What to Do and Where to Stay in Boracay

Are you fond of the beach? You want to go to Boracay but do not want to spend gazillion amount of your hard earned cash? Impossible… not!
Boracay Island (according to Wikipedia) is located on the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. The beach line itself is a 3km stretch of white sand -- love it!
There are 3 beach stations in Boracay. Station 1 is where the uber powdery white sand is mostly located. Station 2 is where night life is at its best, this is also where D-Mall is located. Station 3 is suited for the family with young kids because it’s a little away from the noise of Station 2.


How to get there?
By Plane. The fastest and easiest way to get to Boracay Island is by plane. You may choose to fly via Kalibo (uses Airbus. Additional 1.5 hour bus/shuttle ride going to Caticlan) or fly directly to Caticlan (uses smaller planes). There are different airlines that fly to Kalibo and Caticlan on a daily basis – see Cebupacific, Philippine Airlines and Airphilippines.
By Sea. Like what we did, you may bring your private car to Panay Island. Ride the RORO vessel on Batangas Port going to Calapan Mindoro (approximately 2 hours). From Calapan, drive down south going to Roxas Port (approximately 3 hours). Upon reaching Roxas Port board another RORO vessel going to Caticlan (approximately 4 hours). You don’t have to bring your car to Boracay Island, you may leave it in the pay parking near the Caticlan port (Php100-Php150/day).
After arriving in Caticlan, you need to ride another ferry in Jetty port going to Boracay Island (approximately 15 mins). Ride the tricycle going to your hotel/resort (Php100).

Where to Stay?
The hotel/resort will depend on how much you like to stretch your budget and how many you are in the group.
Since it's Peak season when we went to Boracay, hotel prices shoot up and most of them are already fully booked. After doing some research, I decided to Book Villa Camilla in Station 3 since it offers lower rate for its family room but still on the beach front. We got the Family Room A which has 2 queen size beds and 1 single bed. The beds are comfortable to sleep in but the bathroom somehow needs refurbishing. The resort also has a small pool/bar wherein you can take a dip when you get tired of the beach.
Here are some of the different hotels/resorts that you may choose when in Boracay. Remember to do RESEARCH --Tripadvisor is your friend.
If you have a bigger budget you may want to go here:
For a list of hotels/resorts, Click Here.

What to do?

There are a lot of beach activities in Boracay. You can easily get different packages from the manong along the beach. Here are some of the activities you may want to do: Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Windsurfing, Kitesurfing, Sail boating, Kayaking, Boardsailing, Glass Bottom Boat, and Boating.
They say that Boracay is not complete if you don’t try out the yummy fruit shakes of Jonah’s. One branch is located in Station 1 just before The Grotto.
See the fire dancers. Walk to Station 2 at night and you’ll see fire dancers entertaining tourists. If you have the guts, you may take your picture with them while fire is in front/side of your face.
Enjoy the night life. There are a lot of bars around Station 2 that you may choose from. Experience live band and booze while on the beach. Though, most of the bars close at 11pm.
Shop. You may go to D-Mall for the usual pasalubongs—keychains, trinkets, bags, shirts and a lot more.
Enjoy the beach. Remember that you went to Boracay to have fun under the sun. So go ahead and put on that bikini and have fun fun fun!
Tip: You may also go to the fish market and get something that you can grill (ask the hotel/resort if they have and allow grilling) for you to enjoy a cheap but yummy grilled lunch/dinner.
REMEMBER: No smoking and littering on the beach.

4 comments

  1. If your a larger group you can split a house for a week and its not too bad on price either. 

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  2. I don't prefer going to boracay by sea. although you can save a lot, but it will eat much of your time...

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  3. Thanks for sharing! I was wondering how much will I spend if I stayed in Villa Camilla for 3 to 4 days? Is Villa Camilla has goodBoracay accommodation and service? Your response is highly appreciated. Thank you!

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  4. Our family really loved to visit Boracay every year. So we're almost planning to look for any real estate in Boracay to lived with. Do you have any idea where can have my inquiry?

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