The Beaches and Nightlife of Boracay Island, Philippines

by Guest Blogger on February 3, 2010 · 23 comments

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White sand beaches of Boracay

White sand beaches of Boracay

Boracay Island is undoubtedly the number one tourist destination in the Philippines. Often called “the best beach in the world” by locals and foreigners, this island lies in the pristine region of Panay in the province of Aklan in the Visayan region.

How To Get There

Traveling is cheap in the country by Western standards so if you’re a foreigner and you want to go here, fly my friend. As of late, there are no direct flights from anywhere in Asia, so you have to leave from the capital city Manila.

The good life

The good life

From Manila to Boracay, flying is best advised. You have two choices.

One: Manila to Kalibo

Two: Manila to Caticlan

Airline companies in the Philippines with routes to Boracay Island include the following:

Getting Around the Island

Once you’ve arrived in the Caticlan airport, hire a tricycle/multi-cab for about P15-25 that’s half cent a dollar you’re in the jetty port. If you’re traveling alone, you don’t need to pay anymore tax, just the boat ride. If you’re traveling in a group, you just need to pay a fee of a few dollars.

A few years back, tourists, islanders, and heck everyone, was dropped off right at the white sand beach of Boracay.  Now everyone is dropped off at the back of the island along the paved roads. Here they hire another tricycle to get to anywhere in the three stations of Boracay.  Don’t worry, it takes less than 15 minutes.

Station 1: This station is where big bets stay. Resorts and hotels here are far more expensive than in the other stations. The big names such as Fridays, Cocomangas, the newly built Discovery Shores and the Shangrila Hotel are littered north of the island.

Station 2: This station is where I stay most of the time. There are loads of resorts to stay at like Red Coconut, among others. What’s cool about this station is it’s in the center of everything happening. Lots of restaurants, eateries, the mall is here, and of course for me, still the number one bar/club in Boracay, “Hey Jude.”

Station 3: This station is on the far south of the island.  Forgive me for the lack of a better term, but this side is Class-C where a couple of inns, huts, hotels and resorts are frequented by locals, and their foreign boyfriends.

If you’re like me, a guy who can go anywhere and doesn’t care much, I strongly advise you to visit those at the back of the beach. Some rooms are cheaper because they’re not located on the beachfront, as if a 2 minute walk is such a pain. As for me, I always stay in Seabird International Hotel.  It’s in station 2 at the back of Red Coconut Hotel. I like the location because its near the beach, near “Hey Jude,” and near the mall. So I can get drunk and not worry about long walks.

Food is quite expensive if you eat at those fancy looking restaurants with buffets and seafood galore. Try the back of the mall where there are bluefish, a couple of grillery, or you can go for fast food at Andoks. A hearty meal shouldn’t cost you more than $4. Walk around at night and try to scout out a party. They tend to change locations. Some bars/clubs have events. As of late, there’s Juice Bar, Cocomangas, and heaps of other drink out places. I happen to find my spot right in “Hey Jude.” Friendly people, efficient bartenders, awesome DJ’s and an atmosphere you cannot find anywhere else.

So you’ve successfully landed on arguably the best beach in the world. Tap on the back my friend. Even if everyone is saying Boracay is overrated, it’s nothing compared to, let’s say, Phuket or Krabi. Boracay is like a small kid who is wandering around in his pubescent youth. Searching for something, making friends, making out…

Nightlife on Boracay's beaches

Nightlife on Boracay's beaches

Where To Go Out At Night

Boracay is a sleepless island. 24 hours a day, there’s always something going on. You just have to know where the smoke is and a fire must be burning. There are a couple of bars/discotheques around stations 1-2-3. But mostly eateries, restaurants, and cafes are sprouted across white beach. I’ll let you in on a secret, walk.

Walk around north to south, and for sure you will find a spot you like. Whether you are a romantic, the quiet type, or a party animal, there’s a place for everyone. I want to suggest a couple of places I like. Have a drink, make friends, don’t swim in the waters (or maybe you can), just don’t mind the exhibitionists on the beach if you come across one.

And of course Hey Jude.

I like the place a lot. I’ve been going there since I can’t remember when. It’s a place where DJ’s play really good house music, where waiters talk to you when you’re traveling alone, where people cheers you with their drinks, where you can be crazy because its free to do so, but mostly the ambiance is impeccable.

There’s something about the set-up that makes you feel at home, in a far-away tropical beach. That’s Hey Jude. Vodka Red Bulls, Rum ‘n Cokes, San Miguel Light. What is there not to like.

If you like Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand my friends… this is like his little brother, a paradise with good vibes and awesome beats. Not many people, no twenty thousand worshipers for the Full Moon Party, no peeing punks on the beach, no f**k buckets, we have San Miguel. Good clean fun. Mostly.

And of course, the beach here is incomparable. If you’re lucky enough to survive the night without passing out, try to wait for the sun to rise, the beach is cest’ magnificique. Water is greener, sand is whiter, sky is bluer. And your face will light up because you know you’ve found paradise in the Philippines.

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About the Author: The author is a Filipino backpacker traveling across his beloved country, The Philippines, Asia and Beyond. He narrates his journeys and travel notes on his blog called Pinoy Boy Journals at www.jerik76raverz.blogspot.com

Photo Credits

White sand beaches, the good life, and nightlife by Jerik de Guzman.

Beach chair image by http://www.flickr.com/photos/ple101/ / CC BY 2.0

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23 Comments

GlobalButterfly February 5, 2010 at 4:04 pm

I'm drooling over that beach picture! I want to drop everything and fly there NOW!!!

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backpackingmatt February 10, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Great beach photos. Would love to spend some time there.

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Travel Asia April 14, 2010 at 8:19 am

Boracay Island is one of well known Island to spending vacation.The Philippines Boracay Island is home to World Beach Volleyball (held in September) and February’s Fun-board Cup, which is an international event for windsurfing. The clear, blue waters will entice you for swimming. For more information visit http://www.travelasia360.net/philippines-boraca

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Pinoy Boy May 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm

hi global butterfly… now that's its hot here in the Philippines, why not swing our way in Boracay!!! You get the best quality sands and clearest waters not to mention really cool people you can meet! Cheers to island life in Boracay!!!

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Pinoy Boy May 9, 2010 at 2:45 pm

hey matt, thanks why not spend time in boracay always one of the best beaches in the world.. it'll be cool to just soak up and frolick under the sun.. Cheers!

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cheap dj gear May 10, 2010 at 8:28 am

I am thinking of staying at either Turtle inn or Boracay Beach club, has anyone else stayed there? which one would you recommend?

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cheap dj gear May 10, 2010 at 1:28 pm

I am thinking of staying at either Turtle inn or Boracay Beach club, has anyone else stayed there? which one would you recommend?

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allseasonhotels June 4, 2010 at 9:30 am

Boracay is truly a paradise island! Boracay Hotels are world-class. I would also love to visit Koh Pha Ngan in Thailand and compare which is better.

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ronaldredito July 1, 2010 at 6:57 am

Anyone will love it here in Boracay. Except that we have a stupid president.

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Premkhatri1 July 28, 2010 at 5:46 pm

I've had the pleasure of visiting Boracay last month and I absolutely loved it and would recommend it to any type of beach lover! It's an amazing experience that makes you feel like your on tropical paradise with the best possible service.
To see pictures and reviews of my trip, please visit bookbeach.ca

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DJ Mixer September 6, 2010 at 5:45 am

yes. Great beach photos. Would love to spend some time there. thanks.

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there’ll be no person on earth who wouldn’t love boracay.. been there

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great bora guide!

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denver attractions January 12, 2011 at 1:01 pm

The Envy room is exclusively for use by over 23′s and offers more classic tracks, and disco and party anthems. Liquid has an urban room dedicated exclusively to urban music, which is available every night the club is open. This all adds up to an unrivaled clubbing experience.

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philippine property for sale January 21, 2011 at 6:08 am

I never had the chance to spend some time in such a place like this, now as what i’ve seen and heard about the place i really want to go there… Thanks for sharing this post… :D

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Travelingpants1 January 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm

hi all…i recently spent a month in palawan. i went on a camping expedition and we were on a different island every night. i am a 52 year old woman and i went over there by myself. i had the time of my life and felt very safe, even when i was strolling around downtown manila. you are right about the beaches. they are second to none and the filipinos are the nicest people i have ever met. boracay is next on my list of philippine destinations. i will definitly go back, and i wouldn’t trade that trip for anything.

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Dave January 24, 2011 at 5:15 am

Thanks for sharing your experience!

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flymyself December 27, 2011 at 11:43 am

Very detailed ! thanks for the sharing! I can go back to Boracay again and again and again…it’s way too beautiful !

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AVI March 13, 2012 at 11:49 pm

THANK YOU. I’M GOING FOR SURE ;)

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Macko March 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I have wanted to visist Boracay for a while now, and may just bte the bullet this summer. I am looking for somewhere beautiful and fun at the same time. I usually holiday in Thailand and Vietnam.

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Pnaybabe August 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I went there for the first time and stayed at red coconut in station 2. The weather was nice and sunny and picture perfect. We love the eateries and d*mall. Night life was super fun, live music, buffet by the beach and clubbing!
Planning for another trip with my husband next summer. Might bring a foreign GF too.

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