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Accomodations

Are you after a relaxing night’s sleep after a long day of frolicking on the beach? Then we recommend you avoid Station 2, where people are known to party hard. If you’re on a budget, Station 3 offers the most reasonably-priced accommodations. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Station 1 is where you will find the more luxurious and expensive resorts.

Station 1 Resorts

Station 2 Resorts

Station 3 Resorts

Discover the beauty of a true gem in the Southeast Asian country of the Philippines, where the sun, sand and sea set a tableau for great fun. Enjoy the comforts of the world-class resorts, satisfy your epicurean cravings, dive into water activities and more in Boracay Island.

Dining Options

There is a massive amount of dining options in Boracay. Below are just some of them:

  • A1 Boracay – serves the best imported Italian Arabica coffee beans.
  • Andok’s – serves rotisserie and fried chicken and other Filipino dishes.
  • Aria – offers Italian food.
  • Bamboo Lounge – offers a fine selection of Chinese food.
  • Blue Jade Café – serves Asian and European cuisine.
  • Crafty’s Rooftop Bar and Coffee Shop – offers an exceptional menu of Indian and international dishes.
  • Cyma – serves delicious Greek food.
  • Dos Mestizos – offers a selection of first-rate Tapas dishes.
  • Fridays Boracay – offers all-day dining, Friday night buffet, seafood grill, etc.
  • Heidiland Deli – is a European-style deli featuring a menu of cold cuts, cheeses, wines, sandwiches and much more.
  • The Hobbit House – manned by midget staff, this restaurant offers a variety of great food.
  • Jonah’s Fruit Shakes – serves some of the best fruit shakes on the planet.
  • Kasbah – serves authentic Moroccan cuisine.
  • Lemon Café – serves a wide variety of food and has been named as one of the Philippines’ best restaurants.
  • Rumbas – English-pub inspired dishes.

For drinks, head on out to these favorite hotspots:

  • Bom Bom Bar – a popular hangout for artists and musicians, it is one of the most relaxing bars in the area.
  • Cocoloco – serves tasty food in addition to a wide variety of drinks.
  • Cocomangas – made famous by its “Still standing after 15” challenge that have people downing 15 shots to win a t-shirt and plaque on the wall. The Jam Jar is a must-try!
  • Juice – serves a range of excellent cocktails and “sneaky smoothies”.
  • Red Pirates Pub – offers a selection of great fruity cocktails and beer.
  • Rumbas – an English-style pub with big screen TVs where customers can watch sports.
Overview

Boracay is an island located in Aklan, Philippines, approximately 315 km south of Manila. It has gradually become the country’s top tourist destination, renowned for its long stretch of beautiful white sand beaches, gorgeous sunset views, myriad of activities it offers as well as premium accommodations and dining options. More significantly, it has seen frequent recognition in various lists of the world’s top beaches, rivaling those found in the Caribbean, Thailand and Indonesia, to name a few.

The island draws millions of tourists from across the globe each year.

Climate

White Beach is calm and most suitable for swimming during the dry season (from November to April), known as Amihan, which is characterized by moderate temperatures, little to no rain and wind from the east. The other side of the island would then have powerful winds and large waves that invite wind surfing, wave running, kiteboarding, etc. The Amihan also sees the island’s tourist peak season.

On the other hand, during the rainy season (from June to October), known as Habagat, there is usually a heightened risk of typhoons with White Beach getting powerful winds and large waves making it most unsuitable for swimming.

Getting There

There are two ways to get to Boracay Island: by plane or by boat. Either way, the port of entry to Boracay Island is the town of Caticlan on the mainland, from which outrigger boats or “bancas” leave every few minutes to transport travelers to the island.

Via Air

Travelers can get to and from Boracay by one of the two airports servicing the Aklan province: the Kalibo International Airport and Godofredo P. Ramos Airport (more commonly known as Caticlan Airport).

Via Sea

Car ferries from Roxas, Oriental Mindoro dock at the Caticlan jetty port via the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SNRH).

Getting around

Part of the novelty of visiting Boracay Island is the means by which travelers can get around to experience all that the island has to offer. Motorized tricycles serve as the island’s taxis and are easy to find. Travelers can rent their very own chauffeured tricycles at inexpensive rates to explore the different parts of Boracay Island. Scooters can also be rented by tourists for their personal use; however, caution should be exercised by those who do not know the area well and are unused to sharing the road with aggressive fellow-motorists. Mountain bikes are also an option and are available for rent at a limited number of places in the island which are off limits to motorized vehicles.

Native sailboats (known as “paraw”) or motorized outrigger boats (“bancas”) are available for rent for those who want to explore around the island.

Discovering the Island

The long stretch of beach is divided into three sections: Station 1, Station 2 and Station 3. Station 1, where the finest and generally more expensive resorts are located, is in the northernmost section and has the widest beachfront.

Station 2 is the literal and figurative center of all the island action. This is where travelers converge to eat, drink, shop and party till the wee hours of the morning; hence, it is the most crowded and noisiest part of the beach.

In the southernmost section is Station 3, the least developed portion of the island and where the lowest-priced accommodations can generally be found.

The whole White Beach is open to the public, from Stations 1 to 3, so tourists can swim, eat, drink, party and lounge anywhere they like, regardless of their accommodations’ location.

Things to See and Do

Scuba Diving

Dive Centres can be found all over White Beach, all offering the same services for a standard amount. The island boasts of about 25-30 dive sites within 10-15 minutes via a speedboat ride that are suitable for beginners to the most advanced divers.

Puka Beach

Found on the northern tip of the island is Puka Beach, treasured for the white, albeit coarser (than White Beach) sand, the clear blue water and relative tranquility. This is where the small puka shells are found, that locals craft into jewelry to sell on the island. There are fewer services offered here, such as the limited number of restaurants, but travelers are welcome to bring their own picnic baskets, if they so choose. You can get to Puka Beach by tricycle or by paraw or banca (don’t forget to arrange for pickup!).

Kiteboarding

Well-known as one of the best kiteboarding destinations in Asia, Bulabog Beach draws riders in droves during the high season.

Skimboarding

Skimboarding has quickly become a fun and favorite new sport for kids. Tourists can find and rent skimboards all across White Beach. A one-hour lesson starts at Php300.00.

Baling Hai Beach

Just north of Diniwid Beach is Baling Hai Beach, a quiet little cove where travelers can enjoy a variety of water activities in a less crowded, more tranquil environment. The clifftop restaurant located in Baling Hai Beach affords diners a breathtaking view.

Massage/Spa

Depending on your budget, there are various ways to get a massage or spa service in the island. Below are some of the cheapest options:

  • Women frequently approach vacationers offering to give them a massage along White Beach, right there on the tourist’s beach towel or at a private location of their choosing.
  • Massage Stations can also be found along White Beach.
  • In the Nigi Nigi Beach Resort area, you can find an outdoor massage station where they charge Php500.00 for a one-hour session.

Other more expensive options are the Bella Isa Salon & Spa, Tirta SPA, Mandala Spa & Villas and Boracay Regency Kai Spa, among others.

Boat Tours

The most reputable groups that offer paraw or banca tours are Allen Fun Tours and Red Pirates, but dozens of other companies offer the same service. Boat tours are considered the best way to fully experience and see the splendor of Boracay.

Other Activities

Tourists should also try out the other activities offered in the island such as parasailing, ATV riding, horseback riding, kayaking, banana boat riding and Zorbing.

Eat, Drink and Shop

A wide-ranging variety of boutiques and eateries can be found along White Beach, with most of them concentrated in Station 2 at D’Mall. Although high-end stores have begun to spring up, tourists need not fret because they can still shop around and haggle to get the best price. In addition to D’Mall, shoppers can also examine the wares at D’Talipapa which can be found in Station 3. An array of items for sale can be bought from the shops on White Beach – souvenir items, clothes, art pieces and household items, jewelry, etc. If you find that you’ve forgotten to pack your sunscreen or other travel essentials, convenience stores are sure to carry them.

There is a massive amount of dining options in Boracay. Below are just some of them:

  • A1 Boracay – serves the best imported Italian Arabica coffee beans.
  • Andok’s – serves rotisserie and fried chicken and other Filipino dishes.
  • Aria – offers Italian food.
  • Bamboo Lounge – offers a fine selection of Chinese food.
  • Blue Jade Café – serves Asian and European cuisine.
  • Crafty’s Rooftop Bar and Coffee Shop – offers an exceptional menu of Indian and international dishes.
  • Cyma – serves delicious Greek food.
  • Dos Mestizos – offers a selection of first-rate Tapas dishes.
  • Fridays Boracay – offers all-day dining, Friday night buffet, seafood grill, etc.
  • Heidiland Deli – is a European-style deli featuring a menu of cold cuts, cheeses, wines, sandwiches and much more.
  • The Hobbit House – manned by midget staff, this restaurant offers a variety of great food.
  • Jonah’s Fruit Shakes – serves some of the best fruit shakes on the planet.
  • Kasbah – serves authentic Moroccan cuisine.
  • Lemon Café – serves a wide variety of food and has been named as one of the Philippines’ best restaurants.
  • Rumbas – English-pub inspired dishes.

For drinks, head on out to these favorite hotspots:

  • Bom Bom Bar – a popular hangout for artists and musicians, it is one of the most relaxing bars in the area.
  • Cocoloco – serves tasty food in addition to a wide variety of drinks.
  • Cocomangas – made famous by its “Still standing after 15” challenge that have people downing 15 shots to win a t-shirt and plaque on the wall. The Jam Jar is a must-try!
  • Juice – serves a range of excellent cocktails and “sneaky smoothies”.
  • Red Pirates Pub – offers a selection of great fruity cocktails and beer.
  • Rumbas – an English-style pub with big screen TVs where customers can watch sports.

Sources:
http://wikitravel.org/en/Boracay
http://www.dotpcvc.gov.ph/Destinations/boracay.htm


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