Forget weekend at Bernie’s! Weekend in Boracay is where it’s at! A trip to this area of the Philippines would not be complete without a day-trip to Ariel’s Point. About 40 minutes away from Boracay by boat, Ariel’s Point is a beautiful tropical island where one can spend the day cliff jumping, kayaking and snorkeling while enjoying the setting, a delicious BBQ lunch and all you can drink pop, rum, beer and mixed drinks. Ariel’s Point is often featured as a top attraction in Boracay and is a day trip because the boats depart for the island at a certain time in the morning and only return back at another set time. The boat ride to the island is made on a typical Filipino outrigger boat which only adds to the experience.
Most people that go to Ariel’s Point, do so for the cliff jumping! There are five different platforms here to jump from ranging from 3m in height all the way up to 15m (about 5 – 5.5 floors high!). If you are too afraid to jump you can also enjoy kayaking around the island or snorkeling and seeing some beautiful underwater tropical fish.
When I was in Boracay I booked my Ariel’s Point excursion with MyBoracayGuide. I booked several excursions (including Jet Ski and ATV rentals) as well as transportation to Boracay from the Kalibo airport with these guys and they were absolutely fantastic! They were so easy to work with to plan activities and schedule them in in such a short time period. They were very accommodating and did whatever they could to make sure our activities could all be scheduled and that we had an excellent time! For example, I sent them the schedule below of activities I wanted to do during my brief weekend in Boracay and they told me what works and what doesn’t such as Jet Ski rides not starting until 9 AM and then they worked with me to figure out an alternative schedule that would work within the allotted time.
The cost of the Ariel’s Point trip with MyBoracayGuide was 1600 PHP (about $35 USD) when I went in 2013 but is now 2000 PHP (about $43 USD) so very cheap considering it is a day trip with all of the following included:
- Ride on a classic Filipino Banka boat
- Snorkeling and Swimming (Snorkeling gear is provided)
- BBQ buffet lunch
- Unlimited drinks (local beer, rum, mixed drinks, pop and water)
- Cliff jumping with 5 different levels (3m to 15m in height)
- Tour guide pickup from the hotel and transport to the boat
The daytrip started off around 10:30AM when a company guide picked us up from our hotel and took us to the boat launch area around 10 minutes away. We waited here for about 20 minutes receiving some Ariel’s Point “Life is Good” wristbands and instructions for what the day would involve. At 11AM we were off!
The unlimited beer and rum gets started already while on the boat ride to the island. Just be sure to watch your drinking because alcohol and the motion of the boat in the water isn’t always a great combination. About 40 minutes later we arrived to Ariel’s Point along with several other boats of people.
Since most people were here for the cliff jumping, the first thing we all did was run to the highest platform and get our jumping on! Of course there are lower platforms but who wants to go on those anyways! The real thrill is from the highest one. I have never cliff jumped before this so naturally I was terrified looking down from the diving board and seeing the ocean almost 6 floors below. I mustered up the courage… and jumped!
It was exhilarating, thrilling, freeing and terrifying all at the same time! I hit the water hard as you do from this kind of height. It was my first time jumping and jumping from this height so my form was a little off so I did hit the water at a bit of an angle which hurts a lot more than had I gone straight in like a pencil dive. Fueled by adrenaline, I went back up and jumped 7 more times in a row! I messed up a couple more jumps, not going straight in to the water which left some pretty gnarly bruises on my legs and arms but I never did a belly or back flop so I consider it a success! The scary part was looking down and seeing people being pulled out of the water on stretchers because they landed wrong and severely hurt themselves. Landing on your stomach or back from nearly 6 floors high can never end well.
After all this jumping it was time for some BBQ! They provided a DELICIOUS BBQ chicken lunch with rice and other fixings and like always, all you can drink. After lunch was time to relax with a little sunbathing, kayaking and snorkeling. The kayaking and snorkeling takes place in an inlet area of the island so the water is nice and calm. There are some tropical fish and coral in the water to see when snorkeling but nothing like sharks to worry about.
After a few more afternoon jumps we boarded the boat at about 4:30PM and were back to Boracay by just after 5pm. It was an amazing, fun-filled day with a ton of excitement and thrills that i’ll never forget. Now I just need to find another awesome cliff jumping site and go again!