BORACAY TRAVEL GUIDE

Boracay is considered to be the most popular beach destination in the Philippines. We have visited Boracay on multiple occasions and we always had a great time.

Why Visit                                   How to Get to Boracay            Getting Around Boracay       Boracay Beaches and What to Do     

Best Time to Visit                    Where to Eat and Drink          Security and Safety                Complete Guidebook

Finding Accommodation       Why Get Travel Insurance 

Background

Boracay lies off the northwestern tip of Panay Island in Western Visayas Philippines. It’s land area measures 10.32 km² and belongs to the province of Aklan.

Why You Should Visit

Boracay Island is an award-winning island, earning recognition for its incredible beauty from reputable travel publications like Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler.

A visit to Boracay is a good introduction to Philippine Island traveling for the following reasons:

– It has white powdery beaches and crystal clear water. (not a lie or an exaggeration!)

– It’s big enough that it won’t bore tourists staying for more than a couple of days.

– It’s very tourist-friendly with well-developed infrastructures like hotels, resorts, entertainment and leisure spots.

-It’s easy to get to as it is only a 40-minute flight away from the capital city, Manila.

Boracay has developed a reputation for being a mass tourism and party island, but it is a much more flexible holiday destination than most people think. You can find resorts outside the bustling areas and they are on or near beaches that are just as nice as the main beach (White Beach).

Despite having many luxury hotels, Boracay also caters to budget and mid-range travelers. If it’s your first time visiting a Philippine island and you want a beautiful, yet convenient and fun island to visit, Boracay is an excellent choice.  If you hate the crowds, there are ways to get around that, just as long as you plan your trip accordingly.

How to Get to Boracay

The first step to getting to Boracay is by booking a flight well in advance.  Many tourists fly to Manila, the capital of Philippines, before taking going to Boracay.

There are two airports that visitors to Boracay can choose to fly into: Kalibo (airport code KLO) and Caticlan (airport code MPH). Kalibo, is an ‘international airport’ and it has a longer runway than Caticlan. Subsequently, larger planes and more tourists fly into Kalibo.  Kalibo is roughly 1.5 to 2 hours away from Boracay Island. Caticlan typically has only ‘prop’ planes landing there which are not as safe.  But it’s very convenient being only a few minutes away from Boracay’s ferry terminal.

What’s the best way to get the cheapest flights to Boracay?

We have flown to Boracay on various occasions.  There are a bunch of airlines that fly into both Kalibo and Caticlan and their prices tend to be quite comparable to one another with the exception if a sale is on. It’s probably best that you use a price comparison site that will find you the cheapest flight price while saving you the time of searching various websites.  We used BookingBuddy for our trips to Boracay.

Here is a more detailed information on flying to Boracay:

Getting Around Boracay

The tricycle is the primary public transport option available to tourists. They can be gas or electric powered.  The electric ones follow a designated route like a public bus. Hotels on Boracay can arrange private transport upon request.

Take note that Boracay roads are narrow. The main road on the island runs along White Beach can be especially busy in the early evening and during high season.  Some locals offer motorcycle rides for a set price, although they are not government regulated.

To help ease traffic, we recommend that you walk as much as possible especially if you’re just staying around White Beach.

For more detailed information, read: Boracay Transportation Guide

The Beaches of Boracay

They are main reasons to visit the island. There are many beaches around Boracay island. Most of them are public but some of the nice ones are private properties.

The best accessible beaches on Boracay are:

White Beach

This is the most popular beach on Boracay Island. Most of the hotels and tourist establishments are found around this beach area.  It is divided into sections called: Boat Station 1, Boat Station 2, and Boat Station3.

For more detailed information: The 7 Things You Need to Know about White Beach, Boracay

Bulabog Beach 

This beach is located on the eastern side of Boracay Island, opposite to White Beach. Bulabog Beach is a hub for water sports.  Kiteboarding and windsurfing are quite popular from November to April, when the wind current is strong.  During other months, the beach is a favorite location for various water sports.

Although it is less developed than White Beach, Bulabog also has hotels, restaurants, and bars. Some tourists like to stay on this beach because it is generally quieter than White Beach.

Learn More About Bulabog Beach 

Puka Beach 

Located on the northern tip of Boracay Island, Puka Beach is a stunning and serene spot that hardly has any development. It is called Yapak beach because it is near a village of the same name. Stretching about 800 meters, this gorgeous beach is unique due to the texture of its sand, which is heavily mixed with crushed Puka shell.

Puka Beach is a must-visit. For more information, read:

 9 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Puka Beach, Boracay

 How to Get from White Beach to Puka Beach

Ilig-Iligan Beach

Situated on the northeast coast of Boracay Island, Ilig-Iligan Beach is a delightful piece of sandy paradise that not many tourists know about. Ilig-Iligan is a short 7-minute ride from Puka Shell Beach (2.5 kilometers between the two beaches). You can even walk to it from Puka if you have the time. The trek takes about 30 minutes.

Read more: 6 Things You Don’t Know About Ilig-Iligan Beach, Boracay Island

What to Do on Boracay

Despite its size, Boracay is such a versatile island in terms of activities and leisure. You can always choose to lounge on the beach all day, but you also have a choice to go island hopping, windsurfing, zip-lining, jet skiing and snorkeling. If you’re the type that wants to do something fun and active, Boracay is a great island to do just that.

For more details:

Wall-Climbing at DMall Boat Station 2, Boracay Island

Where to Eat and Drink

Boracay is the most developed beach in the Philippines. It has a good selection of restaurants and eateries.  It has fancy western restaurants but it also has Filipino fast food chains and cafes perfect for those on a budget.

You can find beachside restaurants along White Beach. Many of the good ones are around Boat Station 2, close to D’Mall.  More affordable restaurants are usually found across the main road from White Beach.

My recommendations:

Mang Inasal – try out that oh so delicious Filipino Inasal Chicken.

Gerry’s Grill – has reasonably priced seafood and has tables facing the beach.

Lemoni Café and Restaurant – suited for those looking for a clean and cozy western restaurant.

You have plenty of choices when it comes to bars and clubs on Boracay. Just walk along White Beach from Boat Station 1 to Boat Station 3 and take your pick.  In terms of alcohol, most bars pretty much serve the same varieties. San Miguel is the staple beer and usually served in bottles. Cheap rum, vodka and spirit are available in convenient stores like 7-eleven.

You can drink in public including the beach on Boracay, but please don’t leave the bottles on the ground as locals are strongly against littering on the beach.

Random Fact: Beer gets warm in the Philippines fast because of that tropical weather, so locals prefer putting ice in their beer.

What to Avoid, Security and Safety

Boracay Island is reasonably safe and locals are friendly to tourists. However to ensure a stress-free vacation on Boracay, here are some reminders:

Drugs:

Avoid buying and using drugs in Boracay. Philippine law is strict when it comes to drug abuse and the reinforcement of this law is much more aggressive nowadays. There are also cases of tourists being extorted by law enforcers.

Touts:

Unfortunately, touts are also present in Boracay. Most of them will hassle you to go on an island hopping tour. They can be annoying but they are legitimately offering the tour and do not intend to rob you.

During low season, you can get a better deal with them as opposed to arranging it with your hotel.  I usually approach a tour office (more like a shack) for my island hopping needs. I am not referring to the fancy ones, just the ones by the road. They give me more security than the touts and they are also cheaper than booking it with the hotel.  You can also approach a boatman because they usually do all the work while touts and hotels are just middle-men taking a cut.

Theft

Mugging is not common at all. There’s generally no problem walking at night around the island. But as a safety precaution, do not bring a lot of cash with you, especially if you’re going out drinking.

Hotel thefts are not common. I left my valuables in a 2-star hotel with no problems. But if you’re staying at a hostel, don’t leave valuables lying around. Put them in a locker, which is often provided.  If your hostel does not provide a locker, then seriously consider booking another place.

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Where to Stay in Tokyo

As you may have heard already, Tokyo is one of the most expensive cities on the planet. Japan as a whole, is considered to be an ‘expensive’ travel destination.  However, if you have proper travel planning, you don’t have to spend a huge amount of money while travelling in Tokyo.


There are low-end and mid-range hotels in the city, just like other places. And because the city has an extensive public transportation system, you don’t have to stay in the center if you can’t find accommodation within your budget. You only need to book a place close to a station, and you are good to go! In our case, we stayed at Hotel Horidome Villa, which suited our budget and is only about a 7-minute walk to the nearest train station.

Tokyo hotel rooms tend to be small, just like their apartments. You can’t compare it to other cities, or else you will end up being disappointed. My advice, don’t stay in your hotel. Use it as a place to sleep in and only that.


Visiting Tokyo soon? Book your flight tickets and rooms now. It always pays to be proactive.


Medical Services

Boracay does not have a proper hospital at the moment, only clinics which have doctors and nurses. For major medical emergencies, patients are usually boarded on a boat and transferred to Caticlan. From Caticlan, an ambulance can bring the patient to Kalibo.

Before booking your flight to Boracay, make sure that you bring your medications and prescriptions and consult with your doctor if you’re fit to go for a holiday.

Please take note that Boracay is a small island in a developing country. Do not expect top notch medical assistance, although there have been reports that the service is not too bad.

“Better safe than sorry!”

Medical emergencies, accidents, and theft can happen. That is why getting travel insurance is a smart move just in case something went wrong.

We particularly like a travel insurance policy that can cover the costs for lost passports, valuable documents, medical services and emergency evacuations.

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Why Visit                                   How to Get to Boracay

Getting Around Boracay        Boracay Beaches and What to Do

Best Time to Visit                    Where to Eat and Drink

 Security and Safety                Complete Guidebook

Finding Accommodation       Why Get Travel Insurance