One of the most popular travel destination in the Philippines is Boracay. It is famous for its white sand beaches and clear blue waters. Last 2019, Boracay had 2 million visitors making it one of the most visited island in the world. This Boracay travel guide will help you plan your Boracay vacation.
Language: Filipino is the official language but English is widely spoken around the island.
Currency: Philippine Peso 1$ = P50
Modes of Payment: Cash and Credit Card
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How to get to Boracay
Two airports are located near Boracay, these are the Caticlan Airport and the Kalibo International Airport.
Flights going to Caticlan
Cebu Pacific, Airasia and Pal Express have direct flights from Manila, Clark and Cebu to Caticlan.
Skyjet has direct flights from Manila to Caticlan.
Airswift has direct flights from El Nido , Palawan to Caticlan.
Airjuan has direct flights from Coron, Palawan to Caticlan.
Outside Caticlan Airport there are travel agencies who will bring you to your hotel for P500 – P600 ($10-12) per person.
Alternatively, you can do a DIY trip going to your hotel to save money. First you need to go to Caticlan jetty port and pay P75 ($1.5) for the environmental fee, P100 ($2) for the terminal fee and P25 ($0.5) fare for the 15 minute boat ride going to Boracay port, then you can go to your hotel via multi-cab for P40($0.8) or tricycle for P25($0.5) per person.
Note: Visitors are required to show their hotel booking in the Jetty port.
Kalibo International Airport is 70 km away from the Caticlan jetty port. Ride a van or a bus (P200 or $4) from Kalibo airport to go to Caticlan jetty port. Travel time from Kalibo airport to Caticlan jetty port is 2 hours.
Manila and Cebu have direct flights going to Kalibo.
There are also flights coming from China, Korea and Taiwan to Kalibo Airport.
Where to stay in Boracay
Boracay’s 3.5km white beach is divided into 3 parts, Station 1, 2 and 3.
Station 1 – Luxury Resorts
Station 2 – Party and Shopping area
Station 3 – Quiet and Affordable
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Getting around Boracay
Walking– The island is small and you can walk from station 1 to station 3 easily. Most activities in the island are found along the beach.
Tricycle– Fares will vary depending on how you haggle but you wont pay more than P100 ($2) per trip.
Where to eat in Boracay
Sands at Discovery Shores
Barlo at Two Seasons Boracay Resort
Station 2 and 3:
D’mall is an outdoor shopping plaza in station 2. It has a wide variety of restaurants. Popular restaurants in D’Mall are The Hobbit Tavern, Spicebird and Steampunk.
Budget Options: Andoks and Smoke
Other must-try food in Boracay: Jonah’s milkshakes, Real Coffee’s Calamansi Muffin and Merly’s Chori Burger
Places to Visit and things to do in Boracay
You can easily find tour operators around the island. The 5 hour island hopping tour will cost you around P800-1200($16-24) with a lunch buffet.
Itinerary: Puka Beach, Snorkeling in Crocodile Island and Diniwid Beach.
Book tickets online for P2000-2800($40-56)
Inclusions: Boat Cruise, Buffet Lunch, unlimited beer and drinks, snorkelling, kayak, and 15 meter cliff diving.
Pub Crawl -P1000($20)
Bar Entrance fees, free drinks and a shirt
Parasailing P2000 ($40) 15mins
Helmet Diving P1000 ($20) 20mins
Scuba Diving 2500 ($50) 2 hours
10:00am Arrival in Caticlan Airport
10:15am Pay boat fare, terminal and environmental fees (P200) then ride boat to Boat to Boracay port
10:45am Ride multi-cab to hotel (P40)
11:00am Check in
2:00pm Chill and relax
7:45pm Pub Crawl (P1000)
9:00am Island Hopping (P800)
11:00pm Buffet Lunch
2:30pm End island hopping
3:30pm Parasailing (P2000)
10:45 Shop at D’mall and lunch
1:00pm Tricycle to port (P25)
1:20pm Ride boat to Caticlan Port (P25)
1:45pm Arrive in Caticlan Airport
P4090 ($81) total!
*Food, hotel accommodation and airfare not included.
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