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BORACAY ISLAND, PHILIPPINES: Travel guide with 3D2N Itinerary, budget and expenses

Boracay Island Philippines

Boracay Island – it is the perfect island getaway with its famous powdery white sand, warm blue waters, and a palm-fringed 4-kilometers beach located northwest tip of Panay island in Western Visayas region of the Philippines. Boracay Island is famous for its powder white sand beach; a popular summer destination and listed as one of the best beaches in the world by several travel publications and travel magazines. Aside from the white sand beach and scenic view of Boracay. I think people hospitality and genuinely is also one of its assets that’s why many tourists and visitors have come back to Boracay year after year.

Boracay Island

When I was a kid, I used to say that I’ll visit this Island when I grow up someday. So finally, one of my childhood and also our dream summer destinations came true. Boracay Island has always been on the bucket list of beachgoers. However, there’s a lot of misconceptions regarding on how much would you spend during your stay in Boracay. Most of the people think that Boracay is expensive, but based on our experience, you can really enjoy Boracay without breaking your wallet. No need to be skeptical. Yup! Trust me, you can definitely enjoy Boracay for a 4-5K budget.

Watch our Boracay video below:

Boracay Island

We spent a 3 days and 2 nights on Boracay island. We didn’t waste any time during our stay on the island because it was jampacked with a lot of activities. Yet, it still remains budget-friendly to the other travelers.

Boracay Island
Morning view at Station 1 with the famous landmark of Boracay Beach – The grotto

HOW TO GO THERE

The fastest way to get in Boracay is by plane. Boracay Island is very accessible. In fact, there are two airports to consider going to Boracay, The Kalibo and Caticlan airport. Boracay is located northwest coast of Aklan.  You can book a direct flight from Manila to Kalibo/Caticlan via local airlines such as Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines to new a few. Boracay Island is part of the municipality of Malay in the province of Aklan. Traveling to the province of Aklan is just 1 hour away from Manila. Aside from plane, you can also get in Boracay via ferry.



Our departure is 7:15 PM and we arrived at Kalibo International airport at exactly 8:10 PM. We opt to spend our night at LM Lodge since we arrived at Kalibo around 8:00 PM and we thought that there is no available van traveling that time. Unfortunately, we were wrong. We asked the locals there and they said that the van transfer going to Caticlan is 24 hours and even the jetty port going to Boracay Island. We have already booked a room before we arrive at Kalibo. No choice, but to use the booked room and spend our night in Kalibo. Nevertheless, we’re glad to share what we learned from our experience. (Lesson learned). Anyway, there is a Kalibo to Boracay van and boat transfer package within the airport which cost Php 300.00 ($5.87) per person.

Kalibo Van

Kalibo international airport and the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport, also known as Caticlan Airport. Each Airport has pros and cons.

 

Kalibo

Pros

  • Fare is much cheaper(PHP 2500-3500 From Manila-Kalibo)
  • Can accommodate larger aircraft

Cons

  • Farther from Boracay
  • You have to travel for approximately 2 hours to get into Caticlan Jetty port.

Caticlan

Pros

  • More convenient since it’s closer to Boracay
  • The travel time to Boracay is 15 minutes via Jetty port

Cons

  • Fare is more expensive (PHP 6000-1000 from Manila – Caticlan)
  • The airport runway is shorter than Kalibo, only allowing the small plane to land.
  • Has a sunset limitation. All planes are not allowed to land and take-off in the evening your arrival will be diverted or rerouted to Kalibo.

Whatever you choose, you have to reach the Caticlan Jetty port. It is the only way to transfer you from the main island to Boracay island.

Caticlan Jetty port

So here’s the step-by-step guide on how to get there:

  1. If you are coming from Kalibo, you can take a van or bus going to Caticlan Jetty port for Php 200.00($3.92). Or you can take a Kalibo to Boracay van and boat transfer package within the airport which cost Php 300.00 ($5.87) per person.Their charge usually includes boat fare already, so better clarify. The travel time is approximately 2 hours.
  2. When you arrived at the Caticlan Jetty Port,  proceed to the booths near the entrance and pay the Terminal fee(Php 100.00/ $1.96), Environmental fee(Php75/$1.47), and the fare(Php 25.00/$0.49).
  3. After you pay the fare, terminal and environmental fee, proceed to the main entrance. There’s a registration inside then proceed to the passenger’s waiting area and wait for the boarding announcement.
  4. Go to the boarding area and board a designated boat or ferry. The travel time is 10-15 minutes.
  5. You will be docked at either Cagban port or Tambisaan port. We drop off at Cagban. There are tricycles waiting there that could take you to your hotel.Trike fare is only Php 25.00 ($0.49) if you are with other passengers, but if the tricycle leaves without other passengers, they are assuming you are hiring the trike all for yourself and they will make you pay for the entire sitting capacity of the tricycle which is very expensive.

If you are flying in via Caticlan Airport, the jetty port is very near. Don’t hire the trike all for yourself. Share with other passengers, it is cheaper.

Anyway, if you want to stay in Kaliboour room in LM Lodge cost Php 400.00($ 7.83) per night. It has a free Wifi, TV, and airconditioning. The property was also near a convenience store. You can book a room online through Booking.com and pay when you arrive at the place.

WHERE TO STAY

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Some misconception about Boracay is the hotels are pricey and you have to spend a lot of money while you are on the island. Yes, we all know that Boracay is the island of money.  Although Boracay has some of the most expensive hotels in the country since it was listed as one of the famous tourist destinations in the world, you can still find a lot of cheap hotels and guesthouses around. Honestly, we also realized that you can also survive 3 days and 2 nights in Boracay for under a five thousand budget.

So, why splurge your money for an expensive hotel room when you will be out in the sun enjoying and exploring the island most of the time during daytime or bar hopping or attending a beach party at nighttime. Yes! Staying in Boracay need not be expensive!

We stayed at HABS place where we found in Airbnb for Php 800.00 per night. Not beachfront but close enough. It’s located near D’mall and 5-10 minutes walk to the white beach. The room is ideal for backpackers- air-conditioned room with cable T.V., refrigerator, and free Wi-Fi.

Anyway, I can share you a discount coupon if you signed up through our referral link. Just click this link and it should be direct you to Airbnb website “Benjoe gave you  $______ to travel. Click the sign-up button to claim your credit.  Follow the Airbnb instruction to create an account, you can use your Facebook or Google Account upon signup.

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Once you already have an account, you can search for several Boracay rentals to use the discount coupon. Airbnb is the best way to rent unique, local accommodations on any travel budget.

Aside from Airbnb, you can also find a lot of hotels through Agoda and Booking.com 
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So, here’s a list of hotels and guesthouses from backpacker-friendly rates into high-end resorts that you could choose from.

BUDGET

Cheap hotel Boracay

Fat Jimmy’s Hotel, Boracay

Location: Station 2, Boracay Island

Price: Php 380.00($7.50)

Rating: 7.5

Check rate with Agoda | Booking.com

Cheap hotel boracay

D7 Resort

Location: Station 2, Boracay Island

Price: Php 751.00 ($14.82)

Rating: 6.9

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Cheap hotel boracay

Lolas Lodge

Location: Station 2, Boracay Island

Price: Php 1087.00 ($21.44)

Rating: 8.0

Check rate with Agoda | Booking.com

 

Cheap hotel Boracay

Hey Jude Boracay

Location: Station 2, Boracay Island

Price: Php 1230.00 ($24.25)

Rating: 7.5

Check rate with Agoda | Booking.com

Mid-range

Cheap Hotel Boracay

Casa D’ Estrella Apartelle

Location: Station 2, Boracay Island

Price: Php 2276.00 ($44.90)

Rating: 7.7

Check rate with Agoda | Booking.com

 

Boracay Hotels

Casa Fiesta Resort

Location: Station 1, Boracay Island

Price: Php 3554.00 ($70.11)

Rating: 8.3

Book with Agoda | Booking.com

 

Boracay hotels

Jay Jays Club

Location: Station 1, Boracay Island

Price: Php 3800.00 ($74.97)

Rating: 8.0

Check rate with Agoda | Booking.com

 

Boracay HotelsZen Premium

Location: Station 1, Boracay

Price: Php 2254.00 ($44.47)

Rating: 9.3

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High-end

Boracay Hotels

Red Coconut Hotel

Location: Station 2, Boracay Island

Price: Php 6842.00 ($134.98)

Rating: 8.2

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Boracay Hotels

COAST Boracay

Location: Station 2, Boracay Island

Price: Php 6550($129.22)

Rating: 9.2

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Boracay Hotel

Fridays Boracay Resort

Location: Station 1, Boracay Island

Price: Php 8301.00($ 163.76)

Rating: 8.8

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Boracay Hotel

Hampstead Villa Boracay

Location: Sitio Balabag, Station 1, Boracay Island

Price: Php 12,665($ 249.85)

Rating: 8.2

Check rates with Agoda | Booking.com

PET-FRIENDLY HOTELS

Paperhouse Boracay

Paperhouse Boracay

Location: Station 3

Rating: 7.9

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Pinjalo

 

Pinjalo Resort

Location: Station 2

Rating: 8.4

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Heavens Gate

Heavens Gate Boracay

Location: Mount Luho Road.

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Note: Rates are based on Agoda and Booking.com as of September 2017. Prices are subject to change.

BORACAY ISLAND

Boracay, also dubbed as the island of money since there’s a lot of tourist around the world visits the island yearly. More tourist, more opportunity also to the locals. It’s no wonder why Boracay visited by many tourists it’s because its beaches have received multiple awards from numerous travel magazines, publications and agencies. Boracay is famous for being one of the world’s top destinations for relaxation.  Apart from its white sand beaches, It is also emerging among the top destinations for tranquility and nightlife.

Boracay sand
Boracay Fire dancers
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The moment we arrived at Boracay, we were filled with so much excitement since it’s our first time to visit Boracay Island. We all know that the super smooth powdery white sand of Boracay is one of the reasons why beachgoers love to visit this island.

Boracay White sand

Boracay sunset is astonishing and magnificent indeed. It is one of the beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen in my life. 

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Boracay Sunset

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The mandatory hair flip 😀 

After sunset, the island transforms into one exciting night of dancing and partying. But don’t just take word for it, Boracay is an island you have to experience yourself.

THE D‘MALL

Basically, it’s a mall near the beachfront. It has a restaurant, shopping and it’s also the entertainment heart of the white beach. D’Mall is located at the Station 2 of Boracay and it is definitely the shopping center of Boracay. Station 2 Can be accessed from anywhere the on the white sand beach via the main road.

D mall boracay

 

WHAT TO DO IN BORACAY

PARASAILING

Don’t miss the opportunity to get the magnificent view of the entire island while you are on several meters up in the air. Be amazed by the scenic view and make sure to bring your camera because the boat staff has a skill in photography that will definitely capture your moment totally worth it.

RATES: The rate is PHP 1000-2000 per person and much cheaper during off-peak season.

Boracay Parasailing
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Parasailing Boracay

Boracay Parasailing

WHERE TO BOOK: Actually, there’s a lot of agents there offering different packages including Island hopping, parasailing+helmet diving, ATV, and etc. You can also book a parasailing activity via Klook. Check out below.

Klook.com

 

HELMET DIVING

Another thing to try is diving with a helmet. The helmet is heavy but you won’t feel the weight once you submerge into water. You will orient by the guide and give instruction before the activity like hand gestures and the safety tips to avoid any problems underwater. No need to bring your own camera since they will provide it for free. The guide will give you the best shot and take as many photos as they can. After the activity, they will give you a CD with the copy of your photos and videos inside.

RATES: Price starts PHP 700 during off-peak season.

Helmet diving

 

Helmet diving boracay

ISLAND HOPPING

Discover Boracay’s white-sandy beaches and visit the different island around with the half-day boat tour including Puka beach, crocodile island, crystal cove, magic island, ilig-iligan beach and tambisaan beach. Lunch is usually included in the package. Island hopping is one of the most popular activities in Boracay.Relax on the beach or snorkel around and admire the colorful aquatic fauna. So don’t miss the chance to try this activity as soon you arrive in Boracay Island.

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Puka Beach
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Cliff diving boracay
Ariel’s point

RATE: Price starts at PHP 700 per person. But you can also book via Klook. Convenient hotel pickup will get you to your adventures safely. Check out below.

Klook.com

STANDUP PADDLING

Standup paddling is best in Boracay Island since the water most of the time is steady.

RATES: Usually, the price starts at PHP 300-600 per hour.

Aside from Parasailing, Island Hoping and Helmet diving, you might also want to try Scuba Diving. You can book a reservation with Klook.

Klook.com

WHERE TO GO

Here’s a list of places you might want to visit in Boracay Island.

  • PUKA BEACH
  • BULABOG BEACH
  • MOUNT LUHO
  • CROCODILE ISLAND
  • CRYSTAL COVE
  • MAGIC ISLAND CLIFF DIVING
 
Crocodile Island
Crocodile Island

TRAVEL TIPS AND OTHER INFORMATION

  • There’s cheaper van that will transfer you from Kalibo to Caticlan for only Php 100.00($1.97). The van terminal is located in front of CityMall. Departure is every 30 minutes.

  • Always ask the locals.
  • Best time to visit Boracay is during the peak of the summer season(April-May).
  • Based on the locals, March is the month where green algae appear and covering the white sand beach of Boracay.
  • You can walk-in into hotels without online booking if it’s not a peak season.
  • Are you on a tight budget? Don’t worry, you can avoid expensive restaurants and save your money since there are several local fast foods inside D’mall such as Jollibee Mcdonalds, Mang Inasal, and KFC.
  • For less hassle, better to buy Pasalubong one day before the last day of your stay on the island.
  • Don’t try almost all of the activities in one day. Save your energy for tomorrow.

Boracay Beach

SUMMARY OF EXPENSES

Originally, we spent for about PHP 10-12k per pax. The breakdown below is just an example of how much would you spending when you are in Boracay. It can be lessened depending on your food budget and the activities you want to try. Like what I’ve said, you can actually survive Boracay for a 4-5k budget. I will post a guide soon, So stay tuned :D. Anyway, in this breakdown, Airfare, airport fees, and other expenses are not included.

  • PHP 200 –  Van transfer from Kalibo to Caticlan Jetty port. There’s also a van terminal in front of CityMall for PHP 100.00 going to Caticlan.
  • PHP 200($1.96) – Terminal Fee (Caticlan Jetty Port)(PHP 100 per way)
  • PHP 75.00($1.47) – Environmental Fee(Caticlan Jetty Port)
  • PHP 50($0.98) –  Boat roundtrip fare(25/way)
  • PHP 25 ($0.49)-  Tricycle Fare from Cagban port to Station 2
  • PHP 100($1.96) – Tricycle Fare from Station 2 to Cagban port
  • PHP 1600($31.41) – HABS Place(800 per night/ 2 nights)
  • PHP 1000.00 ($19.63) –  Parasailing
  • PHP 700.00($13.74) – Helmet Diving
  • PHP 600.00($$11.78) – Paddle Board
  • PHP 600.00($11.78) – Island Hopping
  • PHP 300.00($5.89) – NIght life, party at Wave unlimited drinks until 2AM
  • PHP 500.00($6.87) – Other necessity (Water, soap, shampoo, etc).
  • PHP 1200.00($23.56) –  Total Food budget
  • PHP 1500 –  PASALUBONG(T-shirt, Sando, dried mangoes, souvenir items, keychain, ref magnet etc.)

     PHP 8650.00 ($ 169.67) – TOTAL

 

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SAMPLE ITINERARY

We stayed 3 Days and two nights in Boracay Island and a 1-night stay at Kalibo. Below is our sample itinerary.

DAY TIME ITIRINARY
DAY 0 7:15 PM MANILA TO KALIBO
8:10 PM ARRIVAL KALIBO
9:00 PM LM LODGE – Kalibo
DAY 1 5:30 AM WAKE UP CALL
6:30 AM BOARD VAN – KALIBO TO CATICLAN
8:30 AM ARRIVAL AT CATICLAN JETTY PORT
8:45 AM ARRIVAL AT BORACAY
9:00 AM CHECK IN AT HABS PLACE
10:00 AM BREAKFAST
11:00 AM EXPLORE D’MALL
12:00NN LUNCH – MANG INASAL
1:00 PM SWIMMING – PHOTOSHOOT
2:00 PM PARASAILING
3:00 PM HELMET DIVING
3:30 PM PADDLE BOARDING
4:00 PM GO BACK TO HOTEL – PREPARATION – SHOWER
7:00 PM DINNER – KFC
8:00 PM FREE TIME
DAY 2 7:00 AM BREAKFAST
9:00 AM ISLAND HOPPING SNORKELING
10:00 AM VISIT PUKA BEACH
11:00 AM VISIT ILIGILIGAN BEACH
12:30 NN LUNCH – INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE – TAMBISAAN BEACH
1:30 PM VISIT CRYSTAL COVE
3:00 PM VISIT MAGIC ISLAND- BORACAY CLIFF DIVING
5:00 PM GO BACK TO HABS PLACE/SHOWER
7:00 PM DINNER
8:00 PM SHOPPING AT D MALL – PASALUBONG
10:00 PM PARTY NIGHT LIFE
DAY 3 7:00 AM WAKE UP CALL
8:00 AM BREAK FAST
10:00 AM VISIT GROTTO STATION 1 – SWIMMING
11:00 AM GO BACK TO HABS-REST AND PREPARATION
12:00NN LUNCH
1:00 PM CHECK OUT AT HABS PLACE
1:15 PM ETA CAGBAN PORT
1:30 PM BOARD FERRY BACK TO CATICLAN
2:00 PM BOARD BUS/VAN TO KALIBO
4:00 PM ARRIVAL AT KALIBO
5:00 PM CHECK IN AT AIRPORT
6:00 PM DINNER
8:45 PM ETD KALIBO AIRPORT
9:40 PM ETA MANILA – TERMINAL 3

Waiting for the sunset


THINGS
TO BRING

So here are some of the important things to bring when you visiting Boracay Island.

  • Plane ticket
  • Chargers(Cellphone, Camera, and etc.)
  • Cell phone
  • Action Cam
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimsuits
  • Snorkeling gears
  • Goggles
  • Selfie Stick
  • Vitamins/ Medicine
  • Towels
  • Hat
  • Cap
  • ID
  • Tumbler
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra batteries
  • Memory cards
  • Tripod
  • Eco Bag

 if you are planning or schedule to visit Boracay. I hope my blog helped you 🙂

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Did you know? There is also a Boracay-like island somewhere in Batangas. It also has a pure powdery white sand as same as in Boracay. Check it here.


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9 thoughts on “BORACAY ISLAND, PHILIPPINES: Travel guide with 3D2N Itinerary, budget and expenses

  1. Wow, you guys had a blast in Boracay! You took so many Instagram worthy images. I would love to visit, I will arrive at the airport you suggested as it sounds much cheaper.

  2. Nice detailed information. Very helpful when planning a trip there. Also love your pictures and would definitely want to try out the helmet diving there!

  3. Boracay seems to be a lovely escape for a short getaway. The fact that the flight tickets and accommodation are so cheap, this should be definitely on every budget travelers list. Also, I m glad the island has so many activities on offer. I love your pictures of the island.

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