Bulabog Beach: The Other Side of Boracay

If like me, you’ve been to Boracay one too many times and you feel like you’ve seen it all and done it all, then you may find yourself asking the next time you get invited to a Boracay wedding or birthday: “What else can I do to see Boracay in a fresh perspective, just like the first time I laid eyes on the perfect strip of white sand back in [insert the year you first went]?” Try Bulabog Beach, also known as the other side of Boracay, back beach, the windy side of Boracay, or just the alternative Boracay.

Considered the best kite surfing destination in Asia, Bulabog Beach’s peak season is from December to March when the wind is perfect for kitesurfing. When the wind is calm, Bulabog Beach is a peaceful paradise, a far cry from the elbow-to-elbow post-pandemic situation at Stations 1 to 3.

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Bulabog Beach, Boracay
The most Instagrammed spots of Bulabog, the two leaning coconut trees. The other one’s at the back.

Kitesurfing in Bulabog Beach, Boracay
Bulabog Beach in Boracay is considered the best kitesurfing destination in Asia.

Watch my vlog to see why Bulabog Beach should top your Boracay itinerary:

Top things to do in Bulabog:

1. Absolutely nothing. Stay still. Reflect inwards. When going to popular beach destinations, doing absolutely nothing in your own free open space is nearly impossible, given the presence of pesky vendors, loud tourists, and endless tourist traps to distract you. In Bulabog Beach, you can do absolutely nothing. You can just be.

View from Banana Bay, Bulabog Beach, Boracay
View from my hotel breakfast. I stayed in Banana Bay.
Kate Alvarez, Bulabog Beach, Boracay
Kate was here. Bulabog Beach, Boracay.


2. Try kite surfing. There are kite surfing school and kite shops in that small strip. If not, it’s also fun to watch.

3. Feed and give fresh water to the stray dogs. I just found out about the dire situation of the strays of Boracay. The nearest animal welfare groups are based in Aklan, so it takes a boat ride before getting to Boracay island. The residents told me about what it’s really like for the stray dogs (and sometimes the collared pets) in Boracay.

Whenever they’re on their scheduled prowl, the animal control group (not to be confused with the animal rescue group) has a reputation for impounding even those who have collars and clearly have owners. They’re reportedly just after the fine that owners have to pay to get their dogs back. As for the unclaimed dogs: rescuing, rehoming, or finding their owners is not the priority. They are reportedly killed (“shot” was the quote I got from the locals) after just a day or so of being unclaimed.

According to many locals I met, whenever the animal killers (Yes, that’s what I’m calling them) are on the prowl, the locals try their best to give temporary shelter or shoo away the poor strays to keep them from being caught by the evil pound people. It’s heartbreaking.

Dogs of Siargao

Bulabog Beach strip, Boracay
Bulabog Beach is known for under-the-radar hotels, restaurants, cafés, and sports centers.
Decorative surfboards in Aissatou Beach Resort, Bulabog Beach, Boracay
Aissatou Beach Resort has a coffee shop, kiteboarding school, kite shop, and hotel.

4. Explore the hidden gems, like under-the-radar coffee shops and restaurants. Try Lazy Dog Bed and Breakfast Pinoy breakfasts, La Bettola for Italian fare and specialty coffee, Aqua Boracay, Levantin for comfort food and drinks, Two Brown Boys for tacos and burgers, and Momo Ramen for… you guessed it!

Fun activities to try in Boracay

Fat dog in Lazy Dog Bed and Breakfast, Bulabog Beach, Boracay
The lazy dog of the Lazy Dog Bed and Breakfast, where a lot of remote workers stay longterm and where they have really good breakfast all day.

Work From Paradise in Banana Bay Boracay

Banana Bay Boutique Hotel facade, Bulabog Beach, Boracay
Where to stay in Bulabog Beach? I highly recommend Banana Bay, a boutique hotel with a great pool and breakfast view. Read my review here. Other Bulabog accommodations to try: Palassa Residences, Lazy Dog, Aqua Boracay, Levantin, 7 Stones, Aissatou Beach Resort, and Niu Ohana Beach Bay.

See you on the other side!