Carabao Island

Travel Guide Asia Philippines Carabao Island



Although Boracay is rapidly emerging as one of the world's leading tourist destinations, Carabao Island remains relatively unknown. Based in the Philippines, the island is approximately 320 kilometres away from the nation’s capital city, Manila, and about 6 kilometres off Boracay’s coast.

In recent years, as Boracay has earned accolades from bloggers and tourist advisories, Carabao has been overlooked. With the redevelopment of Caticlan Airport, however, tourist numbers to Boracay are projected to increase to 3 million visitors a year. Carabao officials are hopeful their island will benefit as tourists venture further and discover just 1 more of the Philippines 7,000 islands.


Carabao Island features the following Barangays:

  • Lanas
  • San Jose
  • Santa Fe

Sights And Activities

Carabao has been described as ‘Boracay, 20 years ago’. The island remains undeveloped, with little in the way of infrastructure or nightlife. However, many travelers come here to break from the crowds and over-development next door to explore Carabao’s natural beauty, beaches and coral reefs.

  • Diving - Ivy’s Vine Resort, based in Lanas, is home to the island’s diving scene. The resort is home to PADI Instructors and courses who conduct dives through the year. The instructors ferry divers of all age and experience to the prime diving sites around the island.
  • Water Sports - The island plays home to other water sports too. There is a growing culture of surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing here with instructors and equipment on hand to hire.



Getting There

Travellers from Boracay tend to board a boat to Caticlan, before taking a short taxi ride to Tabon Plaza. Every morning from 9:00-10:00am boats depart for Carabao and return at 6:00am the following day. For $30 you can privately hire a boat directly from Boracay, halving travel times to just 30 minutes.


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