Boracay is a world-renowned tourist spot visited by both locals and foreigners in droves every year. It is an image of tourism at its peak, even labelled as the best beach by travel magazines.
But Boracay may provide a surprising picture for first-time travellers, so it is necessary to have a preview of what to see and experience before the visit.
The island of Boracay is located two kilometres off the northwest tip of Panay Island; it is under the jurisdiction of Aklan, one of the four provinces of Panay. There are no airports in Boracay, so all visitors touch down either at Godofredo P. Ramos Airport (also known as Caticlan Airport) or at Kalibo Airport. Going to the next pit stop (Caticlan Jetty Port) would require a three-minute tricycle ride from Caticlan Airport or more than an hour of car ride from Kalibo Airport.
Travelling to the small island is by boat. Visitors depart Caticlan Jetty Port and arrive at Cagban Jetty Port, and from there, moving around the island—or when heading to the booked Boracay hotel or beach resort—can be done on foot, by tricycle, or by bicycle. Once on the island, visitors come to the most famous part called White Beach, which is a long stretch of white powdery sand divided into three stations.
One essential knowledge to get during a first-time Boracay travel is to know the difference between the three boat stations:
Station 1 – Located on the northwestern side, Station 1 is touted as the high-end spot of White Beach. Resorts and hotels lie immediately by the beach, but it is still possible to walk by the beach despite the lack of a fixed pathway. This station has the finest sand out of all three locales, and it is also the quieter side because of the light concentration of establishments. Willy’s Rock, the most photographed landmark on the island, is found here.
Station 2 – This is the meso-locale where the sand is slightly grainier but still considerably fine. This is known as the center of all action because restaurants, bars, retail shops, and other tourist-catering establishments are more concentrated here. Visitors better reserve some of their verve for sundown, for a lot of action also happens at night—restaurants run abuzz, live bands colour the surroundings with music, and party lovers contribute to the noise by the beach. The D’Mall, the only shopping center on the island, is located here.
Station 3 – Suitable for the budget-conscious, this station lies on the southwest close to Cagban Beach and Manoc-Manoc Beach. The texture of the sand here is grainier than the other locales. Frequented by only a few who want to have more space, this is the perfect spot for quiet relaxation and getting in one with nature. Due to the spot’s proximity to Station 2 and its tranquil ambiance, more accommodations are being put up here, both budget and pricey.
Boracay visitors should not expect to evade spending at all costs. In fact, the rule of thumb is to allow a generous budget for tropical activities. The amount of expense depends especially on the choices for these activities as well as lodging and food. There are tons of things to do in Boracay, both on water and on land, so visitors need to spend in order to experience them.
Boracay resorts abound on the island, but there are also hotels and native lodgings. When travelling to Boracay, it is a money-saver to grab Boracay promotional and special offers by booking beforehand. This not only ensures that visitors get the type of accommodation they want, but it will also lessen the hassle of having to look for a place of lodging upon arrival.
Most activities are offered in Station 2, where kite surfing, banana boat, kayaking, surfing, and many other water activities in Boracay Island are supervised by instructors. For hardcore watersports lovers, Bulabog Beach at the opposite side of White Beach cater to activities like jet skiing, speed boating, and windsurfing.
Visitors who want to roam around may rent an all-terrain vehicle; others who want to be windswept could endure the trek to Mt. Luho, the highest point on the island, where a zip-line ride could be enjoyed to dispense exhaustion. There is also a mini zoo and a carnival for those with kids.
Prior research about Boracay will certainly benefit your tropical island experience. Travelling to the premier tourist spot in the Philippines can surely be an experience especially as Boracay, from being a virgin paradise, has been turned into a tourist paradise.