Introducing the city

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Gasoline £0.70 | P45.00

One-way ticket £0.16 | P10.00

Beer £0.78 | P50.00

Main Course £1.96 | P125.00

About Boracay

Two hundred miles south of Manila, on the tip of the Panay peninsula, is Boracay; a balmy epicentre of marine and nightlife in the Sulu Sea.

Barracuda, hammerhead sharks, moray eels, anemone fish, lion fish, parrot fish and sea turtles glean a living off moon, mushroom and lace corralled grottoes and thickets of sea grass. Snorkelers barely notice the warm waters that rival the air temperature above where kitesurfers wrestle with grabbing winds atop glassy, nonchalant waves.

Boracay has no secrets left. Saturated in the paradisiacal, it is now notoriously ranked as one of the finest beaches in the world. Partying here has become about as mainstream as you can get with Starbucks and egg McMuffins on standby for head sore backpackers. Its easy to postpone the real Boracay in favour of hedonist raves and kick back bars.

The true explorer will have to dig deep and see through commercialisation to unveil the real Boracay.

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When Should You Visit?

Boracay has a tropical climate. Average temperatures are 30 degrees Celsius and humidity averages at 75 per cent. The best time to visit is from mid-November to mid-May.

In July the northwest Habagat monsoon blows, bringing rains and storms which last until November time, although in recent years, wet weather can persist until as late as December.

The Northeast or Amihan Monsoon peaks in April, the driest month of the year when temperatures rise to as high as 38 degrees Celsius.

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Travioor top tips

Diniwid Beach

Insider Info

  • Awards like 'Best Island in the World' 2012 have done little to help the tiny island of Boracay cope with popularity. But don't let the commercialisation turn you off, there is spectacular snorkelling and diving to be had and numerous variations of surfing.
  • This Northern Beach is quieter and more popular with couples and newlyweds. Bamboo elevators, caves and tunnels leading to thatched houses and lofty views can be found in the accommodation here.
  • Typhoons can occur at any time of year. If Boracay is high on your bucket list, schedule it for early in your trip and be prepared to reroute to give you a second shot when the storms have passed.

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Food and drink

Main Course £1.96 | P125.00

3-Course Meal £31.29 | P2,000.00

Cappuccino £1.88 | P120.00

Beer £0.78 | P50.00

The Scene

For such a small island, Boracay has a generous selection of restaurants and bars. The cheaper cafes and small eateries are mainly found along Station One and Two of White Beach. Pancakes and crepes are popular with backpackers who are a long way from home cooking.

Station Three has a higher concentration of moderately priced restaurants.

International cuisine caters for the large quantities of tourists. The trick is to stick to what has been caught on a line or in a net: Calamari, shrimp tempura, platters of prawns and baked scallops will not disappoint.

The fruit shakes or sangria compliment hot days in the shade. The beer? If its cold, its good.

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Boracay's Story

The Atis, who inhabit isolated parts of Southeastern Asia, were the first arrivals on the island. They most likely arrived from Borneo some 25,000 years ago by crossing Palawan, then a land bridge that adjoined the Philippines to Kalimantan. They practised animism, survived off a diet consisting of fish and coconut and traded copra for commodities like rice.

Then came the Spanish in the 16th century who coined the term Negoritos for the people of Atis and named the island Boracay. A popular theory is that Borac, an old word for cotton, was used to describe the sugary, fibrous qualities of the sands of White Beach.

In the 1978 Boracay had the limelight thrust upon it when German travel writer Jens Peters' work and the movie, Too Late The Hero drew blew the lid on Boracay's pristine landscape and coral pastures. A similar tale to Thailand's Koh Phangan.

An island that had no electricity 30 years ago, Boracay has its work cut out for it; over fishing, mass bleaching of coral from rising sea temperature and acidity to name a few.


Hay | Hello
Saeamat | Thank you


Aklanon is the real Boracay language and it is very similar to Tagalog and has vocabulary derived from Spanish. English is widely spoken on the island as a means of business and in education.

Magandang umaga: good morning

Magandang hapon: good afternoon

Magandang gabi: good evening

Kumusta ka: How are you?

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Need to know

+63 Dialling Code
911 Emergency Number

Get The Low-Down

  • Boracay Island has no airport. This means a bus ride to the ferry port and then a boat over to Boracay. This is set to change in the near future though with the completion of the Caticlan Airport and the construction of bridges to Boracay island.
  • Boracay has experienced an alarming rate of development and has been accused of being a tourist trap. If you are seeking a peaceful time, head to the Northern beaches.
  • The best spots for water sports are on Bulabog Beach, East side. Go down early morning and talk to those setting up their equipment.



You can find out more about the visa requirements for the Philippines here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Ilig Iligan Beach

Walk as far south as you can on the waterfront and then swim for no more than ten minutes to reach a completely private beach. The water is deep so adventurers only.

2. Diniwid Beach

This is a world away from the party package scene of White Beach but accommodation here tends to be more expensive.

3. Pygmy Sea Horses

You'll need a beady eye for these two centimetre, shy masters of camouflage. They drift about their secret lives in the corals of Laurel and Camia II Wreck dive sites.

4. BoraPay

In February 2016 selected hotels introduced contactless bracelets, loaded by debit/credit cards. Budget in advance and avoid carrying bank cards on your person.

5. D'Talipapa Market

Big groups put together a kitty and pick up dinner here. Haggle to 40 to 50 per cent less than than you are quoted and a restaurant will prepare it for 200 hundred Pesos.

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