You can try your hand at a broad range of outdoor activities. Annoyingly, touts will tout these (Zorbs? 4WDs? Helmet dives? Banana boats?) in your face, every few metres along White Beach. Daily games of football, volleyball and ultimate Frisbee kick off late afternoon on White Beach. Yoga classes are common. For more far-flung adventures, consider a tour to Antique Province or take a bangka to Romblon Province.

Sailing

Sunset paraw (traditional outrigger sailboat) trips are a quintessential Boracay experience. Trips start at P800 per hour for up to five or six passengers, and you can usually haggle. Boats depart from Station 1 and 3 in season (October to June), and from Bulabog Beach in the off-season (June to October). D'Boracay Sailing offers a much more personalised and luxurious experience.

Diving & Snorkelling

Diving around Boracay pales in comparison with more renowned hotspots such as Puerto Galera, but there are some OK spots around. Yapak, off the northern tip, is a sheer soft-coral-covered wall running from 30m to 65m. Big-fish lovers adore this spot, though depth, currents and surface chop restrict it to advanced divers. There are also drift dives and cave dives. Crocodile Island, off the small beach at Tambisaan, is a popular snorkelling destination in good weather.

There are many, many dive centres on Boracay; walk-in prices are usually P1900 per dive with full gear, and P22,000 for an open-water diving certificate. The quality of equipment and instruction is high, and fly-by-night operations fail. Nevertheless, always exercise caution with rental dive equipment. Dive resorts on White Beach offer diving vacations.

Kitesurfing

During the height of the amihan (northeast monsoon; December to March), excellent conditions and decent prices (about P19,000 for a 12-hour certification course) make Bulabog Beach on the east side of the island the perfect place to learn kitesurfing. The action shifts to White Beach during the habagat (southwest monsoon; June to October), when heavy onshore chop makes it more of an expert's sport. Water-sports businesses rotate location accordingly.

Windsurfing

Boracay was an Asian windsurfing mecca long before kitesurfing was even invented, but now windsurfers are in the minority on Bulabog Beach. The season is the same for both. Per-hour board-rental prices are around P700 to P1300, and private 1½-hour lessons are about P3000.

It's not hard to find a good-quality short or longboard to rent in high season.

Massage & Spa

You've come to the land of the spa treatment. But where to go amid all these options? It pays not to skimp in this department. White Beach is chock-a-block with groups of women in associations offering inexpensive full-body, back and foot massages right on the beach. Quality can be hit or miss.

Parasailing

You can't overlook the increasing popularity of this 15-minute activity: just look at the sky off White Beach. There are several providers competing for business, but if you're going to hang from a parachute over the water it behoves you not to skimp. Go at sunset!