If you’re looking for a perfect getaway this coming summer, Philippines have plenty of beaches scattered all over the archipelago. There are even undeveloped islands that will surely captivate you with its natural beauty. These islands are still free from pollution and modern facilities like electricity and fresh water, ideal for backpackers and exotic beach lovers.
On the other hand, there are beaches in the Philippines that have become popular for its fine white sands. The most popular among them is the palm tree- studded island – Boracay. Boracay is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Because of its beauty, it was voted the best beach in the world by the Condé Nast, Sun Herald and Australia and Harper’s.
How to go to Boracay if you’re from Abroad?
Is this your first time to become a tourist in Boracay? First, you have to know that Boracay is located in the Northern region of Aklan Province and it is part of a group of islands in Visayas. There are many ways on how to get to the island but we will discuss the easiest way which is through an airplane.
From Abroad to Boracay
If you’re from the US, UK or Australia, you can arrive at the Manila International Airport (MIA). From there, you can book for a flight to Caticlan, which nearest airport in Boracay. If there are no early flights to Caticlan, you can also arrive via Kalibos Airport, also located in Aklan. Kalibos Airport is farther from Boracay than Caticlan but if you sum up the time, waiting for a Caticlan flight might delay your most awaited tropical adventure. Flights to Boracay from Manila usually take about 50 minutes max for small aircrafts and a speedy 15 minutes if you take the 4 prop planes. Airlines that are ready to take you to the island include the Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Zest Air, and SEAIR. Take the light aircrafts if you’re on a budget. Trust me you can do more things with that money once you’re in Boracay.
From Caticlan to Boracay
Once you’re off the plane you will have no trouble finding where to go or what to ride as there are many passengers like you from manila going to Boracay Island. You’re next task is to ride a tricycle to the nearest port. From there ride a boat or bagka which is no less than Php 25 per person. For additional 5 pesos only, you can get to ride a bigger craft and has air-conditioned cabin. But that will take forever because bigger crafts are limited and you have to wait for them to return from Boracay, not really ideal if you have time at hand. I suggest riding the boat, there’s a lot of them waiting at the port so you’ll be boarded and out to sea in no time.
Tip: Lose the shoes and wear something suitable when riding the boat.
From Kalibo to Boracay
If you’re from Kalibos Airport, take the air-conditioned bus heading to Caticlan. Go to the port and ride the Bangka as usual.
Where to stay in Boracay?
Before you go to Boracay you must plan ahead what station or part of the island you want to explore, where to stay and activities to do. Although a small island, Boracay have over 300 hotels to choose from. Boracay is divided into five stations, each have powder like sand and various accommodations but not all of them have white sand. Hotels in beach front, especially with white sand are expensive. So before going out, you might need to know the right hotels and resorts to stay in the island that is suited to your preference and budget. Below is the list of hotel and resorts you can choose from.
Hotels in Boracay
Discovery Shores Boracay Island
Discovery Shores is one of the luxury hotels in Boracay Island, All suites are fully air-conditioned with both a shower and a tub for a more relaxing visit. Inside you can experience like you’re never away from home, they have a wide LCD TVs, DVD players, Wi-Fi access, radios and even an iPod Clock.
The place is usually booked by businessmen, who wants to stay connected online even on their precious vacations. Room rates starts at $300. Too much for a weekend getaway but enough for those who need a luxurious stay in Boracay.
Another upscale hotel in Boracay is the Fridays Boracay. Like the Discovery Shores, they also have internet access in every room. They offer almost any kind of services you might need for a wonderful vacation. Their motive is to provide complete vacation experience all in one place. The resort can assist guests in activities such as jet skiing, para-sailing and wind surfing. After these tiring activities, visit their freshwater pool, pool tables and massage area. You can ask for a massage room service if you like. But I suggest going out since the place is located in front of the beach, a perfect place to bring your partner and relax for the night.
Room rates ranges from Php 10,000 to Php 18,000 depending on the time of the year.
Dave Straw Hat’s Inn
Although the place is not located in the beach front, Dave Straw Hat’s is a two-minute walk from the beach. They claim to offer 5-star services but the rooms are quite basic. Some rooms have air-conditioning, a refrigerator and Cable TV. Other rooms are just plain and do not have that amenities.
Good thing the place decided to put hot and cold water on every room, which is a plus factor. One more thing, the staffs of this hotel are very friendly and they accommodate each guest attentively. Room rates ranges from Php 1200 to Php 3500, again depending on the season of your visit.
If you’re on a tight budget, look no further because our next entry is a low budget resort. Staying here is cheap but they have very interesting rooms for you to experience. Orchid rooms are inspired by ethnic roots, which are made bamboo and nipa. The traditional houses in the Philippines are made of nipa, so if you stay in Orchids, you get to experience sleeping in a nipa hut. The place is simple, clean and the staffs are very accommodating. Despite its simple surroundings, they now offer Wi-Fi for their guests.
Orchids Resort is a two-minute walk from White Beach and the room rates starts from $29 – $98 per person basis depending on the season.
Boracay Hills Hotel
Their motto “Arrive as a stranger and leave as a friend” goes very well with their warm accommodations. The place has everything you need for a quite vacation, like swimming pools for children and adult, beauty services, restaurant, valet parking and even a video and book library.
The place is located away from the usual busy Boracay because it is few minutes away which is good for exclusivity. Guests can enjoy golfing, snorkeling, surfing and horse riding. Rooms costs roughly $122 / night depending on the type of room and season of visit.
Not everyone are willing to spend their hard earned money on room rates and special amenities since there’s a lot of things you can do outside than appreciating hotels and restaurants.
Inexpensive places to stay in Boracay:
- Trafalgar Cottages Boracay
- Frendz Resort Boracay
- Tans Guesthouse
- Taj Guesthouse
- Villa Simprosa Resort
- Eriko’s House
- Jerome Bungalow
- Madid’s Inn
- Sheena’s Resort
Perfect Time to go to Boracay
Anywhere around March till June (Summer) is a best time to visit Boracay. Room rates changes according season. It’s not fun in Boracay on its off-peak season, there are not too many tourists, plus a rain may visit the island as early as July so plan your visit wisely. There is really nothing fun to do in Boracay when it’s raining since most of the activities require good weather condition.
Sports and Activities in Boracay
Join the party on a large Bangka together with 39 guests. Drink all you can beer and rum while listening to the music. Meet new friends and take a close up shot to the beautiful sunset.
Rate: Php 1,800 /Person
Island hopping is the most popular activity in Boracay. Visit exotic islands / islets with your group or with new friends you met along the way. This includes a stop at Crystal Cove Island where you will explore two amazing caves you can swim in and then relax on this fantastic Island paradise!
Rate: 2,000 PHP for 1-6 Persons plus 200 PHP per person entrance fees
2,500 PHP for 7-12 Persons plus 200 PHP per person entrance fees
Island Hopping Day Trip to Tablas Island
The complete day trip in Boracay is when you visit the Tablas Island. Here you can enjoy, snorkeling at the Looc fish sanctuary where they have colorful corals and fishes living in harmony. The tour includes delicious 4 course lunch with authentic classic Italian cuisine.
There are many things you can do on the island like go trekking with your friends to jungle or swim in the pool with your family. After the tiring adventure, get a massage before going back to Boracay. Enjoy a slice of cake and a cup of coffee while watching the sun set.
Mountain Bike Cruising and Trekking in Panay
Experience a fantastic 5 hour bike and trekking tour in the tropical paradise of Panay. Ride through coconut groves, cross rivers and enjoy a great local snack next to a waterfall. Bring shades, sun block, cap, sarong/towel, swim wear, sport shoes and back pack.
2,100 PHP for 1 Person
1,800 PHP each for 2 – 6 Persons
Location: Patio Pacific
Tip: Start of early as 6:45 AM due to hot weather conditions.
Glass Bottom Boat
Watch as the corals greet you from below without getting your feet wet. The boat is really easy to spot even if you mixed it with other Bangka in Boracay. It is specially designed for guests that cannot and do not want to swim but enjoys watching corals and colorful fishes. The Boat looks much like Nemo (Clown Fish) and the tour includes free drinks and snacks to enjoy. Children have discounts but you have to ask for it.
650 PHP per Person
300 PHP for children 5 years old and below
Other Sports and Activities you can enjoy in Boracay
- Scuba Diving
- Water Skiing
- Jet Ski Ride
- Tornado Jet Boat Ride
- Fishing Adventure
- Rambo Target Shooting
- Segway Ride Island Tour
- Standup Paddle Tour (Panay)
- Motor Bike Adventure (Off-Road Bikes)
- Horseback Riding on Sea Shores
- Helicopter Tour (Around the Island)
- Go Kart Racing
- Zipline Rush
- Helmet Dive
- Kite Boarding
- Wind Surfing
- Banana Boat Adventure
- Fly Fish
- Indiana Jones Eco Tour
- Sensual Massage
What to Bring for your Boracay Adventure
Wear the usual beach attires such as board shorts, short pants for the ladies, sandals or flip-flops, tops and cotton shirts. Pack light and only bring the important things you need for your short stay like cell phone, laptop and camera chargers, suntan lotions, mosquito repellants and small flash light. Also, bring some identifications and of course some money. ATM machines are available in the mall near the Port and in some convenient stores within the island. Bring a couple of towels because you might be thrown off the boat by your friends (Trust me this happens).
The idea is to have a relaxing time in Boracay and explore the beauty of the Island which is highly noted by adventurers and tourists from around the world. If you’re a new tourist in Boracay I’m sure you’ll visit island more often. The place is exactly what you see in the magazines and internet. You can also get to meet lots of sexy ladies in groups. So bring your friends along and make your tropical getaway more fun and exciting.
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