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Uncrowded beaches and tourist spots to visit while biking in Boracay

By Kara Santos Published May 26, 2022 6:53 pm

Boracay is best known for its white-sand beaches, luxury resorts, and island eats. Most visitors are content to just bask on the beach and enjoy water activities like island-hopping, paddleboarding, or crystal kayaking for the duration of their stay.

But for bikers looking for something new to do, the small island offers a refreshing cycling destination where you can visit lesser-known and more peaceful beaches beyond Stations 1, 2 and 3. Biking lets you experience a less touristy side of Boracay. 

The Keyhole at Boracay Newcoast.

Bike rentals are available on Boracay for as little as P150 per hour to P500 for half-day use from local shops like Isla Siklista. You don’t even need a guide to bike around the island. Just hop on the bike, load up Googlemaps, pick a destination, and you’re all set to explore on your own.

Bikers can spend two hours for a chill ride just to the most popular spots or allot half a day for a more completionist ride circling the entire island (ranging from 20 to 35 kms) depending on their pace and how long they linger in each spot on a DIY “Boracay Bike Loop.”

Where to bike around Boracay.

Here are some of the best beaches and tourist spots to visit on a leisurely bike loop around Boracay.

Boracay Newcoast

Boracay Newcoast.

Boracay Newcoast, with its three beach coves, makes a great destination for bikers because of its rolling terrain, scenic overlooking views, and peaceful surroundings. 

The 150-acre property on Boracay Island’s northern tip features hotels, residences, and luxury resorts filled with lush greenery, open spaces, ocean views, and exclusive beachfront access. 

Developed by Megaworld, Boracay Newcoast is said to take inspiration from beach destinations like Miami Beach and Santorini. The area is still relatively new, with road access and new buildings still under construction in some sections. The secluded beaches here offer a private escape for families and a great place for bikers to chill out. 

Tip: Non-bikers can hire tricycles to visit the Boracay Newcoast area for a more leisurely sightseeing tour of the area.

Keyhole

The Keyhole at Boracay Newcoast.

Located on the southern end of Newcoast is another must-see attraction for bikers and walkers alike: the Keyhole rock formation. The scenic spot sits on an old rocky pier next to an uncrowded beach with clear turquoise waters. 

Aside from being a landmark for bikers, the Keyhole is also a popular spot for couples, sightseers, and barkadas for the ‘gram. There’s no entrance fee to visit this landmark You just have to sign a logbook by the entrance and you’re free to bike inside the complex and explore.

The roads in this private township are free of vehicles except for a few e-trikes carrying sightseers. If you arrive early, you may catch a pop-up cafe called Bike + Brew that usually sells coffee daily for cyclists. 

Tip: Be sure to wear a helmet during your bike ride. No helmet, no entry. 

Puka Beach

Puka Beach in Boracay.

 

Puka Shell Beach in the northernmost part of Boracay is the second longest beach in Boracay. Originally called Yapak Beach, the area was named after the village where it is located.

Puka Beach boasts an 800-meter long stretch of white sand beach adorned with various puka shells. The sand here is not as fine as that on the main white beach, and the establishments are simpler, but there are a few local places to eat and shop for souvenirs.

While it's peaceful at some parts of the day, the area can get busy mid-mornings and lunchtime because of visitors from land and island-hopping boat tours.

Tip: Food and drinks are very pricey here (fruit shakes start at P250), so be sure to bring a hydroflask with enough water when you bike.

Ilig-Iligan Beach

Ilig-Iligan Beach in Boracay.

At the fork of Puka Beach's access road is the Ilig-Iligan Beach, a more peaceful and quiet spot located on the far end of the island with a thrilling downhill trail.

This beach is a quiet alternative for those who want to get away from tourist crowds and for introverts who just want to chill out. 

Tip: Going back up requires a challenging but short climb as you backtrack to the Boracay Central Highway. 

Mount Luho

While biking on the main highway, you can stop by the popular beaches like Diniwid or the main White Beach along the way for photo ops with landmarks like the leaning coconut tree or Willy’s Rock. However, these are easily accessible by walking from your resort. 

For bikers who want an extra uphill challenge, an optional route is to pass on the opposite side of the island going up to Mt. Luho, the tallest peak on Boracay Island, standing at about 330 feet above sea level. The view deck here offers 360-degree panoramic views of the province and the white sand shores lining it. On the way down, the road passes the more laid-back Bulabog Beach, which is popular for kitesurfing and other water activities.

Tip: Take note that there’s an additional entrance fee to visit the view deck and getting up still requires climbing stairs and parking your bike somewhere.

D’Mall de Boracay

D'Mall de Boracay.

In case you’re feeling hungry or thirsty because of the exertion and summer weather, D’Mall de Boracay is a good central point on the island that offers a bike-friendly pit spot with lots of dining options. You can just park your bike next to any al fresco restaurant and grab a bite to eat or enjoy a fresh fruit shake before heading off to the other side of Boracay. 

Lugutan Mangrove Park 

Lugutan Mangrove Eco Park in Boracay, Aklan.

Did you know that there’s a mangrove area and Ati Village in Boracay? Mangrove forests are important to the ecosystem since they keep coastal zones healthy and provide essential habitat for thousands of species. The Lugutan Mangrove Eco Park, which has a short walking deck, offers an educational side stop for those who want to see something different in Boracay.

The 8,362-square-meter mangrove park is a joint project of the DENR, LGU of Malay, Aklan and the Tan Yan Kee Foundation to save, protect and preserve the mangroves of Boracay Island.

Tip: The route going here is not as well-maintained as the main highway with patches of rough roads and areas prone to flooding, so be extra careful while biking.

Tambisaan Beach

Tambisaan Beach in Boracay.

Tambisaan Beach is the southernmost beach on Boracay Island's east coast, located near a village of the same name. For those looking for a less crowded beach and establishments with more of a local flavor compared to the luxury resorts, this short sandy stretch is the place to visit. Tambisaan is the closest location to Crocodile Island, which is known as a great place for scuba diving.

From Tambisaa Beach, you can backtrack to the main highway leading to the Cagban Jetty port (where boats from Caticlan and vans going to resorts are parked) and back to the central highway to return your bike rental with the satisfaction that you’ve circled the entire Boracay island by bike.

Cagban Port, Boracay.

Where to rent bikes in Boracay:

Isla Siklista Bike Rentals

  • Address: Station 3 Emall (at the Back of Budget Mart (beside MJJ store), Ambulong, Boracay Island, Malay Aklan
  • Contact number: 09778370011/0906-0527633
  • FB Page: @IslaSiklistaBikeRentals
  • Rates: P150 per hour (min. of 2 hours), P500 half day (6 hours), P900 whole day (12 hours, 6am-6pm), P4,000 weekly

MTB Bike Rental Boracay

  • Balabag Main Road, K’s Milk Tea (in front of MiniStop near D’Mall), Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan
  • Contact number: 09260638614/09455418181
  • FB Page: @MTBBikeRentals
  • Rates: P150 per hour, P700 per day

Boracay Mountain Bike Rental & Adventure Bike Tours

Boss Bike Rental Boracay

  • Location: Barangay Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan
  • FB Page: @BossBikeRental
  • Contact number: 0908-8957199
  • Rates: P150 per hour