Boracay’s White Beach is the famous 4-km at Station 2. It is certainly the busiest in Boracay. Its waters buzz with various sports. Holidaymakers play in the shallows which extend 20 meters or so off the beach.
At the beach, sun worshippers lay out on the sand soaking up the rays and getting a tan. Even in midday heat, the sand feels cool to the feet. They are finely ground corals, not just ordinary soil particles. You don’t feel them getting into your shoes or shirt. Soft, the sands are easily malleable for building elaborate sand castles. Have your picture taken beside a sand sculpture—and hand the artist a tip or buy him a beer.
People-watching is a common activity at the beach. Lay back under the shade with a beer or piña colada in hand and watch people go by. And you will see there are many young people around — Koreans, Swedes, Germans, Brits, Aussies and the newbies in town, Russians. Local tourists often come on the weekend with their families, a very Filipino trait. Young, they are not rowdy but decorous, even stylish. They leave no broken beer bottles at the beach. No crazy mischiefs or late night pranks. They come here to see. And to be seen.
Some tourists are not comfortable with crowds. But Station 2 is meant to be crowded. At dusk, people flock to White Beach to feel the breeze, watch the sunset, and shoot pictures. After all, a picture-postcard beach must have a picture-perfect sunset. They are not disappointed.
When night falls, White Beach comes to life. At times, it is even livelier at night than in daytime. And the parties here last from dusk to dawn, literally.
Start your night with a blaze. Some beach restaurants, like the Bamboo Lounge, entertain diners with fire dance shows. It is a hot, eye-popping, spectacle with all those flaming rods and twirling stringed balls of fire.
After dinner, walk down the beach. If it is a holiday, some establishments will light up fireworks. Just buy a drink and sit at a bar or on the beach to watch the bursting colorful light displays. If not, see what’s up in the beaches’ many nightspots. A number of bars play live music.
For leisurely listening, try Hey Jude Bar fronting D’Mall, the island’s shopping center, in Station 2. Deejays play a wide selection, from bossa novas to retros. The ambience is warm and cozy; the staff, friendly.
Bom-Bom’s Bar plays reggae music and draws Bob Marley diehards. The drinks are very affordable. Ariel’s Bar of Boracay Beach Club at Station 1 occasionally invites Manila and foreign DJs to spin and liven up the parties.
Guilly’s Bar at Station 1 is the favorite hangout of the young crowd. But its popularity is now drawing customers across the ages. With a good sound system and selections, it is hard to keep the crowd in their seats. The dance floor rarely gets empty. But once Guilly’s is packed to the walls, latecomers jump to Club Paraw next door. It plays hip-hop and R&B tunes.
Other party places are Wave at Regency Hotel; also Beachcomber, Cocomangas, and Juice bars.
Of course, if you make it to White Beach, you will almost certainly find a place that suits you. If not, you might not be at Station 2.