Boracay is a tropical island surrounded by stunning white sand beaches and clear blue waters located about an hour's flight from Cebu or Manila just off the larger Philippines island of Panay.
For beach connoisseurs, Boracay competes with the best beaches in more popular destinations such as the Caribbean and the South Pacific as well as neighboring Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. For those wanting to just lounge around and top up their tan, beachfront hotels usually have lounge chairs set up just a few steps away from the hotel entrances. The more active will appreciate water sports and activities such as sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling, diving and jet skiing. The fun in Boracay doesn't end when the sun sets. The nightlife pulsates with many bars and restaurants serving food, drink and fun until the wee hours of dawn.
In terms of hotel prices, Boracay has very distinct seasons.
There are two main seasons, low and high, and within high season there are three peak seasons.
Low season is from June 1-November 1 or December 1 depending on the hotel.
High season is usually from Nov 1, or Dec 1, to May 31.
Usually hotels charge about about 30% more in high season over low season.
The peak seasons are roughly as follows:
1. Christmas/New Year Dec 15-Jan 5
2. Chinese New Year: Date of Chinese New Year +/- 3 days. i.e. if Chinese New Year falls on Febr. 8, prices will increase Febr. 5-Febr. 11.
3. Easter: Date of Easter Sunday -4 days and +2 days. i.e. if Easter Sunday falls on March 27, hotels will be more expensive March 23-March 29.
For peak season prices will increase an additional 20-30% on top of high season prices.
Prices are negotiable at any time of year, though for peak season a lot of places get fully booked, so negotiating with the places still available will be much more difficult.
White Beach is divided into five areas from
- Area 1 — Boracay Terraces (north) to Willy's Rock
- Area 2 — From Willy's Rock to Red Coconut Resort
- Area 3 — From Red Coconut to Boat Station 2
- Area 4 — From Boat Station 2 to Station 3
- Area 5 — From Boat Station 3 to Angol Point
In every station, there are two lifeguards on foot patrolling equipped with whistle, life buoy and hand-held radio. The boat station 2 is the lifeguard and rescue command center.
During the dry season of Nov-May (also known as Amihan), White Beach is calm and very suitable for swimming. The other side of the island has large winds and waves making it suitable for kite surfing and windsurfing.
During the rainy season of Jun-Oct (also known as Habagat), this is reversed, with a risk of typhoons (although this area of the Philippines is relatively protected by the mountains of Negros and Cebu to the south-east from the worst weather). White Beach often gets large winds and waves which sometimes makes it unsuitable for swimming. Current weather conditions.
Iloilo to Caticlan
Take a bus from Tagbac Bus Terminal in Iloilo to Caticlan and then take the ferry across as described below. Both AC and non-AC buses run the route and cost (as of July 2016) ₱350. All buses pass through Kalibo and may only have a sign on the front for Kalibo, be sure to confirm the same bus goes through to Caticlan or you may have to change buses. The bus route takes approximately 6 hours. Private vans may also be hired to run the route. Vans that can fit up to 12 passangers may try to get passangers at the port, near the airport, and from near the Tagbac Bus Terminal. These vans were trying to charge ₱500 per person from the port in July 2016 (low season), but they were easily argued down to the same as the bus rate of ₱350 (low season, July 2016). Jeepnees can take you from the port or airport to the Tagbac Bus Terminal. You may have to change between Jeepnee routes, but drivers should be able to direct you.
Caticlan to Boracay
Whether you go by plane or by boat, you will pass through the small town of Malay on the "mainland" of Panay island. Outrigger boats or "bancas" leave every few minutes from Caticlan's jetty port. After exiting the Caticlan Airport, find the tricycle stand to the right, past the various resort offerings. A tricycle and boat for two people from Caticlan Airport to the Boracay jetty is ₱150. Just the boat from the Caticlan Jetty to the Boracay Jetter will cost you ₱25 in addition to the following Environmental and Terminal fees. Tourists also have to pay a terminal fee of ₱100 and an environmental fee of ₱75. Tricycles are available at Cagban to bring passengers to their hotels. Tricycle fare is from ₱20 per pax up to ₱150 per trip depending where your resort is. If you have luggage, the standard fare is ₱100 minimum.
From Cagban Port to Station 1, the most that you should pay is ₱25 per head. That is, if you don't mind sharing the tricycle with other tourists. If you don't want to rent the tricycle and allow the driver to pick up other passengers along the way, say you just want the "Individual" price and not a "Special" journey.
Beware of the boat crews and workers at the ports. Some will aggressively rush to you and reach for your bags and belongings without explicitly asking if you would like help, and will all but demand a tip after carrying your things, even if it's only for several meters.
There are two airports located near to the island of Boracay.
- Caticlan or Godofredo P. Ramos Airport (IATA: MPH). Airlines with flights to and from Caticlan are: Cebu Pacific Air from Manila and Cebu, Philippine Airlines and SkyJet from Manila only. From Caticlan airport you can either take a tricycle (₱50 fixed price for airport tricycle, or ₱10 per passenger if you walk out to the main road and catch the shared ride on a tricycle passing by) or walk (10 minutes) to Caticlan Jetty Port. Technically, you may be allowed to bring more for an excess baggage fee, which is ₱200 per kilogram for Cebu Pacific, but this is not guaranteed. And it is quite common for your luggage to be delayed (ie put on the following flight) when flying into Caticlan without prior notice. After a lease was given to the rapacious San Miguel corporation by the local government, the terminal fee for flying out of this airport was increased. Make sure you have extra pesos when departing from here.
- Kalibo International Airport (IATA: KLO) (ICAO: RPVK) - Compared to Caticlan's airport, the Kalibo Airport runway is able to land larger aircraft such as Boeing 737s and Airbus A320s. However, it is further from Caticlan's jetty port which is 80 minutes away. Cebu Pacific Air, Air Asia, Philippine Airlines connects Kalibo to Manila, Taipei, Shanghai and Seoul. Philippines AirAsia connects from Clark/Angeles City in central Luzon to Kalibo with daily return flights. Tigerair Philippines connects Kalibo to Clark, Manila and Singapore.
There are minivans, vans, coasters and buses that serve travelers between Kalibo International Airport and Caticlan Jetty Port. Be sure to ask if your ticket includes a ferry ticket to Boracay (₱200 for a minivan and ferry, ₱300 for a more comfortable bus), and how much the additional environmental taxes will be (Official ₱100 for environmental fee and ₱75 for jetty fee that you have to pay in Caticlan port, regardless of which airport you fly into). Minivans start moving when they are full of customers (usually about 10 seats) so be prepared to wait up to half an hour in some cases.
After stepping off the boat in Boracay, you can see at least 10 tricycles waiting and offering to take you to your hotel. The trip usually costs up to ₱100. There are also several agents greeting you and offering hotels in case you have already not booked.
RIP OFF WARNING: do not use these agents as they charge hotel owners 20% of the money you pay for all nights, additionally they may ask you for money, without telling you their services are paid by the hotel owners already.
Southwest Tours offer a door-to-door service for 550P (One-way) or 1125p(Return) as of January 2017, you can book with them at the booth right outside the terminal. Price includes ferry terminal fee and environmental tax.
Note that if your flight connects in Manila, your ticket purchased after 1 August 2012 now includes the domestic terminal fee of ₱200. For flights to Korea, Singapore and other international destinations a terminal fee of ₱500 is to be paid after check in. The terminal fee has been increased to 700 pesos for international flights as of 1 May 2015.
By road and ferry (RoRo)
The "Nautical Highway" is a combination of overland highways and roll-on, roll-off (RoRo) vessels that allows you to bring your vehicle to Panay Island  and visit key cities like Kalibo. Taking your car all the way to Boracay, though, isn't possible.
Public transport also operates on this same route and is the most cost-effective way of traveling between Manila and Boracay. Assuming good connections, the total journey time is around 12 hours.
The easiest way of arranging this is to book a van in Manila by contacting private operators such as Angel Star (+63 2 783-0886 c/o Abner) and Gope (+63 2 732-6891 c/o Cesar). This will enable you to book a straight trip from Manila to Caticlan at the cost of ₱1200, more or less. Their group operates several passenger vans which can load 10-14 or 15-18 persons. You book the trip exclusively or share with fellow travellers. The van leaves at 21:00 daily from Manila, travelling through Batangas-Calapan-Roxas (arrives Roxas at 05:00 or 06:00) to catch the 08:00 or 10:00 boat to Caticlan, where you are expected to arrive between noon and 2PM. Before proceeding to Boracay Island though, be sure to get your return ticket (Roxas-Manila) at the Caticlan Ferry Terminal (inquire about the updated schedule from the staff of the van operators). Take an early dinner before boarding the van and bring water and something to eat while on travel. Riding a van gives you a more relaxed pace to Caticlan because you wouldn't have to stop in many sub-destinations which lengthen your trip and therefore can be truly tiresome.
There are one or two ferries per day direct from Batangas Port to Caticlan Port, which eliminates the long sea and road journey from Batangas to Roxas. This ferry's offered by [http://travel.2go.com.ph/
2GO Travel] (formerly Superferry).
The more challenging (but slightly cheaper) do-it-yourself version goes as follows:
The easiest way would be to book a straight trip that allows you to purchase just one ticket from Cubao terminal to Caticlan Port. The cost is between ₱1000-1200.
But if you really want to save money, you can also commute from Cubao bus terminal station (near Alimall). There is really no difference except for the fact that you need to purchase ticket/s in every stop.
Best leave 07:00-08:00 so you arrive in Batangas Port before 22:00.
the trip takes 2 hours via cargo ship or an hour to one hour and a half via Supercat. Do not purchase tickets for the Calapan to Roxas Van as this can either be a scam or you end up squeezed in one van along with several other passengers with tickets.
Takes about 4 hr. Make sure you leave early so you arrive before 04:00. In the morning, the ship to Caticlan usually leaves at 02:00 and 04:00 and the next trip won't be until 10:00. The 10:00 trip usually leaves late.
You can also start your journey with Philtranco, Alps, Dimple, Ceres and Rodastco coaches which leave at regular intervals throughout the day from Cubao, serving the Manila-Caticlan route for ₱1,200. Rodastco also offers a door-to-door service with pick ups anywhere in Metro Manila. Not all buses have Wi-Fi on board, even though most of them do. The contact numbers for trip booking are +63 2 732-6891 or +63 917 382 0426, or +63 919 382 0426.
- Locals use motorized tricycles, which act as the island's taxis and make up most of its traffic. The fares for the tricycles are fixed according to the distance, and there is government form that they are supposed to display up front that has the fares. Unfortunately Boracay trike drivers are some of the most dishonest rip off artists anywhere. There are two kinds of drivers, the first do the regular routes, you can tell because they will have Filipinos paying the government fair in it. If the trike is empty or has others foreigners in it, then no way they will give you the regular fare. The second kind doesn't do the regular routes but waits for foreigners they can rip off. Unfortunately most of the regular route drivers as of 2015 behave disrespectfully to a foreigner who wants to travel at the normal fare, more often than not refusing to take him/her. If you ask them the price they will either quote you 100 pesos (about 10 times the normal price) even if there are 4 Filipinos on the trike already or refuse to answer pretending to be retarded. They will also pretend to be hurt and make you feel cheap if you don't allow yourself to be ripped off. Don't fall for this scam. Apparently they have some cartel going where they agreed to behave this way to foreigners, because 80% of them follow this exact pattern. If you are savvy, and refuse to get ripped off, you have to deal with the fact that only about one if five are going to be honest. Ironically, these people are making a lot of money. Probably about 30 times the salary of an average Filipino, so please do not let them get away with this behavior. Call them out on their disrespectful behavior. Normal Filipinos are extremely friendly and respectful of foreigners, and the members of this mafia need to be stopped to make Boracay a better place.
- Short rides on busy routes, say from D'Mall to Station 3 or from Station 1 to Station 3, are a standard rate of ₱20 per passenger if you hire a regular trike as they drive past. Trikes that are stationary and seeking passengers are seen as seeking a chartered fare and fares will start at ₱60. In short, if you wish to save money, you should flag down a moving trike that has people in it. Drivers often charge higher prices in the evenings.
- Long rides, like Puka beach to D'Mall, should cost around ₱40. Drivers waiting near beaches, hotels, etc, generally ask a higher price like ₱150-200 even if you're alone. May be worth bargaining if there are a few people with you and you want an individual ride - otherwise, better catch a passing-by tricycle on the main road.
- 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. Unless you are booking a sailboat or banca through your hotel or resort or an established tour operator, avoid paying for sailing trips in advance. Some tourists pay for a sailboat ride the day before only to be disappointed when the sailboat never shows up the following day.
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. The long beach is divided into three sections, Station 1, Station 2, and Station 3. Station 1 is the northernmost and has the widest beachfront, where prime hotels and resorts are located. Accommodations are pricier, but quality is generally the best as well. Station 2 is the commercial and geographical center of white beach. This is the center of it all for for shopping, eating, partying, and etc. That said, the beach here is also the most crowded, and the area the noisiest. Station 3 is the southernmost section; quieter than station 2, it is the least developed, and also the lowest priced. All of White Beach from the northernmost tip of Station 1 to the southernmost of Station 3 (~4km) is open to the public, so one can relax and/or swim wherever you like, regardless of hotel location.
- 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 -- there are only a couple of restaurants, 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 pick up 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 cliff top restaurant. Baling Hai is often included as a stop-off on an island boat tour.
- Bulabog Beach - Come there on a windy days to see kiteboarders doing high jumps and crazy tricks.
- The Bat Cave. One will see in several tour guides and maps of Boracay something called the Bat Cave, which houses many small insectivorous bats (the larger fruit bats roost in the trees on the hillside above Punta Bunga Beach), 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. Additionally, several snakes live inside the cave. 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. Just nearby, you can find another cave, called "crystal" cave which has a lot of stalactites and a hole on the opposite site of the entrance, from which you can watch out to the sea if you dare to climb up to it. You will have to pay ₱50 entry-fee to visit both caves on behalf of the family that owns the land, in addition to paying your guide. Visiting both caves can cost up to ₱2500 for the guide, but this is the "rich tourist price", so try to bargain if you like.
Cliff Diving at Ariel's Point
Locals working in tourism will patrol the beach offering various excursions such as scuba diving or ATVing, and you are almost certain to be solicited. You should never agree to the price that is first quoted or that is written on the informational literature provided; solicitors can almost always be talked down and will often set the price far too high.
For those interested in Scuba Diving and Diving Packages, there are literally dozens of Dive Centres along the White Beach; it is a good place to learn or to improve your skills, although tech, cave, wreck and instructor level qualifications can be earned. Cost is typically PHP3000 (about $64) for a discover scuba 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.
One way to see the beauty of Boracay and its various beaches is by Paraw (native outrigger sailboat), which sail along White Beach every afternoon just before sunset. You will be constantly asked if you want to take a boat trip, as there are literally dozens of companies offering this service.
There are a few entrenched and powerful brokers here who control much of tourist activities that do nothing more than rip the tourist off. Booking an activity through them can cost as much as 5 times what it would cost if you only had gone directly to the office of that tour/activity. These brokers have strong-armed their way into many hotels with 'commisioners' that book at the hotel or on the beach so you may not even know that you're dealing with their rep. The best thing to do is grab a trike and cruise around and visit the service providers directly. If you're on the beach and are interested in island hopping or parasailing, walk right up to the boat. Avoid the people with flyers and clipboards. Prices are usually negotiable except for scuba where competition is frowned on but you may find price fixing in other businesses as well because they don't like competition on the island.
Boracay's Bulabog beach is known as the best kitesurf destination in Asia. The season runs from November through to April with onshore winds varying between 12-30 knots. Small lagoon (2km wide) is protected from waves with coral reef. Water becomes almost flat on a low tide, making it easy to start learning kitesurfing and continue with freestyle tricks. Because of its nice conditions, spot becomes overcrowded with riders in high season.
- Freestyle Academy Kitesurfing School, Bulabog Beach, ☎ +63 915 559 3080 ([email protected]), . Kitesurfing School owned by local hero Ken Nacor, offers lessons from beginner to advanced. All instructors are IKO-certified.
- GreenYard Kite School, Bulabog Beach, ☎ +63 917 3874402 ([email protected]), . First kite school open on the island. Kite lesson for all levels. ok
- Habagat, Bulabog Beach, ☎ +63 929 157 9871 ([email protected]), . School owned by a German who was one of the first kiteboarders to arrive in Boracay. School offers lessons from beginner to advanced. All instructors are IKO-certified.
- Isla Kiteboarding school, Bulabog Beach, ☎ +63 36 288-5352 ([email protected]), . Offers courses from beginners to advanced level. All instructors are IKO-certified
- Pinas Kite Boarding, Bulabog Beach, ☎ +63 918 257 4658, . Locally owned kite-boarding shop, offers courses from level 1 to 3. All instructors are IKO-certified.
- Gypsea Kite Kulture, Bulabog Beach, ☎ +63 917 326 8409 ([email protected]), . Locally owned kitesurfing school which offers kitesurfing lessons for beginners and advanced kiters, kite gear rentals and kite storage.
- Graykite Boracay, Bulabog Beach, ☎ +63 928 397 6249 ([email protected]), . 08:00-20:00. Graykite provides kitesurfing lessons in Boracay for beginners, kids and advanced kitesufers. Advice on travel and accommodation available on request.
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. But be sure to hire an expert to teach you to do the skills, 1-hour lesson from a local rider is usually around ₱300.
- 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.
- Bella Isa Salon & Spa  is a little spot on the beach in Station 3 with upscale decor and professional staff. They provide a full range of services including massage, facials, foot spa, and hair services..
- 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.
- Ceasar's, found along the main road near boat station 3, specializes in Filipino and Thai massage and uses two masseurs simultaneously to deliver the service. A 90 minute massage is priced at US$50.
- Tirta SPA — found in Sitio Malabunot, Manoc-Manoc, area. Indian treatments in a stunning environment. Friendly and helpful staff. It is a good idea to compare prices between Tirta Spa, Mandala Spa, and Shangri-La Boracay to find the best deal.
- Bakhawan Mangrove Forest (or Bakhawan Eco-Park), ☎ +63 36 262-7696, . Located on the mainland of Aklan province, the Bakhawan Mangrove Forest is a popular sidetrip for Boracay travellers. Hailed as one of the most successful mangrove reforestation projects in all of Southeast Asia, the Bakhawan Mangrove Forest is just 10 minutes away from Kalibo Airport, the international gateway to Boracay Island. This 200 hectare nature park features over 20 species of mangrove trees, 28 species of birds, and a wide variety of marine life such as mudskippers and fiddler crabs. While the forest's main attraction is its 1.1km nature trail, guests can also experience the park by paddling a kayak, riding a bamboo raft, or enjoying a locally-harvested meal. General admission is ₱100. Tickets can be purchased at the main entrance, and additional activities are available for a fee. Most Boracay tourists visit Bakhawan upon arriving at or prior to departing from Kalibo Airport.
- Boracay Cooking Class, Manoc-Manoc Near AKY Market, ☎ +63 927 158 7311, . Learn to cook traditional Filipino food in a locals home. This class will change your mind about Filipino food. Daytime, evening or private 1 on 1 classes available. Boracay Cooking Class is the number 1 ranked food tour on TripAdvisor. $30-40USD.
- Boracay PubCrawl, Station 1 inside Tibraz Bar, ☎ +63 917 808 8433, . A bar hopping activity that aims to create friendship among its participants. Registration fee is ₱990 per person which includes a shirt, a baller, a shot glass, free entrance to 3 bars and 2 clubs, 10 free shots and fun get-to-know games. Boracay PubCrawl is ranked number 1 out of 48 activities in TripAdvisor and is awarded with a 2014 Certificate of Excellence.
- Cliff Diving at Ariel's Point, . A fun and affordable day-trip destination for Boracay visitors who enjoy new eco-adventures and meeting fellow travellers. Located 30 minutes away from Station 1 by outrigger boat, Ariel's Point offers a wide variety of adventurous activities such as cliff diving (five different platforms ranging in height from 3-15m), snorkeling, and kayaking in an unspoiled tropical paradise near volcanic caves, mangrove forests, turquoise pools, and remote beaches. Trips depart daily at 11:30. Purchase tickets at Ariel's House (along White Beach in front of the Boracay Beach Club) before 10:30 on the day of departure. Trips frequently sell out, so it is better to buy your ticket at least one day in advance. Avoid purchasing tickets from vendors along the beach. ₱2000 (Nov 2014) includes a round-trip booze cruise, BBQ buffet, unlimited drinks (bottled water, beer, soda, rum), cliff diving, snorkeling, and kayaking.
- Parasailing: Take a parasailing tour around the island, to explore quiet beaches and snorkel sites. Ask your crew to organize a romantic BBQ on the beach with fresh grilled seafood, if you like. Cruise back at sunset to experience breathtaking views.
- Motorbiking: It's worth hiring motorbikes or scooters to explore the island, as there are other beautiful beaches on the other side of the island that are even better for snorkeling that are not as crowded as White Beach. 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, so use caution.
- Horseriding is a fun activity in Boracay. Get off the beaten path and experience 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*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, (mostly concentrated, including D*Mall* at Station 2). 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. An alternative to D'Mall is D'talipapa at station 3, between the main road and White Beach, which features a number of shops, vegetable merchants and a large meat market also selling a large selection of live seafood. Prices at D'talipapa (including those for basic necessities such as milk, vegetables and meat) are about 25% below those of D'Mall, which seems like a ripoff in comparison.
While walking or laying on the sand, anywhere on Boracay, you'll be approached to buy a variety of items including jewelry made of shells, fresh fruit, ice cream, sunglasses or a nice 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.
- Paulo Collection BodyWear, D'Mall,Bamboo Beach Resort,PC Main -Fish eye diving shop,Island Magic near cocomangas beach Resort, ☎ +63 36 288-3448, . Variety of beach wear and other souvenir items.
There are about 8 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 ATMs, 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. Maximum withdrawal at any one time is ₱10,000 the maximum per day at an ATM is ₱20,000. Watch out for fees as the on-site fee of ₱200 is only one side: foreign banks usually charge up to ₱800 for foreign currency and out-house ATM usage.
The best solution is sign up with BoraPay, a new company that provides cashless payments for the island. Most hotels will provide a waterproof RFID bracelet upon check-in that can be funded with any debit- or creditcard and then used to pay at establishments. Another bonus is the applications' up-to-date map of the island that really helps maximizing tourist's time.
Foreign money (US dollars, Euros, Korean Won, Japanese Yen, etc.) can be exchanged at several locations around the island. It's worth checking around for the best exchange rate, as all places don't offer the same rate. You're best off looking into BoraPay as they give inter-bank exchange rate and absolutely no fees.
Modernization (Cashless payments)
As of February 2016 Boracay got a huge boost in payment-modernization and safety. As ATMs are rare on the island and tourist destinations attract pickpockets the island now features a cashless payment-system called "BoraPay". Upon arrival on the island hotels give out bracelets featuring NFC technology that can be loaded with any international debit or creditcard therefore making frustrating walks to the ATM a thing of the past. Accounts can be funded from overseas before tourists start their trip allowing travelers to budget in advance. Most establishments along the famous white beach are equipped with mobile terminals where you can now pay with a simple swipe. BoraPay's application also features a up-to-date map of the island helping "newcomers" maximize their time.
Because of its wide draw of international travelers, Boracay has a wide variety of places to eat, including a surprising number of bakeries. Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy one of the best mangoes in the world. The climate in the Philippines is perfect for growing mangoes, so you always get them mellow and sweet.
- A1 Boracay,  serving only the best imported Italian arabica coffee beans.
- Andok's, . Andok's, which has 5 locations, sells rotisserie and fried chicken as well as favorite Filipino dishes.
- A Loja Delicatessen was for many years the only deli on the island. A Loja Deli, working with Heidiland Deli, caters today more to the wholesale market, but offers also a nice quiet place to eat sausages and sandwiches and drink wine in a quiet garden, away from the crowded beachfront 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.
- Bamboo Lounge, near Station 1, serves a good selection of Chinese food in a relaxed beachfront setting.
- Bistro Valhalla  in the mall is a newly refurbished steakhouse with a varied and interesting menu.
- Blue Jade Cafe is 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, has a good reputation and serves unique mango-inspired creations on the menu, among other things.
- Chez De Paris Resort, on the White Beach balabag (beside Le Soleil and The Mandarin), ☎ (036)288-3233. one of the first European restaurants on the island, the first in fact to have chocolate mousse and Italian pizza when the island was without electricity in the early 80's. Owned by the infamous and eccentric Frenchman Roger Deparis who has lived on the island since his backpacking days. It is a throwback to the old island style of mismatched decorations and heavy foliage. A little bit of island history resides in this sleepy getaway nestled between two large hotel
- Cocoloco bar/restaurant near Station 3 serves great Filipino and international cuisine in an attractive native-style setting.
- Cowboy Cocina near Station 3 serves affordable and tasty steaks, ribs and other grilled dishes, and arguably the best burgers in Boracay.
- Crafty's Rooftop Bar and Coffee Shop is on the top level of Crafts Department Store at D' Mall's main road entrance. There is an excellent menu of Indian food as well as international dishes, and 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, spinach and artichoke fondue and chicken souvlaki.
- D'Talipapa The cheapest - and for many people, the best - place to eat. Around the place are a variety of food stores that offer to cook for you. You could just buy fresh seafood, etc., right near the stores, then have the stores cook it for you with whichever way you like. (Imagine you can get crabs for 250 Pesos for 1 kilo opposed to buying in restaurants that charge 130 pesos per 100 grams). BEWARE of scams against tourists. These include adjusting the scales such that the goods appear heavier than they really are, or doing a quick swap as you are getting your cash out of your wallet to pay. Without good knowledge and firm bargaining skills, you may be better off getting seafood at a decent restaurant, where you can at least be sure of what you are getting. As of January 2017, locals have reported buying fresh lobster for under 1000 pesos for 1 kilo, while tourists get charged at a minimum 50% more. The rates, as the mongers claim, are because of rising costs. These traders make in one such sale, what the average honest hard-working local makes in a month.
- Deja Vu, Station 2. 10AM - 2AM. Deja Vu serves fresh seafood, pizzas and burgers. Contemporary decor and big comfy lounge furniture.
- Dos Mestizos This restaurant is the brainchild of respected Boracay chef-restaurateur Binggoy Remedios and his close childhood friend, Jose Ramon Valdes Nieto. Both owners have Spanish ancestors, hence the name "Dos Mestizos." Enjoy excellent tapas at this place, which is located between Stations 2 and 3 behind the Tourist Center. Live music is available on select nights.
- Fridays Boracay tel: +63 36 288-6200 fax: +63 36 288-6222  - all day dining, themed dinner, Friday night buffet, seafood grill, plus 3 cultural dance shows every week with fire dance.
- 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, etc. Locally famous for reasonably priced sandwiches.
- The Hobbit House,  - (Also located in D'Mall) With great food, drinks and live music, this place is the best of the Hobbit House chain. The staff here are all people with dwarfism. Though such people are employed at this bar, visitors should consider the ethics of visiting a place that seems to exploit the staff's height.
- Jammers, on the front beach of D'Mall. Up and running for more than 8 years, amazing burgers, hotdogs, fruit shakes, etc. Open 24/7
- Jonas Fruitshake in Station 1. Their fruit shakes are to die for!
- Kasbah Authentic Moroccan cuisine serving exquisite tagines and couscous. Next to Discovery Shores, Station 1.
- Kurt's restaurant and bar near Station 3 has a wide selection of good German and Filipino dishes in front of the beach.
- Lemon Cafe, in D' Mall. This place serves a variety of breakfasts, lunches and light meals. The service and presentation are excellent.
- Lovells Swiss Bakery, Balabag (next to Pantelco and infront of the balabag main hospital). Boracay's first European bakery and pastry shop, founded and run by a Swiss guy since the early 1980s.
- Manana, near Station 1, serves large portions of tasty Mexican food. Guacamole is only available when avocados are in-season despite what the menu says.
- Munchies, Bulabog Road 1A (2 minute walk from D*Mall). Cheap, but extremely tasty local and Mexican food. Their sizzling fajitas are not to be missed.
- Obama Grill Bar-Restaurant (Station 1), Beachfront & Main Road Frontage (across from Andok's Station 1 and Shore Time Hotel). Steak restaurant, opened April 2009. Some say it's expensive and the portions are small.
- Ole (located in D'Mall) is a great place to go for Spanish tapas and other specialties. Beware - the main courses are enormous!
- Real Coffee & Tea Cafe, now in a new location between Stations 1 and 2, serves a variety of pancakes, sandwiches, omelettes, baked goods and salads as well as freshly brewed coffee. The mother-and-daughter owners also get repeat customers who've been going there for years.
- Rumbas, in D'Mall serves good steaks, pies and other British-style dishes. Enjoy curry, fish and chips and sausage sandwiches while watching live sports on big screens.
- Shantal's Resto Bar, in Station 3 at the pathway toward Dave's Straw Hat Inn, Morenos and Escurel. Revered, family-owned cantina on the beach with great value homemade food. The menu offers a bit of everything and the friendly staff will make you feel right at home.
- 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, omelets and excellent sandwiches are on offer. Most meals cost around 70 pesos 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.
- Tilapia 'N Chips, G/F Kamayan Bldg. Station 2, Boracay (Beside Crafts), ☎ +63 36 288 2283, . 12pm-10pm. Visit this place for good beer battered fish and chips. They also serve Asian and Western style fish dishes, burgers, sandwiches and soup at this modern, airconditioned restaurant. Take out also available.
- 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.
- Wind riders, on Bulabog beach, offers tasty food before and after you kiteboarding sessions. Everything is delicious and made with passion. Try "Rider's fish favorite", Tuna pasta, Cheeseburger and mango shake.
- Titos Resto & Grill, Station 2, Boracay, ☎ (036)663-0079. 10am to 2am. Serves modern Filipino food that combines the casual comfort of a home-cooked meal with the relaxed sophistication
- Shenna's, Station 2 ish, south of d'mall. Filipino breakfast for only 150. Also offer for 75 without the meal so if you're feeling hungry it's a good deal. May also have rooms for booking.
- Viveri’s Cafe in ambulong road in station 3 is a small, stylish and great value for money budget restaurant serving various cooking styles such as Filipino, Korean and Italian.
- Zest Boracay Restaurant, Bar & Billiards, Station 3, Manoc Manoc (Opposite EMall), ☎ 09185412040. 8am - 10pm. Tasty and great value western and continental snacks and meals. Famous for delicious burgers and a wide range of fresh fruit shakes. Homemade pizzas and yogurt deserts. As listed in the Lonely Planet. 100 to 250.
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
- Bom Bom Bar (near D 'Mall) is a native-style beach bar that often has live music. It's a popular hang out for artists and musicians.
- Charhls Bar, Station 2 (Right in the middle of the beach). This bar is a long-time favorite on Boracay with live bands that play covers. Customers are invited to sing with the bands. A great shame for locals and tourists alike as it got wiped out in Yolanda and will not be rebuilt in current location. Think they have opened up again between boat stations 2 and 3 but not right on the beach.
- Cocoloco, near boat station 3, is an attractive beach bar/restaurant that 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.
- 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 younger crowd but a few "working girls" are around for lonely men. Try the Jam Jar, a pineapple and vodka cocktail.
- 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.
- Cream Cafe, right on White Beach, between La Reserve & Crystal Sand in Station 1. It's a great place for good old fashioned milkshakes and Arce Dairy Carabao (Water Buffalo) Ice Cream.
- Deja Vu, Station 2. Contemporary design and big comfy lounge furniture. Deja Vu's disco starts around 10PM or so; however, the drinks start flowing in the afternoon during lunch and dinner. Deja Vu has at least 10+ drinks on their menu that you can only find there.
- 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.
- 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.
- Nigi Nigi's, 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. The manager is an expat.
- Club Paraw, located across from Cocomangas on the beachfront near Station 1, this used to be one of the major nightclubbing/dancing spots. As of Febr, 2016, it doesn't seem to be its old self, seeming to cater more to a sitting crowd.
- Red Pirates Pub, is a native style beach bar (Angol, near boat station 3) with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and good selection of fruity cocktails as well as affordable ice cold beer. It's a good place to meet other travelers and chat, and on weekends, selected weekdays and full moon nights there is live music and an all-you-can-eat beach BBQ and buffet (Fridays).
- Rumbas, in "D' Mall Plaza", is an English-style pub that attracts a friendly crowd. The menu is pretty good too, especially the sirloin steaks. Big TV screens show sports.
- Shantal's Resto Bar, in Station 3 at the pathway to Dave's Straw Hat Inn, Morenos, and Escurel. Has a popular Happy Hour from 2PM to 8PM, offers one of the best beachside and sunset views on the island, and bumps a non-stop soundtrack of the best in electronic, hip-hop, R&B/soul, and reggae music.
- Station 3 Sports Bar, located along the station 3 road has decent tapas and English food (at affordable prices), three good pool tables, dartboard, and plenty of large flat screen TVs to catch the sporting events of the moment.
- Pat's Creek. Right on the beach close to D-mall. Live reggae music and nice tables on the beach.
- Exit Bar. Also in station 2 close to D-mall. 50 pesos drinks and beer.
- Summer, this is the premier disco place on White Beach, along with one other as of Febr, 2016. Filled with partying tourists and working girls. Cover 300 pesos on weekdays. Expats and long term travelers may not appreciate the tourist trap vibe and the entry fee.
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 are more difficult to find and more expensive, so book in advance.
If you're a budget traveler the best you can do to save money is to stay clear of the three peak seasons, as described above. Even in high season you can negotiate reasonable rates, as long as you are not in any of the three peak seasons. If you do hit one of the peak seasons there is no way you will avoid paying more, unless you are booking by the month.
Staying along White Beach gets you closer to the bars, lounging and food, while staying closer to Bulabog beach gives you better access to the popular wind and kite-boarding areas.
A word of warning: Boracay is notorious for travel agents (many in Manila) passing themselves off as the resorts, often through websites. When you call them to get a room rate or make a reservation, you will be quoted much more than if you called the resort itself. The travel agents simply take your request, call the hotel and make reservations and charge you extra for the service, up to double the original rate. Meanwhile, the traveler has no idea he wasn't talking to the resort. This can often lead to frustration, as the traveler will show up at his hotel or resort and see he was charged double the rate that the hotel is listing, even though the hotel had nothing to do with it! So the advice is, try your best to ignore the many travel agencies and make your reservation with the resort or hotel directly.
Better yet, don't make advance reservations in the low season. Just go to White Beach or the region you want to stay and negotiate deals with the places you want to stay at. Many street touts will offer to show you the rooms first and then you can negotiate
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.
- Austrian Pension House, White Beach, ☎ +63 36 288-3406, . This budget hotel has a restaurant, basic fan rooms with a private bathroom. ₱500-800.
- Casa Sta Fe, Station 1, . 1500/night for high season.
- Dave's Straw Hat Inn, ☎ (+63-36)288-5465 (fax: +63 36 288-5855), .
- Escurel (Escurel Inn and Internet Cafe), Station 3 (Back of Arwana Resort), ☎ +63 36 288-3611,+63 999 551 2335; +63 920 418 2785. checkin: 2:00 Pm; checkout: 12:00 AM. Amidst the vast complex of station 3 accommodations tucked behind the pathway next to Arwana's cafe, this is a friendly Filipino-owned establishment. Spacious, private rooms with fan, Hot and cold shower, cable T.V, kitchenette, fridge, and unlimited Free WIFI Internet close to the beach access. All rooms have a nice balcony to lounge out and laze on; the fan-only huts also each have a nice hammock out front. Rooms are priced according to season; either peak or off-peak. ₱1300-1500.
- Little Corner of Italy (Da Mario's), Angol, White Beach, Station 3 (Just across Red Pirates Bar). Better known as "Da Mario's" as it is owned and run by an Italian businessman. The hotel offers budget common rooms which can be shared by a maximum of 4 persons which have a fan and common shower and toilet, while rooms with bungalows are slightly expensive and can be shared by a minimum of 2 persons and a maximum of 4 persons. Rooms are priced according to stay and per person. If you don't plan to sleep there, consider trying their lasagna. ₱180-₱1800.
- MNL Boracay Beach Hostel, Tel +63 917 702 2160. Road 1A, Bulabog, Barangay Balabag, Boracay 5608, Philippines (tell your tricycle driver beside the Bulabog Inn). Brand new hostel (as of January 2014) located less than 5 minutes walk from D'Mall and White Beach. Rooftop terrace with bean bags, kitchen, wifi, computer with internet, hammocks. Breakfast included (bread, jam, fruit, coffee/tea). 600-700 pesos for a dorm.
- Moreno's Place. Run by a different owner of the same family as Escurel's, one will find similar accommodations and friendliness here. Prices are roughly similar to Escurel better publicized (read: Lonely Planet listed) accommodations. It's just 15-second walk to the beach.
- Orchids Resort, Tel +63 36 288-3313, Fax: +63 36 288-3764, . One of Boracay's finest native-built resorts for the budget-minded vacationer. Less then a minute walk to White Beach.
- Treffpunkt, in Station 3 along the same pathway to Dave's Straw Hat Inn, Morenos, and Escurel. One of the best budget options on the island. Clean, simple, quiet rooms with television, A/C, private bathroom and shower, and patio. There is also a boarding house upstairs, a general store, a treehouse kitchen, and the cheapest breakfast and sandwiches in Boracay. Friendly, accommodating staff. Rates range from P500 to P1,200/P1,500 a night.
- Villa Romero Boracay, Station 3, Manoc Manoc, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Philippines 5608, ☎ +63 36 288-4421, . Villa Romero Boracay is a 26 room hotel located just a few steps from the front beach of Boracay Island. The hotel also has a restaurant, guest lounge, coffee shop and a convenience store. It is far from the hustle and bustle of central Boracay but at the same time, just a stone's throw away from the beachfront bars, souvenir shops, the market, restaurants, dive shops, and more. Best rates on official website start at PHP 600.
- Trafalgar Cottages station 3. Great for people on a budget. About 5 minute walk from the beach. Air con and fan rooms, cold shower, no breakfast. 400 - 850 pesos depending on number of people. Trafalgar Cottages, ([email protected]).
- Anahaw Residencies, Station 3, White Beach, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Philippines, ☎ +63 9472646754 and +63 362881046 ([email protected]), . Brand new holiday apartments at Station 3 of Boracay's White Beach. Balcony with sea view, air condition, free Wifi, modern and comfortable furniture, western bathroom with hot water showers, flatscreen TV, fully equipped kitchen, security guard. From US$61.
- WaterColors Resort, White Beach Station 1 near Willy's Rock (From the Boracay Jetty Port, take a local transport called tricycle to Balabag Plaza.), ☎ +63362886745 ([email protected]), . checkin: 2:00 pm; checkout: 12:00 pm. price="PHP 1500 to 15000" lat="11°58'04.6N" long="121°55'12.5E">Recipient of the Tripadvisor 2014 Travellers' Choice Award. Absolute beachfront resort with 9 rooms, PADI 5 Star IDC scuba diving centre, restaurant, beach bar, roof deck bar and sun loungers right on the beach. Rooms have free wifi internet, cable TV, hot and cold rain shower and/or bath tub, both fan and air-conditioning and balcony or terrace (5 units). Excerpts from Lonely Planet Philippines: "If you stay in this friendly resort, you'll feel like you've never left the beach, even when you're sleeping...absolutely charming boutique-style rooms...delightful touches...high quality linens and great bathrooms."
- Alta Vista De Boracay , Alta Vista De Boracay is a beautiful resort, close to Puka Beach, Balinghai Beach, and Diniwid Beach. Starts from $65.
- Blue Lagoon, Sation 3, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Philippines (3-minute walk North from Boat Station 3), ☎ (63 36) 288 5170, . checkin: Flexible; checkout: Flexible. This is the South end of white beach which is know to be quieter, cleaner and less busy than station 1 or 2. The Inn has 4 standard rooms, 4 deluxe garden rooms, 3 ocean view suites and two large family room. The inn also has a highly regarded restaurant and dive center, and there is a designated area with lounge chairs. If you get the opportunity, spend some time with the owner, Vaughn, an exceedingly friendly and accommodating American expat. All the rooms also have air-conditioning, hot water, cable TV, wireless internet connection and come with free bottled water, beach towels, and breakfast. $38 - $165 per room/suite.
- Swiper's Inn, Station 1 Beachfront, Sitio Pinaungon, Boat Station 1, . checkin: 2:00pm; checkout: 12:00nn. Swipers Inn has an amazing view of the white sandy beach. The suites have their own kitchen and dining area. Php6,000.00.
- Villa Sunset Resort, Manggayad, Malay, Aklan, Boat Station 2, Boracay, . Villa Sunset is an 8-room apartment type hotel located at the heart of Boracay's White Beach at Station 2. The rooms are fully-furnished with their own balcony overlooking the swimming pool. The hotel offers day tour activities to those that would like to explore Boracay and its neighboring islands. Php4,100.00.
- The Palms of Boracay, Station 1, ☎ +6336288-1361, . All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, television LCD/plasma screen, bathtub, shower, balcony/terrace and mini bar. Some of its facilities and services are bar, restaurant, large lap outdoor pool, kiddie pool, shops, Jacuzzi outdoor, Golf Course nearby, room service, laundry/dry cleaning, hotel airport transfer, Wi-Fi in public areas, massage, orientation and tour briefings. Rates start at 6,999.00 PHP.
- Boracay Cottage Island Resort, Station 1, Balabag, Malay Aklan (Station 1 Beach Front), . checkin: 2:00PM; checkout: 12:00NN. The rooms are in Filipino-inspired design with walls made of Banig and bamboo furniture. Php5500.00.
- Sundown Resort Boracay, Angol, Boracay Island, Station 3 (right at the White Beach, behind Cocoloco Bar), ☎ 63 36 288-3406, . Nice resort right on the beach at the nicest part of Boracay with new rooms equipped with ac, hot water, fridge, modern bathroom, cable tv, wifi. Great restaurant on the beach. Austrian management From US$23..
- Argonauta Boracay- Boutique Hotel with Villas and Apartments, Hagdan, Yapak, 272 Balinghai Road (follow main road direction to Shangri La, Turn right after Grand Vista Hotel), ☎ +63 36 288-2746 ([email protected]), . checkin: 2:00PM; checkout: 12:00. is a boutique hotel situated on a 5,000 square meter hillside property facing west (sunsets) over the famous Punta Bunga Beach. Rooms are equipped with ac, hot water, mini-bar, cable tv, wifi. DVD Players and Ipod Doc ins are available on request. The Argonauta-Mobil brings guests to the White Beach and to Puka Beach. room rates start at PHP 4000.
- Artista Boracay Resort, Diniwid Beach, ☎ +63-36-288-6235, .
- Asya Premier Suites, Sitio Cagban, Barangay Manoc-Manoc, ☎ (+6336) 288.1790, . It offers premier and executive suites, all of which have a panoramic vistas of the sea, and is equipped with Cable TV with DVD player, mini-bar, and NDD/IDD phone service. Some of its amenities include private shuttle speedboat and van, nanny & butler service, a fitness center, and Wi-fi internet services. Best rates on official website start at PHP 13,500.
- Baling Hai Beach Resort, ,Baling Hai Beach Resort has a secluded beach surrounded by cliffs located on the northern part of Boracay, two coves away from the main White beach. Starts from $50.
- Bamboo Bungalows, ☎ +63 36 288 63 24 ([email protected]), . 4000 m2 of beachfront property. Offers various categories of rooms, ranging from aircon and hot water-equipped hotel rooms to basic fan-cooled cold-shower bungalows.
- Beachcomber Resort Boracay, Station 1, Balabag, . 11-room resort across the road from the beachfront. Sun loungers on the beach, pool, roof deck, spa, complimentary breakfast.
- Blue Coral Resort Boracay, Angol, Boracay Island (right at the White Beach, behind Cocoloco Bar), ☎ 63-36-2885220, . Small resort with six rooms equipped with ac, hot water, minibar, modern bathroom, safe, cable tv, wifi. From US$33..
- 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), . Air-conditioned cottages. US$50/100 high/low season.
- Boracay Beach Club (Station 1), . Modern 30-room resort featured in Travel + Leisure magazine. Amenities include a rooftop deck, swimming pool, and beachfront lounge. Special packages with discounts to Ariel's Point and complimentary breakfast included. Family-owned and managed.
- Boracay Gold Crowne Resort, Station 1, . Beachfront rooms with private balconies. P3,500 and up.
- Boracay Grand Vista Resort, Barangay Yapak, Station 1, . Claims the largest swimming pool in Boracay.
- Boracay Hills Resort, Station 3, ☎ (+63-36)288-3315, . 3000p and up.
- Boracay Regency Hotel Resort and Convention Center, ☎ (63-2)5238707 (63-2)5238708 ([email protected] com, fax: (63-2)5239790), . 195-room hotel overlooking the beach. Two swimming pools, gym, business center and a host of restaurants that serve international dishes (Korean, Japanese, European, American). Boracay Regency Kai Spa is also on premises. It includes almost 30 unique treatment rooms that offer wellness, rejuvenation and detoxification treatments.
- Boracay Sandcastles, White Beach, ☎ +632-752-7575 (fax: +632-755-6849), . From US$85.
- Boracay Sands Hotel, White Beach, Manoc-Manoc, ☎ +63 36 2884966 to 67, . It offers suites that are equipped with a DVD player, cable TV, Internet connection, refrigerator, IDD phone, writing desk and chair, safe, and hair dryer. Some of its facilities include a spa, swimming pool, restaurant and bar, café, and function rooms. Rates start at USD120.00.
- Boracay Tourists' Inn, Station 1, Balabag, ☎ +63-36-288-3957 ([email protected], fax: +63-36-288-3957), . One minute from the beach.
- Casa Dayang Boracay, tel.+63362882021, +63927-9474468, near D'Mall and across from the hospital. Swiss Deli, Italian coffee-shop, and soon to be opened Japanese restaurant. AC, cable TV, marble floors and toilet, hot and cold shower, veranda, old world charm. Email: [email protected] Starts from $65.
- Crown Regency Beach Resort, Beachfront, Station 3, Ambulong, Barangay Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island, ☎ (+6336) 288-1888, . checkin: 2:00pm; checkout: 12:00pm. This 41-unit resort has beautiful sunset views. It also has an infinity pool at the deck.
- Crown Regency Prince Resort, Main Road, Station 1, Bolabog Road, Barangay Balabag (at the crossing of the main road and the road leading to Bolabog Beach), ☎ (+6336) 506-3156, . checkin: 2:00pm; checkout: 12:00pm. The resort draws its ambiance from the past and contemporary art echoed in the 36-rooms.
- Crown Regency Resort & Convention Center, Main Road, Station 2, Sitio Manggayad, Barangay Balabag Malay 5608, Aklan (Across Allied Bank), ☎ (+6336) 506-3111, . checkin: 2:00pm; checkout: 12:00pm. It includes an impressive 1,800-sq.m. wave swimming pool with kiddie pool and a country's first wave rider (a pool you can surf on); 479 elegant units; a 1,600-guest conference center; restaurants; an adventure park; and Pricelite Outlet Store, where you can find many US brand items at P99.00, from personal care items to liquors.
- Erus Hotel and Restaurant Boracay Island, "Balabag"", ☎ +63-36-288-3441, ([email protected]), . A new hotel located right at the heart of station 2.
- Fairways & Bluewater Newcoast Boracay, Newcoast, Boracay, ☎ +63 36 288 5587, . Fairways & Bluewater Newcoast Boracay offers rooms equipped with air conditioning, cable television, minibar, refrigerator, safe, hairdryer and Baby cot ( subject to availability). Some of its facilities and services are clubhouse, restaurant, golf course on site, swimming pool, spa, parking, full service health spa, complimentary area shuttle and room service. Rates start at 3,655.00 PHP.
- Fat Jimmys Boracay Resort, Station 2, D'Mall, ☎ +63 36 288 5562, . From US$25..
- Fridays Boracay, ☎ +63 36 288 6200, . Comfortable cottages.
- Hey Jude! Resort Boracay, D’ Mall D’ Boracay Balabag, ☎ +63 36 288 5401 (fax: +63 36 2885403), . From US$46.
- Jay Jays Club Boracay Resort (Jay Jays Boracay Resort), . A hilltop private resort above Boat Station 1 with incredible ocean and beach views. Apartments have aircon, hot water, kitchens, cable TV and wifi.
- Jony's Beach Resort Boracay, ☎ +(63) 36 288 6119 (fax: +(63) 36 288 3119), . One of the oldest family-run establishments on the island. From US$75.
- La Isla Bonita Resort Bar & Restaurant, Boat Station No. 3 Manggayad, Manoc-Manoc, ☎ (036) 288-6959 ([email protected], fax: (036) 288-3501), . Nice, basic, aircon room with cable TV and private bathroom runs 2000PHP/night (high season).
- La Reserve Boracay, Station 1 Balabag, ☎ (63 36) 2883020, . Elegant rooms, private balcony with garden views.fdsd Best rates on official website start at Php 3,000.
- Lingganany, manoc manoc, ☎ +6336 288 5734, . Located on a hillside, 22 apartments available, with views, a pool, and free shuttle service to and from the hotel. From US$50.
- Microtel by Wyndham - Boracay, Diniwid Beach, Boracay Island, Malay 5608, Philippines, ☎ +63 (36) 288 4311, . All of its room features a cable TV, chiropractor-approved mattresses, air conditioning, fire safety system and IDD and NDD phone. It also offers a wide range of facilities and services - swimming pool, safe deposit box, laundry service, transport service, Wi-Fi, conference room, and function room. PHP 3,800.00.
- Monaco Suites de Boracay, manoc manoc, ☎ +6336 288 4800, . all-suite hotel, 40 apartments available, with ocean view, an infinity pool, and free shuttle service to and from the hotel. US$300.
- Nami Resort, Diniwid Beach, ☎ 63 36 288 6753 to 56, . A/C rooms equipped with cable television, minibar, coffee / tea maker, jacuzzi and king-size bed. Some of its facilities and services are restaurant and bar, water sports, airport and city transfers. From PHP 7,500.00.
- Nigi Nigi Nu Noos, . Good "traditional" cottages that look great. Food is good there too.
- One Azul Boracay Resort, North Station 1, White Beach Brgy. Balabag, ☎ +63 (917) 308 8262, . A/C suites equipped with cable tv, private toilet and bath, deluxe bathroom amenities and free continental breakfast. Some of its facilities and services are wireless internet, safety deposit box, massage service, laundry/ dry cleaning service and airport, land, and boat transfers. From PHP 2700.00.
- Orinda Boracay, Angol, Boracay Island (right at the White Beach,), ☎ 63-3400303, . resort right on the beach of Boracay with rooms equipped with ac, hot water, fridge, modern bathroom, cable tv, wifi. Hotel restaurant on the beach. From US$59..
- One Crescent Place Hotel, Balabag, ☎ (63-36) 288-5429, . The resort is in Station 1 of Boracay Island, a two-minute walk to the powdery white sands and crystal-blue waters of White Beach. Each guestroom features a deck, dining area, kitchenette, microwave oven, refrigerator, private toilet and shower, mini-bar, and Internet access. It is also fitted with a DVD player, writing desk and chair, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, and safe.
- Le Soleil de Boracay, ☎ ''+6336'' 288-5734 to 12, . 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. $100.
- One MGM Boracay Resort Village, +(63 2) 634 3581 – 83, . 88 rooms, two outdoor pools, restaurant, and spa.
- Panoly Resort Hotel, . 45 bungalows and 55 veranda-equipped hotel rooms.
- Paradise Garden Boracay Resort, Manggayad, ☎ +63.2.524.9638, . US$100.
- Patio Pacific Boracay, Station 1, ☎ (+632) 845.2222 to 28 (fax: ''+632'' 8452233), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 12:00nn. Formerly known as Pink Patio Resort. Facilities include a gym, pool and climbing wall. The 65 aircon rooms are adequate if a bit bland in decor. Breakfast is served buffet style though choices may be limited at times. Three-minute walk to White Beach.
- Pearl of the Pacific - Beach Resort Boracay, Pearl of the Pacific, Balabag, ☎ "63-36-2883220, . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 12 noon. .At Boat Station one with ocean view suites right on the beach. 60USD-180USD.
- Punta Rosa Boracay Resort, ☎ ''+636''288 6740 (fax: ''+636'' 288 6740), . Northern end of White Beach. Breakfast included.
- Sea Wind Boracay, 1 R&G Tirol Park, Station 1, Balabag, ☎ (632) 4164010 ([email protected]). 50-room luxury resort. Spacious, Filipino-style rooms with pseudo-antique furniture.
- Serendipity Resort Boracay, Main Road, Bgy. Balabag, ☎ +(63)36 288 5411, . Simple but tastefully-fitted aircon rooms with hot water and cable TV. 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. From US$35.
- Serina del Sol Beachfront Inn, ☎ +6336 2884343, +6336 5063172, . 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.
- Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa, Barangay Yapak, ☎ +63 36 2884988 (fax: +63 36 288 5088), . Boracay's first international branded resort. 219 rooms, suites and villas, with 350m of dedicated beach and 12 hectares of grounds.
- Shore Time Boracay Resort, Station 1 (next door to Andok's- Station 1 & across from Obama Grill Restaurant)), ☎ +63 6 288 4968, (fax: +63 6 288 4765), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 12PM. In station 1, across from the beach with their own private guests sun loungers on the beachfront.
- The Strand Boracay Resort, Sinagpa, Balabag, ☎ +63(0)36 288-6900, . Small 13-room resort in a fusion Asian-Scandinavian style, one minute away from the beach. Salt-water pools.
- Sur Beach Resort, Balabag, ☎ +63 36 288 6844 and +63 928 781 1233 ([email protected], fax: +63 36 288 6843), . One of the smaller but charming hotels in the Station 1 area.
- The Palms of Boracay. * <sleep name="The Tides Hotel Boracay" address="D'Mall" phone="+63 36 288 4517" fax="+63 36 288 4518" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.tidesboracay.com/" >Boracay's most notable boutique hotel located at the heart of D'Mall.
- Villa Caemilla Beach Boutique Hotel, Beach front, Angol, Manoc Manoc, ☎ (036) 288 -3354/+63917 526-9449, . checkin: 2:00 PM; checkout: 12:00 PM. Charming newly opened boutique hotel located right at the beach of the award winning and famous white beach, that aims to deliver personal and high quality service at all times. Features a restaurant serving all-day breakfast (plus national and international cuisine) and also a beach bar (Karaoke etc.)
- Villa Camilla. Nice and quiet beachfront hotel with a swimming pool in Boat Station 3. Can be quite a bargain in low season.
- Villa Sunset Resort Boracay, Manggayad, Balabag, ☎ +63(0)36 288-5666 (fax: +63(0) 36 288-5324), . Eight apartments with own terrace/balcony, cable TV, telephone, kitchenette, shower, air conditioning and a fully stocked fridge. From US$51.
- Willy's Beach Club Hotel Boracay, Balabag, ☎ (6336) 288-3395 (fax: (6336) 288 3016), . 40 Mediterranean-style villas with aircon. From US$88.
Bulabog Beach runs parallel with White Beach and is 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.
- Blue Bayou Bungalows, ☎ +63 (36) 288 4740, . Offers spacious bungalows with loft bedroom, kitchenette and veranda.
- Islakite Center, ☎ +63 (36) 288 5352, . Offers 9 nice fan rooms, private bathroom with hot shower, cable tv and free Wi-Fi. Perfectly located, right on the beach. Kitesurf as soon as you wake up!! The room rates start at Php 970 per night. Good breakfast and free storage for your gear are included in the rate.
- Mad Monkey Hostel Boracay, . Popular party hostel for backpackers with active bar scene and large swimming pool 2 minutes from the beach.
- 7Stones Boracay Suites, Bulabog Beach, Balabag, ☎ +63 36 288 16 01 ([email protected]), . checkin: 2:00PM; checkout: 12:00 NN. is a boutique hotel situated on a 4,000 square meter beachfront property located at the famous water sports paradise otherwise known as Bulabog Beach. This new and modern boutique hotel has stunning and roomy suites and breathtaking sights.
- The Lazy Dog Bed and Breakfast, Tel.+63 9209 454 845 +63.36.288 4128, . This B&B offers 15 fully air conditioned rooms, hot showers, cable tv and free Wi-Fi. Set inside a private garden enclave and conveniently located at the center of the island. Room rates start at Php2,600.00 per night with a cafe offering a good breakfast and lunch. And yes, dogs are welcome. Email [email protected]
- Reef Retreat Boracay, Tel +63 9173 493 060 . A nice cozy 12 room hotel owned by a couple from the UK. It's right near windsurf/kiting schools and breakfast is also served in one of these schools. Free wifi internet is available in all rooms. All rooms are equipped with cable tv, aircon, mini bar, hot/ cold shower and ceiling fan. Bulabog beach is only 1min walk away from the hotel. The walk to White beach takes about 10 min and the same goes for the walk to D*Mall. The hotel is clean and newly built with comfortable rooms.
- Boracay Butterfly Garden Cottages, Tel +6336 2886701 , Cottages with kitchens, separate air conditioned bedrooms, hot showers, cable TVs, free Wi-Fi, and sea view patios. 10 min from beach, 7 min from D'Mall.
- Palm Breeze Villa Boracay, Tel. +63.9155352625,. A small luxury resort in a slightly elevated position at the north end of Bulabog Beach. The resort features a swimming pool with swim-up bar. Free wifi throughout. Stunning views over the swimming pool and ocean from all rooms. En-suite bathrooms feature modern fixtures and oversized shower-heads. They also include quiet split-system air-conditioning, cable TV, mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilities.
- Cohiba Villas Boracay Resort, Tel. Tel: +36-288-4792,. Furnished villas intended for families staying a week or more, located on a cliff overlooking Bulabog Beach. Quiet split-system air-conditioning, cable TV, mini-bar.
- Tanawin Luxury Apartments, Mt. Luho, Bolabog, ☎ +63 (036) 288 - 6654, . Fully fitted apartments in a hillside location with views across to neighboring islands
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.
- Ocean Breeze Inn,  offers budget cottages or air conditioned Guesthouse rooms (various room sizes for single travellers or families) at affordable rates. Guest kitchen also available. Ocean Breeze Inn is located at Station 3, around 2-3 minutes walk to White Beach.
Casa Dayang Boracay Inn, tel.+63927-9474468, +63920-9094379, near D'Mall and across from the hospital. Swiss Deli, Italian coffee-shop, and soon to be opened Japanese restaurant. Luxurious rooms, AC,Cable TV, marble floors and toilet, hot and cold shower, veranda, old world charm. Your home away from home. Personalized service. Email: [email protected] We are on Facebook. Starts from $65 only
- Boracay Holiday Resort, Tel +6336 2884086 Fax +6336 2884085, . 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, . Grand Boracay is in the center of Boracay island. Known for its wide space and quiet atmosphere with its affordable prices.
- Mandala Spa and Villas Boracay, Station 3, ☎ +63 36 288 5858, . A sanctuary for the body and soul where a culture of respect for the individual and an atmosphere of beauty, wellness and personal growth pervades. Relax and revive in a romantic and secluded resort villa with spa therapies, yoga or natural foods, walking distance from Boracay’s famous White Beach in this award winning Boracay resort and spa. Best rates on official website start at USD 250.
- Turtle Inn, Tel +63 (0) 36288 4206, . 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
- Seabird International Resort, Road 1-A, Balabag (To reach the Boracay accommodation from Metro Manila, you only have to take a flight to Caticlan International Airport, then a skiff boat ride to the island.), ☎ 63-036-288-3047, . Their Boracay resort accommodation offers room equipped with air-conditioning, TV with cable channels, WIFI internet access and private toilet and bath with hot and cold water. Some of its facilities and services are Castaways Restaurant & Bar, housekeeping, room service, facsimile services, night-duty security guard, 24-hour electricity and safety deposit box. Rates start at 1,650.00 PHP.
- Fat Jimmy's Resort, 0221, Station 2, Balabag Boracay, Malay, Aklan, ☎ +63.36.288.5562, . Neat, clean and comfortable accommodations. Best rates on official website start at PHP 1,200.00.
- La Bella Casa, Station 1 (near Cocomangas Bar), ☎ 0362885846, . Offers air-conditioned rooms, all of which are equipped with a cable TV, mini-fridge, and private shower and bathtub. Superb room service is also offered to guests. Best rates on official website start at $40.
- Villa Criselda Resort, 27 Balabag, ☎ (6336) 288-6337, . 34 air-conditioned rooms, all of which have wireless Internet, cable television, and an in-room safe. Some of its amenities include flight bookings & reconfirmation, a spacious playground for kids, and an on call massage & beauty service. Best rates on official website start at PHP 1,800.00.
- B Pod Hotel Boracay, Station 3, Sitio Angol, Barangay Manoc-Manoc, ☎ (036) 288 2387, . Their hotel in Boracay offers rooms equipped with air conditioning, cable television, iPod docking station, digital safe, compact refrigerator, hot and cold shower. Some of its facilities and services are business facilities, bar, room service, free WI-FI connection, digital safety box at reception, airport/bus/ferry transfers, laundry service, 24-hour security and CCTV.
- Beachcomber Resort Boracay, Station 1, ☎ + 63 36 288-4465, . 11 accommodations, all equipped with Cable TV, Air-conditioning and Private veranda. Facilities and services are Spa, Outdoor swimming pool, Restaurant and bar. From ₱4,211.20.
- Blue Veranda Suites, Station 2, ☎ +63 36 288-2414, . Rooms equipped with air conditioning, cable TV, Wi-Fi, safety vault and hot and cold shower. Smoking area, shops, room service, airport transfer, massage and laundry services.
- Boracay Holiday Resort, Station 2, Corner Main Rd. & Tirol Rd., Manggayad, Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan Philippines, ☎ (036) 2884085, . Boracay Holiday Resort is a sprawling Mediterranean inspired resort located right at the heart of Manggayad (Station 2) and a 3-minute leisurely walk to the famous white beach. Best rates on official website start at ₱2,200.00.
- Crown Regency Resort and Convention Center, Boat Station 2, Main Road, Barangay Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan 5608, Philippines, ☎ (+6336) 506 3111, . Crown Regency Resort & Convention Center proves that successfully mixing business with pleasure is not impossible. With its prime amenities like airconditioning, TV, internet access, minibar, kitchenette and bathroom amenities every traveler can now have a fair share of the famous beach destination. Boracay Crown Regency will turn your business trip into the most pleasurable beach getaway with its facilities and services like 24 hour room service, bar/pub, restaurant, concierge, swimming pool, babysitting, laundry, currency exchange and internet acccess in public areas.
- Gran Prix Boracay Hideaway, ☎ +63 36 288-3548, . A cool beach retreat nicely tucked a few meters away from the buzz of the Boracay coastline. Offers an oasis of calm and understated luxury with its wonderfully modern ambience. Rates start at PHP 3,500.
- Real Maris Resort, Station 1, Balabag, ☎ (+6336) 2884144, . Real Maris Resort is a luxurious Boracay hotel for more bliss in paradise. Their air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a cable TV, DVD player, Internet access, room safe, mini-bar, and refrigerator. Some of their facilities are restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a beach bar, and massage services
- Roque’s Place Boracay, Station 3, Balabag, ☎ 036-288-33-56, . It offers 15 rooms, all of which have air-conditioning, cable TV, and a mini-bar. Some of its amenities include bar and restaurant, beauty parlor, and water sports facilities. While staying here, you can visit some interesting places like Diamond Sea Sports, Boracay Scuba, and Willy's Rock. Best rates on official website start at PHP 2,500.00.
- The Sitio Boracay, Station 1, ☎ (02) 4144065, . From the native cogon roofing to the endearing Filipino-Balinese theme, your air-conditioned Boracay villa is a place rife with comfort and charm. Rates start at PHP 4,500.
- Boracay Terraces Resort, Brgy. Balabag, ☎ +63 (36) 288 4000, . Their Boracay Island resort offers rooms equipped with air conditioning, minibar, Wi-Fi access in rooms, telephone, sofa, cable television, desk, private toilet and bath. Some of its facilities and services are bar, restaurant, outdoor pool, garden, spa, massage service, room service, laundry service and WiFi access in public areas. Rates start at PHP 6,050.00.
- Boracay Hills Resort, Tel +6336 2883315 Fax +6336 2883768, . 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, . At the southern tip of Boracay, 10-15 min to White Beach by free hotel shuttle. All rooms feature ocean view balconies. There is a pool and spa services on site, but beach access to a small stretch of sand is limited due to the resort being perched on a cliff.
- Paradise Bay Resort Boracay, Tulubhan Tel.: 0063-36-288 5124 or 288 5071 Fax: 0063-36-288 5127,  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.
- Isabel, Newcoast, . Villas on the Fairways & Bluewater Golf Course. Private beach and golf club access.
- Balaihara, Tel. No.: (+63-36) 288 5587 or 89, . A cluster of villas sprawled over the resort community of Fairways and Bluewater in the Newcoast area. Each villa has roomy and cozy rooms furnished with modern amenities. Recreational facilities include an 18-hole Graham Marsh-designed golf course and a swimming pool.
- Boracay Mandarin Island Hotel, Beachfront, Station 2, Balabag, ☎ +63 36 288 3444, . AAA beachfront resort with fifty-two rooms and suites, an in-house restaurant by the sea, hotel spa, swimming pool, kiddie pool and convention center. Best rates on official website start at Php 8000++.
- Argonauta Boracay - Boutique Hotel with Villas and Apartments, Hagdan, Yapak, Overlooking Punta Bunga, near Shangri La Resort (tunr left on the main road going to Balinghai), ☎ +63 36 288 2746, . Available are boutique hotel rooms, apartments good for 4 guests and villas good for 6 guests. 2 small swimming pools on site. Best rates on official website start at Php 4000++.
With a few exceptions like at the Shangri-la, Internet connection is generally slow on the island. Expect low speeds of around 200 kbps. 3G is provided by Smart and Globe. DSL connections from Pantelco have a maximum speed at 700 kbps for 1,700 PHP a month. Luxury resorts such as Discovery Shores have Bayantel DSL, which can reach speeds up to 10mbps.
Small Internet cafes are found throughout the island. Free Wi-Fi is common everywhere from luxury hotels to small guesthouses.
Boats back to Caticlan start at 5am and run all day - 25pesos plus 50peso terminal fee. Avoid the "fast" boat, as it is only marginally quicker and you will end up waiting longer for it to fill up, just jump on whatever local boat is almost full.
From Caticlan the updated ferry timetables (as of mid-January 2014) to Roxas on Mindoro are: Montenegro Lines 6am & 2pm (regular), 10am and 6pm "tentative". Starlite Ferries 12pm tentative, 4pm regular and a regular Super Shuttle ferry at 5:30pm. All ferries are 400pesos, except Starlite, which is 420pesos. Travel time is 3.5-4hrs. Be prepared for long delays, especially on the tentative ferries.
Aircon buses from Caticlan to Manila depart regularly and cost 1000pesos & include a ferry crossing to Batangas from Calapan.
Important note: People flying out of Kalibo or Caticlan airport have to pay PHP700 for international flights and PHP200 for domestic flights (1st June 2015) 'terminal fee'.
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