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White Beach, Boracay

Boracay is an awesome tropical island about an hour's flight from Manila in the Philippines. Its long white sand beaches rival the best beaches of more popular destinations such as the Caribbean, the South Pacific as well as neighbouring Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Facilities are available to suit different levels of activity. For those wanting to just lounge around and take in some rays, beach-front hotels usually have lounge chairs set up just a few steps away from the hotel entrances. Facilities for the usual water sports activities such as wind surfing, snorkeling, diving and jet skiing are also widely available for those in search of more active pursuits.

The fun in Boracay also doesn't end when the sun sets. Boracay nightlife is pulsating with many bars and restaurants serving food, drink and fun until the very late evening.

Get in

Boracay sandcastle

The port of entry for Boracay Island is the small town of Caticlan on the mainland. Outrigger boats or "bancas" leave every few minutes from Caticlan's jetty port. The short boat trip to Boracay's jetty port at Cagban cost 20 Pesos. Tourists have to pay a terminal fee of 50 Pesos and an environmental fee of 50 pesos. Tricycles are available at Cagban to bring passengers to their hotels.

By air

The local airport, a short boat ride from Boracay, is Caticlan (IATA: MPH) (ICAO: RPVE), which is served by several airlines, most flying from Manila. The airstrip is very short and only propeller planes can land there. The following airlines serve Caticlan:


For flights between Manila and Caticlan either jet propelled or turborop aeroplanes are used. Flight times range from 35 minutes to 45 minutes. Bear in mind that flights from Manila usually leave from the domestic airport and not the domestic terminal at the international airport. The domestic airport utilizes the same runways but add enough time to your schedule for a 5 minutes to 10 minutes taxi ride if you are connecting from an international flight. You will also have to pick up and re-check your luggage.

Asian Spirit and South East Asian Airlines (SEAir) also fly between Caticlan and Cebu City, and between Caticlan and Angeles/Clark International Airport.

South East Asian Airlines (SEAir) flies a seasonal route between Caticlan and Coron on Busuanga Island in Palwan Province.

Air Philippines starts with daily flights between Manila and Caticlan from 15.12.2007 onwards.

Many airlines advertising flights to Boracay will actually fly you to Kalibo (IATA: KLO) (ICAO: RPVK) (which has a larger airport) which is a minimum 90-minute bus ride away, depending on traffic. It is often recommended among experienced travelers to fly to Caticlan so as to avoid the bus ride, coming and going. Many travel agents won't inform you of this option, however, for whatever reason.

Airlines which fly to Kalibo:

Flights to and from Manila to Kalibo are on jet planes. Flight time is 35 minutes only.

Airline fares vary, generally in the $50 to $100 range for each leg. Keep a lookout for special rates posted at the respective travel office adjoining the domestic terminal in Manila. Luggage over 10kg will probably cost you extra.

Upon arrival to Caticlan airport, you can either take a tricycle to Caticlan port (40 pesos) or a further east port (70 pesos). You might walk to the Caticlan port as it is only 10min away.

There are minivans which serve Kalibo Airport - Caticlan port (vice versa) point to point service. There are 40seater buses which ply from Kalibo to Caticlan port.

By boat

Boats operated by MBRS, and leave Manila's port for Caticlan either once or twice a week, depending on the season.

Also, Negros Navigation operates seasonal trips and anchors a few miles off-shore from Boracay's White Beach.

There is several boats daily operating between Roxas (Mindoro) and Caticlan (4-6h, 330P). First boat leaves around 6AM and last 4PM.

By bus

Philtranco coaches leave regularly throughout the day from Cubao, Manila for Mindanao, passing Caticlan on the Strong Republic Nautical Highway. The journey takes 12 hours.

Get around

  • Most visitors opt for motorized tricycles, which act as the island's taxis and make up most of its traffic. Rides are inexpensive, usually no more than P200 to any point on the island from White Beach and much less for shorter rides, and can be found almost anywhere along the main road.
  • Short rides, say from D'Mall to Station 3 or from Station 1 to Station 3, are a standard rate of 7 pesos but expect the tricycle driver to ask for 20 pesos or more if you look like a foreigner.
  • Scooters provide the best flexibility at a reasonable price. The downside is having to deal with island traffic which can be unnerving for visitors unused to the aggressive tricycle drivers.
  • Mountain bikes are also available for rent at several locations along White Beach, which is off limits to motorized vehicles.
  • To explore around the island, rent a native sailboat (paraw) or motorized outrigger (banca) and visit the many beaches of Boracay.

See

Willy's Rock, White Beach, Boracay
  • White Beach - This is what most people are here for. Not only is it a lovely stretch of powdery white sand against azure water, it's also the commercial center of the island. A stretched grove of shady palm trees separates the beach from the line of restaurants, cafes, bars, internet cafes, shops, bakeries, etc. There is lots of room to stretch out on the beach with your sarong or you can rent a reclining chair from one of the vendors where they will be happy to keep you filled with food and drinks. Most people opt for the shade and tend to hang out under the palm trees.
Puka Beach
  • Puka Beach - A quiet stretch of white sand along the northern tip of the island, Puka Beach is an image of what most people expect on a tropical island: white sand, azure water, and relatively empty. This is where locals gather the small puka shells for some of the jewelry that is sold on the island so expect the sand to be more coarse than on White Beach. The water tends to be a little rougher on this side of the island but it is much quieter. Similarly, there are fewer services -- at last count there was one restaurant but you likely won't have a problem getting a cold drink or an ice cream as there are a few vendors that patrol the beach. The main road in Boracay terminates at Puka Beach therefore you'll be able to hire a tricycle to get there in less than 10-15 minutes from central White Beach. Make sure you arrange a pickup if it is a quiet day and no tricycles are hanging around the beach. Most people experience Puka as one of their sailboat or banca stops during a day trip. This is a good spot for a picnic, but be sure to bring your trash home with you.
  • Baling Hai Beach - This is a quiet little cove just north of Diniwid Beach, where you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling and dining in a relaxed, peaceful environment. There are some fantastic views from the clifftop restaurant. Baling Hai is often included as a stop-off on an island boat tour.
  • The Bat Cave. One will see in several tour guides and maps of Boracay something called the Bat Cave, which houses many giant fruit bats, and locals will be more than happy to accompany you there for a fee, or "tip". The cave is on the western-end of the island and down several dirt roads. The guide will then take you on a short hike through the forest to the mouth of a cave, which drops down at a very steep angle. The mouth of the cave is littered with large boulders, and is extremely difficult to enter and walk down. There is no visible path, no handrail, and the stones are extremely slippery with slime and bat guano, as well as extremely dangerous, since the cave is at such an extreme angle. Also, the air inside the cave is very warm and humid, and in addition to the amount of guano, is very difficult to breathe. Caution should be taken by those visiting and entering the cave. There are bats in the cave, but down at the bottom of it in the dark, and unless you have a flashlight or are there at dusk, you won't see them. The ceiling of the cave is interesting, however, with multiple, small stalactites. Upon leaving, you will be asked for 200-peso entry-fee on behalf of the family that owns the land, in addition to paying your guide.

Do

Fire Dancing
  • It is worth hiring motorbikes or scooters out to explore the island, as there are other beautiful beaches on the other side of the island that are even better for snorkeling that will be completely deserted. Hire them for a couple of days and you should get a discount. The roads are a bit dodgy, and some are still being constructed, but it's a good laugh and better than plunking yourself on a patch of white sand and seeing nothing. If you happen to be lying on the beach though definitely have a massage and manicure.
  • Take a boat around the island, with lunch included which is only a couple of hundred pesos for the afternoon.
  • Horse riding is a fun activity in Boracay - get off the beaten path and experience native villages and scenery most other visitors don't get to see. All levels of experience are catered to. Ask a tricycle to take you to the Boracay Horse Riding Stables.
  • D'Wall Climbing Gym, D'Mall near Boat Station 2, [24]. An outdoor rock climbing gym located at D'Mall near Boat Station 2.

Scuba diving

For those interested in Scuba Diving, there are approximately 20 Dive Centres along White Sands beach; it is a good place to learn or to improve your skills. Cost is typically $33 per dive which includes hire of all equipment.The dive centres operate a cartel and have agreed standard prices amongst themselves so prices will be the same at all centres. There are 25-30 dive sites within 10-15 minutes speed boat ride from the beach, suitable for beginners up to advanced level. Dives range from 'Angol Point' (10m), through 'Crocodile Island' (22-25m), a straightforward wall dive, up to 'Yapak'- a deep wall dive suitable for only the most experienced divers due to strong currents, although there is the possibility of seeing sharks and stingrays.

Boat tours

The best way to see the beauty of Boracay and it`s various beaches is by Paraw (the local sailboats are called Paraw's). You will be constantly asked if you want to take a boat trip, as there are literally dozens of companies offering this service.

Kiteboarding

Boracay's Bulabog beach is known as the best kitesurf destination in Asia. The season runs from November through to March with onshore winds varying between 18-30 knots.

Boracay Island, one of the most beautiful places in the world has been a prime kite-and windsurfing destination for 20 years. The last two of its 18 years have seen the inclusion of freestyle, speed trial and "hang time" events for kiting, with plans to expand in future. Peak season, when the "amihan" wind blows, usually December to March, can see the lagoon alive with the vibrant hues of windsurf sails and kites belonging to the enthusiasts from around the globe. During the "habagat" season, the white beach side is home of the kite-boarders from June to November.

Skimboarding

Skimboarding in Boracay has been a new fun sport for kids and entertainment for older for people for several years. It is a welcome new attraction and a pleasure to watch. Skimboards are available for rent at several places along White Beach.

Massage/Spa

Budget

  • Along White Beach you will be approached frequently by women offering to give you a massage, which they will do on the spot or on a towel laid out on the beach - your choice.
  • A bit more organized, White Beach also has several "Massage Stations": collections of masseurs that have their mats set up. The stations are typically open as long as there are customers around but in general start to shut down just after sunset.
  • For Swedish, Accupressure, Shiatsu etc, visit Abe (pronounced Abby) the blind masseur who operates outside Cocoloco restaurant in Angol (south of boat station 3). Only P300 per hour.
  • There is a great outdoor massage station in the beach area of Nigi Nigi Beach Resort, where they have two tables set up. The booth is draped with curtains which they will close if you wish, or leave open if you want to watch the people on the beach. They offer every massage in the book, and charge 500 Peso for one hour.

Mid-range

  • There are several smaller/mid-range spas in Boracay that offer a menu including massages, scrubs and facials but don't quite have the facilities to be considered a full spa. Most hotels in Boracay offer a limited spa menu that falls into this category.

Splurge

  • Bora Spa located in Station 3 Sitio Ambulong, Manoc-manoc.Discover the secrets of beauty, health and relaxation through our different massaging techniques. Our primal aim is quality of service.
  • Ceasar's, found along the main road near boat station 3, specializes in Thai massage and uses two masseurs simultaneously to deliver the service. A 90 minute massage is priced at $50 USD.
  • Mandala Spa [25] — is typically found near the top of the list of world spas. Situated at the top of a hill, Mandala offers everything from one hour massages (single and couple) to body scrubs, wraps, facials, baths and four hour packages that combine it all. Expect to pay $175 USD for the full four-hour prince/princess treatment. Mandala Spa also rents out rooms to visitors to Boracay, which are built and furnished in traditional tropical style and overlook the island and White Beach. Advance reservations required.
  • Tirta SPA [26]— found in Sitio Malabunot, Manoc-Manoc, area. Indian treatments in a stunning environment for an affordable price. Friendly and helpful staff.

Buy

D*Mall off of White Beach

Along White Beach, there is a wide variety of gift shops and boutiques along the beach path and in D*Mall. In addition to the crowded stalls that you expect in Asia, Boracay also has several high-end stores including clothing, art and household items. Some places will permit you to haggle, others have a fixed pricing system with price tags. Shop around as prices vary. Outside of White Beach, the shopping becomes sparse or non-existent.

While walking or laying on the sand, anywhere on Boracay, you'll be approached to buy a variety of items including jewelery made of shells, fresh fruit, ice cream, sunglasses or a massage.

  • Shell jewelry — similar to what you can find elsewhere in the world, the jewelry made of shells is popular as for the most part it is made locally from shells found on Puka Beach.

ATMs

There are only 4 ATMs on the entire island for the 16,000 inhabitants plus tourists, and when they run out of cash, they are not refilled until the next business day. On weekends and holidays it is even worse, as the ATM's might go several days without being refilled. On paydays one will also see very long lines at the ATM's, and be aware that not every ATM accepts every card. One might only accept cards with the Visa logo, and not the MasterCard logo, so before standing in line for two hours, be sure it accepts your card. Also, be prepared for a very long wait in line, as many Boracay natives seem to do all their banking at the ATM, spending what seems like an unusual amount of time at it.

The best solution is to bring travelers checks or plenty of cash. Also, many establishments, including the tricycles, cannot break a bill over 500 peso (around $10), so it pays to always have small bills.

Foreign money (US dollars, Euros, Korean Won, Japanese Yen) can be exchanged in the back of the combined supermarket and travel agency just south of boat station 2.

Vendors

During peak tourist season, there are literally hundreds of Muslim vendors from Mindanao (Muslim Vendors Association) who walk White Beach and try to get tourists to go on boat rides, scuba diving or snorkeling excursions, jet ski rides, etc., for which they are paid a commission. Some carry racks of sunglasses with them, which they try to sell.

These vendors are everywhere, and it doesn't matter if you are walking down the beach, lying on it, sunbathing, eating at a sidewalk restaurant, or lounging in a hammock outside your hotel, they will come up and start bothering you, asking "Jet Ski? Parasail? Scuba? Sailboat? Sunglasses?" and waving a laminated card in your face. Normally, one has to tell them several times to go away, and it isn't long before another approaches. Many hotels and restaurants have "No Vendors" signs posted, but to little avail. After several days, one may find the vendors extremely irritating, as instead of enjoying a nice meal relaxing on your vacation, you will find yourself constantly waving away and avoiding vendors. They will even come up and start tugging on a tourist's shirt sleeve, while he or she is trying to take a picture. One may see a fed-up tourist walking in a T-shirt that said "No Scuba! No Jet Ski! No Sunglasses!. Vendors are not allowed in the D*Mall. Boracay and its tourist guests would benefit greatly if they removed the vendors from White Beach.

There are also children walking the beach selling mango slices, bananas, etc., but they are not affiliated with the vendors, and are instead children of the poor, native "jungle people", as the local inhabitants call them. There are not many of them and they don't bother the tourists.

Eat

Because of its wide draw of international travellers, Boracay has a wide variety of places to eat, including a surprising number of bakeries.

  • A Loja Delicatessen, [27]. was for many years the only Deli on the island. A Loja Deli, working hand in hand with Heidiland Deli, caters today more to the wholesale market, but offers also a nice quiet place to eat sausages, sandwiches and drink wine in a quiet garden, away from the crowded front beach area. Wholesale prices also apply to visitors who buy in bulk.
  • Aria in "D' Mall". Delicious Italian food. If they don't give you the spicy olive oil bottle on the side for your custom made pizza make sure you ask for it.
  • Arwana Coffee Shop (near station 3) is one of the nicest spots in the area for a tasty breakfast at a beachside table
  • Barracuda Snack Bar is near boat station 2
  • Bamboo Lounge, near boat station 1, serves a good selection of Chinese food in a relaxed beachfront setting.
  • Blue Jade Cafe is located in D'Talipapa and offers Asian and European cuisine. Customers can also shop in the market for fresh sea food and have it cooked for them at the restaurant.
  • Blue Mango, near station 3, comes highly recommended. There are some interesting mango-inspired creations on the menu too.
  • Cocoloco bar/restaurant near boat station 3 serves great Filipino and International cuisine in an attractive native-style setting.
  • Crafts Rooftop Bar are rumored to serve the most authentic English breakfast on the island.
  • Crafty's Rooftop Bar and Coffee Shop is located on the top level of the new Crafts Superstore at D' Mall's main road entrance. The deli sandwiches and salads are delicious, and there is a wide selection of imported beers and ales. This is a great place to watch the sunset.
  • Cyma, in the new part of the mall. Excellent food and service at this Greek restaurant. Try the Mezedes Combination, the Spinach and Artichoke Fondue and the Chicken Souvlaki.
  • Dos Mestizos This restaurant is the brainchild of respected Boracay chef & restauranteur Binggoy Remedios and his close childhood friend, Jose Ramon Valdes Nieto. Both owners have Spanish ancestors, hence the name "Dos Mestizos". This restaurant serves a selection of excellent Tapas dishes and is located between boat stations 2 and 3, behind the Tourist Center.
  • D'Talipapa The best and cheapest place to eat. Around the place are a variety of food stores that offers to cook for you, you could just buy Fresh sea foods/ etc (located just near the stores) then have the stores cook it for you with what ever way you like it. (Imagine you can get Crabs for 250 Pesos for 1 Kilo opposed to buying in restaurants that costs 130 Pesos/ 100 Gram).
  • Heidiland Deli - Next to the main plaza at the D'Mall Phase IV is a fully air-conditioned European style Deli selling all kinds of Deli food as cheeses, cold cuts, salami, yoghurt, wines and much more. Famous are the reasonably priced sandwiches (http://www.boracaychamber.com/MiniPages/Heidiland.html).
  • Hey Jude, in front of D'Mall, serves good pizza and bistro style food. The beef kebabs are a must-try.
  • Jonas Fruitshake in Station 1. Their fruit shakes are to die for!
  • Kurt's restaurant and bar near station 3 has a wide selection of good German and Filipino dishes and a friendly atmosphere.
  • The Kasbah Authentic Moroccan dining. Next to Discovery Shores.
  • Lemon Cafe, in D' Mall. A new addition to the island, this place serves a variety of breakfasts, lunches and light meals. The service and presentation is excellent.
  • Manana, near boat station 1, serves large portions of tasty Mexican food. Guacamole is only available when avocados are in-season despite what the menu says.
  • Smoke , located down one of the alleys opposite Lemon cafe in D'mall is a very good budget eatery. Local dishes, meat and seafood dishes, omeletes and excellent sandwiches are on offer. Most meals cost around 70 peso's and are all cooked fresh. If you are around between 11am and 2pm you get a free drink of Iced lemon tea with every rice meal.
  • Real Coffee, near boat station 1, serves a variety of pancakes, sandwiches, omelettes and salads, as well as freshly brewed coffee.
  • The English Bakery, near boat station 3, has several outlets for fresh baked goods and European breakfasts including a variety of sausages and rye bread.
  • Fridays Boracay tel: +63 36 288-6200 fax: +63 36 288-6222 [28] - all day dining, themed dinner, Friday night buffet, seafood grill, plus 3 cultural dance shows every week with fire dance.
  • Ole (located in the mall plaza) is the place to go for Spanish tapas and other specialties. Beware - the main courses are enormous!
  • Rumbas, in D' Mall serves good steaks, pies and other English style dishes. You can even order curries, fish and chips and sausage sandwiches!
  • True Food, in Station 2, offers fiery Indian cuisine that will awaken the tastebuds. The place is cozy with straw mats and over-sized cushions. The staff is polite and very accommodating. For those who enjoy the spicier side of life, try the tandoori chicken.
  • Valhalla Steakhouse in the mall, [29]. Has just a few dishes on offer, but the steaks are hearty & delicious.
  • Zuzuni, near boat station 1, is the island's newest Greek restaurant, serving excellent cuisine in a romantic, beachfront setting. The service is friendly and extremely efficient.

Drink

If you like to party, there are plenty of places to choose from. The livelier bars are situated near boat stations 1 and 2. There are plenty of places to party all night! Boat station 3 has a more laid back and relaxed atmosphere, with small native bars and restaurants - popular with backpackers.

Expect to check your handgun with the security guard!

Sunset during Happy Hour on White Beach
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  • Hey Jude bar usually has a live DJ, and the music makes a nice change from the ubiquitous Hip Hop and "R'n'B" played all over the island these days. Try their pizza and pasta dishes as well as tasty bar snacks to munch along with your cocktails.
  • JUICE located right between Boracay Regency and Boat Station 2 offers top notch cocktails and a variety of "sneaky smoothies". with a wide open courtyard opening up to the beach it tends to fill up by around 11pm but still very comfortable. The crowd is a nice mix of locals and foreigners. Great staff and charming bartenders.
  • Cocomangas, near station 1, is famous for it's "Still standing after 15" challenge. Drink 15 ferocious shots and win a t-shirt and a plaque on the wall. This bar is popular with the student crowd.
  • Bom Bom Bar (near D 'Mall) is a native style beach bar which often has live music. It's a popular hang out for artists and musicians.
  • Nigi Nigi's beach bar, between boat stations 2 and 3, three minutes walk north of the tourist center, is a popular centrally-located spot to have a cool drink and enjoy a little people watching.
  • Cocoloco, near boat station 3, is an attractive beach bar/restaurant which also serves tasty food. You can enjoy your drink by the beach, under the coconut trees, and there's a pool table in the bar too.
  • Red Pirates Pub, is a native style beach bar (near boat station 3) with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It's a good place to meet other travelers and chat, and on Fridays and full moon nights there is live music with bongo drums and native instruments.
  • Kurts Bar, near station 3, is run by friendly Bavarian Kurt and his wife Mags. It's a very popular spot to meet and chat, and one of the few places on the island serving draft beer.
  • Rumbas, in "D' Mall Plaza", is an English style bar that attracts a friendly crowd. The menu is pretty good too, especially the sirloin steaks.
  • Crafty's rooftop bar has probably the most extensive selection of imported beers and ales on the island. Head to the top floor of Crafts Superstore.

Sleep

Accommodation standards vary, with top of the line hotels and resorts to a simple bed rented from a resident. As such, whatever your budget, you could easily find a suitable place to stay. During peak periods such as Holy Week, Christmas and New Year, rooms may be a bit more difficult to find and more expensive so it would be advisable to reserve in advance.

Staying along White Beach gets you closer to the bars, lounging and food, while staying closer to Balabag beach gives you better access to the popular wind and kite-boarding areas.

White Beach

Boracay Sunset

If you prefer peace and quiet, avoid accommodation at the centre of White Beach, as this is the most crowded area. Head further north or south instead. The area south of boat station 3 has a more relaxed and peaceful vibe - no pounding disco till 4am. Accommodation is more reasonably priced, and there are some friendly little bars and restaurants where you can meet people and chat. North of station 1 you'll find many of the more luxurious (and expensive) establishments. The beach is at it's widest here, and the area is usually relatively peaceful. Among the many quality resorts in Boracay at which you may stay are (in alphabetical order):

  • Angol Point Resort. Lovely native style cottages in an attractive beachfront garden setting.
  • Bamboo Bungalows, +63 36 288 63 24 (), [1]. Is situated since 1986, almost in the middle of Boracay's 3km long white beach. The establishment is set in a spacious tropical garden, and is a oasis reaching up to the beachfront, covering an area of about 4000m2. Numerous Bungalows, Rooms and Apartments with all the conveniences like AC, hot- water shower, TV and the likes. They have also some native- style bungalow’s, fan- cooled, with private shower and restroom.
  • Blue Mango. In Angol, at the southern end of White Beach. A friendly, family run establishment. The location is peaceful - less crowded than at station 2.
  • Boracay Beach Chalets, Near Boat Station 2, Manggayad, Balabag, +63.36.288.3993 (fax: +63.36.288.6313), [2]. Cozy, air-conditioned cottages decorate the landscape of the beach resort named the Boracay Beach Chalets. Best rates on official website start at US$50 during the low season and US$100 during the high season.
  • Boracay Regency Hotel Resort and Convention Center, (63-2)5238707 (63-2)5238708 (, fax: (63-2)5239790), [3]. The Boracay Regency Hotel Resort and Convention Center is the first to receive a triple-A rating for hotels along the White Beach from the Department of Tourism of the Philippines. The hotel has 195 fully air-conditioned rooms, furnished with high quality fixtures and earthy bamboo and rattan pieces with lanais (except for standard rooms) overlooking the spectacular white sand beach. The hotel also features two swimming pools, gym, business center and a host of restaurants that serve international dishes (Korean, Japanese, European, American).
  • Boracay Sandcastles, White Beach, +632-752-7575 (fax: +632-755-6849), [4]. Best rates on official website start at US$85.
  • Boracay Tourists' Inn, Station 1, Balabag, Malay, Aklan, +63.36.288-3957 (, fax: +63.36.288-3957), [5]. The location is one-minute away from the beach, restaurants, bars and public market of Boracay. Rates can be found on the official website..
  • Casa Camilla-Boracay, southern ,quieter end of WHITE BEACH, Tel.from outside Philippines+63-36-288-5309, +63-36-5974, Lorna's Cell +63-928-250-1275 from inside Philippines 036-288-5309, 036-288-5974 (), [6]. Best Value Boracay Beachfront Room Rates from P400 to P4000/night with weekly, monthly and yearly discounts.
  • Fridays Boracay, +63 36 288 6200, [7]. Comfortable cottages.


  • Hey Jude! Resort Boracay, D’ Mall D’ Boracay Balabag, +63 36 288 5401 (fax: +63 36 2885403), [8]. Hey! Jude has always been known for its innovativeness and service and they have translated this from the bar to their resort. Best rates on official website start at US$46.
  • Jony's Beach Resort Boracay, +(63) 36 288 6119 (fax: +(63) 36 288 3119), [9]. One of the oldest family-run establishments on the island. This resort was recently accredited by the Department of Tourism as Class "AA". Best rates on official website start at US$75.
  • La Isla Bonita Resort Bar & Restaurant, Boat Station No. 3 Manggayad, Manoc-Manoc, (036) 288-6959 (, fax: (036) 288-3501), [10]. Nice, basic, aircon room with cable TV and private bathroom runs 2000PHP/night (high season).
  • Le Soleil de Boracay, ''+6336'' 288-6209 to 12 (fax: +''+6336'' 288-6118), [11]. Right in the center of White Beach, near Boat Station 2. The resort as a whole has a nice ambiance, rooms are also brightly decorated. Lounging area available right on the beach front as you step out of the hotel. Breakfast is served a la carte and portions aren't that impressive so if your package doesn't come with breakfast, you might as well have it outside of the hotel.
  • Little Corner of Italy. In Angol, at the southern end of White Beach (Station 3 southern end - left and right from the famous red pirates bar). Better known as "Da Marios" as its run by an Italian. They offer budget common rooms (4 people/room) for 180PHP/night (during high season) with fan and common shower/toilet. Also bungalows (2-4 people) with prices starting from 1800PHP for 2 + 300PHP/person including own shower. If you don't sleep there, at least the lasagna is worth a try.
  • Microtel Inn and Suites Boracay, ''+6336'' 288-6931, [12]. Microtel Inn and Suites Boracay is a 51-room beach-front hotel. It is the perfect place where you could experience the pristine white sand beach, calm turquoise waters and magnificent honey-colored sunsets that the island is famous for. Best rates on official website start at US$105.
  • Mulligan Golf Hotel Boracay, Newcoast, Balabag, +63 36 288 5587 or 89 (fax: +63 36 288 5176), [13]. Best rates on official website start at US$155.
  • Nigi Nigi Noo Noos, [14]. Good "traditional" cottages that look great. Food is good there too.
  • The Panoly Resort Hotel, [15]. The Panoly Resort Hotel is one of the island's most famous, popular hotels. Sprawled throughout this luxury resort are 100 rooms – 45 bungalows in 9 octagonal clusters, and 55 hotel-type rooms with verandas at the Garden Wing. The Panoly mixes native and contemporary-style accommodations to suit each guest’s preference
  • Paradise Garden Boracay Resort, Manggayad, +63.2.524.9638, [16]. Best rates on official website start at US$100.
  • Patio Pacific, ''+632'' 8452222 (fax: ''+632'' 8452233), [17]. Formerly known as Pink Patio Resort. Facilities include a gym, pool and climbing wall. Rooms are adequate if a bit bland in decor. From White Beach, you would need to pass through a small access road to get to the resort. Breakfast is served buffet style though choices may be limited at times.
  • Serendipity Resort Boracay, Main Road, Bgy. Balabag Boracay, Malay, Aklan, +(63)36 288 5411 (), [18]. Serendipity has simple but tastefully-fitted rooms that are air-conditioned and equipped with hot shower and cable television. Fan-cooled cottages, inspired by huts in the Philippine highlands, are also available. Additional features include a commercial arcade, a guest’s lounge and landscaped gardens. Best rates on official website start at US$35.
  • Serina del Sol Beachfront Inn, +6336 2884343, +6336 5063172, [19]. A cozy hotel located at station 1, White Beach. All rooms air conditioned, with hot and cold shower, cable television, patios, minibar, 24-hour Room Service. Newer hotel.
  • Sur Beach Resort, Balabag, Bocaray,Malay, Aklan, +63 36 288 6844 and +63 928 781 1233 (, fax: +63 36 288 6843), [20]. One of the smaller but charming hotels in the Station 1 area.
  • The Strand Boracay Resort, Sinagpa, Balabag, +63(0)36 288-6900, [21]. The Strand is a boutique garden resort located in the Station 1 area and is just a minute away from the best part of the beach by foot. The accommodations are world-class (design is a fusion of Asian and Scandinavian design) and the prices reasonable. It has only thirteen rooms/suites which makes it very private and exclusive and boasts of salt-water pools (with 18m lap pool), a first of its kind on the island. It is idyllic for honeymooners, families with children and groups of friends who like to have the best of both worlds - the fantastic beach and the tranquility of living amidst a lush garden (the property was a mahogany plantation field before). It is very popular among Europeans, expats living in Asia, visiting Filipinos from abroad and companies who sometimes book the entire resort for themselves exclusively.
  • Villa Camilla. Villa Camilla is a reasonably priced beach-front hotel in a nice quiet location.
  • Villa Sunset Resort Boracay, Manggayad, Balabag, +63(0)36 288-5666 (fax: +63(0) 36 288-5324), [22]. Villa Sunset Boracay offers a tranquil and intimate atmosphere. Villa Sunset's eight apartments come fully furnished with their own terrace or balcony, cable TV, telephone, kitchenette, shower, air conditioning and a fully stocked fridge. Best rates on official website start at US$51.


  • Willy's Beach Club Hotel Boracay, Balabag, (6336) 288-3395 (fax: (6336) 288 3016), [23]. Willy’s Beach Club Hotel is the permanent home of some seventy individuals. This unique set up makes it a truly friendly and hospitable place to stay, offering the best of Boracay living without the hotel formalities. Each of the Mediterranean-style villa’s 40 air-conditioned rooms features fun designs and comfortable furnishings. Best rates on official website start at US$88.

Bulabog Beach

Bulabog Beach runs parallel with White Beach and is located on the east side of the island. It is approximately 1.5kms long and has similar white sand to that found on White Beach. It is protected from strong seas by a coral reef located 500 meters offshore, and from late Oct. to April the Amihan wind(NE wind) make this beach very popular with windsurfers and kiteboarders.For these reasons it is often referred to as the "No.1 kite boarding beach in Asia." Bulabog Beach has the "old" Boracay atmosphere, being less developed than the White Beach area, quieter, more laid back, with onshore breezes most of the year, and a number of foreign residents have made it their home. In addition, resorts are starting to appear and the various types of water-sports (para-sailing, banana boats, jetskis, water-skiing, etc.) are using this area during the White Beach off-season (May-Oct, when the Habagat wind blows). Access to the D'Mall Shopping Center is only a 5 minute walk and a couple of minutes later you are on White Beach with all the crowds, restaurants, bars, discos, etc.

  • Boracay Butterfly Garden Cottages, Tel +6336 2886701 , [30]. Enjoy a relaxing tropical holiday in your own fully furnished, beachside cottage on Bulabog Beach, Boracay, often referred to as the No.1 Kite Boarding beach in Asia. All cottages have fully equipped kitchens, separate air conditioned bedrooms, hot showers, cable TVs, and sea view patios. Swim and sunbathe on the beach by your cottage, or take a 4 minute walk to the D'Mall Shopping Centre, or a 7 minute walk to the main White Beach.
  • The Lazy Dog Bed & Breakfast, Tel. +63.36.288 4128, [31]A private and intimate place to stay while in Boracay. The Lazy Dog Bed & Breakfast is located in a beautiful garden at Bulabog Beach. All rooms are fully equipped with aircon, hot shower and tv. The room rates starts with 2.250.00 pesos per night.

Near White Beach

Some hotels and resorts are located along roads and footpaths off of White Beach, generally within just a few minutes walk from the beach. Room rates in these may be a bit lower than prices for comparable rooms located in resorts which have beach-front entrances, and the rooms may be a bit quieter than rooms located right on the beach.

  • Boracay Holiday Resort, Tel +6336 2884086 Fax +6336 2884085, [32]. A Mediterranean inspired resort located at the heart of Manggayad (Station 2), a three-minute leisurely walk to white beach.
  • Grand Boracay Resort, Tel (632) 7315971 to 72 Fax no. (632) 7426272, [33]. Grand Boracay is in the center of Boracay island. Known for its wide space and quiet atmosphere with its affordable prices.
  • Dave's Straw Hat Inn, Tel +6336 2885465 Fax +6336 2885855, [34]. Near boat station 3. Widely considered to be one of the best budget resorts on the island.
  • Orchids Resort, Tel +6336 2883313, Fax +6336 2883764, [35]. One of Boracay's finest native-built resorts for the budget-minded vacationer. Less then a minute walk to White Beach.
  • Turtle Inn, Tel +63 (0) 36288 4206, [36]. This is one of the island's newer establishments. Located just a couple of minutes walk from the beach near boat station 3, this hotel has a high standard of accommodation at surprisingly reasonable rates.

Balabag and other areas

  • Boracay Hills Resort, Tel +6336 2883315 Fax +6336 2883768, [37]. One of the most exclusive places to stay on Boracay Island. Located in the lush and hilly hammock of Bantud just 10 minutes walk from the beach; free shuttle service available.
  • Lorenzo's Villa, tel +632 928-0719, [38]. One of two Lorenzo's properties, Lorenzo's Villa is located on the southern tip of Boracay. Despite being a fine full service resort facility, it remains less popular with travelers because of its distance from White Beach (10-15 minutes by tricycle or on complimentary hotel shuttle). All rooms feature ocean view balconies. There is a pool and spa services on site and beach access to a small stretch of sand is limited due to the resort being perched on a cliff.
  • Paradise Bay [39] is popular with German travellers. It offers a middle range accommodation rate with a small pool, a free van-ride to anywhere on the island and a billiard table.

Get out

All visitors, save those that are shuttled directly to/from their hotel, depart from Boracay through Cagban. Cagban is located on the southern tip of the Boracay, the nearest point across the water to Caticlan. From your accommodation on Boracay, arrange land transportation to the Cagban pier. From there, it is a short ferry ride (20 peso for daytime and 30 peso for the evening boat + the 50 peso terminal fee) to Caticlan.

A tricycle to Cagban should not cost you more than 20 pesos per person but if you look like a foreigner expect quotes of 100 pesos or more. Because Cagban is so out of the way many tricycle drivers will turn you down unless you are with a group of people. If you are traveling alone a motorcycle will be happy to take you for 15 to 20 pesos.

The terminal fee of Caticlan airport is 10 pesos, compare to the hefty charges by bigger airport like Cebu or Manila.



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