If there was one thing that I regretted during my first visit to Boracay last 2011, is that I didn’t research enough to know about the famous party place hidden away from Boracay’s busy white beach, Ariel’s Point. Today, visiting Ariel’s Point stands at #1 on TripAdvisor’s Top Things To Do in Boracay. Is it only hype? Or is it the real deal? We’re about to find out.
Here’s an excerpt on Ariel’s Point’s website on how to get there:
Trips to Ariel’s Point depart daily at 11:30 a.m. from Ariel’s House, which is located along Boracay’s main White Beach near Station 1 between Club Paraw and the Obama Grill. At the current time, tickets for Ariel’s Point can only be purchased through the Boracay Beach Club (just across the main road from Ariel’s House in Station 1). You can reach Ariel’s House and the Boracay Beach Club by walking along White Beach (about a 10 minute walk from D’Mall) or hiring a tricycle and asking them to bring you to the Boracay Beach Club in Station 1.
For more information about reservation and how to contact them, visit their website HERE.
After the grueling Flyfish activity we had at Bulabog Beach, we turned our attention on that day’s big activity: a visit to Ariel’s Point. But way before that (even before we went for the parasailing and flyfish), I settled our reservations first with Nino. Although you can directly book your slots at Boracay Beach Club (located at Station 1), we coursed through our fees through Nino, who is also an authorized middle-man for Ariel’s Point. At Php1,600.00/head, we paid no extra fee for the reservation we made. And that’s great, since we were paying basically the same price and at the same time, Nino gets to earn commission. Win-win for both sides. Make sure you make your reservations early (not later than 9am on the day of visit) since there are only limited slots.
The boat ride from white beach to Ariel’s Point took about an hour, and since we were still feeling very tired from the Flyfish, it wasn’t that hard to fall asleep during the ride. Good thing flowing drinks (rum, cola and rum cola) are being served during the duration of the trip.
We arrived at Ariel’s Point by 1pm. The weather wasn’t very good that day as the sun was barely visible and the waves were a bit rough. See that small cave opening right there? Yup, that’s the gateway to Ariel’s Point. I must warn you though that you will GET WET. So don’t be bringing your luggage or wearing your favorite shoes and denim jeans just because you weren’t planning on cliff-diving. Wear your normal beach clothes and secure your electronic gadgets. As for myself, I brought my trusty Sea to Summit dry sack and a couple of ziplocs to secure my phones and cameras.
Upon arriving at Ariel’s Point, you’ll immediately feel the “party vibe” going on at the place. The place just reeks of fun! Since the first batch of guests arrived earlier than us, we had to take the seats at the top hill, near the 15-meter jump board. Good thing the buffet table was literally just around the corner. 😀
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The food was served at around 2pm. A bit late, considering that we were very tired and hungry with all the things we did to our body a little earlier.
The food was a pretty standard barbecue affair consisting of grilled pork, chorizo, bihon, grilled chicken, buttered potatoes, shrimps and lots of bananas. While the food was average in general, I found the grilled pork very delicious. That and maybe the starvation was getting the better out of my taste buds. Oh, the unlimited rum cola is still on the menu.
Feeling very stuffed, Kevin and I wandered to the other side of the islet to consume some time before going for the jumping boards. Let the photo-taking ensue.
Ariels’ Point have 3 diving planks. The easiest one is the one with the 5-meter height, the other is an 8-meter dive and the grandaddy was the very high 15-meter dive. Even though I’m usually very game with adrenaline pumping stuff, I found the cliff diving a bit over the top. That meant that I passed out from jumping from any of the planks, including the easiest of the bunch, the 5-meter jump. Looking at the brighter side, who would have taken these gorgeous photos if I decided to join the jumping game, eh? Maybe next time. Maybe. 😦
After Kevin and Vincent managed to warm-up by doing the 5-meter and 8-meter jumps twice, it was now time for the boys to take on the big one: the 15-meter jump of doom.
While it may not look very intimidating on photo, it really is a very intimidating sight once you personally see the height of the jump. And even more so when you see tourists jumping. We found that the most active jumpers out of the group were the Americans. I think they might have drank too much rum. Haha.
Photos won’t really do justice to their 15-meter jumps, so here are videos for you to enjoy!
By 3:30pm, the crew was already advising tourists to return to the boats for the ride back to white beach. Why too early? They probably didn’t want to mess with the big waves, not with the kind of weather that day.
Other tourists who weren’t able to jump yet (and who were now drunk by that time) took advantage of the last call and went jumping for the fences. Unfortunately, I wasn’t even remotely drunk by then so jumping was still out of the question. Sorry guys.
Though there’s a little regret leaving Ariel’s Point without doing the cliff-diving experience, I’m glad I was able to visit the place. Even though I didn’t utilize the diving facilities, the admission fee was still worth it. The unlimited drinks, buffet lunch and the fun, party atmosphere was more than enough to enjoy the place and each other’s company. I’ll be back here for sure, though I still can’t promise to take the plunge. Haha. -rod-
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