Fishing in Boracay

Boracay, a small tropical island located in the Philippines. The island is well known for its wonderful beaches and resorts and you can feel as though you’re in a tropical paradise. Boracay is currently the best island in Asia according to Conde Nast Traveler in its 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards and although the island was recently closed for tourists for 6 months for rehabilitation purposes, the island still lives up to its most extravagant reputation.

Boracay is where you can find all kinds of fun activities such as snorkeling, diving, swimming on the beach, jet skis, parasailing, and so much more and not only activities are in store for tourists but you can also find tons of go-to places and the fun never stops.

But if you are into fishing you might wonder if it’s allowed, fishing is not allowed on the main Island of Boracay although you can book a tour to nearby islands where fishing is allowed. Fishing is restricted on Boracay island itself due to overfishing and the local government made fishing illegal on the island in order to preserve marine life.

Why fishing is banned in Boracay?

As some of us know that Boracay has been closed down for 6 months from the start of April 2018 to October 2018 for rehabilitation purposes. Fishing is banned for tourists since the island is prioritizing the protection of marine life and also concerns on the problem of “overfishing” which leads to ecological problems and can affect the livelihood of natives and the local economy.

The best way to go fishing in Boracay

Now there are ways in which you can fish when you’re on the island, you can either ask a local fisherman to take you to nearby islands in which fishing is allowed or you can find a lot of different tour organizers who offer fishing as one of their activities in their tour.

Price may vary between the two since tour organizers on the island tend to make a deal in which different activities such as snorkeling, parasailing, fishing, and more fit all in one or two days.

If you choose to find a local fisherman to take you to go fishing, it would cost around 30 to 50 USD to rent the boat and that includes his/her services. Its best to bring your own equipment or buy from the local shops since their equipment might be different from the one you’re used to.

What types of fish you can find?

You can find all sorts of fish like angelfish, parrotfish, butterflyfish, and so much more! Your local guide will tell what kinds of fishes are available depending on the season. I even caught a tuna during November! So it depends on what time of the year you decide to go fishing.

When’s the best time to fish?

The best time to visit Boracay and go fishing is through November to May, where the temperature is warm and has a tropical kind of weather on the island. You can easily fish during these months since rain is less likely to fall and fish tend to cluster together which makes catching them a whole lot easier!

Where are the best fishing spots?

It will depend on your local fisherman or you tour guide on where they will take you to go fishing but usually they take you to waters near the island like Caticlan which would take about 20 or 30 minutes to get there and there’s also Carabao island which is about 8 km from Boracay and you can also fish there in certain spots where it is allowed to fish.

Western-style of fishing vs Traditional style of fishing

Western-style of fishing is different from the traditional style since they tend to use fishing rods, lures, nets, and those kinds of stuff which makes fishing a whole lot easier compared to the traditional style wherein they use stones wrapped in banana leaves as sinkers. Filipinos also don’t use lures to fish, they use worms that they dug from mangroves as bait.

It’s best to bring your own equipment when fishing since locals tend to have a different kind of approach when it comes to fishing.

If you’re in the Philippines and you want to go fishing, it’s much better to go to places like Siargao, Subic, Cebu, and other places where fishing is a part of the tourist attraction.

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