Planning to visit Boracay? Read on because I’ll be sharing a lot of helpful tips that I’ve learned from my frequent trips to the island. I can’t even recall the number of times I’ve gone there. Growing up, Boracay had been my family’s favorite holiday destination since it’s near to my hometown.

Boracay is the top beach destination in the Philippines for vacationers. This small island is probably the only tourist destination in the country where you can find lively nightlife, excellent dining, a wide variety of places to stay, shopping areas, and lots of fun activities, all in one sandy stretch.

Is Boracay worth visiting? Yes, the beach is not only one of the most beautiful in the Philippines, it’s also compelling enough to earn Boracay a spot on the list of the World’s best beaches & islands by many globally recognized publications.

Be forewarned though. Boracay can get heavily touristic. If you’re an adventure seeker looking for hidden spots & local experiences, there are a lot of other places in the country that will suit your liking much better. Don’t miss this list of the best beaches in the Philippines.

If you do not mind the touristic side of Boracay, then go! It’s a gorgeous island to spend a relaxing and convenient vacation, especially if you’re after the famous nightlife.

Traveling to Boracay for the first time? This detailed travel guide will make it easy for you to plan a trip, save money, and maximize your time.

Scroll down to read must-know travel tips before you go, followed by a sample itinerary + budget breakdown, recommended hotels/places to stay, things to do/places to visit and lots of extra travel tips.

Boracay Travel Guide Blog Contents

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Boracay Itinerary

Boracay Budget

Where to Stay in Boracay

Boracay Travel Tips Before You Go

Things To Do in Boracay + Places to Visit

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How to Go — Touchdown at either Boracay-Caticlan Airport (MPH) or Kalibo International Airport (KLO). Both airports are located 1 hour south of Manila by plane. From Caticlan, Boracay Island is mere a 20-minute ferry ride away. Most travelers transit via Kalibo, which serves international flights and often cheaper airfares. Land travel between Kalibo and Caticlan is around 1 hour by land.

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Boracay is easy to travel on a budget — A trip to Boracay does not have to be expensive. There are a lot of budget-friendly places to stay, restaurants, and ways to spend less. Read all the extra tips on this page if you are traveling on a tight budget.

Book your hotel early — Grab rock-bottom rates and avoid fully-booked rooms by booking online as soon as you know you’re going. Click below to compare discounts and read reviews by other travelers.

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Check prices online and pre-book discounts — Save money by checking discounts on tours & airport/city transfers. Booking before you leave also saves you time by avoiding the hassles of bringing large amounts of cash during your actual trip.

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Best time to visit Boracay — The best time to visit depends on how you want to enjoy the island. If you’re after the best parties, go during the Labor Day Weekend a.k.a “LaBoracay,” super peak dates including the Ati-Atihan Festival (3rd Sunday of January), Holy Week, Christmas, New Year and other major public holidays. The dry/summer season in March, April and May are the hottest months/peak season when you can enjoy mostly sunny weather & clear blue skies. I personally prefer the cool month of February or the shoulder season from the end of May to the 1st half of June when the island is not as crowded and there’s still generally good weather most days.

Explore beyond White Beach — The 4 kilometer stretch of White Beach is the main attraction & tourist area. Don’t miss other spots to see on the island! Take a detour to Puka Beach and other less crowded beaches, inland viewpoints at Mt. Luho, and nearby islets where you can go snorkeling and cliff diving. Read the rest of this guide for a list beautiful places to visit in Boracay and nearby islands to inspire your itinerary.

Consider alternative airports — In addition to Kalibo Airport, you can also fly in/out other airports in Panay Island including Roxas and Iloilo. This is especially recommended if you want to go on a side trip to nearby provinces or want to check cheaper flights compared to flying via Caticlan or Kalibo.

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Boracay Itinerary

Here’s a sample 3 days & 2 nights (3D2N) itinerary to give you a quick look at how to enjoy a trip to Boracay’s top tourist spots. Click below to see prices & discounts online.

Day 1: Boracay beaches and inland sights

Flight to Boracay

Arrival at Kalibo International Airport or Caticlan Airport

Airport to hotel transfer

1030 am: ETA Caticlan Jetty Port

1200 pm: Caticlan to Boracay ferry

1220 pm: ETA Cagban Port, Boracay

1230 pm: Cagban Port to hotel transfer

0100 pm: Boracay hotel check-in

0200 pm: Boracay inland tour …Puka Beach, Mt. Luho and ride the zipline

0400 pm: Paraw sailing

0500 pm: Sunset at White Beach & Willy’s Rock

Day 2: Boracay island hopping

OPTION #1:

0900 am: Boracay island hopping …Magic Island, Crocodile Island, swimming/snorkeling, sightseeing at Puka Beach, BBQ lunch

0200 to 0500 pm: Free time. Choose from activities below:

Diniwid Beach

Parasailing, flyfish & bananaboat ride

Spa & massage

OPTION #2:

0100 am to 0500 pm: Ariel’s point cliff diving …Ferry to Ariel’s point, BBQ buffet lunch & late afternoon snack

0500 pm: Sunset at White Beach

Party / Boracay nightlife

Day 3: Last day in Boracay

0800 am to 0100 pm: Free time …Puka Beach / Pasalubong at D’Talipapa or D’Mall

0200 pm: Hotel check-out

0230 pm: Hotel to Caticlan or Kalibo Airport transfer

0330 pm: Arrival in Caticlan Airport

0500 pm: OR arrival in Kalibo Airport

Boracay Budget

Your travel expenses in Boracay will largely depend on your traveling style and how much you plan to spend on activities, accommodations & food. To help you set your own budget, here are budget estimates if you follow the 3 days and 2 nights (3D2N) itinerary posted above. Make sure to review all discounts & online booking prices.

Prices below are ‘per person’, calculated based on a group of 2 people sharing the travel expenses.

Transport expenses breakdown
PHP 1,100Kalibo Airport to Boracay — Two-way transfers incl. terminal & environmental fees. PHP 550 per person per way x 2 (transfers).From CaticlanSee discounts from Kalibo
PHP 200Kalibo Airport domestic terminal fee
PHP 100Tricycle rides within Boracay (estimated only)
Activities/attraction costs breakdown
PHP 150Mt. Luho tricycle transfers — PHP 150 per tricycle per way x 2 (for the return) = PHP 300 / 2 pax. Max 4 people per tricycle.
PHP 120Mt. Luho entrance fee
PHP 750Paraw sailing — Per person for a group of 2 to 3 pax.Book discount here
PHP 880Island hopping — Join In Tour.Book discount here
Budget Trip – Backpacker Expenses
PHP 1,400Transport — Including Kalibo Airport transfers, terminal/boat fees, tricycle fares within Boracay. Transport will be cheaper if you are flying to/from Caticlan-Boracay Airport.
PHP 1,000Accommodations — In a budget hostel, PHP 500 per bed per night x 2 nights
PHP 1,500Food — Sample budget of PHP 500 per day x 3 days
PHP 1.900Activities — Mt. Luho viewpoint, island hopping & paraw sailing
PHP 3,900Total (excluding activities) — Including transport, accommodations, food for 3 days.
PHP 5.800Total — Included activities and 3 days expenses above.

I’ve included backpacker budget estimates for food & accommodations to give you an idea of how cheaply you can travel in Boracay. If you have money to splurge on hotels, food, and luxuries, simply use the expenses posted to calculate your own budget.

Other activities
PHP 2,619Ariel’s point cliff diving — Includes buffet lunch & drinks.Book discount here
PHP 1,520Parasailing — Double/tandem ride. Per person.Book discount here

Where to Stay in Boracay

Most accommodations are located in the general area of White Beach, which is divided into three stations.

You can find many upscale resorts in Station 1 (north end), mid-range hotels in Station 2 (middle part) and more budget-friendly options in Station 3 (south end). Beachfront properties tend to be more expensive.

If you’re looking for a cheaper place to stay, keep a lookout for accommodations inland, but not more than 10 minutes away walking distance from White Beach.

There are also plenty of luxury resorts hidden in secluded beach coves and hilltop locations all around the island. This is the best option if you want to enjoy a peaceful vacation away from the crowds.

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Boracay hotels & hostels

Here’s a list of recommended hotels, hostels & places to stay in Boracay. Click below to check prices, discounts & guest reviews.

1. MNL Beach Hostel

Budget backpacker / Bulabog Beach

2. The Lazy Dog B&B

Budget backpacker / Bulabog Beach

3. Hannah Hotel

Budget / Station 1, White Beach

4. The Club Ten

Budget / Station 1, White Beach

5. Ferra Hotel

Mid-range / Bulabog, Main Road

6. Microtel by Wyndham

Mid-range / Diniwid Beach

7. The District

Splurge / Station 2 Beachfront

8. Shangri-La Boracay

Splurge / Banyugan Beach

Where to book

Book your stay online through these trusted booking sites. I use them frequently to grab rock-bottom prices & enjoy convenient bookings.

Click below to see more places to stay and compare rates/discounts:

AgodaBooking.com

Here are some of the top reasons why I prefer to book online & why you should too:

Wide selection of Boracay hotels/hostels for all budgets.

Often cheaper prices than walk-in rates. Earn rewards points for every booking. The more you book, the more you earn!

Trusted by millions of travelers. Read reviews from actual staying guests.

Instant confirmation & free cancellation on most properties.

Pay in your home currency. Worry less about bringing cash/exchanging currencies. Convenient & secure payment by credit card or Paypal.

Fast customer support.

How to find affordable yet decent hotels perfect for your budget

Step 1 — Go to Agoda.com.

Step 2 — Show the best locations only by filtering results by neighborhood.

Step 3 — View all properties within your price range by tapping on the “Filter” button. Then, scroll down to “Price per night” and select your price range. Tap on “Filter” to see the results. For desktop users, you can find the filters on the left side of the page.

Step 4 — See properties with the highest guest reviews by using the “Guest Rating” filter. Select “9+ Exceptional”. In case there are few results displayed select “8+ Excellent”.

To check the cheapest rooms/beds, simply sort the results by price from lowest to highest.

To check the best places to stay, sort the results by guest ratings. Tap the “Sort” button. Then, choose “Guest ratings” > “All guests” or any of the choices you like. For desktop users, the sort button is located on top of the results.

Carefully check the number of reviews, not only the review score. A higher number of reviews mean a more reliable review score.

Pro tip — Go to Booking.com to check more properties, reviews and rates. Use the “Location Score” filter to narrow down to hostels/hotels with the best location. Select “Superb location: 9+.”

Boracay Travel Tips Before You Go

How to get to Boracay?

There are two main airports for Boracay-bound tourists. Boracay-Caticlan Airport (MPH) is the nearest and more convenient option. Meanwhile, Kalibo International Airport (KLO) is more popular with international flights & often cheaper airfares. Flight duration is around 1 hour from Manila & Cebu, 1h 30m from Davao, 3h 40m from Singapore & 4h 20m from Seoul.

Grab hassle-free airport to hotel transfers if you want to avoid time lost on separate trips/queues at ticket stalls & remove the guesswork on fees. Click below to see prices online.

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Caticlan Airport to Boracay

Caticlan Airport serves direct flights from Manila, Cebu, Davao, Clark, El Nido, Cuyo & Iloilo. Airlines include Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, AirAsia, AirSWIFT & Air Juan.

To get to Boracay, nearly all travelers transit at Caticlan Jetty Port (ferry terminal). Distance from Caticlan Airport is only 450 meters away, which takes less than 5 minutes ride on a shuttle or 6 minutes by walking.

From Caticlan Jetty Port, ride a ferry to Cagban Jetty Port located on the southern side of the island. Travel time is less than 20 minutes. Take note of these fees before departure:

Boracay-Caticlan Jetty Port fees for tourists

Environmental fee — PHP 75 per person

Caticlan jetty terminal fee — PHP 100 per person

Caticlan-Boracay ferry — PHP 25 per person one-way

Then, ride a tricycle or shuttle to your hotel. Travel time is 15 minutes or more depending on your destination. Shared tricycle fare is P20 per person. Meanwhile, chartered shuttles start at PHP 150 per ride.

Here are fees to expect on your return trip:

Cagban jetty terminal fee — PHP 100 per person

Boracay-Caticlan ferry — PHP 25 per person one-way

Caticlan Airport terminal fee for domestic flights is not charged at the airport. It should already be included in the final price upon purchase of your plane ticket.

Kalibo Airport to Boracay

Kalibo Airport serves direct domestic flights from Manila & Cebu. And, international flights from Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Seoul-Incheon, Busan, Beijing, Taipei in Singapore. Airlines include AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, SilkAir, tigerair, China Airlines & XiamenAir.

Travel time between Kalibo Airport and Caticlan Jetty Port is 1 hour on a direct trip. Airport tourist shuttles cost PHP 200 per person per way for the land transport only.

There’s also the option to go the Ceres bus terminal in Kalibo town proper and ride a regular bus to Caticlan. The price difference is not worth the hassle considering the waiting time and energy you’ll waste in transit. You’re better off with direct transfers.

Departing passengers from Kalibo Airport are required to pay the airport terminal fee amounting to PHP 200 per person for domestic flights or PHP 700 for international flights.

Roxas to Boracay

Roxas Airport serves direct flights from Manila and Cebu. Airlines include by Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines.

Frequent shuttles travel between the van/bus terminals in Roxas and Kalibo. Travel time is around 2 hours. Fare costs between PHP 100 to 150 per passenger.

Iloilo to Boracay

Iloilo Airport serves direct domestic flights from Manila, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, Puerto Princesa, Caticlan, and Cuyo. And, international flights from Hong Kong and Singapore.Airlines include Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and Air Juan.

Caticlan-bound buses depart from the Ceres bus terminal in Tagbak, Jaro District, Iloilo City. The land journey takes approximately 5 hours. Aircon bus fare should cost around PHP 360 per person.

How to find cheap flights to Boracay?

The easy way is to search on airfare comparison sites that can show you the lowest fares on many airlines in one go.

Start your search on Wego, Momondo, and Skyscanner.

Check Boracay promo fares several weeks or months ahead of your trip if you are planning your trip early. The cheapest promos are sold up to a year in advance of the travel/flight departure date & are often only available if you book directly with the airline.

To learn more, visit the guide on how to book cheap flights.

How to get around Boracay?

Tricycles and shuttle vans are the primary transport within Boracay Island. You can easily charter or get a shared tricycle from the main road, which is around a 5-minute walk from White Beach.

Hotels and resorts located outside of White Beach usually have complimentary shuttle service for guests with pick-up/drop-off service at D’Mall shopping center.

How many days to spend in Boracay?

A 2 or 3-day trip is enough to enjoy most of the highlights. If you are traveling to Boracay for 4 days, 5 days or more consider a side trip to other islands near Boracay including Panay and Carabao Island.

When is the best time to visit?

I personally prefer to visit during the cooler month of February or the shoulder season from the end of May to Early June when the island is less crowded compared to the peak season. During this time, the weather pattern starts to change between dry/summer and rainy seasons. There’s a chance of cloudy skies/rain but the weather is generally good most days. More significantly, the green sludge/algal blooms in White Beach are not as bad as during the summer months.

There are three main tourist seasons in Boracay:

Super peak season — Major public holidays including Christmas to New Year, Holy Week, Ati-Atihan Festival (3rd weekend of January), Labor Day (April 1 & the closest weekend).

Peak season — December to May except during major public holidays. The hottest months or dry/summer season is March, April & May.

Low/lean season — June to December except during major public holidays. Rainy/monsoon season starts in mid-June until August and may extend until October.

How to get money?

Money exchange stalls and ATMs from major Philippine banks are widely available in Boracay.

Money saving tips

Traveling to Boracay on a budget? Here are some ways that you can spend less & enjoy a cheap vacation. These are especially useful if you are backpacking or simply traveling on a limited/tight budget.

1. Go on shared tricycles — For transport between stations 1, 2 & 3, hail a tricycle with passengers already riding. Ask the regular fare, which is usually PHP 10 to 20 for short rides. Empty tricycles waiting along the highway usually charge the chartered rate, which is a lot more expensive. There’s also the option of simply walking along White Beach and enjoy sightseeing until you reach your destination.

2. Travel in a bigger group — Sharing expenses with more people can make your tours & accommodations a lot cheaper per person.

3. Eat local — If you want to take a break from expensive food at tourist-oriented restaurants, look around for a carinderia or local eatery, usually found along or near the main road. You can even do your groceries at the supermarket (easy to find) and cook your own food if your hostel has a kitchen facility. There’s also a growing number of fast food chains in the island like Mang Inasal, Andok’s & McDonald’s.

4. Haggle down prices — Boracay is known for overpricing tourists, even local tourists from nearby provinces. Don’t be shy to haggle! Always ask for a lower price when buying souvenirs or booking tours. Shop around for the best deal.

5. Consider staying outside of White Beach — Expect to pay a premium for beachfront rooms. There are a lot of cheaper options along the main road. Choose one that’s not too far from the beach though.

6. Look out for discounts online — With the rising popularity of booking sites, there are a lot of accommodations & activities that can be booked cheaper online than paying walk-in rates.

Things To Do in Boracay + Places to Visit

Check out these top tourist spots, best places to visit & things to do in Boracay.

1. See White Beach

At 4 kilometers long, White Beach has clear blue waters and very fine white sand, compelling enough to earn Boracay a spot on the list of the World’s best beaches & islands by many globally recognized publications. The most picturesque stretch starts from Willy’s Rock until Station 1, which offers the finest sand and front row seats to amazing sunset views. After dark, the beachfront comes alive with the island’s famous nightlife and seafood buffet restaurants.

2. Explore Boracay Beaches beyond White Beach

See other beautiful beaches starting with Puka Beach, which offers a glimpse of Boracay before it got developed by mass tourism. Take a walk along easily reached Bulabog Beach, Diniwid Beach & Ilig-Iligan Beach. Or, stay at luxury beachfront resorts with exclusive access to:

Lapus-Lapus Beach — Fairways & Bluewater Resort, Savoy Hotel Boracay.

Punta Bunga Beach — Mövenpick Resort & Spa Boracay

Banyugan Beach — Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa

3. Go island hopping

Join a boat tour to nearby islets, islands, snorkeling and cliff diving spots near Boracay including Ariel’s Point, Magic Island, Crystal Cove & Crocodile Island.

4. Tour Boracay’s inland spots

Don’t miss the breathtaking panoramic views from Mt. Luho, the highest point on the island. Try the cable car & zip line ride while you’re at it. You can go there by chartering a tricycle/shuttle, renting an ATV or going by bicycle.

5. Enjoy fun water activities

Take your pick from paraw sailing (my favorite!), parasailing, flyfish ride, helmet diving, kite surfing and more.

Beyond Boracay

1. Mainland Aklan

Hinugtan Beach, Tangalan Beach, Kalibo.

2. Antique Province

Malumpati Cold Spring in Pandan, Mararison & Seco Island in Culasi, Waterfalls in Tibiao, Caluya Islands.

3. Iloilo

Gigantes Islands, Concepcion Islands, Iloilo City.

4. Capiz

Roxas City, the Philippines’ seafood capital.

5. Carabao Island, Romblon

Neighboring island with a long crowdless white sand beach and many scenic spots.

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