Boracay has long been considered as one of the best island destinations in the world.
Crystal clear waters, long stretches of white sand beaches, plenty of diving and snorkeling spots to see the colorful underwater life, breathtaking sunsets, vibrant night scene — Boracay may be a small island but it is definitely filled with life. No wonder people from all over the world come back again and again to enjoy this little piece of paradise.
For those who haven’t been to the island yet, it may be a little challenging to choose what to do. For the Boracay “pros,” on the other hand, it may be good to rediscover the joy of something you haven’t done since your first visit. Here’s a simple Boracay travel guide for both newbies and returning visitors to make the most out of your trip.
Eat: Two Seasons Boracay’s Oyster Sisig
Of course there are a lot of beachside places in Boracay where you can eat freshly caught and cooked seafood and other delicacies, but there’s something to be said about eating at BarLo, the in-house restaurant of Two Seasons Boracay Resort. Their trademark oyster sisig is simply mouthwatering and the 4-cheese pizza and lengua sulipena are to die for. The father-and-son tandem of Chef Gene and Chef Gino Lopez ensure that each dish is laden with truly unique flavors.
Stay: Estacio Uno, Microtel by Wyndham
Being a prime tourist destination, you won’t have a problem about finding a place to stay in and relax. There really is no other criteria for the best places to stay in Boracay other than your personal preferences and the kind of traveler you are.
Those looking for the best place to laze the day away swimming in the blue waters, sunbathing on a comfortable beach chair, and admiring the gorgeous sunset views will love Estacio Uno. Located in Boracay’s Station 1, which is the inspiration behind the name of the resort, Estacio Uno also puts you near most of the island’s most famous attractions and activities.
Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a place that’s a bit quieter, head on over to Diniwid Beach and stay at Microtel by Wyndham, Boracay. Diniwid Beach is more secluded compared to White Beach, so you can have a more peaceful time on the beach. Microtel is also located near the Spider House Resort, which is famous for one of the most beautiful views of the sunset in the island.
Do: Visit the “Secret” Beaches
The most popular beaches in Boracay include White Beach and Bulabog Beach, which are located on opposite sides of the central section of the island. Another popular destination is Puka Beach on the northern shore, where you can buy authentic souvenirs made from puka shells and enjoy activities like sailing and scuba diving.
However, if you want to veer away from the crowds and enjoy some quiet time with nature, you should definitely visit areas near Ilig Iligan Beach, where nature is a bit more untouched and unrefined, with stronger waves that experienced swimmers and water sports enthusiasts will definitely love. There is also an area near Tambisaan Beach where you can trek across a small forest all the way to a small hill for a spectacular vista of the area.
Do: Boracay Pub Crawl, Massage at the Mandala
If you’re looking for a fun, vibrant night of partying and getting to know people from different countries, then Boracay’s famous Pub Crawl is for you. It’s also a good way to get yourself acquainted with the many dining establishments and bars in Boracay; the places included in the crawl also change from time to time, so even you’ve been to Boracay a few times already, you might still be able to discover and visit someplace new.
On the other hand, for a truly relaxing experience, drop by the Mandala Spa & Villas and treat yourself to their signature massage. It’s a luxury that you won’t regret splurging on! You’ll surely feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to enjoy more of Boracay’s delights.
In the end, there is no singular way to experience and enjoy Boracay — it’s all up to you! Hopefully, this guide has given you an idea of just how much you can do and indulge in in this beautiful island.