Welcome to Boracay, where the sun kisses the shores and the sea whispers stories of its hidden treasures. Among these gems stands a testament to both nature’s artistry and man’s reverence—Willy’s Rock.
Almost anyone who has been on the island has had their picture taken with this rocky outcrop emerging from the ocean, cradling a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary atop steps etched into its volcanic surface. This iconic landmark, often called Boracay’s most photographed spot, is a tidal island situated near Station 1 along the island’s breathtaking 4-kilometer stretch of ivory sand.
Named after the nearby Willy’s Beach Club Hotel, Willy’s Rock is more than just a sight for the camera—it’s a sanctuary cherished by locals, especially the Catholic community. But with great popularity comes a touch of crowding, especially during peak times. And a word of caution: when scaling the manmade staircase to the statue, tread carefully, as the steps tend to get slippery, especially during high tide.
Despite its tidal nature, reaching Willy’s Rock is a breeze, though during high tide, prepare for a waist-deep wade to access its marvels. Once atop the rock, amidst the trees and shrubs, it’s not hard to see why it’s a hotspot for those seeking an iconic photo-op.
Some might say Willy’s Rock resembles a battleship, with the Virgin Mary standing tall as its protector. It’s not just about the visuals; it’s a moment captured, a memory etched against the canvas of Boracay’s beauty.
And when you’ve had your fill of capturing the perfect shot or basking in the serenity of this place, a nearby haven awaits: Jonah’s Fruit Shake, where a sip of tropical goodness awaits, offering a refreshing taste of the island’s vibrant flavors.
So next time you find yourself on this paradise island, don’t just stroll past Willy’s Rock—immerse yourself in its wonder, snap a photo or two, and feel the magic of Boracay’s seaside marvel