Boracay is the most well known beach destination in the Philippines, the white sand beach is truly amazing and the natural beauty of the place easily explains why its is so well known, the sunsets here are truly breathtaking, combined with a great party atmosphere, and good SCUBA diving make this a must visit.
Where to Stay: Boracay is divided into 3 sections, called Station 1, 2, and 3. Station 1 is the cheaper end with mainly backpacker hostels, and lower end accommodation and as you move up towards station 3 you will find the prices and quality begin to climb. Most of the lower end hotels and hostels don’t have websites and quite a few of the people I’ve met here booked through an agents website and ended up paying triple the walk in rate.
I would recommend making a booking during Chinese New Year, Easter, Christmas and New Year periods, but we had no issue finding accommodation.
Getting There: You first need to get to the island of Caticlan, there are two airports here the main Kalibo International (KLO) and the smaller Caticlan (MPH), the smaller of the two is usually propeller planes so if you are scared of flying we would suggest (KLO) which is usually cheaper also.
If you fly in then you easily get a minivan from the airport to the port for around 300php ($7), in addtion to this as per everyhwere in the Philippines there is an environment tax and some other fee totally around 200php ($4) and from the port outrigger boats will take you to the south of the island and then tricycles 100php ($2) will drop you closer to your hotel, if you don’t have a hotel just ask for Station 1-3 depending on your budget and you could walk this if you really wanted to save money.
For those who are not keen on spending too much on flights, there is also a ferry service from south of Manila to Calibo, which has a night club, bar, and of course karaoke, we were pressed for time so flew, but any hostel will be able to give you information on this route.
Drinking: Alcohol is incredibly cheap with a 375ml bottle of rum for 40php that’s roughly $1. And double that for a 700ml. It’s insanely cheap and doesn’t taste too bad. Beers are around the same price but a bottle of Coke will set you back around 100php or $2.50
Eating: Breakfast lunch and dinner can start at 50-100php for something basic, and for dinner most of the restaurants do an all you can eat seafood buffet dinner or something similar from 250-600 php.
Activities: Boracay has something for everybody. From helicopter charters, to kite surfing instruction ($300USD for a 3 days course).
A trip to Ariels Point, with lunch, and all you can drink for 2000PHP ($45)
We have to recommend Boracay Pub Crawl http://www.pubcrawl.ph/boracay/ this was our best night out on Boracay and we met a great group of people 750PHP ($16) includes enough free drinks to get you drunk.
SCUBA diving for a boat dive was 1250PHP $30,visibility was great and there is also a small wrek dive, see below.
Or just relax on the beach and work on your tan.