Boracay DIY Travel Guide

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Boracay is the most prominent beach destination in the Philippines for leisure travellers. It is known not only within the Philippine archipelago but also around the world. Various global publications noted Boracay as one of the World’s Best Beaches and Islands. No wonder a lot of tourists that travel to the Philippines make sure to include the island in their itinerary.

If you are travelling to Boracay for the first time, this detailed travel guide will make it easier for you to plan your trip, save money, and maximize your time.

We would like to thank Joma Lumagui for sponsoring our accommodation during our 3D2N Boracay stay. We stayed in Astoria Current Station 3.

HOW TO GET TO BORACAY ISLAND

All major airlines have daily flights to either Kalibo or Caticlan airports – the two airports that serve Boracay-bound passengers. Many travelers opt to fly via Kalibo because most promo fares offered by airlines land there. The cost of transfer from Kalibo to Boracay island is around PhP600 if coming from Kalibo, PhP500 from Caticlan airport.

You may check the links below for discounted Boracay land/airport transfers:

You can find detailed article on how to get to the Boracay island from Kalibo/Caticlan airport in this link.


BORACAY ACCOMODATION

Make sure to book your accommodation early. All tourists are now required to present hotel booking/s before they can board a boat bound for the island. Also, only those that are DOT-accredited hotels/resorts are allowed to accept tourists. Click this link to see the updated list of DOT-accredited hotels, resorts, and inns.

Here are some of the important things to remember when booking your accommodation in Boracay:

  1. Do not book Airbnb because they are not part of the DOT-compliant accommodations list.
  2. Make sure to secure a booking confirmation voucher from your hotel to avoid inconvenience. You have to present it upon arrival at Caticlan Jetty Port.
  3. If you have relatives who reside in the Boracay island and you are staying with them,  you can ask them to fill out a form at the Caticlan Jetty Port signifying that you are their kin so you will be allowed access to the island.

There are a lot of accommodation options to choose from in Boracay. You may check this link to check available hotels online or see our suggested hotels below. Just click on the image to book a room and to know more about the property.

The centerpiece of Fairways & Bluewater Boracay is a world-class 18-hole championship golf course. The 6524-yard facility has a pro shop, locker room, club rentals, and beverage carts. Located on the northeastern section of the island, this Boracay golf resort affords guests a sanctuary away from the bustle of White Beach. Room rates start at PhP8,300.

La Carmela de Boracay Hotel is the perfect family-friendly hotel. It is located at the beachfront and right beside the Tourist Center. Room rates start at PhP3,500.

COAST Boracay offers fantastic facilities, including private beach, outdoor pool, pool (kids), to help you unwind after an action-packed day in the city. It is an ideal place of stay for travellers seeking charm, comfort and convenience in Boracay Island. Room rates start at PhP8,100.

Guests can choose from Alta Vista de Boracay Hotel‘s 500 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. The hotel’s dart board, private beach, outdoor pool, spa, massage are ideal places to relax and unwind after a busy day. Superb facilities and an excellent location make the Alta Vista de Boracay Hotel the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Boracay Island. Room rate starts at PhP2,600.

Boracay Holiday Resort offers an ultimate retreat from the busy city life. The resort is located in Manggayad (Station 2), right between the Boracay Main Road and two access roads, only a couple of minutes’ walk to and from the world-famous white beach of Boracay. Room rates start at PhP2,200.

WHERE TO EAT IN BORACAY

There are a lot of restaurant options in Boracay from affordable carenderias to mid-range food houses and high-end restaurants. If you are adventurous enough, you can find good-tasting rice meals (with drinks included) along the main road and inner alleys for only PhP100.

If you are travelling in a group, D’Talipapa is a popular food place where you can buy seafoods and fresh ingredients and have one of the surrounding eateries cook them for you – also known as paluto. Make sure to ask first how much the paluto fee is so will not be surprised when your bill arrives. If your resort/inn allow guests to cook or prepare their own food, then you can choose to prepare your own food instead.




WHAT TO DO / PLACES TO VISIT IN BORACAY

Boracay is enjoyed by many because of the diversity of activities available in the island. If you have budget, it is easy to keep yourself busy as you will not run out of things to do.

Below are the attractions you might want to consider.

ACTIVITES RATES NOTES
Parasailing (15 minutes) PhP1,800 / PhP1,500 1 person / 2-3 persons
Jet Ski (15 minutes) PhP2,000 / unit  
Jet Ski (30 minutes) PhP2,500 / unit  
Jet Ski (1 hour) PhP4,000 / unit  
Jet Ski Tour (1 hour) PhP5,000 Additional PhP2,500 for the guide fee
Banana Boat PhP250 / person Minimum of 5 persons
Fly Fish Php600/person Minimum of 3 persons
UFO (15 minutes) PhP600/person  
Wake Boarding (15 minutes) PhP1,350 Additional PhP500 for instructor fee
Wake Boarding (30 minutes) PhP3,000 Additional PhP500 for instructor fee
Boat Rental (good for 5 persons) PhP5,500 / hour Additional PhP500 each in excess of 5

You can also climb Mt. Luho, the highest peak of the island, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains and seas. Boracay Island Hopping tour is also a great option; but for now, most of the islets included in the tour are still closed for rehabilitation.

You can directly contact our travel partner, Sole Adventours, for booking of Boracay hotels and tours. They also offer all-in Boracay tour packages.

BORACAY TRAVEL TIPS

  • Boracay hotel rates are relatively cheaper during off-peak season (June-October).
  • You can save money by booking your Boracay trip in advance. Air fares are relatively cheaper when booked several months before your travel date/s. Check prices online and pre-book discounts below:

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We wish that you have a memorable stay in the new and improved Boracay. And please help keep island the clean so we can all enjoy it for years to come.

Thank you for dropping by!

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