Boracay, Philippines: Travel Inspiration And Helpful Tips
A travel mate of mine who I met in Bali asked me for some details about the Philippines, Boracay specifically. I figured I would make a little travel inspiration post to get us dreaming of paradise! I didn’t edit any of the photos included, just so you know. Yes, it’s really that gorgeous there!
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Boracay is a little tiny island in the Philippines located south of Manila in the Visayas province. It is probably the most popular tourist destination in the country. Its white sand beach known as White Beach has consistently landed in the best beaches in the world lists. I have to agree with the ratings. Although it is a bit too touristy for my tastes these days, it is still an absolutely stunning beach. The sand on the beaches is as white as white icing sugar and just as fine. Unlike many beaches in Asia, you cannot smoke on the beach and there are fines for littering. It is really a beautiful place. And I will add that the people of the Philippines are some of the friendliest folks you’ll ever meet while you travel.
Now for the visuals:
Take a tricycle to Mount Luho, a lookout point
Heading to Ariel’s Point to go cliff jumping
More Puka Beach
Look how clear the water is!!
The bangka boats waiting to take you on an adventure
Sailing towards Ariel’s Point
Ariel’s Point Cliff Jumping
Helpful Boracay Tips:
- **Please note as of late 2018, the government of the Philippines has enforced limitations and rules about travel to and on Boracay. Please plan and book accordingly.**
- In order to get to Boracay, you must take a small plane with very light luggage (strict weight rules) to Caticlan airport from Manila or to Kalibo Airport, which is a few hours away and then get on a bus or van.
- From Caticlan, take a pump boat to Boracay.
- From the dock hire an e-tricycle (the Philippine version of a tuk-tuk) to take you to your accommodation.
- It’s a bit of a crazy gong show just to get there but once you get there, it’s worth it. Just get a San Miguel Light or a Tanduay rum with Coke and absorb paradise.
- Boracay is only about 1 km wide by 7 km long
- Boracay is divided into 3 stations. Station 1 is high-end accommodations, Station 2 is mid-range, and Station 3 is budget accommodations
- I suggest hiring an e-tricycle and spending the day at Puka Beach which is on a different part of the island. My friends and I picked up snacks and brought our backpacks, cameras, cover-ups, iPods, and books/magazines for the day. It cost us about 150 PHP or $3 for an e-tricycle there. The beach is quieter. The sand is not as fine, it’s actually really grainy from all of the puka shells but it’s amazing. We went in the morning, swam, some snorkelled and then we would grab food at one of the three restaurants at the beach. The beer here was cheaper than on the White Beach side!
- Watch the sunset every night. I have as well as others I know have seen some of the best sunsets ever on Boracay.
- There is no smoking and a fine for doing so on White Beach which is amazing. It keeps the beach clean and free of cigarette butts. There is also a fine for littering.
- I stayed in a cheap guesthouse when I was there for my RTW trip. I probably wouldn’t stay there again in the future but if you’re a solo traveller, it’s a great place to meet people. Everyone congregates in the foyer and you all end up hanging out together to eat, explore and party.