BORACAY. THINGS TO DO.

BORACAY. THINGS TO DO.

Boracay is the world-famous tourist hot spot destination. it is known for its idyllic combination of sun, sand, sea, and a fantastic nightlife scene for your holiday. It has a long stretch of beach that spans three stations. It has white sand, deep blue-green water, has over 300 resorts and hotels ranging from budget to upscale.

Boracay then was called a Paradise. It was peaceful, it wasn’t as loud as it was when it became the number one tourist spot in the Philippines. It was abundant with fish, seashells and wild weeds, horses running by the beach, fruitbats blanketing the island, and many other priceless scenes. There were more foreigners than Filipinos, and visitors would camp out, light a bonfire, and sing songs under the night sky. It was indescribable, full of charm and magic.

Rosi Ross What to do in Boracay

Rosi Ross What to do in Boracay

Rosi Ross What to do in Boracay

Rosi Ross What to do in Boracay

It was then that the government agencies have recommended the Boracay’s closure ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte after it was outraged by environmental violations. It was shut down for six months in order to clean it up after concerns that rapid development and pollution was threatening its idyllic shores.

Boracay now has finally reopened (soft opening in October 2018) and as expected, Stricker policies are now in place to ensure more sustainable tourism for the Island. They are now rounded up by the Do’s and Don’ts, which you will need to keep in mind when planning a visit to the new Boracay

 

Do’s and Don’ts.

  • Book your stay in an accredited Hotels, in advance to ensure you’ll be allowed to enter the island. You will need to present a booking confirmation to be allowed entry to the island, so be sure to bring it with you.
  • No smoking and drinking on the beach – there will be designated areas where you can do it, but there’s no room for cigarette butts, plastic cups, or shattered beer glass on the white beach.
  • LaBoracay NoMore! – now officially banned in the Island. No louder music and rave parties. It was a tradition that people no longer experience. As a tourist, it will give you the chance to really enjoy nature and peace.
  • Limited Water Activities – parasailing, paraw-sailing, the use of jetski, wakeboard, banana boat, fly fish and stand paddle board can still be enjoyed.
  • No more dining by the beach – stroll the beach without any obstruction. You can still enjoy the view though at any of the District Boracay’s restaurant – star lounge, the plenary, and house brew – all of which face the beach.
  • No lights on the beach, no sand castle making, No souvenir shops, and hawkers (you can still have them in the designated area), No Fire dancing, no casinos, and no gambling.

 

 

 

How to get there:

  • Get a flight from NAIA Manila to Kalibo or Caticlan
  • Get a flight from Kalibo, Aklan or Caticlan. Caticlan is closer, but most flights here are fewer and more expensive.
  • Most recommended is to get a flight from Kalibo and hop on a 2-hour drive ride via Bus or Van to Caticlan, where passenger boats to Boracay are available daily from 4:00 AM until 10:00 PM.
  • Whether you go by plane or by boat, you will pass through a small town of Malay on the mainland of Panay Island.
  • A tricycle and a boat for two people from Caticlan Airport to the Boracay Jetty and from Caticlan Jetty to Boracay is a total of  370 including taxes and Terminal fees for tourists. ( approximately 500 – 600 and you will be at your destination)
  • The same goes from Kalibo International Airport.

 

Bakhawan Eco-park and Research Centre

Bakhawan Eco-park is located in barangay new Buswang in Kalibo, Aklan. It’s one of the protective natural resources. Planted by Mother Nature and carefully maintained by humans, this expansive mangrove forest effectively acts as a barrier to protect the shoreline from storm surges, erosion and floods. It’s a must visit place in Aklan with 220 hectares of Mangrove Forest through the 1 km boardwalk. (30 minutes walk along the park). Learn the importance of mangrove and its product.

It’s a research center and well established since 1990. A great place for relaxation, meditation, and for picnics at the end of the Bakhawan point – near the beach!

How to get there:

  • From Kalibo town, you can take a 15 minutes ride to Mangrove forest for 40 Php special ride.
  • It’s open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
  • Haggle with the tricycle drivers for a good price of fare or you can walk from the center if you are into sports!
  • Other things worth checking in Kalibo are the weaving industry, Tigayon Hill and Caves, the modern provincial capital, the museum, and the Cathedral.

Things to try:

  • Eating Tamilok or woodworm – a natural aphrodisiac that tastes and feels like mussels with a wood taste. Harvested fresh, and served with “kilawin” style with vinegar.
  • Entrance for General Admission: 150 Php (roughly $3)
  • For Locals (Aklanons): 100 Php
  • Senior Citizen: 80 Php
  • Students: 50 Php
  • Kayaking – Single: 250 Php
  • Kayaking – Double: 350 Php

 

Sampaguita Gardens

Sampaguita Gardens Resort, Inc. or simply called as Sampaguita gardens. A 2.6-hectare resort located at New Washington, Aklan. It’s 15 minutes away from Kalibo Airport or 30 minutes away from Kalibo town proper. It’s known the destination where it feels like Christmas the whole year round.

How to get there:

  • The entrance is 50 Php consumable which you can buy coffee or ice cream with it.
  • From Caticlan, ride a Van to Kalibo – (estimated cost is 100 – 200 Php, 2 hours) and from Kalibo Airport, get a Multi-cab (15 to 25 Php for 15 minutes) or a tricycle ( 15 – 25 Php for 1 hour) going to new Washington.

Sampaguita Gardens Sampaguita Gardens Resort, Inc. or simply called as Sampaguita gardens. A 2.6-hectare resort located at New Washington, Aklan. It’s 15 minutes away from Kalibo Airport or 30 minutes away from Kalibo town proper. It’s known the destination where it feels like Christmas the whole year round. How to get there: The entrance is 50 Php consumable which you can buy coffee or ice cream with it. From Caticlan, ride a Van to Kalibo - (estimated cost is 100 - 200 Php, 2 hours) and from Kalibo Airport, get a Multi-cab (15 to 25 Php for 15 minutes) or a tricycle ( 15 - 25 Php for 1 hour) going to new Washington.

Sampaguita Gardens Sampaguita Gardens Resort, Inc. or simply called as Sampaguita gardens. A 2.6-hectare resort located at New Washington, Aklan. It’s 15 minutes away from Kalibo Airport or 30 minutes away from Kalibo town proper. It’s known the destination where it feels like Christmas the whole year round. How to get there: The entrance is 50 Php consumable which you can buy coffee or ice cream with it. From Caticlan, ride a Van to Kalibo - (estimated cost is 100 - 200 Php, 2 hours) and from Kalibo Airport, get a Multi-cab (15 to 25 Php for 15 minutes) or a tricycle ( 15 - 25 Php for 1 hour) going to new Washington.

Sampaguita Gardens Sampaguita Gardens Resort, Inc. or simply called as Sampaguita gardens. A 2.6-hectare resort located at New Washington, Aklan. It’s 15 minutes away from Kalibo Airport or 30 minutes away from Kalibo town proper. It’s known the destination where it feels like Christmas the whole year round. How to get there: The entrance is 50 Php consumable which you can buy coffee or ice cream with it. From Caticlan, ride a Van to Kalibo - (estimated cost is 100 - 200 Php, 2 hours) and from Kalibo Airport, get a Multi-cab (15 to 25 Php for 15 minutes) or a tricycle ( 15 - 25 Php for 1 hour) going to new Washington.

BORACAY

Boracay White Beach is divided into three sections: Station 1, 2 and 3. You won’t notice any separation of the stations so its best to think of them as the north, middle and south. The best station though will depend on your preference and budget.

Station 1. Luxury and Space – High

It is the home of the luxurious beach resorts. It’s also the home of Willys Rock, one of Boracay’s famous visual landmarks. The beach is wider compared to the other stations. It’s more quiet, cozy and serene area.

Station 2. The Epicenter – Medium

It is the center of Boracay and the home of a lot of mid-range accommodation and some nightlife and restaurants. It is the area which has a lot of people, especially during sunsets. Also, its the area with the most beautiful shallow water and its a 10-minute walk from the famous D’Mall, close to D’talipapa (local fish market) and CityMall.

Station 3. Peace and Nature – Low

This is the home for a lot of budget and backpacker hotels. This looks similar to station 2, close to many Boracay’s restaurants and nightlife venues. It has a lot of green nature which makes it look more peaceful than the other stations.

 

 

Rosi Ross What to do in Boracay

Rosi Ross What to do in Boracay

Rosi Ross What to do in Boracay

 

Palassa Private Residences in Boracay Island

Palassa is located in station 2, Bulabog Beach, Barangay Balabag owned by Antonio Gelito San Jose JR. Bulabog Beach is a haven for people looking for a more tranquil and peaceful stay in Boracay Island. This part of Boracay island is a haven for Kite Boarders and Kite Surfers. It is a luxurious beachfront property located on the east side, opposite of the white beach. It offers its own beachfront restaurant and spa, with highly qualified personnel available around the clock.

How to get there:

  • Travel time from Kalibo Airport to Caticlan Jetty Port is 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Travel time from Caticlan Jetty Port to Cagban Port is 10 minutes
  • Travel time from Cagban Port to Palassa Private Residences is 20 minutes

Travel Time (CATICLAN):

  • Travel time from Caticlan Airport to Caticlan Jetty Port is 10 minutes
  • Travel time from Caticlan Jetty Port to Cagban Port is 10 minutes
  • Travel time from Cagban Port to Palassa Private Residences is 20 minutes

 

Rosi Ross What to do in Boracay

Rosi Ross What to do in Boracay

Rosi Ross What to do in Boracay

Rosi Ross What to do in Boracay

Rosi Ross What to do in Boracay

Rosi Ross What to do in Boracay

Rosi Ross What to do in Boracay

 

There are still a lot of things to do in Boracay despite the recent rehabilitation which turns stricter policy. It’s actually getting better and nicer! More peaceful! The Island is the more picturesque gateway for honeymooners, a bucket list destination for kite surfers and a dream come true for everyone in between.

 

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