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Boracay is a small island in the Philippines located approximately 315 km (196 mi) south of Manila and 2 km off the northwest tip ofPanay Island in Western Visayas region of the Philippines. Boracay Island and its beaches have received awards from numerous travel publications and agencies. The island comprises the barangays of Manoc-Manoc, Balabag, and Yapak in themunicipality of Malay, in Aklan Province. The island is administered by the Philippine Tourism Authority and the provincial government of Aklan. Apart from its white sand beaches, Boracay is also famous for being one of the world's top destinations for relaxation. It is also emerging among the top destinations for tranquility and nightlife.
In 2012, Boracay was awarded as the best island in the world from the international travel magazine Travel + Leisure.
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• Female: 49%
|ETHNIC :|| Ati|
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Boracay is a tropical island about an hour's flight from Manila in the Philippines. It has superb long white sand beaches, as good as any anywhere, and is one of the country's most developed tourist destinations.
Facilities are available to suit different levels of activity. For those wanting to just lounge around and take in some rays, beach-front hotels usually have lounge chairs set up just a few steps away from the hotel entrances. Facilities for the usual water sports activities such as sailing, wind surfing, snorkeling, diving and jet skiing are also widely available for those in search of more active pursuits. The fun in Boracay also doesn't end when the sun sets. Boracay nightlife is pulsating with many bars and restaurants serving food, drink and fun until the very late evening.
Boracay is an excellent choice for anyone who wants a full range of facilities in a prime tropical location and can pay for it. However, it is not a good bet for bargain hunters; prices are relatively high by Philippines standards, though moderate by Japanese or Western standards and lower than many places in the Mediterranean, Caribbean or South Pacific.
Boracay was originally home to the Ati people. Boracay Island was already an inhabited place before the Spaniards came to the Philippines. It was known to the Iberian conquerors as Buracay. At the time of contact with the Europeans, Buracay had a population of one hundred people, who cultivated rice on the island and augmented their income by raising goats.
Boracay is part of Aklan Province, which became an independent province on April 25, 1956.
Sofia Gonzales Tirol and her husband Lamberto Hontiveros Tirol, a town judge on nearby Panay island, took ownership of substantial properties on the island around 1900 and planted coconuts, fruit trees, and greenery on the island. Others followed the Tirols, and cultivation and development of the island gradually spread from this initial beginning.
Tourism came to the island beginning in about the 1970s. The movie Too Late the Hero was filmed in 1970 on locations in Boracay and Caticlan. In the 1980s, the island became popular as a budget destination for backpackers. By the 1990s, Boracay's beaches were being acclaimed as the best in the world.
In 2012, the Philippine Department of Tourism reported that Boracay had been named the world's second best beach after Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The name Boracay is attributed to different origins. One story says that it is derived from the local word "borac" which means white cotton with characteristics close to the color and texture of Boracay's white sugary and powdery sand. Another credits the name to local words "bora," meaning bubbles, and "bocay," meaning white. Yet another version dating back to the Spanish era says the name is derived from "sagay," the word for shell, and "boray," the word for seed.
During the dry season (Nov-Apr), also known as Amihan, White Beach is calm and very suitable for swimming, etc. The other side of the island has large winds and waves making it suitable for wind surfing, wave running, etc. During the rainy season (Jun-Oct), also known as Habagat, this is reversed, with a risk of typhoons. White Beach often gets large winds and waves which sometimes makes it unsuitable for swimming. Current weather conditions can be found online.
Climate data for Boracay
|Average high °C (°F)||28|
|Average low °C (°F)||23|
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Boracay Island is located off the northwest corner of Panay Island, and belongs to the Western Visayasisland-group, or Region VI, of the Philippines. The island is approximately seven kilometers long, dog-bone shaped with the narrowest spot being less than one kilometer wide, and has a total land area of 10.32 square kilometers.
South-facing Cagban Beach is located across a small strait from the jetty port at Caticlan on Panay island, and the Cagban jetty port serves as Boracay's main entry and exit point during most of the year. When wind and sea conditions dictate, east-facing Tambisaan Beach serves as an alternative entry and exit point. Boracay's two primary tourism beaches, White Beach and Bulabog Beach, are located on opposite sides of the island's narrow central area. White Beach faces westward and Bulabog Beach faces eastward. The island also has several other beaches.
White Beach, the main tourism beach, is about four kilometers long and is lined with resorts, hotels, lodging houses, restaurants, and other tourism-related businesses. In the central portion, for about two kilometers, there is a footpath known as the Beachfront Path separating the beach itself from the establishments located along it. North and south of the Beachfront Path, beachfront establishments do literally front along the beach itself. Several roads and paths connect the Beachfront Path with Boracay's Main Road, a vehicular road which runs the length of the island. At the extreme northern end of White Beach, a footpath runs around the headland there and connects White Beach with Diniwid Beach.
Bulabog Beach, across the island from White Beach, is the second most popular tourism beach on the island and Boracay's main windsurfing and kiteboarding area.
Boracay is divided for land use and conservation purposes into 400 hectares of preserved forestland and 628.96 hectares of agricultural land.
Internet connections are pretty slow anywhere on the island. You can expect poor speed around 200 kbit/s. 3G is provided by Smart and Globe. You can find DSL connection from Pantelco with maximum speed at 700 kbit/s for ₱1700 a month.
Small Internet cafes are widespread around the island. Wi-Fi is common everywhere from splurge hotels to small guesthouses.
Prices in Boracay
MARKET / SUPERMARKET
|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||$1.25|
|Bottle of Wine||1 bottle||$8.50|
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|Dinner (High-range)||for 2||$|
|Mac Meal or similar||1 meal||$4.00|
|Beer (Imported)||0.33 l||$4.25|
|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||$1.10|
|Coctail drink||1 drink||$|
|Men’s Haircut||1 haircut||$|
|Mobile (prepaid)||1 min.||$0.13|
|Pack of Marlboro||1 pack||$|
|Toilet paper||4 rolls||$|
CLOTHES / SHOES
|Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)||1||$|
|Dress summer (Zara, H&M)||1||$|
|Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)||1||$|
|Local Transport||1 ticket||$0.23|
Transportation - Get In
Whether you go by plane or by boat, the port of entry for Boracay Island is the small town of Caticlan on the mainland. Outrigger boats or "bancas" leave every few minutes from Caticlan's jetty port. The short boat trip to Boracay's jetty port at Cagban costs 25 Pesos. Tourists have to pay a terminal fee of 100 Pesos and an environmental fee of 75 Pesos. Tricycles are available at Cagban to bring passengers to their hotels. Tricycle fare is from P20 per pax up to P150 per trip depending where your resort is.
From Cagban Port to Station 1, the most that you should pay is P25 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 "Special"
There are two airports located near Boracay.
- Caticlan or Godofredo P. Ramos Airport - this airport will soon handle Airbus A320 aircraft. Airlines with flights to and from Caticlan are Cebu Pacific and Philippines airlines you can fly to and from Manila or Cebu. there is also talk of Air Asia using this airport soon. From the Caticlan airport, you can either take a tricycle (PhP 40.00) or walk (10 minutes) to Caticlan Jetty Port. You can't take more than 15 kg luggage, when flying here. There is a ₱200 terminal fee when departing.
- Kalibo International Airport - this airport can handle aircraft such as Boeing 737 and Airbus A320. However it is farther from Caticlan's jetty port which is 90 minutes away. Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, Philippine Airlines and Air Asia connect Kalibo to Beijing,Busan, Cebu, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Taipei, Singapore,Shanghai and Seoul.There are minivans, vans, coasters and buses that serve travellers between Kalibo International Airport and Caticlan Jetty Port. Be sure to ask if your ticket includes a ferry to Boracay (₱200 for a van and ferry, ₱300 for more comfortable bus), and how much the additional environmental taxes will be (a total of ₱175 on top of your tickets).
By road and ferry (RoRo)
The "Nautical Highway" is a combination of overland highways and roll-on, roll-off (RoRo) vessels that allow you to bring your vehicle up to PanayIsland and visit key cities like Kalibo. Taking your car all the way to Boracay, though, is not possible. Public transport also operates on the 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 (02 783-0886 c/o Abner) and Gope (02 732-6891 c/o Cesar). This will enable you to book a straight trip from Manila to Caticlan at the cost of P1200, 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 9PM daily from Manila, travelling through Batangas-Calapan-Roxas (arrives Roxas at 5AM or 6AM) to catch the 8AM or 10AM ferry/boat to Caticlan, where you are expected to arrive between noon to 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 in transit. Riding a van gives you a more relaxed pace to Caticlan because you do not have to stop in many sub-destinations which lengthen your trip and therefore can be truly tiresome.
- 2GO travel. have a ferry from Batangas port to Caticlan port.
Departs Batangas port at 9PM. and gets to Caticlan port at 6AM. Departs Caticlan port at 8AM. and gets to Batangas port at 6PM. one way fares from php995.00
The more challenging 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 1000-1200 pesos. 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 tickets at every stop.
Cubao-Batangas Best leave between 7PM-8PM so you arrive in Batangas Port before 10PM.
Batangas-Calapan 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.
Calapan-Roxas Takes about 4 hours. Make sure you leave early so you arrive before 4AM. In the morning, the ship to Caticlan usually leaves at 2AM and 4AM and the next trip won't be until 10AM. The 10AM trip usually leaves late.
This is the best time to leave travel via Cubao to Roxas. You arrive in Caticlan at 8AM and you are left to enjoy the rest of your day in Boracay.
You can also start your journey with Philtranco, Alps, Dimple, Ceres or Rodastco coaches which leave at regular intervals throughout the day from Cubao, serving the Manila-Caticlan route for P1,200.00. Rodastco also offers a door-to-door service with pick ups anywhere in Metro Manila. The contact numbers for trip booking are +63 2-7326891 or +63 917-3820426, or +63 919-3820426.
Transportation - Get Around
- Most visitors opt for motorized tricycles, which act as the island's taxis and make up most of its traffic. Rides are inexpensive, usually no more than PhP 100 for individual (per tricycle, not shared with other people) ride to any point on the island, and can be found almost anywhere along the main road. As the tricycle seats are (in)conveniently located right above the vehicle exhausts, there can be a little pollution however - bring a handkerchief if you tend to be easily bothered by this sort of thing.
- 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 pesos per passenger, but expect the tricycle driver to ask for 40 pesos or more if you look like a foreigner. Long rides, like Puka beach to D'Mall, should cost around P40. Drivers waiting near beaches, hotels, etc. generally ask higher price like P150-200, even if you're alone. It may be worth bargaining if there are a few people with you and you want an individual ride - otherwise, better catch a passing 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.
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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 shopping, eating, partying, and etc. That said, the beach here is also the most crowded, and the area the nosiest. 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 (~4 km) is open to the public, so one can relax and/or swim wherever they like, regardless of hotel location.
In every station, there are two lifeguards patrolling on foot equipped with whistle, life buoy and hand-held radio. The boat station 2 is the lifeguard and rescue command center.
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 pickup 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 clifftop restaurant. Baling Hai is often included as a stop-off on an island boat tour.
Come there on a windy days to see kiteboarders doing high jumps and crazy tricks.
Bulabog Beach runs parallel with White Beach and is on the east side of the island. It is approximately 1.5 km long and has white sand similar to that 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) makes this beach very popular with windsurfers and kiteboarders. 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.
Water on Bulabog is much polluted with sewage water of the whole island. You can see few pipes and "rivers" are emptying to sea. Since the lagoon is semi-closed and shallow, and water circulation is limited, you can feel smell from water. Color of it will block all your thoughts about swimming there and lot of kiters will simply not allow you to. If you plan to spend your time lying on the beach, swimming and getting a tan, Bulabog is certanly not the best choice.
Along White Beach, especially around Station 2, there is a wide variety of gift shops and boutiques along the beach path. 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. D*Mall at Station 2 and D'talipapa at station 3, between the main road and White Beach, have many shops. D*Mall is larger but D'talipapa 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.
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, .Variety of beach wear and other souvenir items.
- City Mall Boracay, Tambisaan Jetty Port road. 8am-10pm. a new Shopping mall with a big supermarket and many fast food brands.
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. Almost all of them accept Visa, Mastercard, UnionPay cards. Maximum one time withdrawal is ₱10,000-20,000 with compulsory ₱200 fee.
The best solution is to bring plenty of cash. Also, many establishments, including the tricycles, cannot break a bill over ₱500, so it pays to always have small bills.
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 heading away from the beach for better rates.
Because of its wide draw of international travelers, Boracay has a wide variety of places to eat, including a surprising number of bakeries. Majority of the restaurants are located on the White beach and a short pedestrian street called D'Mall, nearly all of these places are quite expensive (average meal costing ₱300-500). Cheaper options can be found near D'Talipapa Market, at the D'Mall Palenke (street run parallel to D'Mall in 50m of it), and perhaps about half of the restaurants along the Main road.
As a side note, don't miss the opportunity to enjoy one of the best mangoes in the world. Climate in Philippines is perfect for mangoes, so you always get them mellow and sweet.
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- Kolai Mangyan Fudhaus, Main Road. Good local cafe serving Filipino cuisine. The price asked for this kind of good quality food is unbeatable on Boracay. Good reviews. Majority of meals ₱60-120.
- Andok's. Andok's, which has 5 locations, sells rotisserie and fried chicken as well as favorite Filipino dishes. ₱50-300.
- D'Talipapa Market. Fresh seafood market with relatively cheap prices. Around the place are a variety of food stores that offer to cook for you. You can buy fresh seafood, etc., right near the stores, then have the stores cook it for you however you like. For example, you can get crabs for ₱400 for 1 kilo opposed to buying in restaurants that charge ₱200 per 100 grams. However, most of the seller are quite pushy and anyone buying needs to be prepared to bargain hard to get a good deal. scallops ₱300/kg, lobster ₱1000, fish steak ₱150. Cooking prices ₱100-200
- Blue Jade Cafe, in D'Talipapa. Offers Asian and European cuisine. Customers can also shop in the market for fresh seafood and have it cooked for them at the restaurant. ₱100 per kilogram grilled.
- Smoke, down one of the alleys opposite Lemon cafe in D'Mall. A very good budget eatery. Local dishes, meat and seafood dishes, omeletes and excellent sandwiches are on offer. Most meals cost around ₱120 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. ₱120-180.
- Jammers, on the front beach of D'Mall. Open 24/7. Up and running for more than 8 years, amazing burgers, hotdogs, fruit shakes, etc. A lot of negative reviews lately, people say it's overrated. Food ₱150-250, shakes ₱50-70.
- True Food, Station 2. 11 AM–12 AM. 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. Mains from ₱250.
- The Sunny Side Cafe Restaurant. Good place to have a breakfast. Very high ratings on rating sites. Pancakes around ₱300.
- Lemon Cafe, D' Mall. this place serves a variety of breakfasts, lunches and light meals. The service and presentation is excellent. Cakes ₱30-160.
- Dos Mestizos. 10:00 am - 12:00 am. 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". This restaurant serves a selection of excellent tapas and is located between stations 2 and 3, behind the Tourist Center. From ₱350.
- Aria. 11:00 am - 12:00 am. 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. ₱400-600.
- Hama. A Japanese restaurant located at the D'Mall and just across The Hobbit House. From ₱400.
- Fridays Boracay, , fax: . 6:00 am - 10:00 pm. 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, other stuff is usually expensive.
- 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 main draw is the midget staff, however.
- Valhalla Bar & Restaurant. 11:00 am - 11:00 pm. In the mall is a newly refurbished steakhouse with a varied and interesting menu.
- Kasbah, Next to Discovery Shores, Station 1. Authentic Moroccan cuisine serving exquisite tagines and couscous.
- Bamboo Lounge, Station 1. 6:00 am - 2:00 am. Serves a good selection of Chinese food in a relaxed beachfront setting. Quite average reviews.
- Manana, Station 1. Serves large portions of tasty Mexican food. Guacamole is only available when avocados are in-season despite what the menu says. Average reviews left by customers.
- 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. ₱300-600.
- Ole, D'Mall. a great place to go for Spanish tapas and other specialties. Beware - the main courses are enormous! ₱400-1000.
- Tilapia 'N Chips, G/F Kamayan Bldg. Station 2, Boracay (Beside Crafts), . 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.
- Titos (Resto & Grill), station 2. Serve modern Filipino cuisine that combines the casual comfort of a home cooked meal with the relaxed sophistication of fine dining. Drop by for a quick snack or a delicious meal and enjoy the live music coming from Pat's Creek and Bom Bom Bar. Price range ₱250-700.
- Deparis Beach Resort, White Beach (beside Le Soleil and The Mandarin), . 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.
- Cowboy Cocina, Station 3. 7:00 am - 11:00 pm. Serves tasty steaks, ribs and other grilled dishes, and arguably the best burgers in Boracay.
- Cyma, in the new part of the D'mall. Excellent food and service at this Greek restaurant. Try the mezedes combination, the spinach and artichoke fondue and the chicken souvlaki. Mezes ₱180-250, gyros ₱330-400, mains ₱600+.
Coffe & Drink
- Real Coffee, Station 2. 7AM-7PM, take away shop downstairs works till 9PM. 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 have been going there for years. They are also famous for their lemon muffin cupcakes, which are very much in demand. Coffee ₱60-160, muffins & brownie cakes ₱40-70.
- Starbucks, Station 1. 6:30 am - 12:30 am. Of the coffee shops of this famous chain. On the other side, it's extremely small cafe without even places to seat.Coffee from ₱120.
- Jonas Fruitshake, Station 1. Their fruit shakes are to die for! Shakes and juises ₱95-120.
Sights & Landmarks
- 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 50P 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 2500P for the guide, but this is the "rich tourist price", so try to bargain if you like.
Things to do
Leisure activities available on or near Boracay include horseback riding,scuba diving, diving helmet,snorkeling, windsurfing, kiteboarding, cliff diving, parasailing and beach relaxation.
Boracay is the site of an 18-hole par 72 golf course designed by Graham Marsh. In addition, as of 2010, Boracay has in excess of 350 beach resorts offering more than 2,000 rooms ranging in quality from five-star to budget accommodation. In addition, Boracay offers a wide range of restaurants, bars, pubs, and nightclubs.
Boracay may be a small island, but it is huge in its offering of a variety of activities—from just swimming in its pristine blue water, strolling along the sugary white sanded beach, enjoying the nightlife, making choices on restaurants featuring multi-ethnic foods, and just relaxing in wonderment of the island's amazing scenery viewed from a range of affordable to five-star hotels. A landmark natural rock formation, Willy's Rock, juts prominently directly in front of Willy's Beach Resort.
For those interested in scuba diving, there are literally dozens of dive centers along White Beach; it is a good place to learn or to improve your skills. Cost is typically ₱1,600 per dive which includes hire of all equipment. The dive centers have agreed on standard prices amongst themselves so prices will be the same at all centers. 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.
The best way to see the beauty of Boracay and its various beaches is by Paraw (native outrigger sailboat). You will be constantly asked if you want to take a boat trip, as there are literally dozens of companies offering this service. It is better to go with a reputable and established group such as Allen Fun Tours (motorized banca boat tours) or Red Pirates (paraw sailing) to ensure your safety and avoid being overcharged.
Boracay's Bulabog beach claims to be the best kitesurfing destination in Asia. The season runs from November through to April with onshore winds varying between 12-30 knots. A small lagoon (2 km wide) is protected from waves by a coral reef. The water becomes almost flat at low tide, making it easy to start learning kitesurfing and continue with freestyle tricks. Because of its nice conditions, the spot becomes overcrowded with riders in high season. A serious disadvantage is sewage pollution of the lagoon, so smell from water and infections from even small injuries are common.
- Hangin Kite Center, Bulabog Beach, . The island's first kite center. Offers lessons from beginner to advanced. All instructors are IKO-certified.
- Freestyle Academy Kitesurfing School, Bulabog Beach, , e-mail: [email protected]. Offers lessons from beginner to advanced. All instructors are IKO-certified.
- Isla Kiteboarding school, Bulabog Beach, , e-mail:[email protected]. Offers courses from beginners to advanced level. All instructors are IKO-certified
- Pinas Kite Boarding, Bulabog Beach, . Locally owned kite-boarding shop, offers courses from level 1 to 3. All instructors are IKO-certified.
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 the skills; a one-hour lesson from a local rider is usually around 300 pesos.
- Ariel's Point. Ariel’s Point is an affordable eco-adventure destination for Boracay travelers who want to experience the natural splendor of the Philippines and meet fellow travelers. Located 30 minutes away from Station 1 by outrigger boat, Ariel’s Point allows travelers to enjoy a wide array of adventurous activities such as cliff diving (the destination has five different platforms ranging in height from 3 meters to 15 meters), snorkeling, and paddling in an unspoiled setting with volcanic caves, mangrove forests, turquoise coves, and remote beaches. Visitors can reach Ariel’s Point by purchasing tickets at Ariel's House (along the White Beach in front of the Boracay Beach Club) before 11AM on the day of departure.₱ 2000 for round-trip boat transfer, a BBQ buffet, unlimited drinks (bottled water, beer, soda, rum), and access to cliff diving, snorkeling, 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 is worth hiring motorbikes or scooters out to explore the island, as there are other beautiful beaches on the other side of the island that are even better for snorkeling that will be completely deserted. 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, but it's a good laugh and better than plunking yourself on a patch of white sand and seeing nothing.
- Horseriding. Horse riding 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.
Spa & Wellness
- 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 ₱300 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.
- Caesar's, found along the main road near boat station 3, specializes in Thai massage and uses two masseurs simultaneously to deliver the service. A 90 minute massage is priced at $50 USD.
- 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.
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!
- Bom Bom Bar, near D 'Mall. A native-style beach bar that often has live music. It's a popular hang out for artists and musicians.
- Charlie's Steakhouse & Diner Restaurant, 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.
- Cocoloco Beach Resort, near boat station 3. 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. Several years ago it started offering bungalows for rent as well.
- Cocomangas, station 1. 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.
- Juice Bar, 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. There was 1 report in 2016 that it was closed.
- Bei Kurt und Magz Restaurant, station 3. 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. Serve German and Filipino food.
- Nigi Nigi Nu Noos, between boat stations 2 and 3, three minutes walk north of the tourist center. a popular centrally located spot to have a cool drink and enjoy a little people watching. The manager is an expat. Since recently it's started to work as a hotel as well.
- Red Pirates Pub. 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 Sports Bar & Restaurant, D' Mall Plaza. An English-style pub that attracts a friendly crowd. The menu is pretty good too, especially the sirloin steaks, pies and other English-style dishes. Enjoy curry, fish and chips and sausage sandwiches while watching live sports on big screens. Mains ₱350-450.
- Shantal's Resto Bar, Station 3 at the pathway to 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 go out of their way to make you feel right at home. Has a popular Happy Hour from 2PM-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.
Things to know
There are dozen of beaches on the island, and White Beach being the longest and the most popular of them, where all life goes on, it occupies roughly all western part of the island. On the opposite side of the island (eastern) there is a main kitesurfer's beach - Bulabog. Other beaches are much smaller and tranquil. All parts of Boracay are interconnected with the help of the Main Boracay road which runs from South to North through all island.
White Beach is several km long and thus it's formally divided into three parts (from South to North): Station 1, Station 2, Station 3.