BORACAY: DIY Travel Guide 2019
Escaping from the bustling atmosphere of Metropolitan Manila is one of the best gifts you could give to yourself. For us, this tropical island nestled in the Visayan region offers an array of scenic spots and adventures, stunning sunset and so much more.
Boracay is a tropical island about an hour flight from Metro Manila in the Philippines. It’s a world-class destination, perfect for people who love to be at the beach, chill under the sun and just forget about the world for a while. If you’re looking for a place wherein you can relax and release the stress of your life, Boracay is the perfect place to be! From its pristine sandy beach fringed with leaning palm trees, breathtaking sunsets to its clear waters.
HOW TO GET TO BORACAY
- Cebu Pacific – Several daily flights from Manila, vice-versa.
- Air Asia – Several daily flights from Manila, vice-versa.
- Philippine Airlines Several daily flights from Manila, vice-versa.
- 2GO Ferry – Few schedules per week from Batangas to Caticlan, vice-versa.
Journey Freaks’ note: If you want to save more, be on the lookout for flight sales that usually happen during holidays.
WHERE TO STAY IN BORACAY
This island houses different accommodation depends on the budget. If you’re looking where to stay in Boracay, we have created a simple guide for you!
- SUPER BUDGET – PHP 2,000 and below – per room per night good for two.
- BUDGET – PHP 2,750 and below – per room per night good for two.
- MID – PHP 3,000 – PHP 4900 – per room per night good for two,
- LUXURY – PHP 5,000 and above.
- Most tranquil and quiet part of the island.
- Less crowded resulting to a cleaner beach.
- A bit far from convenience stores.
- Accommodations in Station 1 are the most expensive.
- The most convenient part of the island.
- Offers an assortment of shops and restaurants.
- Really busy area, expect to be crowded throughout the day and night.
- Crowded beach area.
- Offers the cheapest accommodation options.
- Comparable to Station 1’s peaceful ambiance.
- The cheaper price range for restaurants.
- Boat traffic is high in this area.
HOW TO GET AROUND BORACAY
Boracay is just a small island so getting around isn’t a big thing to worry. Just note that there are two pricing for tricycle/e-trike which is either regular fare and special trip. regular fare is cheaper since they will still pick up other passengers, but for the special trip, you will rent it during the whole trip (depends if back and forth). Boracay locals are honest, accommodating and helpful so never be afraid to ask.
- Rent a private motocycle
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
- Travelers are required to pre-book in accredited hotels before arrival. Note: Click here for the updated list of accredited hotels in Boracay.
- Roadworks are still on-going so expect some rough/dusty roads.
- Plastic straws are now prohibited on the island.
- You may bring a reusable water bottle to reduce single-use plastic in the island.
- Vegan/Vegetarian restaurants are available on the island.
- There is a nearby mall called City Mall where you can buy your own supplies.
MUST-TRY FOOD IN BORACAY
1. Grilled tuna jaw from Hoy Panga! (Located at Station 2)
Hoy Panga! offers fresh grilled tuna jaw and other Filipino specialties. Also, this restaurant sells smoothie bowls and fresh fruit shakes.
2. Oyster sisig from BarLo (Located at Station 1)
By far the most popular sisig on the island, if you’re in for some seafood sizzling galore, you’ll love this!
3. Calamansi and mango muffins from Real Coffee (Located at Station 2)
Boracay’s most popular al-fresco cafe that offers freshly-baked muffins and quality coffee. Calamansi is their best-seller muffin but we love their mango flavor too!
4. Rice bowls from Smoke (Located at D’Mall)
Smoke offers cheap yet flavor-packed quality rice bowls. Though their branches are quite small, queuing in line is worth it!
5. Pizza and pasta from Aria (Located at Station 2)
Not the cheapest restaurants on the island, but every penny is worth spending here. We love Aria’s parma ham pizza – the dough alone is already worth eating (don’t mind the extra calories after!)
6. Coconut ice cream from Coco Mama (Located at D’Mall)
For PHP150, Coco Mama, offers quality refreshing coconut ice cream with freshly sliced mango and coconut meat. If you’re looking for something to beat the heat, give this one a try!
7. Japanese food from Nagasi Coffee Shop (Located at Angol Point, right after Station 3)
This restaurant is a bit far from the crowded scene but it’s worth the walk! Nagasi sells high-grade Japanese/Asian cuisine. Their foods didn’t taste cheap or low quality and that’s a good thing! And note that their pricing isn’t pricey compared to the restaurants in Station 2!
8. Mango shaved ice & ice cream from Halomango (Branches located at Station 2 and D’Mall)
9. Chori and Longga Burger from Merly’s (Cart located at Station 1 and Station 2)
Angel’s burger, who?! Merly’s chori and longga burger are the bombs! It’s cheap, tasty, and filling!
MUST-TRY ACTIVITIES IN BORACAY
- Paraw sunset
- Scuba diving/freediving
- Chill drinking during happy hour
- Food crawl around Boracay’s best food spot
FAQs About Boracay
- When is the best time to visit Boracay?
It is said that the best time to visit Boracay is between the dry and wet seasons, or during the transition months. October or November is the best time to visit if you want to have the best of both worlds, sunny during morning, cold breeze during the night.
- Are there any ATMs or banks in Boracay?
Yes, there are available ATMs or banks in Boracay jus head to D’Mall (Station 2).
- Are there available money changes in Boracay?
Yes, money changers are available in Boracay but always look for authentic money changers around the island.
- Are there available clinic/hospital nearby?
Yes, there are clinics and hospitals in Boracay.
In conclusion, Boracay is still a paradise and a worthy destination to visit. Although works are still in progress on the island, the implementation of rules are now more stringent, but it’s all for good. I wish we could’ve stayed longer to see more of it. As a result, we do look forward to going back in this slice of paradise!
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