Boracay, one of Philippine’s pride, a mecca for beach buffs and sunshine lovers. This paradise brags pristine sea water, white sand, and a whole lot of fun water activities that will pamper your soul. Boracay has always been a favorite destination every summer and holidays.
Going to Boracay, however, is not easy especially if it’s your first time. So, here’s an infographic from MoneyMax showing us how to reach Boracay and some tips and quick facts that you might want to know.
But just before you plan how to get in Boracay, there is something you need to plan beforehand – your budget. Because technically, satisfying our wanderlust isn’t always free. Here are things you need to include in your budget:
Planning your Budget
Food and Beverage
Because Boracay is a tourist spot, it is just fair to expect that snacks and meal on the island cost a bit higher than in the metro. In most cases, the prices of the fares are twice higher than its actual value in the public market. So better keep some cash dedicated to food only. And also, you must also consider how long would be your stay in the island. The more extended the stay, perhaps, the higher your budget should be for food.
Again, think about how long would be your stay in the island. Basically, tourists stay there for three days and two nights. Others with the numbers stay a bit longer. Choosing your hotel is somewhat overwhelming, but one thing is for sure, you will find the right hotel for your budget or according to your preference. Cheaper hotels are mostly those that are a bit farther from the coast. Deluxe hotels are commonly those that are near the beach. Most of the premium hotels have their amenities within the vicinity such as swimming pools. The prices of hotel accommodation often vary depending on what station the hotel is in. Apparently, the White Beach in Boracay is sectioned in three stations. Station 1 being less crowded with luxurious hotels and resorts; Station 2 being the epicenter where most tourists are in; and Station 3 is more of calm, peace, and has more nature.
There are several means of getting to Boracay. You can go by air or by sea. The cost of transportation often depends on what season you will be visiting. The prices of plane tickets are usually high every peak season and holidays. Ferries are more economical but typically gets fully booked in no time.
Boracay does not only offer beach and white sand. Along the coastline are business areas where you can get more of enjoyment. You might want to get your hair braided (hello, ladies!) or you ought to go pub-hopping at night. If you want to try the water activities, you might need to pull out some cash fresh from your pocket. Read our 10 Things You Must Do in Boracay article to know more about the cool things you can do on the island.
Things You Should Bring
Now that you have planned your budget, it’s time to think what you should include in your baggage. Here are some of the necessities you should bring:
Cash and Cards
You might want to bring extra money (aside from what you’ve already budgeted) because you might soon find yourself spending way too much thenof what you think you would only spend. Debit cards and credit cards may come handy when your hotel charges you for using some their amenities.
Bring light clothes and avoid bringing bulky ones. Because, basically, you’ll be heading to a beach, not a fashion show. Bring your swimwear and enjoy getting tan lines!
Gadgets and Charger
You sure not want to miss a single summer shot in Boracay so better bring you gadgets and the chargers. Hotels do not offer chargers, so it’s really your responsibility to carry those. And oh, you might want to bring power extender because some hotels have only limited power outlets.
Sun Protection Kit
Though the sunshine is healthy and is generously showering us with Vitamin D, too much of it is unhealthy and even lethal. So prepare your sun protection kits such as Sun Block, sunglasses, and hat.
Don’t forget to bring your meds especially when you take something for maintenance. You will rarely see pharmacies in the island.
IDs are necessary to bring wherever you travel. Transport operators may need to check your ID upon checking in. Hotels will also look for you ID to validate your booking. And IDs are vital especially in events of accidents.
How to Get to Boracay
To reach Boracay by air, you can fly from (1) Manila to Caticlan or (2) Manila to Kalibo. Manila to Caticlanairline ticket usually costs a leg and an arm. But if you want to reach Boracay quicker, then it is the best route. From the Caticlan airport, take a tricycle and head to Caticlan Jetty Port where ferries are boarding passengers going to Boracay Island.
But if you’re more concerned about your budget, then you might want to consider taking the plane from Manila to Kalibo. Then from Kalibo, you will take the Bus ride going Caticlan Jetty Port that will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Unfortunately, Negros Navigation has merged with 2Go Travel, one of the largest shipping companies in the Philippines. Perhaps, there’s no more route from Manila directly to Boracay (correct me if I’m wrong, guys). You have to go to Batangas Port and take the roro. Here’s how:
First, go to Batangas Port by bus. Then, take the Roro trip going to Calapan in Mindoro. Then go straight to Roxas Port by taking a cab. From there, you should take the Roro heading straight to Caticlan Jetty Port.
Getting to Know the Boracay Island
White Beach is the most famed spot on the island. It has a 7-km stretch of white sand. It is divided into three stations, each has their own qualities. If you want to be in a crowded and lively area, go to station 2. Otherwise, if you want calm and quiet with a minimal noise of beachgoers, better go to station 1 or 3. Other beaches on the island are accessible but with extra cost. Contact your travel consultant or your hostel to inquire.
Terminal fees and environmental fees are being collected to help maintain the island clean and green. So better include that in your budget! Discounts and exceptions are only granted for the senior citizens and young kids.
The statistic shows how Boracay is famous not only domestically, but internationally. Beach bums all over Asia, America, and Europe visit Boracay because of its unique and extraordinaire beauty and ambiance.
In the latest statistic reported by Rappler.com, the island has reached 1.7million tourists in 2016.
Now that you’re ready and all packed up, consider saving these hotlines that may come handy in case of emergencies:
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