Boracay Located in the West Visayas Region, Boracay is one of the islands of the province of Aklan, in the center of the Philippines. Only about 7 km long and 1 km wide, the island has over 300 resorts and hotels ranging from budget to upscale. There’s a massive variety of dining choices, bars, and surprising attractions for any budget. Getting around is also easy and affordable, making it a fantastic, self-contained spot for your next beach holiday.
The island of Boracay in the Philippines is a haven for beach lovers, beloved for its sparkling, soft sand edged by striking blue water and lush groves of swaying palm trees. With more than a dozen beaches scattered around the island, there are plenty of spots to soak up the sun, as well as crystal clear snorkeling spots and adrenaline-fuelled adventures including kiteboarding, cliff jumping, and parasailing. Its laid back vibe and relative affordability have left so many visitors taken by the island, that it’s not uncommon to come across ex-pats who came for a quick visit and became so enamored they ended up moving here!
How to get to Boracay from Manila
There are no direct flights to the island, so getting to Boracay means flying into Caticlan Airport or Kalibo which is a bit farther away but often has cheaper flights. You can travel to Boracay by flying from Manila or Cebu, which takes about one hour on what’s usually a very small plane. You’ll then head to the Caticlan Jetty Port (walk or take a tricycle), and hop in a boat for the 20-minute ride over to Boracay. Some hotels will pick you up on the other side; otherwise, you’ll have to hire another tricycle to transfer you to your accommodations.
A vacation here is all about spending long days relaxing outside or playing in the water, so its no surprise all of the Boracay attractions are focused on the beach. One of the most popular places to visit in Boracay is White Beach, which is at the heart of the island and the centre of the action. Resorts, restaurants and bars line the strip, and this four-kilometre stretch features dazzling sand and warm, clear water.
Diving and snorkeling: Expect to come across plenty of tropical fish, bright coral reefs, and starfish, as well as the odd manta ray, shark, or turtle.
Horseback riding: Hop in the saddle and gallop down the beach
Boracay island hopping: A handful of tiny islands surround Boracay, and you can book a day-long boat tour or arrange to get dropped off at one of the secluded sandbars.
Nightlife: The island is known to get rowdy once darkness falls, with bars and discos serving up cocktails on the beach into the early morning hours.
A must-do to include on your Boracay itinerary is simple: watching the sun go down. The island is famous for its vibrant sunsets which feature such vivid purples and pinks, making it look like cotton candy stretching across the sky. Watch from the comfort of a lounger on the beach, or book a sunset boat cruise for a truly memorable experience.
3 days 2 nights Boracay itinerary
Thanks to its close proximity to Manila and some of the other Philippines islands, it’s possible to enjoy a Boracay trip in as little as two nights. Here’s a suggested itinerary for what to do in Boracay in 3 days:
Arrive in Boracay, get situated at the hotel
Spend the day relaxing on White Beach (optional activities: watersports like jet skis or parasailing, or take introductory kiteboarding or scuba diving lesson)
Enjoy free-flowing cocktails during a spirited sunset sailing cruise
Dine on fresh seafood during dinner at one of the beachfront restaurants
Nosh on banana pancakes for breakfast–they’re incredible!
Book a boat tour to explore Boracay’s beaches or explore other islands. This all-inclusive tour heads over to Ariel’s Point which is a popular cliff-jumping spot, while this Boracay tour visits Crocodile Island and Puka Beach with lots of time for snorkeling.
Enjoy happy hour on the beach while watching the sunset
Check out of your hotel
Head to one of the other Boracay beaches you haven’t had a chance to visit yet, like Station 1, Station 3, Diniwid, or Bulabog Beach which are all very close to White Beach
Grab lunch at D’Mall before starting your trip back to the airport
Book a Boracay tour
Many of the activities you’ll want to include on your Borneo itinerary can be booked in advance or as part of a Boracay tour package, including a jet ski experience, an underwater helmet dive, and even a scenic helicopter flight. Here are a few more to consider:
ENJOY YOUR STAY IN BORACAY!