Boracay is a small island in Philippines. Located just a few kilometers off the northwest corner of the Panaj island, it belongs to Western Visayas island-group. It is famous mainly for the white sand beaches and bright, crystal clear water. The main attraction for tourists is White Beach or also called Long Beach by the locals which is a 4 km long stretch of white, powdery sand and has a very clean, transparent water in a light turquoise shade. About 30 years ago this wide, beautiful beach could be admired also by the quiet beach lovers like me. In the past few decades Boracay’s beaches had been ranked among the best in the world which has led to the accelerated development of tourist industry in this area, especially White Beach. Today White Beach is known for its wild parties and nightclubs, a big variety of restaurants and a crowded shopping place called D’mall.

The good news is White Beach is not the only one in Boracay! Boracay has 13 beaches scattered all over its shores and to be honest they are just as much beautiful as the White beach, some of them even more. If you enjoy privacy, peacefulness, the sound of waves, fresh air and a complete relaxation, you should check the following list of the best secluded Boracay beaches.

Boracay is a small island in Philippines. Located just a few kilometers off the northwest corner of the Panaj island, it belongs to Western Visayas island-group. It is famous mainly for the white sand beaches and bright, crystal clear water. The main attraction for tourists is White Beach or also called Long Beach by the locals which is a 4 km long stretch of white, powdery sand and has a very clean, transparent water in a light turquoise shade. About 30 years ago this wide, beautiful beach could be admired also by the quiet beach lovers like me. In the past few decades Boracay’s beaches had been ranked among the best in the world which has led to the accelerated development of tourist industry in this area, especially White Beach. Today White Beach is known for its wild parties and nightclubs, a big variety of restaurants and a crowded shopping place called D’mall.

The good news is White Beach is not the only one in Boracay! Boracay has 13 beaches scattered all over its shores and to be honest they are just as much beautiful as the White beach, some of them even more. If you enjoy privacy, peacefulness, the sound of waves, fresh air and a complete relaxation, you should check the following list of the best secluded Boracay beaches.

Puka Shell Beach

Puka Shell Beach
Photo: dr_tr / Flickr

Located in the north of Boracay, Puka Shell Beach (named after the rare puka shells, that can be found there) is a pleasant surprise for those wanting to escape the crowds but still enjoy a wide, spacious white sand beach and not to feel compressed somewhere between the rocks in a small cove. Puka Shell Beach is 800 m long and has the most picturesque view with a blue water shining in every possible shade starting from the brightest turquoise and gradually turning into deep sea blue color. The breeze, the sound of the waves, no houses along the coast – these are just a few of the good features this beach is offering. Only downside is that the water is deeper and waves are rougher than in other beaches of Boracay which can be an obstacle for a calm afternoon swim. Anyway Puka Shell Beach and its relaxing atmosphere is definitely a must go for a getaway with your beloved one or a family beach day. One thing you can not miss is the breathtaking sunset in Puka Shell Beach.

To get to Puka Beach by land you can either take a tricycle (a local taxi, which is basically a motorcycle with a sidecar), rent a bike or a scooter. Many visitors choose to go there as a part of island hopping to watch the stunning sunset.

Diniwid Beach

Diniwid Beach
Photo: Maxime Guilbot / Flickr

If you’re tired of the crowds and want to get away from all the hustle and bustle in White Beach then Diniwid Beach is the perfect match for you. Only 15 minutes walk from Station 1 of White Beach through a winding trail along the cliffs or a 100 PHP worth tricycle ride from D’Mall in Station 2 and you are in the completely different world. Diniwid Beach is much smaller than White Beach and although there are some hotels in the area it is very quiet and peaceful. The sand is not so fine as it is in White Beach, but it is still white and soft. There are also more rocks, as the beach is in the cove. Diniwid beach is perfect for quiet lounging, relaxation and quality time with your friends and family. It’s also a great escape plan from all the insistent vendors in White beach, since there are just a couple of them in Diniwid Beach. When it comes to accommodation the native style Spider House Resort with amazing sea views is widely recommended among the island visitors.

Tambisaan Beach

Coral Garden
Photo: Malcolm Browne / Flickr

Located in the southeastern tip of the island Tambisaan Beach with its several coral gardens just off the shore is a great place for snorkeling. Most of the time Tambisaan Beach is secluded with just a couple of boats and very few hospitable locals from the nearest village hanging out there. However when the southwest monsoon begins in Habagat season (from July to October) it gets busier turning into an alternative port for Cagban and taking passengers between Boracay and Caticlan. During the Amihan season (from November to March) and summertime (from March to June) Tambisaan Beach is one of the calmest and most quiet beaches in Boracay – perfect place for relaxation and tranquility.

Until now this place isn’t as developed as other beaches nearby like Manoc-Manoc Beach and Bulabog Beach. Though you need to hurry up to enjoy the undamaged natural beauty as more and more resorts are planned to be constructed around here. The sand is white and the water has a beautiful, turquoise blue shade like most of the beaches in Boracay. That combined with the local flora at the back and a few soft, white clouds in the clear blue sky makes a charming postcard-like scene. Tambisaan beach is accessible by boat from the White Beach (Station 3 is the closest). You can also take tricycle or rent a scooter, just remember to use your bargaining skills.

Ilig-Iligan Beach

Footprint
Photo: babbagecabbage / Flickr

Ilig-Iligan beach with its beautiful natural scenery along the long stretch of white sand is located in the northeastern side of Boracay, next to its bigger neighbor Lapuz-Lapuz Beach. Regardless of its beauty this beach is one of the most quiet spots in the island. It has the same fine, powdery sand as the main beach but no crowds and big hotels attached. It’s a great place for a romantic getaway or a picnic under a palm tree. Either way the place is all yours. As the location is quite far from the main beach very few people find it or even know about it. There are just a couple of small local eateries at the back. A lot of rocks in the water close to the shore assure that this beach is also great for snorkeling and diving. There are several coves and caves to explore in the north end of the beach. Some locals offer their guide service to the bat caves, about 30 minutes hike from the beach.

The best way to get to Ilig-Iligan Beach is by tricycle, bike or scooter. The best choice is to rent your own vehicle because it may get quite difficult to find a tricycle to come back as they don’t pass by the secluded area so often.

Balinghai Beach

Balinghai Beach
Photo: Advantage Lendl / Flickr

Balinghai Beach, located between Punta Bunga Beach and Diniwid Beach, only 15 minutes away from the main area, is a beautiful, quiet cove. Balinghai Beach is a secluded place with a slight touch of comfort. So if you seek for a quiet, private beach where to escape from the noise and the tourist masses but at the same time you would also like to have a cocktail or eat lunch at a small beachfront restaurant, you should visit Balinghai Beach. It consists of two small coves with fine, white sand, bright, crystal clear water and picturesque scenery. You can also dive and take pictures with the friendly resident turtle there. If you are looking for an accommodation there are bungalow-type cottages which have a great view of the entire beach.

The best way to access the beach is by boat, if you don’t want to go through the private resort which has taken up the land area.

Have you visited the delightful Boracay island already? If you know other beautiful secluded Boracay beaches that should be added to the list, use the comment section below to
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2 Comments

Best Secluded Boracay Beaches

  1. I\’m from the Philippines and didn\’t know that there are 13 beaches in Boracay. Aside from the White Beach, I\’ve been to Puka Shell Beach and I can just sleep there the whole day. The place is so relaxing. Will explore the other 11 beaches next time. Great article, very informative!

    1. Thank you Shirley 🙂 I was surprised as well, since I had been told only about the White beach and Puka Shell Beach before going there as well. That\’s why I thought that you can\’t find a smal private beach in Boracay, but I\’m glad I was wrong. The best way to explore the small, peaceful beaches there is by renting a motorbike and going around the island taking the side roads every now and then leading to those hidden beaches. Thanks for your insights Shirley, and let me know which were you favorite beaches after exploring them.

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