DIY Travel Guide to Boracay, Philippines [with Suggested Tours]

By Fatima Turla February 11th, 2016 Posted in Destination, Philippines Travel Blog, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 10 Comments

Located in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines, Boracay has long been a favorite tourist destination because of its fine white sand and beautiful sunsets. Many say it is now too commercialized, but this island still hasn’t lost its charm that continues to mesmerize millions of local and foreign visitors every year.

DIY Travel Guide to Boracay, Philippines [with Suggested Tours]
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For those who plan to visit soon, here’s a guide to Boracay island that might help you in exploring and making the most of your stay in the island paradise. Whether staying for a few days or more than a week, this guide will be able to give you a general idea of how to spend your vacation, from where to stay, where to eat, and what to do.

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Things To Do in Boracay, Philippines

Aside from swimming, clubbing, enjoying the beach, etc., there are still a lot of things to do and places to explore in Boracay. Here are 5 of those:

1. White Beach

DIY Travel Guide to Boracay, Philippines [with Suggested Tours]
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One of the best beaches in Southeast Asia, with pure white sand, no waves, the ocean is beautiful, and the palm trees are equally stunning! Not only that but it is also considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You can find cafes, restaurants, and shops along the beach if you want to rest and eat.

Suggested Tour: Boracay Tour Package (Island Hopping)

2. Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach)

DIY Travel Guide to Boracay, Philippines [with Suggested Tours]
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Located in Yapak village, Puka Shell Beach is the second largest beach on Boracay. Although the sand is not as white as the white beach, the view and the clear water are both worth the visit. Puka beach itself is a nice beach, convenient for swimming for both adults and children. It is long and wide enough, and not so crowded. Furthermore, there are various souvenir shops and drinks bars around the area.

3. Ariel’s Point

DIY Travel Guide to Boracay, Philippines [with Suggested Tours]
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One of the best things to do in Boracay is to be adventurous. And that’s possible at Ariel’s point. It is located just a boat ride away from Boracay Island. It has five cliff-diving platforms that measure from 3 to 15 meters. Not only that but you can also try swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and paddleboarding.

4. Willy’s Rock

DIY Travel Guide to Boracay, Philippines [with Suggested Tours]
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One of the main subjects for photography in Boracay. Willy’s Rock is the most recognizable attraction on the island. When you go here, you’ll find a statue of the Virgin Mary at the top of this unique rock formation.

5. Diniwid Beach

DIY Travel Guide to Boracay, Philippines [with Suggested Tours]
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Diniwid is very near the large white beach. And compared with its neighbor beach, it is a lot smaller. And due to its size, this is the ideal place to feel the serene vibes of nature and have a nice picnic with your friend or family.

Where To Stay in Boracay, Philippines

Budget Hotel

Dormitels.ph Boracay

DIY Travel Guide to Boracay, Philippines [with Suggested Tours]

Dormitels Boracay is just a 5-minute walk to Boracay White Beach. It provides free WiFi access in its public areas. Rooms are fan-cooled and are equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels and an en suite bathroom with shower facilities.

Price: Starts at PHP 1,150 plus PHP 138 taxes and charges for a Standard Double Room with Fan.

Mid-Range Hotel

Emerald Island Hotel

DIY Travel Guide to Boracay, Philippines [with Suggested Tours]

Emerald Island Hotel features air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV in the Station 1 district of Boracay. The hotel also has family rooms. An à la carte and Asian breakfast options are available each morning at the property. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk, and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the area.

Price: Starts at PHP 2,500 plus PHP 300 taxes and charges for a Double Room. Breakfast is also included.

Luxury Hotel

Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa

DIY Travel Guide to Boracay, Philippines [with Suggested Tours]

Surrounded by a lush hillside overlooking the ocean, Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa provide a luxurious and secluded hideaway. It features a 350 m private beachfront, 2 stunning outdoor pools, and spacious guest rooms and villas. All rooms have a spacious balcony with a daybed showcasing impressive views, while villas and suites are provided with butler service and either a private pool or outdoor hot tub. The cliff-top Sirena restaurant serves fresh seafood dishes, while romantic southern European dinners can be enjoyed among the treetops at Rima Restaurant.

Price: Starts at PHP 17,500 plus PHP 3,946 taxes and charges for a Deluxe King Room with Free Roundtrip Caticlan Airport Transfers. Breakfast is also included.

Where To Eat in Boracay, Philipines

1. Wave Bar and Lounge at Henann Regency Resort & Spa

DIY Travel Guide to Boracay, Philippines [with Suggested Tours]

Wave Bar and Lounge at Hennan Regency Resort and Spa offers various drinks and shisha. Being one of the most popular bars in Boracay, it is not surprising that it is filled with visitors. This is a must place to go to for club-goers.

Operating hours: 05:00 PM – 03:00 AM (Mon-Sun)
Address: Beachfront, Station 2 | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Malay, Aklan Province 5608, Philippines

2. Cha Cha’s

DIY Travel Guide to Boracay, Philippines [with Suggested Tours]

You can find various menus at Cha Cha’s. From seafood, tacos, soup, pizza, grill meat, some Filipino food, and desserts. For drinks, they offer smoothies, shakes, and cocktails for people who are not heavy drinkers. Not only that but they also have different kinds of alcohol such as wine, beer, rum, whiskey, tequila, vodka, gin, and even sake.

Operating hours: 06:00 AM – 12:00 AM (Mon-Sun)
Address: Station 2 Beachfront, Brgy. Balabag, Malay, Malay, Aklan Province 5608, Philippines

3. Trattoria Stella

DIY Travel Guide to Boracay, Philippines [with Suggested Tours]

If you’re craving some Italian cuisine, Trattoria Stella is the best you should go to. It is a family-run restaurant that serves awesome Italian dishes. You can taste the freshness of homemade pasta and seafood. Don’t forget to try their lasagna and ravioli which is one of the most popular on their menu. 

Operating hours: 10:30 AM – 03:00 PM / 06:00 PM – 09:00 PM (Thu-Tue)
Address: Diniwid Beach Road, Malay, Aklan Province 5608, Philippines

Facts About Boracay

Size

Boracay is 7 km long and 1 km wide. It has a total of 1,083 hectares.

Location

It is 300 km south of Manila, located in Western Visayas.

Electricity

Boracay’s electricity is 220 Volts AC

Language

Tagalog or Visaya. They’re also the Philippines’ major dialects. However, English is also widely spoken.

Currency

Philippine Peso. Credit cards are also accepted in most hotels, resorts, or restaurants. 

Main and Nearest Airport

Caticlan Airport in Malay, Aklan.

Villages

It has three villages namely Balabag, Manoc-Manoc, and Yapak

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About the Writer

Fatima Turla2Hi there! I’m Fatima. My first major travel was in 2016 in the beautiful city of Cebu. After that, I got interested in traveling. Now I enjoy learning languages and other country’s cultures. My goal is to visit at least one country each year and to share my experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness my journey by following me on Instagram.​

 

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10 thoughts on “DIY Travel Guide to Boracay, Philippines [with Suggested Tours]

  1. Hi is 800 pesos each to much to pay from caticlan jetty for transfers to Karuna area Boracay island includes ferry tickets environmental fees and transport to Karuna area one way? Regards Ian

  2. Anyone in Boracay now? I will be there end Aug & worried about the weather. Can someone there plse update about the weather.
    Thanks!
    Maria

  3. Hi..any extra tip for a newlywed couple first time to Boracay as a honeymoon? I’d appreciate it..Thank you..greAt article

  4. I’ve been in the Philippines for two straight years and Boracay is one of those places I keep meaning to get to! Thanks for some more motivation, I’ll try and make it before another Christmas in paradise is behind me.

    1. Is it advisable to bring tent on the seaside?if we hv no cottage.bcoz our hotel is far from beachfront,pls kindly give us advise what to do.thnk u

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Written by Fatima Turla

Fatima is a full-time writer of Two Monkeys Travel. Her first major trip was in 2016 and got really interested in traveling. She also enjoys learning languages and other country’s cultures. She has a goal to visit at least one country each year and share her experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness her journey by following her on Instagram.

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