Stuff You Need to Know Before Heading to Boracay

Monday, February 19, 2018




Boracay is one of the most sought after beach destinations in the Philippines, attracting countless local as well as foreign tourists year in and year out. It boasts of long stretches of appealing beaches, crystal clear waters, and so on. Simply put, the island of Boracay is a must visit regardless what time of the year it is. Worried about getting reservations? Don’t be since there are so many Boracay deals all year long that you can avail in a jiffy.

On one hand, you can be rest assured that you can have a grand time in Boracay, especially if you’re a beach person. On the other hand, bear in mind that there are a number of important things that you need to consider before you pack your bags and head over to this one of a kind beach destination. If you need help with this matter, then you came to the right place since this write up is made up of tips that can help achieve the beach vacation that you will certainly love.

·               Going to Boracay

If your trip to Boracay pushes through, take note that it is going to be more convenient and faster if you go there via Caticlan. Yes, it can be quite costly, but you can be rest assured that the extra pay is going to be well worth it. Flying via Kalibo is indeed cheaper, but you are going to waste several hours on the road. All in all, when going to Boracay, you need to decide before hand if budget is more important than time.

Budget is more important

If budget is more important to you, then you’d be happy to know that you can actually save big; that is, if you travel by sea. With this method, you do not have to take the plane to Kalibo or Caticlan; therefore allowing to gain savings that you can use on your next vacation to Cebu’s Bantayan Island perhaps? To travel by sea, you simply need to take a bus from Cubao to Batangas, then take a roll on – roll off (RoRo) boat to Caticlan. As mentioned earlier, this costs less and you’d be happy to know that your ticket comes with a complimentary meal. The downside is your trip is going to be longer; in worst cases about 10 hours or more. Putting this factor into consideration, this option is not ideal if you value your time. But if it’s the other way around, then you can give it a try.

Where to eat


In general, beachfront diners and restaurants are quite expensive. Yes, there are PHP 300 buffets along the white beach, but you may be disappointed with the taste of the food. The good news is there is a number of mid-range food places that are located farther that you can try if you want to save some cash without compromising taste. If you are really concerned about prices, then you best alternatives are the “turo-turo carinderias” that are situated in the inner alleys and main roads. One popular choice is the D’Talipapa, a food strip where you can purchase fresh seafood and have one of the surrounding diners prepare them for a fee or even for free.

Calling Boracay

Remember, it’s Boracay, not Bora and the locals are going to appreciate it if you address the island by its rightful and befitting name. To add, it allows you to differentiate the paradise island to Bora Bora, another vacation island that is located northwest of Tahiti.

More to Boracay than advertised

There is more to Boracay than wide sand beaches; it has a myriad of other beaches that are worth visiting. The long list includes the Bulabog Beach, Diniwid Beach, Puka Beach, and Ilig-Iligan Beach, among others. All of them boasts of their own distinctive appeal that you’ love.

No smoking

Smoking is a big no-no at Boracay’s white beach and violators are going to be fined of PHP 1,000.00. You can still smoke, but you have to do it in designated areas, which are usually located a couple of meters away from the beachfront. In line with this, locals want you to be informed of more serious matters that they are facing such as environmental or socioeconomic issues.

Giving alms

Despite being a vacation paradise, there is a sad truth that surrounds Boracay: there are a myriad of children begging for alms. What’s worse, according to reports, a vast majority of them were smuggled there by syndicates. With this mind, it is best if you won’t give them money but rather report them to authorities. If you can’t stop yourself, give them food, clothes, or drinks instead.

Haggle first

Make sure to haggle before paying up. Yes, there is a set price on scuba diving, parasailing, and other related activities, but you can still negotiate bargain prices, especially for group activities such as island hoping, boat riding, and scuba diving. Alternatively, you can check the accommodation facility where you stay if they offer the aforementioned activities. Some have in-house tour companies or partner companies that offer competitive rates. Plus, it’s more convenient and time-saving since you can make arrangements at your hotel’s or transient house’s front desk.

Also, don’t purchase any commodity from vendors who approach you. This is because sometimes, they are travel agents or personnel of travel agents who add extra on set charges. Visit direct providers instead.

Summing up

If you want to make sure that your Boracay escapade is as fun and exciting as advertised, then it is best if you arm yourself with the right information. So do your homework first and plan ahead so that you can achieve a one of kind beach vacation that is memorable, stress-free, and everything in between. It is not as difficult as it seems and you already have a head start with the pointers in this write up.

Do you find this article informative? Do you have other tips and pointers? Feel free to give me a shout on my comments page. We’d love to hear from you.



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