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“Nice, but nothing exciting”
Review of Willy's Rock

Willy's Rock
Ranked #6 of 70 things to do in Boracay
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Owner description: Boracay’s most recognizable attraction is this oddly shaped volcanic formation topped by a statue of the Virgin Mary.
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 563 helpful votes
“Nice, but nothing exciting”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

Background: Located near Boat Station 1 on Boracay Island, Willy's Rock is a volcanic rock formation jutting from the shallow water about 100 metres from shore. Accessible during low tide, it is the only feature that "obstructs" the 4-km unobstructed view of White Beach. Named after nearby Willy's Beach Club Hotel (formerly Willy's Place), Willy's Rock has a short, man-made staircase leading to the top, where a shrine containing a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary is located. This statue was donated by Andrew E's wife (a local resident) when she won a Miss Town Fiesta contest many years ago. Being devout Catholics, the locals have left it there ever since.

Liked: The natural beauty of the rock outcrop. Also, the Peanut Butter-Banana-Chocolate Shake from nearby Jonah's Fruit Shake.

Disliked: Owing to its popularity, a long queue may form at the base of the staircase at lowtide, especially during the peak season (Mar-Apr) and local holidays. The gathering crowds will linger, spoiling your great photo op.

Tip: Find out from dive shops or local newspaper when the next low tide is. Remember, in these parts, there's a low tide and then there's a lower low tide. Visit early at sunrise, before the throng of tourists arrive. It is a crime to collect sand from the beach (anywhere in White Beach, for that matter). And the prayer "donation" box? Huff... a scam.

Visited April 2012
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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“Great icon of boracay”
Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

We can never leave boracay without taking pictures in here... Just become a routine...it's a nice feeling after walking in a fine white beach , there's a groto to see and pay respect for a safe journey...

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“Willy's Rock”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

It is the most iconic landmark at White Beach and is located at Station 3.

Well, Willy's Rock is just a rock with a staircase leading up to the statue of Virgin Mary for those who want to do some prayers. It makes a nice backdrop for sunset photography. Other than taking some photos, there is nothing else to see.

Visited February 2013
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“Donation box”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

Do not put money in donation box - its broken and I saw a little boy calm up and collect that. Once you go up high, pray and took picture you will saw the box with a broken key lock

Visited March 2013
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“Similar to the uluwatu with more fun!”
Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

I went on a quick sight see in the evening. Photos of the sunset background is epic. Many little children climbed onto the rock, wading through shoulder high water to get to it.

I prefer watching its silhouette from afar but definitely allow your children the indulgence!

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