Boracay is known to be one of the most popular beaches in the world. It has been named the World’s Best Beach by various travel organizations in the previous years. Boracay is famous for its white powdery sand and crystal clear waters and healthy marine life.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Boracay by yenlife007
How to Get to Boracay
From Manila (and/or other main cities that has a direct flight to Kalibo) you could fly to Kalibo, Aklan and take a public bus or van to Caticlan. And from Caticlan Jetty Port, take a boat to Boracay Island. Once you’re in the main receiving port of Boracay, there will be numerous tricycles that could take you to your hotel/resort. Alternatively you could also fly to Caticlan to cut the overland travel from Kalibo to Caticlan. Flights to Caticlan though are sometimes more expensive than the one in Kalibo.
Some of the airlines that serve this route include, Cebu Pacific (both Caticlan and Kalibo), Zest Air (Kalibo), Seair (both Caticlan and Kalibo), Airphil Express (both Caticlan and Kalibo), Philippine Airlines (both Caticlan and Kalibo) and Air Asia (Kalibo).
Alternatively, there are also ferries that serve Boracay from Manila like 2GoTravel (Phone: +632- 528-7000) and MBRS.
For the more adventurous, you could also take a RORO. You may call various bus companies for details (Philtranco : +632-8518077/ Bachelor Express: +632-7317287/ Dimple Star Transit: +632-8623075).
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Boracay by edgarj
Where to Stay
There are numerous accommodation options in Boracay ranging from a few hundred pesos to a few thousands. The price differs depending on location, amenities and inclusions. Station 3 is known to have a lot of options for the budget conscious travellers while Station 2 is known to offer midrange priced hotels. Station 1 might seem to be a bit expensive.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Boracay by insmu74
Where to Eat/Drink
Boracay just like any other island destinations in Asia offer a variety of options to almost every budget. There are lots of cheap eateries scattered all over the island and some expensive restaurants too. Around D’Mall area in Station 2, you could find clusters of restaurants and a few fastfood joints as well. One local street food that you shouldn’t miss is the chorizo burger. It’s delicious and cheap, though it’s usually available from late afternoon until midnight.
Dinner is a feast in Boracay. There are so many restaurants offering seafood buffets. It’s one thing that you should not missed when you go to Boracay. Also, don’t forget to try the fresh fruit shakes being offered by various establishments in the island.
What to do in Boracay
There are so many options considering that Boracay is one of the premier tourist spots in Southeast Asia. Aside from lounging at the beach to get that perfect tan, you could also indulge yourself to various watersports activities such as snorkelling, diving, parasailing, windsurfing etc. And after a long day, relax and pamper yourself by going to numerous spas in the island. For those who love shopping, there are also numerous shops and boutiques that sell clothes, sunglasses and souvenirs.
Boracay is definitely one of the places that you shouldn’t miss going to when you visit the Philippines. Unbeknownst to many, Boracay can also be an affordable destination.
Have you been to Boracay? Feel free to share your tips and recommendations!
Photo Credits: Boracay by Beach Holidays in Asia