When in Aklan: Boracay Island Forever

The Philippines has the best beaches ever. When I go to the beach in other countries, I can't help but compare them with the beaches back at home. For one, Boracay Island, Aklan is a natural gem: it is worth visiting and revisiting.

NOTE: As of April 26, 2018, Boracay is closed to public for 6 months as part of its rehabilitation program. Flights to Caticlan have also been temporarily removed by some airline companies.  





Despite criticisms about Boracay--that it's overcrowded and that other beaches like Palawan have been slowly gaining more popularity than this island--I still consider it as a paradise that I will always come back to. Its natural beauty has not seized to amaze me. The shades of blue in Boracay are so beautiful.
If it's your first time to visit Boracay Island, here are some tips:

How to get there


There are two possible airports to reach Boracay Island: Kalibo Airport and Caticlan Airport (also locally known as the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport).

From Kalibo Airport to Caticlan Jetty Port: Upon exit at the airport, there are numerous minivans around. The fare is 200 PHP and it takes around two hours to get to Caticlan Jetty Port

From Caticlan Airport to Caticlan Jetty Port: Take a tricycle that costs 50 PHP to Caticlan Jetty Port. The ride takes around five minutes (or less) with a distance of less than one kilometer.
Once at Caticlan Jetty Port, you have to ride a motor boat (usually it is a public boat shared by around 30 passengers). You may either buy a boat ticket there or book ahead. Aside from the boat fare, each passenger is required to pay 50 PHP for the terminal fee and 75 PHP for the environmental fee. The boat ride takes around 20 minutes.

Boracay is mainly divided into three areas. The locals simply call these areas as Station 1, Station 2, and Station 3. Once the motor boat is on the mainland, take a tricycle to bring you where your accommodation is at. Tricycle fare costs around 20 PHP.



Where to Stay

For me, it does not really matter whether you are staying at Station 1, 2 or 3. These stations are pretty much close from each other. And since Boracay Island is a tourist spot, you can choose from a five star hotel down to a transient house so accommodation is not a problem except during peak season. Most of the high-end accommodations are at Station 1. Cheaper hotels are at Station 2 and 3.

When to Go


March to May have the highest volume of both local tourists and foreigners since these months fall under the summer season in the Philippines. Meanwhile, low season is from June to October with lesser people but there is a huge chance of rain. Worse, typhoons and thunderstorms may bring huge waves during these months.



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