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Boracay Island Travel Guide

All the info you need to know about Boracay Island.

If you love the beach, then you will love Boracay Island.

Boracay’s White Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, well known for its soft white sand along with its calm and shallow waters.

In addition to beautiful beaches, Boracay is home to a plethora of affordable hotels and resorts.

Boracay is a very lively place filled with loads of activities and night life. Wherever part of Boracay you are staying, we can assure you that you will not get bored.

Quick Facts

Boracay’s White Beach has been nominated as one of the best beach in the world by Conde Nast Travel, Travel + Leisure Magazine, CNN, and many others.

In April 2018 the Philippine Government decreed a 6-month closure of Boracay Island for tourists to undertake major environmental rehabilitation.

The name Boracay is derived from the local word “borac” which means white cotton, which is similar to the color and texture of Boracay’s white sugary and powdery sand.

Driest season is from November to May.

Boracay is served by two airports in Aklan: the Kalibo International Airport and the Caticlan airport.

There several boat available every day from Batangas Pier to Caticlan.

Accommodation caters for all types of travellers and budgets and is spread across Boracay’s white beach.

Top beaches in Boracay are: Puka Shell Beach, White Beach, Tambisaan Beach, Balinghai Beach, Diniwid Beach, Bulabog Beach and Ilig Iligan Beach.

The average length-of-stay in Boracay is 3-4 days.

What to see:

If you want to spend your vacation in Boracay Island, here are some of our favourite places, not to be missed during your stay:


  • White Beach: The 4-km White Beach is the most famous beach in Boracay. It’s an uninterrupted white sugary stretch of sand with turquoise water.


  • Ariel’s Point: a small rocky island 30 minutes from Boracay, renowned for its cliff-diving. It’s the best destination in Boracay for thrill seekers.


  • Puka Shell Beach: unlike the White Beach, it’s a tranquil and quiet beach without many resorts. Many travelers agree that Puka is the best in Boracay.


  • Diniwid Beach: a much less crowded beach perfect for those who seek a peaceful and relaxing place to spend the day and witness a great sunset.


  • Willy’s Rock: the most photographed landmark located on the White Beach in Station 1. It is a tiny rocky island with a statue of the Virgin Mary and steps carved into the rock.

When to go:

Boracay Island can be enjoyed any time of year.

The driest months on Boracay are also the busiest as many tourists come to take advantage of the sunny weather. The dry season is from November to May.

The wettest months are typically from July to October. Traveling during off-peak season can mean lower prices and fewer crowds.

Getting there:

By Plane

-Several domestic airlines offer direct flights to Caticlan airport and Kalibo airport. Caticlan Airport is the closest to Boracay. Kalibo Internation airport is a larger airport located 90 minutes away from Boracay.

Some resorts offer free transfers for guests.

From Caticlan airport to Boracay

– 5-minute tricycle ride to Caticlan jetty port, 15-minute outrigger boat ride to White Beach (Station 1, 2 and 3).

From Kalibo airport to Boracay

-About 2 hour bus ride to Caticlan jetty port, 15-minute outrigger boat ride to White Beach (Station 1, 2 and 3).

From Caticlan Jetty to Boracay’s White Beach 

-The boats that ferry between the Caticlan mainland and Boracay Island are daily and available from 5:00 in the morning to 9:00 in the evening.

By Ferry

-2Go Ferry and Starlite Ferries companies sails every day to Caticlan from Batangas ang vice versa.


Recommended Tours

With the Tour Package El Nido and Boracay you will visit the most beautiful beaches and islands of the Philippines while staying at exclusive beach resorts. Boracay and El Nido are the most popular vacation destinations in the Philippines, known for the stunning beaches, breathtaking views, and pristine islands.

Want to see more attractions in Bohol, which are not included in our ready-made tours? The answer is simple: Request a Tailor Made Tour

Click here to see all our Boracay Tours

Where to stay

Different types of accommodation ranging from luxury to budget can be found in Boracay Island.


The 10 Best Boracay Island Hotels:

  • Coast Boracay
  • Astoria Boracay
  • The Lind Boracay
  • Villa Caemilla Beach Boutique Hotel
  • Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa
  • Discovery Shores
  • The District Boracay
  • Henann Lagoon Resort
  • Fridays Boracay
  • Two Seasons Boracay

Boracay Tourism Regulation

Updated on 25 April 2019

Boracay is currently open to the public since October 2018, but tourism is highly regulated.

All visitors must have prior confirmed bookings only with accredited hotels or resorts who have met environmental requirements set by the government in order to enter Boracay island.

The Department of Tourism has set up a verification booth at the Caticlan Airport and the Kalibo International Airport.

If you are unable to show a confirmed booking with an accredited hotel/resort, it is possible that you will not be allowed entry into Boracay Island.

Day trip visitors are also required to present bookings with an accredited hotel/resort.