We will tell you the perfect 3 Days Boracay itinerary, If you are coming from Manila is one of the top destinations to land in the Philippines via plane. Full information after the reopening, all the things to do in Boracay Island.
Boracay one of the most popular beach getaway from Manila, especially for people living in Manila. 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 you the best Boracay itinerary.
SIM CARD AT MANILA AIRPORT
I wouldn’t recommend you to buy a sim card at Manila airport. If you wish comfort you can buy eSim online and if you aren’t in a hurry just go around phone shops in the city and compare prices to buy the cheapest sim card in Manila. Read here Philippines sim card for tourist and best Philippines eSim
WHERE TO STAY IN THE PHILIPPINES
You can get accommodation starting from 800-1000 PHP (less than $20 USD) for a room in a guesthouse. Can you imagen if you are two of you traveling in the Philippines, it will be $10 USD each.
BOOK YOUR TRAVEL INSURANCE
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GET TO BORACAY FROM MANILA AND CEBU BY FLIGHT
If you are getting to Boracay Island from Cebu and Manila. Flights are 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.
GET TO BORACAY BY FERRY FROM BATANGAS
Boats are leaving from Batangas port 2 hours far from South Manila. This could be the cheapest option a night boat from Batangas to Boracay.
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 the 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!
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.
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!
Read here Boracay Island after reopening!
3 Days Boracay Itinerary
Day 1 Boracay Itinerary
As you will get to Boracay during the morning or the afternoon in the first day of your Boracay itinerary. We will not recommend you to join any island hopping and activities that can last the whole day. You can explore the beaches around Boracay.
It’s a must to take a look at White Beach around noon time since the colors are so blue and so perfect. You can also explore other beaches around like Diniwid Beach. If you go walking at the end of Station 1 in White Beach you will find Diniwid Beach 10 minutes walking distance.
To move around the Boracay Island you can get a tricycle and the electric jeepney as we mentioned above for transportation around Boracay. Make sure you go on time for the sunset at White Beach.
For the first day we recommend you to feel the vibe of Boracay having dinner around the beach and having a drink in the bars. Most of the bars and restaurants you will find them in Station 2 (affordable restaurants) also in Station 1 you will find them but can be little bit more expensive than Station 2.
If you like party Boracay is the perfect place for nightlife in the Philippines. If you are traveling alone you can join to pub crawl and they will guide you for the best bars for party.
Day 2 Itinerary in Boracay
For your Day 2 in your itinerary in Boracay we recommend you to visit Bulabog Beach for sunrise and after this you can join to an island hopping. There are a few options for island hopping: snorkeling and visiting Carabao Island in a day trip with activities.
And if you like party you can join the Party boat in Boracay. The party boat is only 2 days per week Thursday and Saturday and for more information you can ask in Mad Monkey Hostel in Bulabog area. Departure time is around 1 pm until sunset time around 6 pm.
Prices for island hopping to join a group are around 1000 PHP for the whole day. And prices for the party boat is 1800 PHP and it included unlimited beer and rum!
At night time you can visit the night market in Station 2 around D Mall. And have dinner over there. Prices are so affordable around the market and you can find budget meals starting for 80-100 PHP per person.
The night market will be the perfect place to buy souvenirs and pasalubong if you are interested. Also if you are looking for swimming suits and all the things related to snorkeling and swimming that you could need for your trip in Boracay island.
Day 3 Boracay Itinerary
For your 3 Day Boracay itinerary you can go in the morning to visit beaches in North area like Puka Beach and Ilig Illigan Beach. You can go by jeepney or tricycle or you can also do an island hopping to get there.
Ilig Illigan Beach is a paradise and it’s only 1,5 kilometers far from Puka Beach. It’s ideal one to spend the morning around Station 1 if you aren’t doing island hopping or other activities.
There are activities in Bulabog Beach where you can practice kite-surfing or in White Beach area at sunset time you can do paraw sailing. Don’t forget at sunset to enjoy the Happy Hour where you can get 2X1. There are many bars offering discount from sunset to dinner time. Check below ours with our little Han.
For paraw sailing at sunset in Boracay you will find many options for all the budget since it’s one of the most popular activities to do in Boracay.
Having dinner with a view to the beach trying seafood and wine if you want to give you a luxury day in Boracay. There are a few restaurants in Station 1 where you will have the views of the beach. But it’s not allowed to have dinner in the beach anymore since the reopening in the white sand. Prices per per person for dinner can go from 300-600 PHP.
More Days Boracay Itinerary
If you are spending more days in your itinerary in Boracay we can recommend you activities like zip line, helicopter and ATV if you love the adventure. Helmet diving is a popular activity where you aren’t required to have experience diving before, mainly for taking underwater pictures with fishes.
Obviously you can do for snorkeling on your own if your mask or you can rent in Boracay. Also you can organize an island hopping or diving experience in Boracay. It will be so cool since the water is so clear.
And for last thing in your itinerary in Boracay you can treat yourself with a massage, having sunset in rooftop hotels in Boracay where is only required to have a drink. And if you are interested about Filipino food make sure you get cooking lessons in Boracay Island to know about the basics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
FILIPINO COOKING CLASS
A different activity in Boracay Island. Cooking lessons and learn how to prepare adobo and the most popular Filipino dishes.
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!
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About the Author: Ruben, co-founder of Gamintraveler.com since 2014, is a seasoned traveler from Spain who has explored over 100 countries since 2009. Known for his extensive travel adventures across South America, Europe, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Africa, Ruben combines his passion for adventurous yet sustainable living with his love for cycling, highlighted by his remarkable 5-month bicycle journey from Spain to Norway. He currently resides in Spain, where he continues to share his travel experiences alongside his partner, Rachel, and their son, Han.