Destination Guide: Boracay Island, Aklan
In 2016 Boracay Island was named as the best island by Conde Nast Readers’ Travel Awards. It is undoubtedly a sought after paradise and is one of the most cosmopolitan beaches with an interesting mix of local an international visitors. Likewise, you can find all sorts of hotels and a variety of international cuisine on the island.
HOW I GOT THERE
- The province of Aklan has two airports, Kalibo and Caticlan airport.
- From Manila you can fly to Kalibo airport and take a 90 minute shuttle ride to Caticlan Jetty Port
- Another option is fly to Caticlan airport and take a 5 minute tricycle ride to Caticlan Jetty Port. (flights to Caticlan airport are generally more expensive since it’s closer to the island).
- At the Caticlan Jetty port, you will go to several windows to pay mandatory port fees. Then go through security and ride a boat to Boracay Island, a short 5 minute trip.
- At Boracay Island you will disembark at the port and take a tricycle to your hotel. The trip can take 15 minutes or more depending on where your hotel is located.
- From Manila several budget airlines fly to Kalibo and Caticlan airport including; Cebu Pacific, Zest Air, PAL Express (formerly Air Philippines). Try to plan your trip a few months in advance to take advantage of promo fares.
NAIA terminal 3 (terminal fee) – ₱200
From Caticlan airport to Jetty port, tricycle fare – ₱50
From Kalibo airport to Caticlan Jetty Port, shuttle van fare – ₱200
Caticlan Jetty port environmental fee – ₱P75
Caticlan Jetty port terminal fee – ₱P100
Caticlan Jetty port to BoracayIsland, Boat fare – ₱25
Boracay Island Port to your hotel, Tricycle fare – ₱25-₱50 or ₱100 (if you hire the tricycle for yourself, the driver should not stop to take more passengers but drive you directly to your hotel).
Island hopping Day tour – ₱700 to ₱800
Crystal Cove admission fee – ₱200
Crocodile Island snorkeling fee – ₱20
Food – For budget travelers, there are several Andoks Manok restaurants in the area and other small canteens that serve meals from ₱150 to ₱200. There are other cheaper restaurants by the road and near the wet market.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
Hotel Reviews – On booking your hotel, go through previous traveler feedback and reviews. These are good resources to help you decide where to stay. But be careful not to sacrifice quality over cost, you may get a great rate at a budget hotel but the service may be poor or facilities unsanitary.
Budgeting & Extra cash – A trip to Boracay is quite pricey. There are so many activities, restaurants and shops at the beach that you might run your wallet thin before you realize it. Book and set aside your hotel payment. Don’t buy too many souvenirs. Know how much you’re willing to spend on recreational activities like diving or a boat tour. Finally, carry some extra cash for those unexpected expenses.
Canvass and haggle – When souvenir shopping, don’t go on a buying spree, check prices from one shop to another so that you would know if you are getting the best price for an item. Do not hesitate to haggle.
Walk the beach –Take some time to walk from one end of the beach to the other. The beach has a different feel from various angles.
People Watch – This is a beautiful beach with many beautiful people sauntering on its shores. Take in the scene and enjoy it.
Go on a boat tour – Coordinate with your hotel receptionist for a boat tour or approach the stalls along the beach that advertise boat tours. This is a great and cheap way to explore the island. The tours range from ₱700 to ₱800 pesos for a 6 hour tour. They include snorkeling and snorkeling gear, island touring and buffet lunch.
Snorkel or Dive – Snorkeling would be the cheaper option, but if you want to have a closer encounter with the vibrant marine ecosystem, go diving. There are several diving shops that offer a wide variety of diving packages. Whichever way you go, take some time to admire the beautiful coral reefs.
Have a great trip!
See more of Boracay Island at the Beach Gallery.
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