Boracay Island Philippines General Information

Low Cost Hotels, Activities and Transportation

Posted on by My Boracay Guide

Boracay is in the province of Aklan. Aklan is located in Panay. This is the center of the Philippines. These central islands are the Visayas, Region 6.The Island of Boracay is shaped like a dog bone. It is 8 km long, and 1 km wide at it’s narrowest. White Beach and Bulabog beach are the primary and secondary tourism beaches, both located opposite of each other.Boracay is located 2km from Caticlan, the mainland gateway for sea and air access to Boracay. There are ports both in the south of Boracay (Cagban Port) and Caticlan (Jetty Port) to ferry passengers across the Tabon Straight.

 

 
Boracay is separated into three districts; Yapak in the North, Manoc-Manoc in the South and Balabag in the center. Tourists will use the boat stations of White Beach for reference. Boat Station 1 in the north, Boat Station 2 in the center, and Boat Station 3 in the south. (The boat stations are no longer in use, however they are the accepted points of reference for all things White Beach.)

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Weather

Amihan – High Season
September/October to May/June
25-32°C (78-90°F)
Hot and humid, Northeasterly to Easterly winds, little or no rainfall

Philippines Summer
April / May / June
28 – 38 degrees C
Hot and mostly dry
Sometimes Easterly to southeasterly Trade winds

Habagat – Low Season
May/June to September/October
25-32°C (78-90°F)
Cool south-west wind, moderate to heavy rainfall

Boracay Weather Station

Wind Finder

Tourist Season

The Low Season is when the winds change and blow eastward into White Beach. There is more rain than usual, but there are also fewer tourists, better prices on accommodations, and other lower prices. The low season begins in May, and ends in October. With the increase in Asian tourists, the low season is still very busy in Boracay.

During High Season, the winds come from the back of the island, and White Beach is protected. The wind blows out to sea, leaving the beach pristinely clean and generally calm. It is also winter in the northern hemisphere, and tourists come in numbers in search of sun, heat, beach and party. High Season starts in October and ends in May.

The Peak Season is when the tourists are at their height. This includes Christmas, New Year, Chinese New Year, and Holy Week (Easter Week). Most resorts have a +10% to +25% premium on their rooms, and the island gets fully booked. Make sure you book as far in advance as possible.

Getting There

By Air:

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Boracay Airport is a smaller airport 5 minutes from Boracay. There are domestic flights from Manila and Cebu. A motorized trike will take you to the Jetty Port, less than five minutes away. This is definitely the preferred airport for ease and convenience. Due to the small size of the runway, smaller turboprop airplanes are used.

As of Marchairphilexpress-logoand logo - cebu pacific.gif are the only airlines using Boracay Airport.

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Kalibo Airport is a larger airport 90 minutes from Boracay. Kalibo airport that has some international flights, and accommodates larger jet airplanes. There are vans and busses outside the airport. Prices fluctuate.

As of March 2015 logo - cebu pacific.gif Tiger-Airways-3 and Air-Asia-1are using Kalibo airport.
By Land:

The Strong Nautical Highway is a both an overland route and a series of Roll-on/Roll-off ferries. The trip is 16-20 hours with stopovers and dependant on sea conditions. It’s locally known as the RORO Boracay route. (A/C bus 1500 PhP)

LAND Manila -> Cubao | 2 hours
LAND Cubao -> Batangas | 3-4 hours
SEA
Batangas -> Calapan | 2-3 hours
LAND Calapan -> Roxas | 2-3 hours
SEA Roxas -> Caticlan | 4-5 hours
By Land:

The Strong Nautical Highway is a both an overland route and a series of Roll-on/Roll-off ferries. The trip is 16-20 hours with stopovers and dependant on sea conditions. It’s locally known as the RORO Boracay route. (A/C bus 1500 PhP)

LAND Manila -> Cubao | 2 hours
LAND Cubao -> Batangas | 3-4 hours
SEA
Batangas -> Calapan | 2-3 hours
LAND Calapan -> Roxas | 2-3 hours
SEA Roxas -> Caticlan | 4-5 hours

Getting In

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1. Boracay Airport to Caticlan Port – After getting out of the small airport, there will be a line up of Motor Tricycles. The ride costs 50 PhP per trike for the five-minute trip to the port.

2. Caticlan Port to Boracay Port – The Jetty Port has Bangka pump boats that ferry between the Caticlan mainland and Boracay Island from 5:00 in the morning to 9:00 in the evening. Flights are now coming into Kalibo all night, so the Bangkas are running all night. You may need to charter a Bangka for 1000 PhP (nighttime) . The Bangka trip is 30 PhP, however non-residents also pay a 75 PhP environmental fee, and a 100 PhP Terminal fee. You need to purchase these tickets outside the Jetty Port before you enter. The trip from mainland to the island is 10 minutes. If you have heavy luggage, there are porters to assist you at 20 PhP per item tip.

3. Boracay Port to White Beach – Depending on the season, you will arrive at one of two Boracay Ports – Cagban Port in the High Season and Tambisaan Port in the Low Season. In low season you will likely get your shoes wet. The distance from either port to White Beach is about ten minutes. There will be a long line of Motortrikes to take you from the port to White Beach. This trip is 100 PhP per trike, more if you look like a foreigner. Agree to the price ahead of time. The trikes are now displaying price sheets.

4. White Beach – The Motortrikes cannot go to the actual beach, but will leave you on the Main Road with a path that leads down to White Beach. You will likely need to walk down the path from the main road. The Motortrike drivers should know the right place to drop you off. Call our office if you aren’t sure. We can help.

Getting Around

line From Caticlan Port, you will take the banca (pumpboat:photo left) to Boracay Island Port (Cagban Beach). This is a 10 minute boat trip, and boats depart frequently in both directions all day. When you arrive in Boracay, you will need to take a motortrike from Cagban to White Beach (ten minutes/125 PHP).You will get dropped off on the main road, and make your way to White Beach. The whole trip from the mainland to your resort should be less than an hour, and the route is very standard. Just follow the tourists. There are plenty of porters to help you with heavy baggage (20 PHP per piece).
line Most visitors to Boracay stay on the White Beach on the footpath and travel by foot. It’s an hour and a half walk from one end of the beach to the other. Motor vehicles are not allowed on the footpath and beach. There are motorbikes with sidecars (trike:photo left) on the main road running parallel to White Beach. The fare between boat stations is 10 PHP. You can also hire a trike and driver to take you around the island for 200 PHP/Hour. This is a good way to visit other beaches such as Puka Shell Beach, or the highest point on Boracay, Mt. Luho View Point. You can also rent a motorcycle from the vendors on White Beach, however they are quite expensive. Wear a helmet and go slow. Most hotels these days have air conditioned vans to service their guests.
line You can also Island Hop around the island by Paraw, native canoe type sailboat (photo left). They are all over White Beach and should be 700 PHP per hour with crew. Go directly to the actual boat station 1 or 3 and talk to the boatmen for best prices. Popular rides are to Puka Shell Beach, sunset cruise, or up and down White Beach. There are also ATVs available for rent on the main road past station one, as well as off road buggies. They cannot be driven on the main road parallel to White Beach.

Money

line The currency is the Philippine Peso (PhP). Bill denominations are: 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 pesos. If possible, bring your cash with you. ATMs dispense in 500 PHP bills: they are frequently offline or out of funds, so do not rely on them exclusively. There are ATMs on White Beach, at D’Mall, and on the main road that will accept foreign debit/bank cards.Foreign Currency is best exchanged at the banks or money changing stores. Only the larger restaurants and hotels accept credit cards including MasterCard, Visa and American Express, although a 5% surcharge on credit cards is standard. Personal checks are not accepted. Traveler’s checks get a lower exchange rate and should be changed at Allied Bank.

Shopping

White Beach

After a delicious meal why not work off the calories with a bit of shopping. Take the time to walk white beach end to end to find some of the unique shops Boracay has to offer. As you leisurely stroll white beach you will be approached by men from the Muslim Vendors Association selling sunglasses, pearls, model sailboats, fake watches, belts and numerous other trinkets. There are a few stalls offering made to order bracelets customized with your name or whatever wording you decide upon. There will also be other people with laminated cue cards selling scuba diving, water sports, sailboat adventures and other activities. There are other services you will be offered as you enjoy your walk such as pedicures and manicures,beach side massages, henna tattoos, and hair braiding. Sometimes it can get frustrating hearing the same sales pitch over and over again, but just smile and shake your head…relax you are on vacation.

D’Mall

D’Mall is a one stop shopping experience for everyone’s needs and desires. Starting at Budget mart on the main road all the way through to white beach you will find designer clothes, pharmacies, souvenir shops, travel agents, optical and dental services, fantastic European Deli not to mention upscale and budget restaurants and a number of fine happy hour establishments.
From Crafts supermarket/department store heading towards white beach you will find a wet market offering all kinds of fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood. There are also cell phone repair vendors, souvenir shops, an alcohol store and some budget friendly hotels and restaurants. Find everything you want and more at D’Mall.

D’Talipapa

This “small market place” is by no means small as suggested by its Tagalog name. With numerous alleyways you can search around for an afternoon of shopping for all the souvenirs you can carry. There are vendors selling fresh vegetables, fruits, meat and seafood for you to cook up yourself as well as many of the restaurants in the marketplace will cook to your pallets content. Remember to wear your bartering cap to get the best possible prices.

Communication

Boracay Island is serviced mainly by two mobile providers, SMART and GLOBE. They have good reception through most of the island. Visitors can purchase a SIM card with phone number for 65 PHP and then purchase load (user minutes) in amounts as low as 10 pesos. Text messages are definitely the main form of local communication at a cost of 1 peso per text. (The Philippines is the text message capital of the world). Talk time is more expensive between 6 to 8 pesos per minute. International text messages are quite affordable (most countries 15-25PHP).

Landline calls are cheaper, and best for international calls. There are several International Phone booths along the White Beach footpath and in D’Mall. Some resorts also have international phone service, but generally at higher rates. Philippine country code is +63. Boracay’s area code is (036). MyBoracayGuide’s phone number would be +63 36 288-9999.

Boracay has several internet cafes along White Beach, at the Tourist Information Center, and in D’Mall. Half hour is 25-40PHP, one hour is 50-75 PHP. Connections are not very fast, but sufficient to email home.
There is a private post in the office in the Tourist Center which is open at 9am-9pm daily and on holidays. There is one LBC branch next to Budget Mart.

There are two local newspapers that cover many of the events and happenings on the island called the “Boracay Informer”. You can find this at many of the popular establishments on the island. There are three major FM Radio Stations, Yes FM 91.1, Easy Rock 93.5 and Radio Boracay 106.1

Visa Extensions

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) can extend visitor visas as well as process other changes required in visa status. For visa extensions you will be required to make photocopies of your passport and fill out a visa application form. The cost varies depending on your visa and desired length of stay. You can expect to pay around 3,140PHP for a one month extension. There is a dress code so don’t wear board shorts or tank tops. Located on the main road next to E’Mall, the best time to go is on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 8-12 or 1-5. For more information call 288 5267.


20 Comments

  1. Jazel Martinez says:

    Good pm just wanna ask f wt tym is the earliest ferry ride to caticlan frm boracay…and how much is the cost. Will I arrive on time? coz I have a 0645h flight back to clark. thank you in advance.

  2. Kristine says:

    Hi. I just want to ask. What’s the nearest station from Caticlan Jetty Port and how do we get there? Thanks in advance 🙂

    • Hello Kristine,

      Thank you for your inquiry. Please be advised that the closest station from Caticlan is station 3. From Caticlan Port, you will take a banca or a pumbboat to Boracay Island Port (Cagban Beach). This is a 10 minute boat trip, and boats depart frequently in both directions all day. When you arrive in Boracay Island Port, you will need to take a trike or an e-trike from Cagban to Station 3. You will get dropped off on the main road at Ambulong, and make your way to White Beach. It will only take you 3-5 minutes walk to the white beach of station 3.

      Hope this information helps.

      Thank you,
      MyBoracayGuide

  3. Marie says:

    Same as Julie above, I have a cebu pacific flight at 6.25am from Caticlan to Clark. Is it possible to do that trip from Boracay and make it in time for the flight early in the morning? If the ferry takes 10-15 minutes and the airport is only 5 minutes ride then it should be possible right?

    • Hello Marie,

      Thank you for your contacting us. We would like to bring to your attention that first boat from Boracay to Caticlan is at 5:00 AM. We would suggest staying overnight in Caticlan Hotel near the airport to ensure you will catch your flight on time.

      Thank you,
      MyBoracayGuide

  4. Laura says:

    Hi, I’m planning a trip to Boracay at the end of June and wondered on average how likely it is for transport to stop running between Boracay & Caticlan due to weather. I plan to fly back from Caticlan to Manila for an international flight the same day.
    Thank you!

    • Hello Laura,

      Thank you for contacting us. We would be glad to assist you in booking your airport transfer. Please kindly check the link https://www.myboracayguide.com/transportation-kalibo-to-boracay/. We know in fact that June is a rainy season here in the Philippines and in case if we had a bad weather here in Boracay the Coast Guard always monitoring the weather and updating us regarding to the situation of boat schedules and in case their is changes to your flight kindly update us so that we can make necessary arrangement.

      Thank you,
      MyBoracayGuide

  5. Mj says:

    Good day! Would like to ask if what time is the last trip from Caticlan to Boracay? Thanks!

  6. jen says:

    Good day! Will you have regular sched of pump boat going to caticlan from boracay tomorrow? If yes, what time’s the first trip? Thank you

  7. julie says:

    We have return flight from caticlan to clark at 0625H. At that early hour, is the boat from boracay to caticlan already available? Thanks.

    • Hello Julie,

      Thank you for contacting us. The first boat schedule is at 5:00 AM from Boracay to Caticlan. Please take this into consideration when you book your flight.

      Thank you!
      MyBoracayGuide

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