Visiting Boracay: Tips and Itinerary
I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Boracay two weeks ago. My boyfriend’s friends, Greg and Jhanice, decided to tie the knot and appointed us to be their best man and maid of honor, respectively. :)
Boracay is a small island in the Philippines that has received numerous awards from travel publications and agencies. The place is a favorite among tourists for its white sands and crystal clear waters. :) I’m so happy that in my 24 years of existence, I finally got to visit this world-renowned beach. <3
How To Get There?
There are two ways to get to Boracay: by air and by sea.
By Air: Boracay is served by two airports in the Aklan province: one in Kalibo and the other in Caticlan (Godofredo P. Ramos Airport). Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines are some of the domestic airlines that fly to both airports.
By Sea: From Manila, it may take more or less 14 hours to reach the Caticlan Jetty Port. This option is cheaper and you get to visit different places along the way (Mindoro, Roxas, etc.).
Whatever mode of transportation you choose, your second-to-the-last destination is the Caticlan Jetty Port. Since Boracay is separated by a narrow strait, both tourists and locals can only get to the island through the boats operated at the jetty port.
Anyone arriving at the Boracay Airport in Caticlan will have to pay PHP50 for a tricycle (or do a 10-minute walk) which takes you to the Caticlan Jetty Port. At the port, you’ll be required to buy three different tickets: a boat ticket & boarding pass (PHP25), an environmental & admission fee ticket (PHP75) and terminal fee ticket (PHP100). The boat ride going to the Jetty Terminal takes about 15 minutes.
Once you’re on the other side, you’ll still need shell out another PHP100 for a tricycle that can take you to your hotel. Cash only basis.
What To Do?
There are so many things to do in Boracay. Common activities include Parasailing, Scuba Diving, Banana Boat, and Helmet Dive. Other non-water activities include hair braiding, henna tattoo and massage. While walking along the beach, you’ll stumble upon a lot of people offering you these activities and services. Remember to haggle!
At night, Boracay is vibrant with lights and music. You can listen to live bands, chill with your friends over an ice cold beer or dance until dawn. :)
We, on the other hand, weren’t fortunate enough to do any of the water activities. We did drink after the wedding, along with Khat and the newly weds. I also got myself a blowjob (the cocktail shot, ok!) /sad
What To Eat?
I think it’s safe to say that you’ll never get hungry in Boracay. There’s a wide variety of places to eat, fit to satisfy all of your cravings. We had dinner at Epic and their steak was fantastic. Lemon Cafe is quite popular but we never had a chance to try their food. D’Talipapa is the place to go to for fresh seafood. Shakey’s, Army Navy, Starbucks and McDonald’s are also available on the island.
When To Go?
Boracay is awfully crowded and expensive during Holy Week, April and December. If you’re on a budget, it’s better to visit during off-peak seasons (June to November).
The algae, that makes the sea greenish rather than crystal blue, is also seasonal. My friend said that they’re usually not that prominent during August and October.
Although our trip was very brief, I’d like to thank my boyfriend for handling everything: our flight, airport transfers, hotel bookings, and so on. What I love the most was the way he gave his anniversary gift. He knows I love surprises. We were swimming in the beach and while I was busy complaining at algae that were surrounding us, he took my hand and put this wonderful ring (not an engagement ring, ok!) on my finger. He is the sweetest. <3
Anyway, I hope this guide of mine gave you an idea what to expect or do when you visit Boracay. If you’ve been to Boracay before, hope you can share your own insights in the comment box.
For more photos, don’t forget to check out my Boracay Photo Diary here. :)