Getting to Carabao Island can be done a few different ways. The most commonly used route is via Caticlan, where your travel from the airport to the ports where boats to Hambil (the local name of Carabao Island) can be found. Fare to the island via boat is between P50 to P80. You can also choose to ride a boat to Boracay then from Boracay, catch another boat that will take you to its twin island. Trip Guru suggests that you make the trip to this quiet isle a part of your Boracay trip, and to bring a tent with you to save up on lodge rentals when you get to Carabao Island.
What our experts tell about this experience.
Luckily my girlfriend and I read up the island before we came here. We wanted to more activities out side.. And so we agreed on camping for one night on the beach on Carabao island. It was great. Being able to watch the moon at night and having deep conversations with a bottle of tequila with your girlfriend! Or even if you did this with friends. It was a lot of fun.. The sound of the waves were the best lullaby for sleeping. although before sleeping..another activity surfaced.. the best ever.. in the nature just like animals..
Next time we visit this Island we are going to back a tent and fresh water with us. This beach is the ideal place for camping. I can't believe I did not read about it or think about this earlier. However a great little island with some quietness that can be found. Lovely.