2021 BORACAY TRAVEL GUIDE (ITINERARY + BUDGET)

Detailed Boracay travel guide with DIY Boracay itinerary with budget including places to see in Boracay. 

The sun-drenched Boracay has brazenly succumbed to tourism. It placed the Philippines on the tourists’ radar because of its impeccable palm-fringed, powdery, white shore cuddled by turquoise, warm sea.  But there’s more to Boracay than its world-famous White Beach, the island is also packed water sports activities, beach parties, good food and fruit shakes, and friendly locals to boot.


BORACAY PRE-TRAVEL GUIDE


  • ABOUT BORACAY

The influx of tourists in Boracay started sometime in 1970’s, when the it was used as filming locations of the US movies Nam’s Angels and Too Late Hero.  After that, in 1978, German Writer Jens Peter mentioned Boracay as paradise on Earth in his book about the Philippines. Since then, foreign backpackers started to travel to Boracay and it quickly became a budget beach destination. Back in the days, Boracay is just one of the unfamiliar places in the province of Aklan, in the Philippines inhabited by the Ati and Tumandok, the indigenous people of Panay Island who thrive on coconut farming, fishing, and goat raising.

Sadly, as Boracay quickly became one of the world’s best beach destination and developed as a prime tourist destination, the Ati and Tumandok people, the original inhabitants of the island, were displaced on a mere 2.1 hectare walled community. Dexter Condez, the spokesperson of the Boracay Ati Tribal Organization (BATO) was gunned down, and the suspect is a security guard of a popular hotel chain. BATO, accused the management of the hotel and 2 other nearby resorts as allegedly interested in the lot occupied by the Ati people. The hotel strongly denied any involvement in the murder.

It is unfortunate that despite being the original residents of Boracay, the Ati and Tumandok people seem to have lost their rights and place in the island. Over the years, only a few of them work in hotels and restaurants around Boracay, when they should be the first ones benefitting from the influx of tourists there. I have visited other ASEAN countries, and I’ve seen how proud they are of their culture. They found a way to somehow preserve, integrate, and showcase their local culture and the way of life of the indigenous people to help educate visitors. Hopefully, in the near future, tourism in Boracay can create better economic opportunities for the Ati and Tumandok, after all, the island is originally their ancestral territory.


  • WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT BORACAY?

BORACAY ITINERARY: OFF-PEAK SEASON IN BORACAY

Boracay is a tropical beach destination, its peak season is around late March to May, the summer months in the Philippines. But take note that since it is the peak season, expect the prices of flights and hotels to skyrocket. Also, there are lots of tourists during the summer.  If you want to travel with less tourist, best time to visit Boracay is around January to early March, before the peak season.  August to November is low season, due to the rainy season and typhoons in the Philippines, but prices can be pretty low during this season, so if you want to save on flights and hotels, you can try visiting Boracay at your own risk during this season. Best to check the weather updates before your trip though.


  • BORACAY WI-FI

While most accommodations, cafes, and restaurants in Boracay offer free internet, having your own pocket Wi-Fi is still recommended. You can connect securely online when you have your own Wi-Fi and you can stay connected online even outside the confines of your resort or hotel.

PHILIPPINES POCKET WI-FI: RENT HERE

  • BORACAY ATM

There are a handful of ATMs in Boracay (BDO, BPI, and Metrobank) and money exchange centers. Best to stack up on cash when in the island because almost everything is on a cash basis. Some establishments and hotels accept major credit cards.


  • BORACAY DRONE

Is drone allowed in Boracay? Yes, but only if you have a permit. You need to secure a permit at the Municipal Mayor’s Office to fly your drone in Boracay. Here’s how:

1.Make your way to the Municipal Mayor’s Office near Station 1. It is located near Our Lady of Most Holy Rosary Church, just above MSWD’s office. Head to the 3rd floor. Inform the staff that you want to get a permit for drone flying.

2.Fill out the form.

3.Pay the fees at the cashier. Registration fee is ₱500 ($10), Special Permit ₱1000 ($21), Certification Fee ₱100 ($2).

4.Get your drone permit, make copies if needed, but keep the original copy. You may need to give your hotel a copy.

IMPORTANT: If you’re flying the drone for COMMERCIAL PURPOSES or flying a drone that weighs 7kg or more, a CAAP license is REQUIRED. For personal use, CAAP license is not required, only the Mayor’s Permit to fly your drone.

Always bring your drone permit when flying your drone.

Enforcers may approach you when you fly your drone, politely show them your permit. But they may still try to stop you even if you have a permit if you are flying the drone in crowded areas. For safety, fly the drone in less populated areas.


  • BORACAY SAFETY:

Is it safe to travel to Boracay? Yes, of course. Boracay is a tourist-friendly place and has been receiving tourists from around the world since time immemorial.  Locals here are easy going and pretty friendly.  But you have to understand that lately, due to the pandemic, which led to unemployment and closure of many businesses around the island, many locals are desperate to earn a living, so, please forgive some touts if they can be quite persistent to sell you tours or souvenirs. Thing is, Boracay is heavily dependent on tourism, that’s why the suffered a major blow when Covid-19 struck the world in 2020, because of the travel restrictions imposed by many countries. But overall, Boracay is still a great and safe destination to visit and enjoy, if you are looking to travel soon. It is also safe for solo female travelers, but I’d still recommend visiting in groups since it’s a beach destination that you’d cherish more if you are with your loved one, family, friends, or colleagues.

 


2021 BORACAY TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:


boracay travel requirements

Due to the recent rise in Covid-19 cases in Boracay, only travelers from GCQ and  MGCQ (Modified General Community Quarantine) areas can travel to Boracay, provided, they meet the 2021 Boracay travel requirements listed below.

  1.  Negative RT-PCR Test Result: All tourists from both the MGCQ and GCQ areas must present a negative RT-PCR Test Result (saliva, nasopharengeal or oropharengeal) for Covid-19 that must be taken within 72 hours before their trip to Boracay. Click HERE, for a list of accredited COVID-19 testing centers in the Philippines. Tourists can apply for a subsidized RT-PCR test at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), original price is ₱1,800 ($37), while reduced (subsidized) price is ₱900 ($18) per person.

IMPORTANT: Travelers aged 2 years old and below are not required to undergo RT-PCR Test.

  1.  Accredited Boracay Hotel bookings: All tourists in Boracay who intend to stay on the island overnight are required to show confirmed hotel bookings from accredited Boracay Hotels. You can check out the list of some Boracay hotels accredited by DOT below, under “Where to Stay in Boracay”.

IMPORTANT: Room sharing is only allowed for couples or family members who share the same household. All guests will be required to present a government or company ID with the guest’s residential address. Your hotel may impose other guidelines, so, for further inquiries, ask your hotel.

  1.  Confirmed Roundtrip Ticket. SEARCH FLIGHT HERE
  2.  Health Declaration Card. Register HERE, to get your Health Declaration Card. Choose “Boracay” if applicable.  Fill out the Online Health Declaration Card (HDC) a day before your trip to Boracay.  Make sure you answer everything, you may put N/A if not applicable. Once finished, click “Submit”.  You should receive a confirmation with instructions, but don’t forget to screenshot the OHDC Confirmation Page. Make sure to save a copy of the Online Health Declaration Card (OHDC) on your Smart Phone or have it printed.
  1.  Government Issued ID.  All tourists must present a valid government-issued ID such as passport, driver’s license, etc.
  2. S-Pass Travel Coordination Permit. (TCP)  Visit s-pass.ph , register, search for Aklan, Click on Kalibo, and submit all required documents.  You need to show the TCP at the airport and seaport. Pending S-Pass TCP are accepted when submitting the requirements for the Boracay Tourist Code below.
  3.  Boracay Tourist QR Code. All required documents must be verified first before you are allowed to travel to Boracay. You will be given a Tourist QR Code, which is a mandatory pre-boarding requirements on airports/seaports. NO QR Code, NO Acceptance. Always have a copy of the QR Code with you, digital or printed copy. This is due to some incidents of tourists faking travel documents before, and some of them actually tested positive to Covid-19, endangering the locals and other tourists in Boracay. Here’s what you need to do:

 Submit all the required documents to [email protected] prior to your visit to Boracay. Subject of email should be: OHDCFamily Name, First Name (your family name and first name). Attach the following documents in the e-mail:

    •  Health Declaration Card (HDC)
    •  Copy of RT-PCR Negative Result (taken within 72 hours before date of travel)
    •  Copy of Hotel Booking confirmation (Should be accredited hotels in Boracay)
    •  Proof of Identification (Valid Government-issued ID) with Philippine Residency
    •  Roundtrip flight tickets
    •  Copy of PENDING S-Pass Travel Coordination Permit (TCP).  It’s not a requirement for issuance of Tourist QR Code, but for hassle-free travel, best to register as you need to present this at the airport or seaport.

 

NOTE: If traveling with family, friends or with a group, you can submit all your documents in one e-mail. Just include the names of each individual including children and infants.  You must submit the documents at least 12 hours or more before your flight/travel to Boracay. For faster processing, you are encouraged to get your RT-PCR Test with laboratories that include a QR Code in their result certificates. Send only valid documents as falsification is punishable by law.

IMPORTANT: If you have not received a response within 24 hours after submitting the required documents above, please send another follow up e-mail or contact

      • Travel Info Aklan Assistance Center
      • Smart: 0939 878 0715
        Globe: 0975 580 9013
        Email:  [email protected]

Once your application is approved, you should get an e-mail with a copy of Health Declaration Card (HDC) with tourist QR code will be provided.  The QR Code is a mandatory pre-boarding requirements on airports/seaports. NO QR Code, NO Acceptance. Always have a copy of the QR Code with you, digital  (QR Code saved on your phone) or printed copy. 

Bring a copy of the QR code and all the required documents when you travel to Boracay for border/airport scanning and verification. Present the QR code upon entering Caticlan Airport, Caticlan Port and all Boracay establishments.

NOTE:

The Boracay Tourist QR Code expired in 12 hours from the checkout time. If the individual is going to extend their stay in Boracay, s/he must send an e-mail of a new booking slip showing the extension to [email protected] before the original check out time 

7. Observe health protocols: You must wear face mask and face shield at all times (except when dining, drinking, or when inside your hotel room), regularly wash your hands, and observe social distancing while in Boracay. Children aged below 2 years old are exempted from the above rules, but kids aged 2-8 years old must use face mask under adult supervision.

IMPORTANT:  Stay updated about the latest government, hotel, and airline regulations before traveling. Local government units may also have additional travel requirements. For further information, contact the following numbers:

    • Municipality of Malay

(036) 288 8775

    • Malay Municipal Tourism Office

(036) 288 2493

    • Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)

(02) 7944 2031

(02) 7944 2030

    • NDRRMC

(02)8912 5668

(02)8911 1873

(02) 8911 1406


HOW TO GET TO BORACAY


BORACAY TRAVEL GUIDE: How to Get to Boracay

Though you can reach Boracay by flying to Kalibo (Aklan), Roxas (Capiz), or Iloilo, because of Covid-19, Caticlan Airport (Godofredo Ramos Airport) is the only airport that accepts tourists traveling to Boracay because the IATF has implemented a one-entry-one exit policy for easier monitoring of tourists.


MANILA TO BORACAY/CEBU TO BORACAY/DAVAO TO BORACAY

 If you want a hassle-free trip from Caticlan Airport to your hotel, you can book a Boracay Airport transfer.

Caticlan Airport to Boracay (Shuttle Van) : RESERVE HERE
Caticlan Airport to Boracay (and vice versa): BOOK HERE

But if you want a DIY Tour of Boracay (Do-It-Yourself), here’s how:

    1. From Manila (1.25 hours), Cebu (1.5 hours), or Davao (6+ hours, via Manila or Cebu) you can fly to Caticlan Airport. Several airlines offer flights to and from Caticlan. Terminal fee is PHP 200 ($4), but that’s usually already included in your flight tickets.
    2. At Caticlan Airport, take a tricycle to Caticlan Jetty Port. Fare is about ₱150 ($3) per tricycle, good for 2-3 passengers. Travel time is approximately 10 minutes.
    3. Find the Registration Booth at Caticlan Jetty Port and register.
    4. Proceed to the Verification Area and present the Boracay requirements: the QR Code for the Health Declaration Card (HDC), the negative RT-PCR Test Result taken within 48 hours before your trip, and your confirmed hotel bookings.
    5. Pay the Boracay fees (boat fee, environmental, and terminal fee). There are 2 types of boats to get to and from Boracay:  the cheaper boat costs ₱25 ($0.52) per person one-way, whereas the fast craft costs ₱100 ($2) per person one-way. Meanwhile, the Boracay environmental fee is ₱75 ($1.55) and the terminal fee is ₱100 ($2).
    6. Enter the Caticlan Jetty Port Building and clear security check.
    7. Proceed to the Passenger Waiting Area. Wait for your boarding.
    8. Board your boat. Make sure to follow security protocols while on board. Travel time is approximately 15 minutes.
    9. Upon arrival at Boracay Port, ride a tricycle to your hotel. Chartered tricycle fare is roughly ₱100 ($2). Or if you’ve booked hotel pick-up through your hotel, look for your hotel shuttle.

IMPORTANT:

Caticlan Jetty Port first trip starts at 5:00 AM and there’s one trip approximately every 15 minutes until 10:00 PM, daily.

On your return to Caticlan from Boracay, you need to pay the same fees at Cagban Port in Boracay – Environmental fee ₱75 ($1.55), Terminal fee ₱100 ($2), and boat fee ₱25 ($0.52) or ₱100 ($2) for fast craft.


KALIBO TO BORACAY

    1. 1.From Manila, you can also fly to Kalibo to get to Boracay. However, due to Covid-19, the IATF has implemented a one-entry-one exit policy for easier monitoring of tourists. Currently, only returning residents and OFWs are allowed to fly to Kalibo as of last year.
    2. .From Kalibo Airport, take a shuttle to Caticlan Jetty Port. Travel time is roughly 1 hour. Fare is about ₱500 ($10).
    3. Follow Step 3-9 above

Alternatively, you can also take the local yellow Ceres Bus to Caticlan Bus terminal. Then from Caticlan Terminal, take a tricycle to Caticlan Jetty Port.  Bus fare is roughly ₱120 ($2.47).

 


ROXAS TO BORACAY

If coming from Roxas, Capiz, here’s how to get to Boracay:

1.Take a shuttle bound for Kalibo. Fare is roughly ₱100 $2) to ₱150 ($3) per person.

2.Then once you’re in Kalibo, take a shuttle to Caticlan Jetty Port. Travel time is roughly 1 hour. Fare is about ₱500 ($10).

3.Follow Steps 3-9 above.


ILOILO TO BORACAY

If coming from Iloilo City, you may travel to Boracay by public transport. Here’s how:

1.Make your way to Ceres Bus Terminal in Tagbak, Jaro, District, Iloilo.

2.Board a Ceres bus bound for Caticlan, Aklan. Fare is roughly ₱327 ($7) for aircon-bus and travel time is roughly 5 hours.

3.At Ceres Bus Terminal in Caticlan, take a tricycle to Caticlan Jetty Port, fare is roughly ₱150 ($3) per tricycle, good for 2-3 passengers. Travel time is approximately 10 minutes.

4.Follow Steps 3-9 above.

 


WHERE TO STAY IN BORACAY


 

During my multiple visits in Boracay, I stayed at different hotels in different areas. One is located in Station 3, another in Diniwid Beach, and there’s also one in Station 2.  The most convenient  is the one at Station 2 of course, but I also liked my stay at Diniwid Beach it is quiet and the sunset was really great. Meanwhile, what I like about my hotel at Station 3 is, it’s inexpensive.  But my personal favorite is the one hidden in Bulabog Beach – Ferra Hotel and Garden Suites because it is spotless and has excellent customer service.  You can read my full review through the blog link below.

 

RELATED BLOG: BORACAY FERRA HOTEL REVIEW

You’ll never really run out of places to stay in Boracay.  Hotels and resorts here have never stopped expanding, but make sure the hotel you’re booking is a Boracay accredited hotel. Here’s some of the top accredited hotels in Boracay according to online users.

1.Boracay Station 1 

White Beach in Boracay is divided into 3 stations, Station 1, Station 2, and Station 3.  Boracay Station 1 is often considered as the best place to stay in the island because of its more quiet and relaxing location compared to its neighbors. It’s the area where Willy’s Rock is located and has the finest, white shore in the island. Many of the luxury resorts in Boracay is concentrated in this area, accommodations here are pricey.

Here’s some of the top-rated hotels and resorts in Boracay Station 1:

Budget:
Mid-range:
Luxury:

 

2.BORACAY STATION 2

Boracay Station 2 is sandwiched by White Beach Station 1 and Station 3. This is where most of the activities are happening and where you can find D’Mall and seafood market. Station 2 is packed with cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops, and bars that have never stopped expanding. It is a popular place to stay because of its convenient location. Hotels and resorts in Station 2 range from mid-range to high-end.

Here’s some of the top-rated hotels in Boracay Station 2:

Budget:
Mid-range:

 

3.Boracay Station 3

This area is adjacent to White Beach Station 2, and is a popular choice for backpackers and travelers on a budget.  Boracay Station 3 is where most budget hotels and backpacker hostels are concentrated.

Here’s a list of some of the top-rated hotels in Boracay Station 3:

Budget:

Mid-range:

Luxury:

 

4.Diniwid Beach

Diniwid Beach is located after Station 1, it is about a 10-minute walk where you have to walk around a cliff.  It has a fine shore and good spot for sunset.  Hotels and resorts in Diniwid Beach are mid-range to upscale.

Budget:

 

      • Vilus Place Bed and Breakfast
      • Location: Diniwid Beach
      • RESERVE HERE

Mid-range:

      • Microtel by Wyndham Boracay
      • Location: Diniwid Beach
      • RESERVE HERE

 

5.Bulabog Beach

I stayed here during my last visit to Boracy pre-covid. A rising star in best places to stay in Boracay is Bulabog Beach, situated on the east side of Boracay, across Station 2.  Here you’ll find hotel and resorts that won’t hurt your wallet. It’s just a tricycle away from Boracay White Beach or about 15-minute walk. Bulabog Beach is where most of the watersports are happening, thus, this is where watersports shops are condensed. It is the best spot for kiteboarding and kitesurfing.

Here’s some of the top-rated hotels in Bulabog Beach:

Budget:

 

 

Mid-range:


BORACAY THINGS TO DO


You’ll never really run out of things to do in Boracay. Here’s some of the top activities in the island.

RELATED BLOG:  TOP BORACAY TOURIST SPOTS

 

1.Swim at Boracay White Beach

Mention Boracay and the image of White Beach with Willy’s Rock immediately comes to mind.  This jaw-dropping beach has powdery white shore lapped by a beautiful blend of blue and mint water. Tourists from all over the world are drawn to White Beach, which is now dotted with hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars, and souvenir shops. It is usually pretty busy during the summer months. White Beach deserves its fame, it boasts of the finest sand and definitely one of the best beaches I’ve visited in the Philippines. Even its seafloor has powdery sand, which makes it ideal for swimming.

BORACAY TRAVEL GUIDE: BOARACAY WHITE BEACH

White Beach is divided into 3 Stations: Station 1, Station 2, and Station 3.  Station 1 and 2 has finer sand compared to Station 3, and it is where most mid-ranged and luxury hotels are located.  That’s where you can find the posted boy of Boracay – Willy’s Rock.  Meanwhile. Station 3 is where most budget hotels are concentrated and is pretty popular to backpackers in Boracay.

How to get to White Beach: Take a tricycle to D’Mall.  From there, you can walk to Boracay White Beach Station 1, Station 2, and Station 3.

 

2.Boracay Island Hopping

BORACAY ISLAND HOPPING

If you still can’t get enough of Boracay, there are many beaches and isles sprinkled around this tiny island.  And the best way to get there is by hiring an outrigger boat or joining a Boracay Island Hopping Tour.  Island hopping boats can Boracay can accommodate 25 to 45 persons, depending on its size. You can join a Boracay Island Hopping Tour that typically costs ₱1,000 ($20) to ₱1,500 ($31) per person depending on the agency.  The group tour usually includes buffet lunch and roundtrip transfer to your hotel, entrance fee is typically excluded, you may have to pay separately.  The Boracay Island Hopping Tour usually includes a visit to:

 

    • Puka Beach – Free entrance
    • Crocodile Island – ₱20 ($0.41) entrance fee
    • Crystal Cove – ₱300 ($6) entrance fee
Boracay Island Hopping Tour: DISCOUNTED HERE

Important: Always verify the meet-up point with the travel agency, especially if your hotel is NOT located around White Beach. Because usually the meet-up point is at D’Mall, which may be far from Yapak area or Diniwid Beach.

 

3.Boracay Land Tour

 If you want to explore other far more peaceful Boracay beaches without taking a boat, you can do so by hiring a tricycle for ₱500 ($10), good for 2-3 persons.  Alternatively, you can also rent an ATV for ₱800 ($17) – ₱1,000 ($21) per unit, good for 2 pax, and visit Mt. Luho Viewpoint. I took a tricycle tour during my last trip to Boracay and I enjoyed it, especially the view of Boracay from Mt. Luho Viewpoint.  The farther beaches of Boracay are undeniably more tranquil and still retains the appearance of a fishing village.

boracay travel guide: Puka Beach

Puka Beach

Here’s the usual list of Boracay tourist attractions included in the land tour:

      • Puka Beach – free
      • Luho Viewpoint150 ($3) entrance fee
      • Ilig-Iligan Beach – free
      • Bulabog Beach – free
      • Diniwid Beach – free
boracay itinerary: Boracay Land Tour

Ilig-Iligan Beach

 

    • Boracay Tricycle Tour

Usually ₱500 ($10) for a chartered tricycle, good for 2-3 persons. Just walk up and talk to a tricycle driver in Boracay. Discuss first the places you want to visit, the duration of the tour, the rate (per tricycle), and how many persons can the vehicle accommodate (pre-Covid19, it’s usually 2-3 pax).  Make sure you agree with the price and duration of the tour before hopping inside the vehicle for the Boracay Land tour.

 

boracay itinerary: Boracay ATV Tour

Boracay ATV Tour

 

4.Try Boracay Water Sports

Boracay is a highly commercialized beach destination, it is crowded and crammed with water sports for adventure seekers. Here’s some of the water sports you might want to experience while in Boracay:

BORACAY ITINERARY: KAYAKING IN BORACAY

5.Boracay Fruit Shake

Boracay is well-known for its delicious fruit shake, and Jony’s Fruitshake is the original in the island, founded in 1982.  I was lucky enough to meet the amiable owner of Jony’s Fruitshake – Mr. Dionisio “Jony” Salme, who also owns Maya’s Restaurant, Pig Out Bistro, Jony’s Resort, and Jony’s Boutique Hotel. Jony’s Fruitshake is also served at Maya’s Restaurant and Pig Out Bistro.

Boracay itinerary: Jony's Fruitshake

Mang Jony is the long-time President of Boracay Business Foundation Incorporated (BFI), an organization of business owners in Boracay. He told me how he arrived in Boracay, back in March 2, 1972, when there was no electricity yet in the island. Back then, Boracay is still virtually empty, occupied mostly by Ati and Tumandok indigenous people, and a few foreign backpackers who visit the island occasionally. Mang Jony, who is originally from Pontevedra, Negros Occidental, worked for the Elizalde Group of Companies. But due to the land grabbing issues during the Marcos era, he was assigned to Boracay by his boss to manage the properties of Elizalde Family like the age-old D’Mall and a local radio station. Since there was no electricity yet, they use a generator. Jony’s Fruitshake started when an Austrian Dutch Backpacker who visited Boracay had a blender with him and sold him the blender when he went back to his country.  Apparently, the young guy got tired because there was no place to charge his blender.  Since they have a generator, Mang Jony eventually bought it, but said it was pretty expensive to maintain it since they had to travel all the way to Kalibo, which takes a whole day, just to buy gasoline for the generator to run the blender, to buy ice, and to buy fruits. Fortunately, a co-worker gifted him a refrigerator powered by kerosene where he made ice.  Soon enough, foreign tourists started lining up for his fruit shakes. He then added Mexican food to his menu, like tacos and burritos, since that’s what the foreigners like back then. He set up umbrellas and tables along White Beach, and the rest is history.  Today, you can get Jony’s Fruitshake beside Maya’s Restaurant and at Pig Out Bistro.

 

6.Boracay Food Trip

Boracay may not be the best place in the Philippines to go on a food trip, but it sure has a handful of relaxed restaurants and cozy cafés that serve both unfussy and creative dishes. Also, take note that because of Covid-19, many restaurants, cafes, and bars have closed. Here’s some of my personal favorites:

boracay travel guide: Pig Out Bistro

    •  Pig Out Bistro

 If you are wondering what Boracay looked like before the arrival of tourists, a huge mural painting inspired by one of the remaining old photos of Boracay taken by Dieter Schrottmann can be seen on the wall of the Pig Out Bistro in Boracay. But aside from the painting, what draws tourists to this tiny café is its ingenious food. Take for example the fresh oysters from Aklan, like the Oyster Mignonette, which, as its name suggests is garnished with mignonette sauce to balance out the brininess of the oyster. My favorite is the Green Oyster relished with herbed compound butter. And there’s also Oyster and Pearl, savored with egg roe, cucumber, and dill. If you’re in a group, try the seafood platter composed of grilled prawns, octopus, and gindara, oyster mignonette, baked oyster, steamed clams, and garlic steamed clams.

boracay food

RELATED BLOG: PIG OUT BISTRO REVIEW

      • The Pig Out Bistro Boracay
      • Address: Brgy.Balabag Boracay, Aklan
      • Open Hours: Daily 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM (last order at 9:30 PM)
      • Facebook: @pigoutbistro
      • Instagram: @thepigoutbistro

 

    • Maya’s Restaurant

This good old restaurant has been in Boracay since 1982, it was founded by Mang Dionisio “Jony” the same year as Jony’s Fruitshake. Maya is derived from the local name of a bird and the name of the indigenous people of Mexico – the Mayans, because the resto serves both Filipino and Mexican cuisines.

boracay food trip

The palm-fringed Maya Restaurant is a beach-front diner located in White Beach Station 1 in Boracay, in front of Jony’s Hotel and beside Jony’s Fruitshake. It exudes an airy, tropical atmosphere and the interior is decked with modern-designed rattan chairs where you can sit snugly while sipping your favorite Jony’s Fruitshake.

The dishes here are also created by Chef Jun Salme of the Pig Out Bistro. The Mexican flavors include: Tacos Al Pastor, comprised of homemade fresh corn tortilla, slow-cooked pork, avocado, beans, onions, and cilantro rice. The Carnitas Burrito was inspired by the shared recipe of a former Mexican Ambassador to the Philippines.  Meanwhile, some of my favorite Filipino cuisines at Maya’s Restaurant are the Kansi – softened beef bone marrow stewed in lemon grass, ginger, and batwan, and of course, the Lechon Kawali – the popular pork belly served in small kawali, which is oven-steamed to preserve the crunchiness of the skin and the juiciness of the fat.

 


7.Boracay Sunset Watching

 The sunset of Boracay is legendary.  It is a big attraction on the island, while enjoying your fruit shake or beer at a beach-front café or a nearby swanky restaurant.

BORACAY TRAVEL GUIDE: PARAW SAILING

But if you want an extraordinary sunset watching experience, try the Boracay Paraw Sailing tours during sunset.  In the Philippines, “paraw” is a term for small boat with two katig (outrigger) that is propelled by sail. And there’s a plethora of paraw boats on the beach of Boracay used for sunset watching activity.  Paraw can accommodate up to 8-10 persons. Basically, you will ride the paraw and glide along the cerulean sea during sunset. Book ahead below to reserve a seat.

 

8.Boracay Pub Crawl

Boracay is well-known for its night life.  Back in the days, during my first time in the island we met some friendly fire dancers who took us to local bars in the island where locals party like there’s no tomorrow. Nowadays, if you’re into party scenes, best to join the Boracay Pub Crawl where an experienced local guide will take you different popular bars in Boracay and get free shots and special drinks at every stop while still enjoying different activities.

 

9.Buy Boracay Souvenirs

boracay souvenirs

For a beach destination, Boracay is surprisingly a shopping haven, oozing with boutiques, souvenir shops, restaurants, cafes, and bistros. Its compact downtown area is perfect for shopping, strolling, and people-watching at an outdoor cafe. There are also souvenir stores in Puka Beach selling all kinds of beach outfits and Boracay souvenirs made of local materials.

 10. Boracay Side Trip

 While in Boracay, you can actually make day trips to neighboring tourist destinations.

    • Cliff Diving at Ariel’s Point

This popular tourist destination in Buruanga, Aklan is hugged by emerald and turquoise water and swimming holes hemmed in by rock formations. It’s often crowded with tourists, mostly foreigners, who want to try cliff diving from its 5 different diving boards starting at 3 meters to 15 meters high. If you’re not into cliff diving, Ariel’s Point Day Tour Package includes: paddle boarding, snorkeling, kayaking along Buruanga coast, and sunbathing with a scenic view of the Sulu Sea. A day trip here already includes a buffet lunch (traditional dishes), merienda (afternoon snack), and unlimited drinks (beers, rum, soda, mixed drinks, and water). If you book Ariel’s Point Day Tour Package below, it already includes a boat transfer to and from Boracay. Pick up from Boracay is around 11:15 AM, and return to Boracay is around 5:00 PM, so you have the whole day to spend at Ariel’s Point. You can book at least a day in advance through the link below to secure a slot since this is a popular destination.

 

    • Carabao Island

If there’s one day trip from Boracay that I would recommend, it’s Carabao Island. I’ve spent a few days in this tiny quiet island, far from the trappings of commercialization, and I loved it. But if you don’t have much time to spend, you can book a day tour to Carabao Island.

And if you have the luxury of time after your Boracay trip, you can also visit other equally charming neighboring provinces.

 

    • Gigantes Island

If you still can’t get enough of the beach and islands, head to Gigantes Island, a group of islands off the coast of Carles in Northern Iloilo. Gigantes Island is speckled with islands and islets covered by dramatic rock formations, rough-hewn coves, and emerald lagoons. For details on how to get there and Gigantes Travel Guide, click the link of my blog below.

 

RELATED BLOG: GIGANTES ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE

 


BORACAY ITINERARY + BUDGET


Here’s a sample DIY Boracay itinerary with possible expenses. The sample Boracay budget below is good for 1 person, it can be cheaper if you are sharing the cost with someone or with a group.

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REMINDER: You need to present the 2021 Boracay Travel Requirements and have it verified before traveling to Boracay.  See my instructions above.

Airfare + hotel + souvenirs are NOT included in the calculation of  sample Boracay expenses below.

 

BORACAY ACTIVITIES
DAY 1Boracay Land Tour or Boracay Water Sports + Sunset
08:45 AMETD Manila
10:00 AMETA Caticlan
10:30 AMOption 1: Boracay Airport Transfer(590 – $12.13) RESERVE HERE

 

Option 2: DIY Boracay travel:
1. Claim luggage. Exit at Caticlan Airport.
2. Tricycle to Caticlan Port. (150 – $3) (good for 2-3 passengers)
10:45 AM3. Find the registration booth at Caticlan Port.
4. Proceed to the Verification Area. Present your QR code, hotel bookings, negative RT-PCR Test result if needed.
5. Pay the fees:

  • environmental fee (₱1.55)
  • terminal fee (₱2)
  • boat ticket (₱25-$0.52) slow boat (₱200 – $4) fast craft
6. Queue and board your boat or fast craft.
7. Upon arrival at Cagban Port in Boracay, board your hotel shuttle, if you have one, or charter a tricycle to take you to your hotel. Fare is roughly (100- $2), good for 2-3 persons.
11:30 AMHotel check-in
11:45 AMLunch (200 – $4)
01:00 PMTry the Boracay water sports or the Boracay Land Tour:
Option 1: BORACAY WATERSPORTS

 Option 2: BORACAY LAND TOUR

Charter tricycle good for 2-3 persons (500 – $10)

  • Bulabog Beach
  • Puka Shell Beach
  • Ilig-Iligan Beach
  •  Mt. Luho Viewpoint (150 – $3) admission
  • Diniwid Beach

Or ATV Tour (1,500 – $30) BOOK HERE

05:00 PMOption 1: Paraw sailing during sunset. RESERVE HERE
Option 2: Relax at White Beach and watch Boracay sunset.
07:00 PMDinner. (250 – $5)
09:00 PMBack to hotel. Sleep.
Day 1 ExpensesOption 1: 1,040 – $21 (€18, SGD29, RM88, KRW 24K) + watersports fee
Option 2: 1,500 -$31 (€26, SGD 42, RM 132, KRW 35K)
DAY 2Boracay Island Hopping + Swimming
 Boracay Island Hopping: DISCOUNTED HERE

  •  Crocodile Island – ₱20 ($0.41) entrance fee
  • Puka Beach
  •  Magic Island
  • Crystal Cove – ₱300 ($6) entrance fee
08:00 AMWake up. Breakfast. Bath.
09:30 AMHotel Pick-up (Station 1, 2,3 only) or meet up at D’Mall
09:45 AMETD Puka Beach
10:00 AMPuka Beach
11:00 AMCrocodile Island
11:15 AMSnorkeling at Crocodile Island
12:30 PMLunch
01:30 PMETD Crystal Cove
01:45 PMCrystal Cove Sightseeing
02:45 PMEnd of tour. ETD D’Mall.
03:00 PMBack to hotel. Freshen up.
04:00 PMJony’s Fruitshake. (175 – $3.5)

Swimming or lounge in White Beach.

05:00 PMSunset Watching
07:00 PMDinner (250- $5)
09:00 PMBack to hotel. Sleep.
Day 2 Expenses₱1,590 – $33 (€27, SGD 44, RM 163, KRW 36K)
Day 3DEPARTURE
8:00 AMBreakfast
Option 1: Mermaid Swimming or Mermaid Photoshoot

 

Option 2: Swimming at White Beach Boracay. Photo op.
12:00 PMHotel check-out
Option 1: Airport Transfer (590 – $12.13). RESERVE HERE

 

Option 2: DIY
Tricycle to Cagban Port (Boracay Port) (₱100-$2)
At Cagban Port in Boracay, pay the fees:
Environmental fee 75 ($1.55), Terminal fee 100 ($2), and boat fee 25 ($0.52)
Tricycle to Caticlan Airport (150 – $3)
Day 3 ExpensesOption 1: ₱590 – $12 (€10, SGD16, RM50, KRW 14K) + mermaid fee
Option 2: ₱450 – $9(€8, SGD12, RM38, KRW 10K)
 
TOTAL EXPENSESOption 1: 3,220 – $66 (€55, SGD89, RM301, KRW 74K) + watersports fee
Option 2: 3,540 – $73 (€61, SGD98, RM333, KRW 81K)

 


BORACAY TRAVEL TIPS AND REMINDERS


Remember that you are only a visitor in Boracay, so, please, follow their rules and regulations for your safety and other people.

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  • All travelers must present the Boracay travel requirements for 2021 mentioned above this blog.
  • Only 6,000 persons per day are allowed in Boracay.
  • Urinating, defecating, vomiting, and spitting in public areas are prohibited.
  • Dogs and other animals aren’t allowed to roam freely in public areas and beaches around Boracay.
  • Visitors can only smoke at designated areas.
  • Open fire and use of kerosene gas aren’t allowed on the shores of Boracay, that’s why fire dancers can only use LED lights.
  • Flying a drone is only allowed to those who are able to secure permits. See details above.
  • Building of sand castles in Boracay are prohibited. If caught, you may be jailed for it. This activity is prohibited because it may interfere with the natural terrain of the beach, resulting to prolonged presence of irregular contours which affect the natural symmetry of the beach.
  • Visitors who faked their Boracay requirements especially the RT-PCR Negative Result will be banned in Boracay.

 


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