Boracay has been a paradise in the 1980's. Today it is the mass-tourism spot of the Philippines. If you like Saint Tropez, Miami Beach or Acapulco, you will be fine on Boracay Island.
Time and Distance
From Kalibo it is a 75 minutes ride to Caticlan. Add another 10 minutes when you start from Kalibo Airport. There are busses, jeepneys and aircon L300. The prices are around PHP 120. At Caticlan take a pump-boat or a ferry that brings you in 10 minutes to Boracay.
If you are not the tourist described in "Short Description" one or two day are enough. We suggest to stay one night to live the nightly party atmosphere.
Everything you need for an enjoying bath. Sunglasses and a sun-screen of factor 40 or 50 are a must. You not only get the sun directly from the sky but also from the pearl-white sand and from the sea.
What to see
White Beach is a must. It is composed of the 4.5km realy white sand beach and the parallel pedestrian highway with shops and restaurants. If you find a day without too much tourists (e.g. from June to November), you will enjoy one of the most beautyful beaches of the world.
What to do
There is any form of watersport you find on Boracay. Countless diving schools and diving shops offer complete PADI courses with certificate. They offer short (3 hours) and long (3 days) trips to diving spots around the island. On the beach and on off-shore platforms you find banana-rides, jet-ski, paragliding.
Before sunset there are lots of local sailboats that take you for a sunset trip. The sunsets and the sailboats with their blue sails are beautiful.
After sunset White Beach becomes one big party that lasts from 6 pm to 6 am. There are hundreds of open-air bars and restaurants with live-music, artists and any drink and food you can imagine.
We have checked most of the restaurants on White Beach. You can find any food specialities from this planet. Prices are from some Pesos at a foodstall up to 10'000 of Pesos in the luxury hotels. If you like a fine steak, then you have to go to the Boracay Steak House. It's quality is simply outstanding and its prices are simply small. Tell the owner that René from Silent-Gardens recommends you and you will get at least a free drink. Another fine place is the Boracay Hobbit House. They serve beers from around the world. If you do not find your preferred one on the card, ask for it. The waiters and waitresses of the Hobbit House are very special (we do not say more).
Unfortunately the old Muslim-Market burned down in 2004. You find the Muslim-Vendors now on White Beach. The mobile ones sell fake Swiss watches, fake Sunglasses of big brands and fake pearl-chains. Dont pay the price they tell you - bargain. The fix ones have small stalls where they sell any cheap stuff.
PHP 100 from Kalibo to Caticlan. PHP 50 terminal fee and PHP 50 environmental fee at Caticlan jetty port. Hotels in Boracay are from PHP 2300 upwards to over USD 600 one night.
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