Boracay is one of the tourist islands of the Philippines. It is really impossible not to admire the unique White Beach and the sunset that resembles a painting. It is already one of the most beautiful beaches and islands in the world according to popular magazines. So places to visit in Boracay should definitely be seen. I am sure that you will totally enjoy your holiday by experiencing different activities on this idyllic island. Also, in the evenings, you will enjoy the nightlife extremely, because there are many fun things to do in Boracay.
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Boracay Island Travel Guide
There are many things to do in Boracay, although it is a very small island. You can swim, dive, do island hopping tours, and more. Even only swimming or sunbathing in White Beach makes you feel relaxed.
Millions of foreign and local tourists visit this island every year. Aside from its beauty, there are many options for comfortable accommodation. So, it is one of the best tourism destinations in the world.
Boracay is a very small island in the Visayas island group in the middle part of the Philippines. The longitudinal length of the island is 7 kilometers and its area is approximately 10 km2.
The island consists of 3 main stations; Station 1, Station 2, and Station 3. In fact, all stations are close to each other. You can visit these all stations on foot along with one of the world’s most famous beaches, White Beach.
How to get to Boracay Island?
There are 2 airports close to the island. These are Caticlan Airport and Kalibo Airport. You can fly here from Metro Manila or other cities.
I landed at Caticlan Airport because it is so closer to Boracay Island. In general, flights to Kalibo Airport are kinda cheaper, but when I bought a flight ticket, the prices for both airports were almost the same.
After landing at Caticlan Airport, which is a very small airport, you have to go to the harbor. You can go to the port for 50 pesos by tricycles (3-wheeled motorbike) waiting at the exit of the airport. After arriving at the port, you need to buy a ferry ticket to go to Boracay Island.
It takes about 20-30 minutes to get to Boracay Island by ferry. After you set foot on the island if you can go to your hotel by tricycle or motorbike. Since I only had a backpack, I hired a motorcycle rider and he dropped me off at the hostel where I stayed.
If you land at Kalibo Airport, you have to come to the same port I mentioned above. For transportation to the port from the Kalibo Airport, you need to ride a bus or shuttle service from which Kalibo is a bit far away. It takes about 1 and a half hours to get to the port from the airport. It is the same as I explained for transportation from Caticlan Airport after arriving at the port.
Where to Stay?
Tropical Boracay Island consists of 3 main stations;
Station 1: This is a bit more expensive compared to Station 2 and Station 3. Luxury hotels are more common in this region.
Station 2: Station 2 means the center of the island. Boracay nightlife, restaurants, good places for shopping are always at Station 2. Here you can find accommodation for every budget. Also, if you want to enjoy Boracay nightlife and crazy parties, Station 2 is for you.
Station 3: The island’s calm and peaceful place. If you want to take a quiet Boracay tour, this is the ideal place for you. Also, if you are considering a visa-free honeymoon, staying at Station 3 would be a good choice.
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Best Things to Do in Boracay
There are a lot of guys trying to sell activities at White Beach. You can get information about the activities you want to do from them. In addition to these men, there are many travel agencies along the coast, you can go to them and get information. Also do not forget to negotiate on the price.
Boat tours are essential for every island of the Philippines. Boracay Island is one of the most beautiful islands to take a boat tour as well. You can discover other islands nearby and explore new places with a daily boat tour. You can also snorkel included in the boat tour and observe the colorful tropical fishes and reefs.
It’s a kind of diving actually, but they just put a hood on your head so you can breathe. And then you go down to the bottom of the water with it. Here you can come face to face with colorful fishes and take pictures with them. It is one of the must-do activities in Boracay.
Watch the sunset
A lot of people come to White Beach to watch the sunset. It gets really crowded. Here, you will witness a beautiful view of the sunset. If you are going to do a Boracay tour, I say don’t miss this magnificent view. This place also is Instagrammable.
Apart from the normal boat tour, you can also tour by sailboat. My recommendation is to sail from White Beach for the sunset and watch the sunset on the sea.
Kitesurfing is one of the water sports you can enjoy here. Bulabog Beach, located on the east side of the island, can be called the heart of kitesurfing on the island. Also, there are nice places that offer training for beginners.
If you want to do kitesurfing, you can get information from the following training places. Kitesurfing and Windsurfing School, Isla Kitesurfing School, Freestyle Academy Kitesurfing.
Like kitesurfing, you can windsurf at Bulabog Beach. Bulabog Beach is 1500 meters long and the distance from the shore to the reef is about 400 meters. So it is a beautiful beach where you can windsurf in an area of 6 hectares.
Paddleboarding is another activity that you can do, especially in White Beach. But for me, it is not a must-do activity here. I mean it is okay if you don’t.
Cliff jumping is one of the things I enjoy the most. Even if you don’t jump, it’s fun to watch people jumping. You can do it in a place called Ariel’s Point. You can come here by boat tour. They have made a simple wooden platform on the rocks which are varying height levels. So you can jump from wherever you want according to your courage.
Parasailing activity is one of the things to do in Boracay. My advice is to do this during sunset.
Take an Island Tour
You can explore the whole island by renting a motorbike. It’s a small place anyway, so it will not take long. If you don’t want to rent a motorbike, you can find a tricycle driver to take you wherever you want. It is a good way to visit all places in Boracay.
Beautiful Places to Visit in Boracay
Since the island is very small, places to visit in Boracay are very close to each other. So it will not take long to discover the whole area. You can get tricycles or rent a motorbike for that. If you take a Boracay tour, I recommend you to see the places below.
White Beach is on the top of the list of places to visit in Boracay. It is the largest beach on the island. White Beach is like a paradise with its magnificent white sands and deep blue sea.
Even if you do not want to do any activity in Boracay, you can sunbathe on the beach and swim in its unique sea the whole day. On the last day of my stay here, I bought some food from the ‘7 eleven’ and sunbathed on the beach almost all day.
You can see tides are high here. so the waters can recede 20-30 meters. It is also very enjoyable to walk on the wet sands at night after the water has been receded.
In White Beach, Filipino children build sandcastles. They even put the date of that day in front of the sandcastle they built. If you want, you can print your name or whatever you want to write and take a picture. Of course, all this is not free. They are asking you for a “tip” in return for their efforts. That means you need to give money to take a picture.
Many people will approach you there and then sell tours and activities. If you want to do any activity, bargain before making a deal.
I mentioned above, though, but it deserves to be reminded over and over again. This is one of the places where you can watch the most beautiful sunset in the world. Do not miss this unique moment while you are on a holiday here.
Willy’s Rock is perhaps one of the most beautiful spots on the island to take pictures. It is an Instagrammable place. You can even go to this cliff on foot after the sea recedes because of tides. So taking a picture at Willy’s Rock one of the best things to do in Boracay.
Puka Beach, which is on the list of places to visit in Boracay Island, is a beach located in the north of the island. You can easily get here by tricycle. Compare to White Beach, it is a very calm place. There is no restaurant or hotel. Already the beach covers a very large area.
While touring Boracay, you can visit this place and enjoy swimming for a few hours. You can also try the tropical fruit juices sold at this beach. Puka Beach should definitely be on the list of places to visit in Boracay.
Another beautiful beach on the island. Of course, it is not as popular as White Beach, but you can have fun activities here as well. As I mentioned above, you can do kitesurfing and windsurfing at Bulabog Beach. It is an ideal beach for those who ask where windsurfing good is.
What to Eat, What to Drink?
The island has a variety of food. Because tourists come from all over the world. You can taste local flavors as well as Italian, Spanish and Chinese cuisines here. In addition, Boracay Island is rich in seafood.
There are nice cafes and restaurants for every budget along the beach. You can sit and eat and drink whatever you want.
In addition, in the D’Talipapa fish market, you can buy the seafood you want from the market and have it cooked in the restaurants next door.
It was at D’Mall, if I remember correctly, I don’t know if it was very famous, there is a coconut ice cream shop named Coco Mama. This is an ice cream parlor with long queues of Korean tourists. Also, another ice cream shop sells mango ice cream, I recommend that too.
Besides, you should try freshly squeezed tropical juices and shakes. My favorite is the mango shake.
Nightlife – Things to Do in Boracay at Night
Boracay Island has many good restaurants, bars, cafes, and nightclubs. You can see most of these along the beach. But to be exact, Boracay nightlife is more lively at Station 2. The fire dance shows and live music of some hotels and restaurants in this region that start after dark add color to the night. Also, nightclubs close to the beach are very lively and fun.
Some clubs do not have an entrance fee. Since the bars and nightclubs are close to each other, you can join the ‘Pub Crawl’ event and taste different drinks by visiting most bars. There are lots of people who do this to have fun and also to make new friends.
If you want to have a quiet night, you can buy your drink from the ‘7 eleven’ market and then relax by sitting against the sea in White Beach. It is one of the cheap things to do in Boracay.
Boracay nightlife nightclubs
- Epic: Boracay Island is a must for nightlife and one of the most popular places. Located at Station 2 Open until 4 o’clock at night. You can also hang out here during the daytime.
- Summer Place: Summer Place, located in Station 2, is one of the favorite places for Western tourists. Entry is 300 pesos. Local San Mig beer was around 100 pesos.
- Boracay Stars Disco Pub: Located at Station 3. Open until 2 o’clock at night. There is no entrance fee. The local beer is around 80 pesos.
- Club Galaxy: This nightclub is located on Bulabog Beach. So it is a bit far away from White Beach. But still, you can try this nice club. It is open until 4 o’clock in the morning. Free admission.
Boracay nightlife bars
- Exit Bar: It is one of the popular bars to visit in Boracay. It is a nice place where you can sit and have a drink at night. Beer prices were around 60 pesos. Open until 2 o’clock.
- Coco Bar: Coco Bar, which is open until 12 pm, is another of the island’s beautiful venues.
- Pats Creek Bar: This bar with live music is open until 1 pm. They usually play reggae, acoustic, and jazz genres. The beer is around 70 pesos.
- Nigi Nigi Nu Noos Bar: A sports bar style venue. You can also hang out during the day. Food is not bad either. Beers are around 65-70 pesos. Open until 1 am at night.
Shopping – Things to Do in Boracay
One of the fun things to do in Boracay is shopping. D’Mall, D’Talipapa, and City Mall Boracay are spots where you can shop. You can also find ATMs and local sim cards here.
This is a place like an open-air mall built on a street between the beach and the main road in Station 2, among the places to visit in Boracay. There are a lot of shops in D’Mall where you can find most things you are looking for.
D’Talipapa is located between White Beach and the main road, on the south side of D’Mall and about a 10-minute walk from here. This is a place where mostly seafood is sold. You can cook the seafood you buy from shops in the restaurants. Plato D’Boracay and Blue Jade Cafe are nice restaurants here.
You can also find different types of souvenirs in D’Talipapa.
- City Mall
City Mall is the one-story shopping mall that is a little bit north of the island after passing Station 1. It has some shops, Watson’s pharmacy, and fast-food restaurants.