When I thought of having a double birthday celebration with my sister, I first thought of going to Boracay. Maybe because my sister has been wanting to go there for the longest time or maybe because I badly want to see the newly renovated island.
I first came to Boracay Island last 2017. Since that year, a bunch of changes has already happened in this paradise. Last April 26, 2018, Boracay Island was set to close by the government for six months for rehabilitation. And softly reopened last October of 2018, a lot of changes and rules have already been implemented.
Right now, Boracay Island has been named as the best island in Asia. And with this being said, it continuously maintained its spot as one of the most visited places by tourists of different nationalities around the world.
As I went back to this beautiful island, I continue to wander and see what this island has to offer. And now, not going alone but with my younger sister, my cousin, and Aldrin. So for this blog, I will not be talking about an ultimate guide or itinerary about Boracay Island. But this would be more of a guide on the Instagram-worthy spots that you can find on this island. 🙂
So I listed down below tips and five of the most Instagram-worthy spots of my recent Boracay trip. Don’t forget to share this with your family and friends, and enjoy!
GETTING TO BORACAY ISLAND
Boracay Island can be reached through two airports from Cebu and Manila. First is the Kalibo International Airport and the second one which is the Caticlan Airport. If you’re flying from an international flight, you might want to try searching for Kalibo since I heard from my friends that there are direct flights from other countries already connecting to Kalibo.
Kalibo International Airport has cheaper rates for Boracay when it comes to flight bookings. But the thing is, it would still take 2 hours for you to get to Boracay Island with this option. On the other hand, Caticlan Airport is just 15 minutes away from Caticlan Jetty Port. Flights to Caticlan can get expensive so be sure to look out for promos!
First things first, to reach Mad Monkey Hostel, you would need to get to Boracay Island itself and start through Caticlan Jetty Port.
Kalibo International Airport to Caticlan Jetty Port
- From Kalibo International Airport, look for a van outside the airport heading to Caticlan Jetty Port. Fare is around Php 200.00 (Be sure to ask before hopping in)
Caticlan Airport to Caticlan Jetty Port
- Upon arriving at Caticlan Airport, get out of the building and be sure to walk past the vans. Find tricycles waiting for passengers and tell them to take you to Caticlan Jetty Port.
Fare would be Php 75.00 if you’re alone and Php 50.00 per person if you’re traveling in pair. Take note that each tricycle can only accommodate a maximum of two people. Travel time: 5-10 minutes.
Caticlan Jetty Port to Boracay Island
- Once you arrived at Caticlan Jetty Port, look for the Registration Area and fall in line. You’ll then be asked to write down the guests’ name including yours on the logbook which will be used to monitor the number of tourists visiting Boracay.
- Proceed then to the Verification Area. Present proof of where you’re staying at or hotel booking. Take note that if you’re spending more than one day on the island, booking would be a MUST.
- Proceed to the payment windows and pay the fees. Before you can enter Boracay Island, you’ll need to settle all of these fees at once but with different receipts. There are two types of boats that you can choose from. See the options below.
Terminal fee – Php 100
Environmental fee – Php 75.00
Boat fare: Pump boats at Php 30.00 or Oyster Ferry at Php75.00
- Enter the port building. Go through a security check and proceed to the Passenger Waiting Area and wait for boarding.
- Time for boarding! Find your boat and queue up. Travel time would be around 10 to 15 minutes only.
- Look for a tricycle and tell the driver you’re heading to where you’re staying at. Fare would be Php 150 to Php 200 in total.
INSTAGRAMMABLE GUIDE IN BORACAY ISLAND
1.) Mad Monkey Hostel Boracay
Let’s start with accommodation. Hotels in Boracay can get very expensive and not, depending on where you’re staying at. But If you’re looking for a place that offers good value for money, I would highly suggest Mad Monkey Hostel.
When Boracay reopened in 2018, only accredited hotels by the Department of Tourism were allowed to continue its operation, and Mad Monkey Hostel surely made it!
Mad Monkey Hostel Boracay opened last 2016 on this beautiful island. Known to have a very lively crowd of backpackers all over the world, Mad Monkey surely received a lot of good feedback from those who have stayed here. With this, Mad Monkey Hostel was then called, “The Ultimate Party Hostel in Boracay“.
One of the famous activities which Mad Monkey Hostel is also known for is their Boat Party. Mad Monkey’s boat party happens every Saturday and Tuesday for Php 2,000 per person. This includes unlimited booze, cliff jumping, and a sunset boat party on a place that is secluded only for Mad Monkey. Perhaps if you’re also traveling alone and would want to meet new friends, this would be perfect for you! 🙂
Room Rates: Starts at Php 500
Location: Bulabog Beach Road, Balabag, Boracay, 5608 Aklan, Philippines|
Read the full blog here: Boracay’s Ultimate Party Hostel: Mad Monkey Hostel Boracay
2.) Station X
Boracay Island is known to have three stations; Station 1, Station 2, and Station 3. So if you’re wondering if I typed Station X wrong, I did not. 🙂
When I first visited Boracay Island last 2016, there were already a lot of Instagram-worthy places that one can visit and even I did. So when I planned on celebrating my 23rd birthday on this island, I did my research again on spots where I could take Instagram-worthy photos again. Then I found Station X.
Station X is said to be one of the paradise’s game-changer and is located on the lively grounds of Hue Hotels and Resorts. It gathers a lot of special crops of homegrown restaurants, and commercial choices under one roof. And aside from just dining in any of the wide options of restaurants rolled out on the grounds of Station X, you could also rent a daybed around the pool area so you could maximize how Instagrammable this place is!
I must say that you should not miss this place! The ambiance here is very good and very relaxing given that it’s kinda away from the crowd. Plus the foods that you could find here are so good as well!
Daybed Rental: Php 1,200 (Php 1,000 consumable of foods and drinks + Php 200 for towels)
Location: Boracay Tambisaan Jetty Port Rd, Malay, Aklan, Philippines
Read the full blog here: A day spent in Station X: Is it worth it?
3.) The Sunny Side Cafe
If you’re looking for a good breakfast with a great view, you must check out The Sunny Side Cafe. The Sunny Side Cafe serves contemporary all-day breakfast fare and is the only restaurant on the island serving specialty coffee.
One good thing that I loved about this place was its location. There might be many restaurants in Boracay that you could enjoy breakfast but this place is just so special. I must say that I enjoyed my coffee and our breakfast here with a calm view of the beach by the early morning.
Their foods are just so good too! From the coffee, the pancakes, baked mac, and cheese, everything was superb and very Instagrammable! 10/10
TIP: The Sunny Side Cafe is not that near Station 2. Start and walk early from where you’re at if you want the best seat as this place can get crowdy.
Price Range: Php 250 to Php 350 per meal
Location: Station 3, White Beach Path, Malay, Aklan, Philippines
4.) The White Beach
Of course, the famous white beach could not be forgotten. Located from Stations 1 to 3, you could really enjoy the long beach shore this island has to offer. But, there’s a but! I would suggest planning your trip ahead of time since you could not enjoy how good the beach is if the weather is not good. (If you’re like me who minds about the photos haha)
The white beach has a long stretch of palm trees! So you really have a lot of options where to take a shot! Also, the beach at the early morning would be good.
Don’t miss out the Sunset!
The White Beach also has the best sunset I have ever seen yet! So go ahead in any of the stations across the white beach and find a spot to see the sunset.
5.) Puka Beach
Another beach aside from the famous white beach is Puka Beach. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a laid-back vibe and a peaceful, then you might want to consider this one.
Puka Beach can get far from the center where civilizations happen. Be prepared for around 15 to 20 minutes drive if you’re planning to go here. In Puka, you won’t find any fancy hotels and luxurious restaurants that are clearly visible in the center. But most likely good affordable mini-stores, karinderyas, and souvenir shops only. The ambiance here is very relaxing and you could really have the beach to yourself.
Honestly, we didn’t take many photos at Puka Beach since we let go of our gadgets when we were here (the effect of how good the beach is).
No entrance fee.
Fare: Ranges from Php 150 to Php 200
Location: Malay, Aklan, Philippines
Aside from these places that I have mentioned, you could still find many good and Instagram-worthy establishments on the Island. You could also leave your suggestions in the comment box below if there are still places that you would want me and some of our readers to see.
Let us help maintain Boracay clean and do our part. Take nothing but pictures and memories! 🙂
Other good to know information about the new rules implemented in Boracay
- Drinking and smoking are prohibited on the beach. There are designated areas for smoking already.
- Umbrellas and beach chairs are banned on the beach.
- Harsh fines are imposed for littering of any kind.
- All pets are banned.
- The casinos were closed, and gambling is no longer permitted on the island.
- Single-use plastics (including cups and drinking straws) are banned.