Itching to see the new and revamped Boracay? Well, who doesn’t? After months of waiting, the crown jewel of the Philippines is finally open to the public! With its crystal clear waters, gorgeous white sands and a cleaner environment, Boracay will surely give you a memorable beach escape. And, as away to preserve its breathtaking natural beauty, the local government has implemented a new set of rules for both businesses and tourists. Skyscanner has crafted a Boracay travel guide, so you can experience an unforgettable and hassle-free vacation on this world-famous island paradise.
How to get to Boracay
Book a flight
To get to Boracay, you can fly to either Boracay-Catilcan Airport or Kalibo Airport. There are daily flights to these airports from Cebu and Manila. Moreover, there are scheduled flights to these aviation hubs from other airstrips in the Philippines.
Caticlan is nearer to Boracay Island, but flights to this airport are more expensive, as compared to the trips to Kalibo.
If your touchdown is in Kalibo airport,you need to hop on a van that will take you to Caticlan Jetty Port. Fare ranges from PHP 200 to 300. Travel time is around 1 to 2 hours.Cheap flights to Kalibo
For those who are flying to Caticlan, just take a tricycle bound for Caticlan Jetty Port. Travel time is 15 to 20 minutes, and fare is PHP 50 per person.Cheap flights to Caticlan
From Caticlan Jetty Port
Upon your arrival at Caticlan Jetty port, pay the necessary fees, including:
- Terminal fee: PHP 100 per person (free for kids 5 years old and below)
- Environmental fee: PHP 75 per person (free for kids 12 years old and below)
- Boat fare: PHP 25 per person from 6:00 AM to 05:45 PM, and PHP 30 per person on 05:45 PM and beyond (half fare for kids 6 years old and below)
After paying the required fees,head to the baggage inspection area, and fill up the Visitor’s form. Then, hop on a boat leading to the island of Boracay. Travel time to Boracay (Cagban Jetty Port) from Caticlan is 10 to 15 minutes.
At Cagban Port, you’ll find motorcycles and vans that can take you to your resort or hotel (if your hotel doesn’t offer transfers).
By the way, guests to Boracay may have to use the Tabon Jetty Port during the Southwest Monsoon or “Habagat” season(from June to October). Normally, tricycle rides to Tabon from Caticlan airport take 20 minutes and cost PHP 80 for 2 to 3 people.
You may also have a different point of entry to Boracay during this season – Tambisaan Jetty Port. There, you can hire a multi-cab or tricycle going to your resort or hotel.Cheap flights to Caticlan
By ship or land
Alternatively, there are also ferries from Manila to Dumaguit (near Kalibo) and Caticlan. Usually, the whole trip will take around 17 hours. Furthermore, there are buses that pass by Caticlan from Batangas.
When is the best time to visit Boracay?
Boracay is a year-round destination, meaning there’s not a bad time to visit this island paradise. But,for fewer crowds and cheaper accommodations in Boracay, visit the island during the off season (June to November).
Where to stay in Boracay?
To make your Boracay vacation a breeze, make sure to book a hotel room before leaving home. According to a new policy, you can’t enter the island without any proof of booking in an accredited resort or hotel in Boracay. As a matter of fact, every tourist at the Jetty Port is required to show a piece of evidence of their hotel booking.
As of November 26, 2018, there are 243 establishments and a total of 9,248 hotels that have been accredited by the DOT (Department of Tourism). Here’s a list of the DOT-approved resorts and hotels in Boracay.
Places to visit and things to do in Boracay
- Admire the natural beauty of White Beach
- Soak up the stunning sunset
- Boracay Island Hopping
- Check out Mount Luho Viewpoint
- Visit Puka Shell Beach
- Experience Boracay’s thrilling water activities
- Party like a rockstar
- Experience Ariel’s Point Cliff Diving
Other Boracay travel tips and reminders
- Drinking alcohol and smoking are strictly not allowed on Boracay’s shoreline.
- Fire dancing is prohibited, but you’ll still see dancers using LED materials or props.
- Wear a sunscreen and pack sunglasses.
- There are plenty of convenience stores in Boracay. And, that means you can buy groceries and cook meals in your hotel or hostel (if they have the facility).
- There are tons of eateries where you can enjoy tasty yet affordable food in Boracay.
- Don’t forget to book your accommodations in Boracay in advance. Remember, guests who can’t show evidence of their booking in a DOT-accredited hotel won’t be allowed to enter Boracay.