2019, Boracay open its doors to the public again. It was closed for 6 months due to pollution. This time, Boracay 2.0 is with better infrastructure.
2019’s changes: you need to have a reservation with an accredited hotel in Boracay before you can enter. You will be checked at the airport and the jetty port.
Please book your accommodation before travelling before they get sold out!
I will embed the list of accommodations below.
Boracay; clear waters, white sand and great place to do tons of water activities. Boracay is a small island in the Philippines (they have 7,000 islands in Philippines, including all the small tiny ones) and a popular destination for youths, travellers and couples. It is voted to be the best island in the world from an international travel magazine, Travel and Leisure.
Best Time To Visit Boracay
Boracay is located in the south of Manila. It is an island on it own, oblong shaped with an area of slightly over 10km². The best season to travel there would end October to end May.
July is considered as the monsoon season. The monsoon season, aka low season, is from early June to end October. Although the weather is not as great, you can take your chances with it.
For me, it rained every day, and there wasn’t a lot of blue clouds with fluffy skies. However, this also translates to cost savings. The low season means that everything is cheaper and you can bargain more for a discount.
If you are not too price conscious, you can consider going at the end of the monsoon season, where it is still cheaper and fewer chances of rain. There was even a night where it was a typhoon when I was there!
Read our accommodation guide in Boracay
5 Areas in Boracay
The island is split into 5 areas and 3 boat stations.
- 1: Terraces (north) to Willy’s Rock
- 2: Willy’s Rock to Red Coconut Resort
- 3: Red Coconut to Boat Station 2
- 4: Boat Station 2 to Station 3
- 5: Boat Station 3 to Angol Point
Most hotels and resorts are along the 3 boat stations. Station 1 is where you can find 4-5 stars resorts, and station 3 is more for backpackers and smaller inns.
- Currency: Philippines Pesos (PHP)
- Country: Philippines
- Population: 12,000 people
- Continent: Asia
- Language: English and Tagalog
- Nearest Country: Taiwan, Hong Kong
- Climate: Tropical
Trevellers Tips in Boracay
- If you ever consider going to the Philippines, make sure you have your return ticket information, email or details with you. This is because one can’t simply purchase a 1-way ticket to the Philippines. The Philippines government are very strict on this. (note from the airport staff)
- Do not purchase anything from people on the beach. They are travel agents who charge more. Visit service providers directly. E.g. go to the boat owners directly and negotiate.
- Bargain for everything. Unfortunately, cartels are being set up to standardise the prices of scuba diving and most water sports activities. However, bargain hard for sailing, island hopping and snorkelling.
- Tricycle rides are 20-40 PHP per person within the island.
- Tricycle rides are 30-40 PHP from the port to your hotel.
- Most shops in D’Mall have western prices; which are much higher than the usual prices in the Philippines. If you’re not willing to fall into the tourist traps, look for somewhere less centralised.
- Wifi is in most hotels, hostels and food places. Simply buy a drink and ask for the wifi.
Terminal Fees in Boracay (Per Person)
These fees are mandatory. You cannot negotiate.
- Environmental Fee: 75 PHP
- Terminal Fee: 100 PHP
- Ferry Ticket: 75 PHP
Accredited Hotels in Boracay
Alternatively, you can check out the complete guide to accommodations in Boracay.
Other information in the Boracay Series
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