Boracay Travel Guide

I’ve been to Boracay numerous times already thus I will summarize all those trips in one entry. Hope this helps you in your future travels.

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Favorite beach because of the fine and cold sand

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You’ll be seeing a lot of sand castles

How to get to Boracay?

  1. Fly to Caticlan from Manila

Advantages: it’s hassle-free because from the Caticlan airport, it takes 5 minutes to get to the port that will bring you to the island. The boat ride from Caticlan to Boracay takes about 15 minutes.

Disadvantages: The tickets are pricier compared to Kalibo. For those who are afraid of small airplanes then flying directly to Caticlan may not be an option for you since the airport runway is narrow.

  1. Fly to Kalibo from Manila

Advantages: aside from the really affordable tickets, the airplanes used to Kalibo are bigger than those that fly to Caticlan.

Disadvantages: From Kalibo airport you have to look for a van that will bring you to Caticlan. It takes about an hour and a half to two hours to get to the port. You will be wasting a lot of time though.

The verdict: After experiencing both, I realized that flying directly to Caticlan is better even if the tickets are pricier. If you fly to Kalibo, you have to realize that you still need to pay for a shuttle that will bring you all the way to Caticlan. It may save you some money but I suggest that you spend a little more for a comfortable experience.

Airlines that fly directly to Caticlan:

  1. Philippine Airlines (PAL Express)
  2. Cebupacific (CebGo)
  3. SkyJet Air

Airlines that fly to Kalibo

  1. Philippine Airlines
  2. Cebupacific
  3. AirAsia

Tips:

  1. Watch out for a seat sale because you might be able to score really affordable tickets to Caticlan
  2. Ask your hotel if they can be the one to fix the transfers so that you don’t have to fall in line and pay for the boat tickets and the like.
  3. It’s better if you book a flight to Boracay early in the morning. Specifically 7-9 AM.

Fees you have to pay:

My hotel took care of our transfers thus we didn’t have to ride a public boat. The cost per pax if you plan to ride a public boat is about PHP 150-250 if I remember correctly.

Amount
1.       Environmental fee (going back to Caticlan) PHP 100
2.       Terminal fee/environmental fee (going to Boracay) PHP 160
3.       Caticlan Airport terminal fee PHP 200

Common questions asked regarding transfers:

  1. Is the port open 24 hours?

Years ago it wasn’t. My friend told me that the first boat out is at 4am. When I asked a local recently, he told me that it’s already open 24 hours. Correct me if I am wrong though. Let me know if this is true.

  1. What if my hotel doesn’t provide transfers (from Caticlan port to Boracay)?

Don’t worry because there are a lot of public boats available that can bring you to the island. I am not sure though how much it costs exactly but my suggestion is try to haggle because some of them may make the prices really high.

  1. What if my flight is from Kalibo? How do I go to Caticlan?

Like I said, there are vans that you can rent. You can also ride a bus which is more affordable than renting a van. Don’t worry because as soon as you step out of the airport there are a lot of drivers asking if you have a ride already going to Caticlan.

Where to stay in Boracay?

For those on a budget:

  1. Alice in Wonderland

Location: Station 2 near the Police Station, It’s kind of hidden because it’s not beachfront but it’s a minute away from the beach

Price per pax per night: PHP700

Stayed here back in 2013 and I really had a great experience because aside from the affordable price and the free breakfast, the rooms were big and there was a swimming pool.

  1. Isla Gecko Resort

Location: Station 2, two minutes away from D’mall

Price per pax per night: PHP800

Stayed here back in 2011 and I had a great experience because aside from the affordable price, we were allowed to ask them to cook the food that we brought. Only downside is that the rooms were small.

  1. Bans Beach Resort

Location: Station 1, in between Astoria and Nandana

Price per pax per night: Php 800-1300

I never stayed here but my sister told me that its location is nice for the price. She highly recommends this place.

 

For those who are willing to spend:

  1. Sea Wind Resort
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    They have the biggest beach front which I liked!

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    See how white the sand is?

Location: Station 1

Price per pax per night: PHP3500-5000

Just stayed here recently and I really liked it because the beachfront was so huge. Aside from this, the food was delicious, the rooms were big, there’s a pool, and the staff was friendly. It’s pricey but it’s worth it because of the excellent service. I love the location because it’s quiet and there are a few people in the beachfront.

  1. Sur Boracay

Location: Station 1

Price per pax per night: PHP 2000-3500

Although I never really stayed there but all my friends told me that aside from its good location, the rooms are really nice. Also, if you love to party, you will surely enjoy because of their happy hour promos, good music, and crowd.

  1. Fairways and Bluewater

Location: 3 km from both Bulabog Beach and Puka Shell Beach.  It’s not walking distance to stations 1,2, and 3.

Price per pax per night: PHP 1500-3000

Stayed here back in 2009 and I really liked it because of the amenities. The rooms were huge, there was a pool, and also a private cove. The only downside is that you have to take a shuttle to get to the main beach. They provide a free shuttle although it might be a hassle for you to go back and forth.

4. Tides Hotel

Location: Station 2 D’mall

See review here

Where to eat?

  1. barLOResto Lounge

Location: Two Seasons Resort Station 1, beside Sur

What to order:

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Calamares- Enjoyed this because the batter was delicious!
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Arugula Pasta
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The FAMOUS 4 CHEESE PIZZA!
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You should try this! it was so delicious!
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Oyster Sisig

 

  1. Manana RestaurantLocation: Station 2

 

  1. Real Coffee & Tea Café

Location: Station 2

What to order: the famous Calamansi muffins

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Make sure you order a day before

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  1. Jonah’s Fruit Shakes

Location: Station 1

What to order: Mango banana fruit shake, Army Navy Sandwich

  1. D’Talipapa

Location: Station 2

What to order: Chili prawns, grilled squid, sinigang na hipon

  1. Boracay street food

Location: everywhere!

What to order: Choriburger and longgaburger

  1. Sea Wind Resort buffet

Location: Station 1

There’s a Mongolian night or a pasta night. The buffet comes with unlimited seafood/meat (prawns, squid, chicken, ribs, blue marlin, dory fish, barbecue, beef, porkchop) which you can grill.

Things to do in Boracay:

  1. Experience the night life and party the night away! Go to Club Paraw, Epic, etc.
  2. Enjoy Happy hour which begins at 3 in the afternoon. Go to White House, Sur, and Two Seasons. Cocktails are buy 1 take 1.26264359715_fb2840d204_k
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    Happy Hour at Sur

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    Php 180 ONLY! Buy one take one.
  3. Get a massage by the beach. You can do this in Seawind Resort (PHP500)
  4. Do water activities like helmet diving, paraw sailing, and fly fish.
  5. Chill and witness the beautiful sunset
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    BEST SUNSET EVER!
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    NO FILTER NEEDED!
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    Favorite part of the day!

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I really enjoyed helmet diving because I was able to see a lot of cute fishes. Cost per head is PHP 600.

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I found this so cool!
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I was able to see cute fishes up close.
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I suggest you wear aqua shoes because it is rocky
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You also get a free CD with your pictures in the end
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Make sure you haggle because we got ours for only 600 pesos

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For those who want to uniquely experience the Boracay sunset, try paraw sailing. It’s very relaxing. Cost per boat is usually PHP1500 but you can haggle lower.

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Better to do it during Sunset!
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Maximum of 6 people per boat

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Tips:

  1. Always remember to haggle! The vendors overprice water activities, hats, shades, and etc. so make sure you haggle because you’re gonna be spending a lot of money! I remember buying a hat for 200 pesos. Its price at first was 350 but then I was able to haggle lower. I thought the price was okay but other vendors were selling it for only 150 pesos. Be careful because they usually say it is the best price but other vendors may sell it cheaper.
  2. Drink during happy hour because it’s buy 1 take 1. You get to experience the island vibes too.
  3. Not all water activities are worth it. Helmet diving was the best for me because it’s something different from the past activities I tried. Always haggle because they really overprice everything. Even the paddle boards for rent is expensive. I didn’t try it though because it was too corny for me. Just took a picture with it.

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    Just borrowed this for the photo hahaha
  4. If you plan to take a tricycle to wherever, make sure you’re with other people because a cost per tricycle is 60 pesos per ride. You get to save money if you’re with other people.

 

Hope I get to help you all in your future travels. If you have comments and suggestions kindly let me know. Email me at margagoes.com@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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