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.