If you only have a weekend or just a full day to explore Boracay, then dedicate that day to Ariel's Point. You'll never regret it. (written itinerary somewhere in the middle of this post)
3D2N can be gruellingly short to see and enjoy Boracay, mainly because the big Kalibo Airport is freakingly far from the island; unless you fly premium into the nearer Caticlan airport, you're likely to end up on the island either in the late afternoon (early afternoon if you have an early flight coming from Manila, which meant you have to spend a night in Manila the evening before) or just after sunset.
However, a weekend 3D2N trip to Boracay can still be done.
If you're a frequent visitor (like myself) to the many island trips in South East Asia, Boracay is just like a typical beach holiday for any visitor. You have the sea, the sandy beach, plentiful hotels, shopping and good food. There's not a lot of tourist spots to see but you'll be guaranteed a fun time if you're willing to spend, activities are abundance.
Which is why it makes sense to spend your previous one full day in Ariel's Point that requires you travelling out on a boat and only to return right before sunset. Ariel's Point is the one place that makes Boracay interesting and different. You'll have fun, get to meet lots of people, enjoy good food and drinks or even chillax if you can find a spot.
Here's a quick itinerary for a 3D2N trip:
After checking in to your hotel, spend the remaining of the day soaking up the sun and enjoying the lovely beach in front of your hotel/resort.
Have a walk to and around D'Mall in Station 2 to do some shopping and dinner.
Wake up at 9am, after breakfast, walk along the street in front of your hotel and keep a lookout for travel agency that offers Ariel's Point tour; or you can walk to Station 1 and look for Ariel's House and register yourself before 11am. The price is pretty standard all over the island at 1600 PHP per pax. During peak season, it is advisable to reserve a day before to guarantee a spot.
After return, you can have free and easy to enjoy the last of the beach, explore other parts of the island and go clubbing at night.
Check out. More beach. Last minute shopping. Have your hotel arrange your transport out to your airport before your flight.
end of itinerary
1600 PHP buys you a round trip to Ariel's Point, BBQ lunch and afternoon snacks, unlimited drinks like San Miguel Pale Pilson, San Miguel Light, soda, rum, Red Horse, juices and mineral water. Enough to make you full and high and happy.
Have a cup of coffee while waiting.
You will depart from Ariel's House beachfront lounge at 11:15-11:30am to Ariel's Point. Which will take 30-40 minutes on the boat.
There are various activities and prepared equipment for you like snorkelling, kayaking and rafts for you to enjoy. But the HIGHLIGHT of Ariel's Point is this.
referring to the alcohol
And then more of this.
Do attempt this while slightly intoxicated. Life guards at the bottom so no worries there.
You have 3, 8 and 15-meter platforms to choose from (the was a 12 meters plank but it was closed off during my visit there).
How high is 15 meters?
PS// I wore hotel slippers to Ariel's Point. Hehe.