Boracay – Philippines
Boracay is a small tropical island located in the Philippines. Famous for its beautiful white sand beaches, Boracay first showed up on the tourist map as a backpackers destination decades ago. Since then Boracay has grown so much in popularity that the original backpackers would probably not recognize it. This is not a terrible thing, however!
Boracay now has some of the finest hotels and resorts in the Philippines. It has also become home to amazing restaurants serving up authentic flavors from around the world. Boracay’s nightlife scene has also developed quite nicely. Bars and discos can be found up and down Boracay’s white beach, keeping the crowds partying till the early hours. In peak season Boracay hosts a wide range of international DJs playing to packed parties.
Boracay has also developed with respect to activities. Now each and every day can be packed with fun adventure. Scuba diving, parasailing, golfing, horseback riding, kiteboarding, and jet skiing are just a few of the many activities on Boracay.
Boracay hotels are varied to say the least. From huts on the beach to 5-star resorts, everything is available. With so many choices some find it hard to choose the right Boracay hotel. Fear not. My Boracay Guide is here!
One of the most important things to consider when choosing a Boracay hotel is location. White beach is 4 kilometers long and there are hotels all up and down its length. The beach is broken up into three “boat stations” which comes from years ago when the boats would drop off tourists directly on the beach.
Many of the most luxurious Boracay hotels are located on Station 1. This is because the beach is at its widest here and the sand is at its finest. Station 1 is also nice and quiet, the perfect place for relaxation. There are also many Boracay hotels in Station 2. Station 2 is at the heart of it all. This is the shopping and dining center of Boracay Island. Staying in a Boracay hotel in station 2 affords one the maximum in convenience. Station 3 is the sleepiest part of the beach and is the perfect place to go if you want to avoid the crowds. The Boracay hotels here are mostly on the budget end but a few of the newer hotels are targeting the high-end market.
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Boracay Island is just one out of more than 7000 Islands in the Philippines and belongs to the group of the Visaya Islands. It is about 6 km long and only 1 km wide but stands for some of the most beautiful and famous beaches in the Philippine archipelago. Tourists from all over the world come to Boracay for their most important weeks of the year.
The famous White Beach on Boracay’s West Coast, is probably the most beautiful beach on the island. It was even selected by several international travel magazines as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world.
The famous White Beach on Boracay Island
Boracay is also a paradise for SCUBA Divers and Snorkelers. There are plenty of dive sites around the island, for beginners as well as for advanced divers. Most of the dive sites are just in front of White Beach, so it takes only a few minutes to get there.
Beside diving, there are several other sports and activities offered along the beach front: How about kite surfing, water ski, para sailing, sunset sailing or a ride on a banana boat? It’s all there for you to try out.
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The most convenient way getting to Boracay is by airplane. There are domestic flights by smaller planes available directly to the Boracay Airport in Caticlan from Manila or Cebu.
Please note that Boracay has no airport on the island itself. The Boracay Airport is located in Caticlan, which is only a short 15 minutes boat trip away from the island. Please also read the information on Boracay Airport!
A Cebu Pacific ATR72 at the Boracay Airport in Caticlan
Another way to use the plane to Boracay, is a flight to the international airport of Kalibo, which involves an about 1.5 hour trip by bus or van from Kalibo to Caticlan. The Airport in Kalibo can also serve bigger planes, such as the Airbus A320 or Boeing 737, which are also used on some international flights to and from China, Korea and Taiwan. Boracay Airport is served only by Cebu Pacific and PAL Express while all other airlines fly to Kalibo: PAL, Cebu Pacific & Air Asia. Another method, but is probably only for Filipinos of interest, is to travel by car via the Nautical Highway from Manila and Luzon. The car however, you must certainly leave in Caticlan. It can not be taken to the island.
Nightlife on Boracay, you guessed it, happens at the famous White Beach. One who lives at one of the other beaches is more or less limited to what is provided by the hotel or the resort. But of course, you can simply take a Tricycle to White Beach to participate in the lively nightlife there.
The nightlife on Boracay starts already at about 5 pm.. Hundreds of people will gather on the beach to watch the sunset. The sun sinks on the horizon here right in front of White Beach, depending on the season it wanders a bit to the left or right but it is certainly one of the most beautiful places and no mountains or other islands obscure the view. At worst, some clouds or bad weather can spoil the event.
At the same time, while people still watching the sunset, the staff of hotels and restaurants are preparing the countless BBQ’s along the beach front. For approximately 250 to 350 Peso per person, you can eat there as much as you want and can. Drinks are extra, of course. The buffets are available in many different variations, such as: Filipino Buffet, Seafood Buffet, Italian Buffet, Mongolian Buffet , Korean or Japanese Buffet and much more. Apart from the BBQ’s, you can also order from the menu, of course.
Sunset on Boracay
You might also want to enjoy a sunset sail in front of White Beach Between 6 pm and 8 pm, live bands starts playing at many hotels and restaurants. From the romantic folk singer to reggae or rock band, Boracay has it all. Walk along the beach and you will find another live-band playing every 200 meters or so.
At the same time, many of the bars and restaurants offer a Happy Hour and you will usually get two cocktails or beers at the price of one.
Around 11 pm, it becomes a little quieter along the beach front, when the older generation retires in their hotel rooms and the more youthful revelers populate the bars and discos. Typical bars for everyone can be found everywhere along the beach, the clubs and bars that belong more to the red light district are located mainly in the northern part of the beach (station 1), where the main street is only a few meters away from the beach. Accordingly, those bars and discos are located along the road and not along the beach front.
Prices on Boracay
The Philippines are basically a cheap country. The cost of living and any labor or service is much cheaper than in any other country in Europe or the US. But is that also true for an island like Boracay? How much do you have to spend every day to cover your daily needs and how much for the activities you can do on Boracay? This page will give you an rough overview about the prices on Boracay so that you don’t get ripped off by taxi drivers and commission hunters.
Boracay Transfer cost
There is an extra page here about the transfer costs from Kalibo or Caticlan Airport to Boracay: Boracay Transfer cost.
Transport & Taxi Services:
Tricycle on Boracay Island
Tricycles serve as the main public transport vehicle on Boracay
The main public transport vehicle on Boracay is the Tricycle. The drive up and down the main road from like 5 am till late at night, so no worries about catching the first plane in the morning.
A “Special Trip” from the pier to any hotel along White Beach is 100 Peso per Tricycle. If you use the Tricycle as a public taxi with more people on board, it’s only 25P but per person.
If you jump on and off at any place along the main road between station 1 and 3, you pay 20 Peso per pax, fixed price. Public transport is only along the main road. As soon as you ask the driver to bring you in any side road, to a hotel or another beach, it’s considered a special trip and you have to pay at least 100 Peso.
Another “Special Trip” from White Beach to the northern end of the main road at Puka Beach, is 150 per Tricycle, one way. Sightseeing around the island they will ask 300 P per hour but you can bargain it to 250. You need at least 2 hours to see all the interesting beaches, without any longer stop over.
Hotel along White Beach, Boracay Island Hotels and Resorts along the beach front on White Beach, have walk in prices from 2000 – 2500 Peso upwards during the high season. Any accommodation that is not directly at the beach front but with a 3 or 5 minutes walk to the beach, start at about 1500 Peso per room/night. You can expect another price increase during the Super Peak Season from Dec, 15th till Jan, 10th, every year. But you can also expect great discounts during the Low Season from May till October. High Season is from November till April. Hotel rooms cheaper than 1500 Peso you can still find at the outskirts of White Beach and at other beaches on the island.
Motorbike & other vehicles rental:
Beach Buggy on Boracay Island
A Beach Buggy on Tour on Boracay Island Motorbikes for rent are a rare business on Boracay and if you find one, they will ask moon prices for their bikes. Half day is about 800 Peso and 1500 for a full day, morning till evening. For sightseeing, it’s cheaper to use a Tricycle. Also the buggys you can see on the picture here are at least 1000 Peso per hour.
Food & Drinks
The most popular variant of dinner on Boracay are the many BBQ’s along the beach. “Eat all you can” starts at 250 Peso up to 350. Drinks are extra. A original italian pizza is worth at least 450 Peso, a little cheaper are the pizza chains like Yellow Cab or Pizza Hut. American Breakfast at the hotels start at 150 Peso, same for a Filipino Breakfast. Cocktails in any of the bars along the beach go for 150 Peso upwards and a simple beer (St Miguel, bottle) starts at 50 Peso. Soft drinks are available for 40 Peso in most restaurants. Watch out for the Happy Hour and get 2 drinks for the price of one!
The Low Season is when the winds change and blow eastward into White Beach. There is more rain than usual, but there are also fewer tourists, better prices on accommodations, and other lower prices. The low season begins in May, and ends in October. With the increase in Asian tourists, the low season is still very busy in Boracay.
During High Season, the winds come from the back of the island, and White Beach is protected. The wind blows out to sea, leaving the beach pristinely clean and generally calm. It is also winter in the northern hemisphere, and tourists come in numbers in search of sun, heat, beach and party. High Season starts in October and ends in May.
The Peak Season is when the tourists are at their height. This includes Christmas, New Year, Chinese New Year, and Holy Week (Easter Week). Most resorts have a +10% to +25% premium on their rooms, and the island gets fully booked. Make sure you book as far in advance as possible.