Manila is one of the top destinations to land in the Philippines via plane as it houses the biggest international airports of the country. If you are traveling to Boracay we will inform you after the reopening all the things to do in Boracay Island, what things change after the reopening in Boracay Island in our Boracay Island Travel Guide.
It was our second visit to Boracay and we stayed for 12 days in the island to make sure we enjoy and we can write all the details for you.
Boracay one of the most popular beach getaway from Manila, especially for people living in Manila. Getting to Boracay from Manila will take an hour by plane or 9 hours by night ferry (the option we chose). Boracay is considered by many as too crowded and too touristy, so we made it a point to visit the popular island to see why many people still travel here and we will share to you what things to do in Boracay.
Boracay Island Travel Guide
How to get to Boracay Island
Getting to Boracay Island from Manila
If you are getting to Boracay Island from Manila. There are flights going to Caticlan and Kalibo which is 2 hours by bus from Caticlan port. The flight will last 30-40 minutes from Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
From Caticlan airport you have to ride a tricycle to the Jetty port in Caticlan. If you are coming from Kalibo to Caticlan you have to ride a bus around 2 hours to Caticlan Jetty port. Once in Caticlan Jetty port you have to ride a ferry 10-15 minutes ride for 100 PHP.
There are boats leaving from Batangas port 2 hours far from Manila. This could be the cheapest option a night boat from Batangas to Boracay.
Best time to visit Boracay Island
There are 2 seasons- wet and dry season. The wet season starts from June to November. And the rainy season can start as early from June to October. The best time to visit Boracay Island would be in the months of January and February. You can click here for updates on accurate weather in Boracay Island.
Currency and ATM’s In Boracay Island
There are a few ATMs around Boracay so withdrawing money from your bank will not be a problem. Just take note of the fees they might charge you if you are a foreigner. It can be 250 PHP or $5 USD or higher. It depends on your bank and the bank you are withdrawing from.
If you want to avoid this fee from withdrawal of money, no worries because there are also a lot of money exchange offices in Boracay Island. Click here to know the exact exchange rate!
Entrance fee to Boracay Island
There is an entrance environmental fee of 75 PHP and 100 PHP Terminal fee to enter Boracay Island from Caticlan Jetty Port. The ferry ride will cost you 100 PHP as a foreigner and 75PHP if you are Filipino tourist as Rachel for 10 minutes ride to the port in Boracay Island. You have to make sure that you have an email or receipt of your booking since they will ask you before going to the island.
Read here how to get from Caticlan airport to Boracay!
Reopening in Boracay: New Rules and Changes
As you can see in the picture above these are the new rules in Boracay. It’s forbidden to bring bottles to the beach, add pool chairs, bringing pets. All the rules are focused to keep Boracay clean, especially around White beach they are monitoring this all the time. It’s also not allowed to fire dance and build castles in the beach!
Also remember that you have to show a booking confirmation before boarding the ferry in Caticlan port. Otherwise you aren’t allowed to take the ferry from Caticlan port to Boracay.
There are few places like Crystal Cove and Magic Island that aren’t opened yet because of the new regulation. Also, many hostels and hotels are doing renovation since the rules became so strict in Boracay.
About the reopening, we liked so much the new Boracay Island. It’s cleaner, no plastics and so beautiful, which is really good for the environment. There are many places which is forbidden to smoke and there are smoking areas to do it.
The only thing that we consider that we think they should improve are the roads. Since most of them are in renovation and there is too much dust. Hope they finish soon before our next visit to the island!
Transportation around Boracay
There are tricycles to move around the island. You can share a tricycle and the price is 20 PHP to most of the places. If you have a private tricycle, prices are around 150 PHP depending on the distance. We rode a tricycle from Puka Beach to Iliag Illigan Beach only 1.5 kilometers and the price was 150 PHP for the ride.
There will be solar jeepneys with air conditioning soon in Boracay. We rode one jeepney from Puka Beach to Station 1 for free because it was on trial period. Soon the route will be from the port to Puka Beach crossing Station 3-2 and 1. To be honest you can go a walking distance from Station 1 to Station 3 passing by Station 2 and it will take you 20-30 minutes. The price is 20 PHP per ride!
There are also boats available in Boracay if you want to do island hopping. Prices per person are around 1000 PHP with lunch included.
Wifi Interet Connection in Boracay Island
Connecting to the internet will not be an issue in Boracay Island. There are countless spots that offer free Wi-Fi in the island.
Another option is to buy a local SIM card. The biggest networks in the country are Smart and Globe, we were using both of them and connection was 4G in most of the places in Boracay Island. The latter offers an unlimited texting plus 1 GB internet surfing package for as low as 1.31 USD for an entire week. Read here to know the best Filipino sim for tourist.
Daily Budget Travel in Boracay
We already mentioned transportation and prices are so cheap in Boracay Island since the distances aren’t so far. You can almost move around for just a walking distance everywhere in Boracay Island.
For food prices, they are expensive compared to the rest of the country like other touristic areas such as El Nido and Siargao. You can find a meal in a local carinderia for 70 PHP, a cup of rice included. In restaurants close to the beach, expect to pay 200-300 PHP per person. A bottle of beer during a Happy Hour can cost around 60-80 PHP and around 100-120 PHP at night time. Entrance fees for a few bars going from 200-300 PHP.
Prices for accommodation are around 1500-2500 PHP per room in Station 2 and Station 3 in Boracay Island. Expect to pay a minimum of 3000 PHP per room in Station 1 since prices there are more expensive.
You can also get AirBnB for $30-40 USD per night. Click here to get a discount on your first booking!
Travel Tip: Click here to know prices and schedule to book your bus/boat tickets online with 12Go Asia.
Things to do in Boracay Island
1. Enjoy the sunrise scenes from the ferry
Just right before reaching Boracay Island (and if you are coming by ship), you will have the chance to enjoy amazing sunrise views. All sunrises are not created equal so you really have to chase these wonderful natural views. During our 9-hour ship ride, we made it a point to wake up early to see how the skies change color as we approach the beautiful island. And alas! We were not disappointed! A recommended must-see if you can!
2. Paraw Sailing at Sunset time
Ready for more adventure and to really experience the Boracay and its picturesque beaches? Try the local sailing experience, the Paraw Sailing. Paraw Sailing is a local sail boat activity. The boats use two outriggers and two sails. Since there is good wind throughout the whole day, the White Beach is really good for this activity. You can discover various scenes that are perfect for photography, or really, just perfect for you to take it all in. There are of course other water activities available, like the kite sailing. Whatever your jive is, there is something that will keep you active and having fun in the island. Not too hard with the beautiful views!
3. Meeting Locals for a beer
After the sunset, things get even much more cheerful in Boracay. The beauty of touristy islands! Bars and restaurants are crowded and meeting new people or going out with friends will be a lot of fun. There are actually a lot of Filipino locals traveling in Boracay, and there are some foreigners. There are many choices for activities like singing the Karaoke (a very popular Filipino pasttime), dancing with music, or dining and drinking in restaurants and bars – both local and international cuisine. There is definitely in the list of things to do in Boracay.
4. Luxury Island Stay in Station 1
For our trip in Boracay, we stayed in Discovery Shores Resort where we had a sublime time. The hotel has various restaurants to choose from. Indigo Restaurant for foreign food and Fresco for Filipino choices all with a top of the line dining experience. If you choose to spend your time in the hotel, there are already various amenities and activities that you can enjoy. The best luxury resort in Boracay is in White Beach Station 1 super well located. So you can easily get to all the party and beach areas of the island. The hotel is also located just 15 minutes driving from the port, easy access for travel. Check our pictures below:
5. Visit the night market
If you think Boracay is just all about all things tourist, then you should visit the local night market. Never miss a chance to discover the local side of every place you’re visiting. There is always a beauty in discovering local life and everyday activities of locals living in the place you are visiting. In the market, you can buy souvenirs, fruits or just eat some local food. Filipinos are extremely friendly and they can speak English really well, so it’s very easy to communicate with them everywhere, making travel in the country really easy.
6. Sunrise at Bulabog Beach
First thing to do in Boracay, is the sunrise. We know how difficult it is to wake up early, but trust us it’s really worth it. Bulabog Beach offers an amazing sunrise and it’s really quiet in the wee hours of the morning. The only people you will see are the ones working in the area, preparing for work, and dedicated people who stood up early to see the sunrise and run in the beach, and of course, the ones looking for picturesque Boracay mornings.
7. Island Hopping in Boracay Island
Prices for the Island Hopping is 1000 PHP per person and it includes lunch. The usual stops are Crystal Cove Island, Crocodile Island and Puka Beach. You can also enjoy snorkeling in your Island Hopping in Boracay Island. Crystal Cove Island and Magic Island aren’t opened yet since the new regulation in Boracay Island. But we guess will be opened soon for the island hopping in Boracay.
8. Shopping and eating at D’Mall
D’Mall is the main shopping center in the middle of Boracay, Station 2. There are various choices from souvenir shops to beachwear, everything you can actually think about. And there are even much more bar options and food places, local, international, you name it. Boracay also has the local seafood market, where you can actually choose the seafood that you want to eat, and have them cooked fresh for you at the same moment to have a sumptuous feast. You can enjoy eating in solitude, or with friends. And the seafood is definitely high quality in the area since everything is sea side. From there, you have two steps to White Beach.
9. Enjoy White Beach
White Beach is the popular beach in the area, and we loved staying here. Now, the beach can get crowded for sure, so you really have to pick your spot for relaxation. We enjoyed waiting for the sunset, watching the beautiful Paraw Sailing Boats. Our favorite hangout!
10. Party Boat
If you want to party hard, you have to try the boat party in Boracay Island. From 1 pm to sunset time, there would be unlimited drinks and partying while sailing around Boracay. The price of the activity is 1800 PHP. We had the experience and it was so much fun! The boat party is only on Thursday and Saturday and you can buy the tickets at Mad Monkey Hostel Boracay located in Bulabog Beach.
11. Sunset Watching
Our favorite activity everyday was watching the sunset and sailing boats, especially in the White Beach. The sunsets were really busy in White Beach Station 2 and you can see the picture above with Rachel and below everyone wants to get the nice shot.
12. Scuba diving
There are many things to do in Boracay Island and of course diving is one of the best. You can go for a day for diving, start in open water or at least try it once! Read here the best places for diving in the Philippines!
More Things to do in Boracay Island
13. Having a Massage
Boracay has a very relaxed atmosphere, so you can’t miss having a massage here. We had our couple massage and we enjoyed it so much! We did in Terra Wellness Spa at Discovery Shores Resort. It was amazing plus for the same price we got massage and they baby sit our kid!
14. Enjoy Rooftop in Boracay island
There are a few rooftop pools where you can see the sunset at White Beach in Boracay. The views are so beautiful from the top and it’s more relaxing that the crowded sunsets in White Beach. The picture was taken in Hennan Palm Beach Resort.
You can practice parasailing in Boracay in Bulabog Beach. Most of the tour companies will offer this as a day activity!
16. Yoga Classes
Early morning after partying or even if you didn’t party in Boracay. It’s great to have yoga classes as activity to do in Boracay to start your day. Everyday at 10 am at Seabird International Resort.
17. Enjoying happy Hour in Boracay
Walking around the beach you will see many bars offering long Happy Hours can be from the noon until 8 pm. It’s perfect to refresh yourself and enjoy! Especially for us since we were bringing our little one during this trip we didn’t party hard.
18. Underwater shots
We really enjoyed taking underwater shots in Boracay. Since the water is so clear especially in White Beach, it’s inviting to take many pictures while swimming.
You can do snorkelling in Boracay, actually the picture above is from Bulabog Beach. It’s also great to do snorkelling in White Beach especially at the end in Station 1 where there is almost no people.
20. Sunrise in White Beach
We know is popular for sunset White Beach but totally worth it to wake up early to enjoy the sunrise in White Beach. You will see great colors in the sky and much quieter beach that during the day.
You can rent a paddle board in White Beach. It’s so popular during sunset. The water is so calm in White Beach and there are many places for renting all over the beach.
22. Cliff Diving
A boat trip going to Carabao Island where you can do snorkeling. You can visit Ariel’s point after a snorkeling. On arrival to Ariel point, you climb up a bamboo ladder to get onto the island.
You should experience Zip lining in Boracay Island! The activity will take only 3 minutes and prices are around 1000 PHP for one zip line ride.
24. ATV Ride
If you like riding 4 wheels, you can go around Boracay Island by ATV. Tours around the island cost around 2000 PHP spending the morning doing this activity in Boracay.
25. Helicopter Ride
If you want to enjoy an amazing Helicopter ride in Boracay, it will cost you around 5000 PHP per person for a 10-minute Helicopter ride.
26. Party Hard
You can party hard at night. There are bars in Station 2 especially and you can stay up until late. Another place that you can have party during daytime is Mad Monkey Hostel near Bulalog Beach, which is open until 1 AM.
27. Helmet Diving
There are many things to do in Boracay obviously and Helmet diving is one of the unique ones! You can enjoy this for 20 minutes for 1000 PHP per person.
28. Beach Hopping
One of our favorite things to do in Boracay. Apart from the main Beach in Boracay White Beach, you can visit Diniwid Beach, Puka Beach, Ilig Illigan Beach and Bulabog Beach.
29. Bulabog Beach
Apart from the sunrise that we already mentioned. There are water sports to practice since is windy in the beach. In the sunset time is so quiet since most of the people go to White Beach to capture the sunset.
30. Willy’s Rock
A popular activity for locals is visiting Willy’s Rock in White Beach. It’s located in Station 1 and it’s a spot that you can’t miss in Boracay Island.
31. Puka Beach
Puka Beach is on the northern part of the island, you can get Puka Beach by riding a tricycle for 20 PHP if you are sharing with other passengers. The color of the water is so blue and at lunchtime, it is busy since the boats from the island hop there for lunch.
32. Steve’s Cliff
At the end of White Beach in Station 1, you will find this landmark. Steve was a foreigner who owned a hotel and his family buried him in the Hill top and you can see his grave cross from White Beach. Look at the colors of the water around this part of the beach. And how many people can you see around? We loved it here!
33. Diniwid Beach
At the end of White Beach, which is just a 5-minute walking distance from Station 1 you will find Diniwid Beach exactly behing Steve’s cliff. It’s a beautiful and calm beach to spend the day. Most of the people go to Station 2 in White Island and Station 1 around Willy’s Rock. So if you just walk around 10 minutes you will reach this paradise!
34. Filipino Cooking Class
A different activity in Boracay Island. Cooking lessons and learn how to prepare adobo and the most popular Filipino dishes.
35. Ilig Iligan Beach
Ilig Illigan Beach is only 1.5 kilometer far from Puka Beach. You can go by tricycle from Puka for 150 PHP or just take a 25-minute walk. The beach is so beautiful and you will find almost nobody. For us we liked it more than Puka Beach.
36. Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy
Have you ever heard about Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy before? If you visit Boracay you will have the chance to do the activity and you will enjoy it. Locals love it so much!
37. Smoke Shisha
Before partying and during sunset is the perfect time to relax and try Shisha. You can also do it at night after dinner. There are a few bars where you can do it for a price.
38. Enjoy a romantic dinner in the beach
If you are traveling as a couple, or lucky enough to meet someone special in the island, you can’t miss a romantic dinner by the beach. We had dinner under the palm trees and the twinkling stars, with our feet touching the sand, while hearing the nearby waves of the sea! Perfect surroundings for an evening of sumptuous food and excellent conversation. Not a moment to miss!
39. An authentic Chinese food experience
Can’t really separate food with travel! During our first few days of stay in the island, we had an amazing Chinese lunch. Rachel and I are fond of Chinese cuisine all the time. We enjoyed noodle soups, desserts, rice and authentic Chinese dishes. The Chinese decoration is also very inviting, something they really know how to do, what with all their beliefs surrounding design and architecture. Loved the Chinese food in Wang Shan Lo Restaurant. Highly recommended!
40. The Wave Pool in Boracay
A Wave Pool in Boracay? There is only one wave pool in the whole island, and we are so happy to have stayed where we can enjoy the pool! Sometimes, with us working we really have to stay in the hotel, so having access to great activities while in the hotel is super convenient! It wasn’t only us having great fun, as there were so many children and families enjoying the swim in the wave pool. If you’re traveling with kids, or the kids at heart, a must-try while in Boracay.
41. Kitesurfing at Bulabog Beach
More into adventure activities? The wind is actually really good for Kite Surfing activities in the Bulabog Beach. Which is why you’ll see there are many training centers on the beach to do this exactly. There are actually a good number of people doing kitesurfing from early morning, so its a very popular activity. It´s a great doing activity for a getaway from Manila.
42. Boracay Oceanarium
Enjoying the Oceanarium in Boracay was one of our best memories in the island. We did the scuba walk and scuba dive in the biggest oceanarium of the Visayas Region of the Philippines. We saw sharks, turtles and various breeds of fishes. What made this experience even much cooler? It was Rachel’s first time diving – definitely exciting! We are sure to try again really soon. We took many pictures of the fishes and we saw the Pearl of the King, which is one of the world´s largest pearl. It’s around 9 kilograms. If you don’t like diving, you can also walk around the Oceanarium, and watch the fishes from the outside. There is even a restaurant where you can see the whole oceanarium surrounding you – having lunch or dinner “under the sea” in the Ocean Restaurant.
43. The Wave Rider
We had so much fun trying to surf in The Wave Rider, the only one in Boracay. We have to say that we never tried surfing or anything similar before. It was difficult at the beginning to learn the technique. But with the help of the instructor, we were able to catch a couple of waves – made us really interested to learn more about surfing. The activity is very intense and it required full attention and energy. Definitely for someone who’s up for some adventure but not yet ready to go for the full swing surfing!
Food to try in Boracay Island
44. Try Pampangan Cuisine
We tried different restaurants in Boracay since we stayed a couple of weeks on the island. Our local carinderia was from Pampanga, so we ate like we were at home: Angeles City. They offered delicious food for affordable prices. They were really nice people and we enjoyed most of the meals there. Check them out!
45. Fresco Restaurant
They serve Filipino Food and their restaurant has sea views. The restaurant is located at Discovery Shores Boracay in Station 1. We loved the food, the service and of course, the sea views. It’s a perfect place for the sunset! Kare Kare was our favorite Filipino dish.
46. Indigo Restaurant
One of our favorite choices in Boracay Island for Western food and drinks. It’s a perfect spot for dinner listening to the waves because the area is quiet and calm.
47. Food and Wine Tasting in Boracay
We were invited to a food tasting event in Boracay. It was amazing to try their food. The meat was delicious and well cooked. The wine was great and we had so much fun meeting new friends.
48. Eat Budget Meals
If you are looking for budget meals around D Mall, there are a few local restaurants where you will have a great dinner or lunch for an affordable price. Our favorites were Inasal Chicken always crowded and Androik. In both of these restaurants, you can have dinner starting from 100-150 PHP.
49. Try Seafood in Boracay
Obviously seafood is a must to try in Boracay Island. Crabs, prawns, lobster and more fishes you will find in the restaurants. So delicious!
50. Dine at Ruf Resto
Our favorite place for dinner was The Ruf Resto on the rooftop of Ferra Hotel. Located well inside Boracay and farther from the bars and restaurants, it’s actually a few minutes walk from Bulabog Beach and the White Beach. The ambiance is perfect, and if you actually visit at the right moment, you’re actually eating with the amazing views of the sunset. There is a daily theme for music, and you can enjoy dining in tables or couches, whatever you’re feeling on that day. The food was exquisite, Asian fusion, so we were actually able to enjoy Chicken Satay, Pork, Nasi Goreng with the rest of the local choices. Big portions, and very delicious. We tried different options, Malay, Indonesian, Thai and of course Filipino dishes. Also, there are nice cocktails to start the night. Rachel’s first mojito (and surprisingly, non-alcoholic, ha!)
Where to stay in Boracay Island
There are a few areas where to stay in Boracay. The most popular are around White Beach: Station 1 and 2, also Station 3. Other popular palce where to stay in Boracay is Bulabog Beach where you will find many places to stay in Boracay on a budget.
Where to Stay at Bulabog Beach in Boracay Island
For our stay at Bulabog Beach, we chose a party hostel named Mad Monkey Hostel, where there is a continuous party from 8 am to 1 am. They organize the boat party and different activities. From a boodle fight, a traditional Filipino dinner, beer pong and much more. Just click here to check them out!
Where to Stay at Station 2 in Boracay Island
Seabird International Resort was our choice in White Beach. The location is great, which is just less than a minute walking distance to the beach which allows you to have a proper rest at night at the same time because you are close to everything in Boracay. They organize Yoga classes every morning and they serve delicious Filipino breakfast.
Where to Stay at Station 1 in Boracay
For our stay at Station 1, we chose Hampstead Boutique Hotel. It’s just a 5-minute walking distance to the beach. We enjoyed a calm area with bars and restaurants around. Also, we enjoyed our private villa. Check our pictures below:
Where to stay at Station 3 in Boracay
If you prefer a quiet place and are more on a budget trip, we recommend you to stay at Station 3 avoiding the crowded Station 2 and very close to the port. Click here to check the best deals!
You can also get AirBnB for $30-40 USD per night. Click here to get a discount on your first booking!
Travel Tip: Click here to know prices and schedule to book your bus/boat tickets online with 12Go Asia.
Festivals in Boracay
New Year’s Eve
Just like everyone in the world, New Year’s Eve is celebrated in Boracay Island. It’s celebrated in White Beach with sandcastle building contests and fireworks, and even a party!
Boracay International Funboard Cup
It’s celebrated since 1989 in the second half of January in Bulabog Beach.
It’s celebrated on the 10th of February at Barangay Yapak. Through music, dance and parades celebrate their traditional folklore and beliefs in each of Boracay’s three Barangays.
Hope you got well informed about the things to do in Boracay. After our visit, we now understand why people love traveling here. Yes, it can be really touristy, and if you’re in the sole retreat, there may be some areas not suitable for you, but we had an excellent time in all the places we visited. The beaches were warm and clear, the place is always surrounded with music and happy people, and there are activities to do everywhere – we are definitely coming back! They did a good job with the cleaning in the beach.
How about you did we miss things to do in Boracay Island? Will you be adding Boracay to your Philippine travel itinerary? Are you excited to visit the reopening in Boracay?
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