The Philippines Guide: Boracay

Boracay is the top beach destination in the Philippines. The title however doesn’t come without a price, it’s also by far the most touristy! Be prepared for an influx of beach vendors, tour operators and packed restaurants. Boracay is popular with Asian tour groups, European backpackers and families from all over the globe.

How to Get There

Coming from Manila, hop on a short flight to either Caticlan Airport or Kalibo Airport. Caticlan is closer to Boracay, therefore more popular and the more expensive flight. From Caticlan, head to the port five minutes away. The ferry to Broacay island is only fifteen minutes away. A trike ride from Boracay to your hotel is another fifteen minute journey.

If you are flying into Kalibo, you must take a two hour van journey to the port and take the ferry to Boracay. There are plenty of companies in the airport to book tickets for both van and ferry.

How Long to Stay

Sun Scribes’ recommendation is four nights. We had travelled a very long way from Ireland and were in desperate need of some relaxation! Three nights is plenty if you are tight for time while in the Philippines. Boracay will be your relaxation time else in the Philippines, the beach is beautiful and everything is easily accessible so enjoy your time in this slice of paradise!

Where to Stay

Boracay’s main beach, White Beach, is divided into three “stations”. Station one is situated at the north end of the beach, station two is smack bang in the middle and the hub of all activity, while station three is the south end and home to more budget accommodation. In my opinion, it doesn’t matter what station you stay in. The whole beach is only 4km long, and it’s easy to stroll everywhere.

Accommodation is more expensive in Boracay and also books up quickly.

What To Do in Boracay

As I’ve already mentioned, Boracay is the top beach destination of the Philippines, so obviously the number one thing to do while here?? Explore the beaches!

White Beach is STUNNING, but very busy. The north end is quiet that where we spent most of our time. Here you can eat in beachside restaurants, drink in sandy bars and relax on sand whiter than flour. You can also do island hopping and cliff jumping tours from this beach.

Take a trike to south of the island and visit Puka Beach, equally as beautiful as White Beach and more quiet.

Walk north up White Beach and continue around the cliffs. Here you’ll find a small beach called Diniwid Beach. I recommend lunch in Spider House, a funky hostel with a gorgeous bar restaurant with real spiders hanging everywhere!

I wouldn’t recommend snorkelling or diving here in Boracay, as there are too many boats and the coral isn’t great. Save it for Bohol or El Nido.

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Keelin Riley

Keelin is an Irish travel writer with a degree in journalism and a background in the Irish media. Based in Sydney, Australia she loves to blog about all things travel-related specialising in budget travel, ethical travel and off-the-beaten-track itineraries!

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  1. May 8, 2018 / 12:59 am

    I could not resist commenting. Perfectly written!

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