Borocay, Philippines – Travel Tips by Bucketlistpicks

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Enjoying the lovely beaches in Borocay, Philippines Photo Credits: Bucketlistpicks
Enjoying the lovely beaches in Borocay, Philippines Photo Credits: Bucketlistpicks

What type(s) of travellers would your recommendations for Borocay, Philippines suit?

My recommendations for Borocay, Philippines will suit solo travellers, adventure seekers and backpackers on a budget.

How many days would you recommend for one to spend in Borocay, Philippines?

3 days 2 nights.

What are the top tips you have for travellers heading to Borocay, Philippines?

1. Avoid the holiday seasons and book in advance!

White Beach at Borocay Photo Credits: Bucketlistpicks
White Beach at Borocay
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Address: Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines (View on Google Maps)

Dreaming of private, white sandy beaches? Sipping a coconut in peace? Then you might want to rethink your trip to Boracay. An island which once was remote is now home to reserved beach chairs and blasting music – including Joe Sixpack in his fluo yellow tank top. In addition, try to avoid your stay during Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year’s as Airbnb will be booked out! Nonetheless, the food, views and beaches are amazing, and as always, so are the local Filippino people!

2. Sign up for a dive tour or get a PADI certificate!

Diving in Borocay Photo Credits: Bucketlistpicks
Diving in Borocay
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Ready to find Nemo? Choose Borocay for your PADI open water certification and pay a relatively cheap price whilst enjoying the world’s most beautiful submarine life!

3. Fly in to Caticlan

Osyter Company Ferry Photo Credits: Bucketlistpicks
Osyter Company Ferry
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Little tip for those of you arriving by flight in Caticlan! Once you take your luggage off the belt you’ll be told that “everyone who’s going to Boracay must queue here for boat and tricycle combo ticket”. Don’t be a boob and fall for it unless you want to pay 3 times more than the correct price. Instead, arrange it all easily yourself by walking 200m to your right-hand side where you’ll find a very small tricycle stand. They provide both tickets for the tricycle and/or ferry. All-in to your ho(s)tel should cost you 350php/6USD instead of 1000php/16USD. This includes the ferry which is either 75php for an upscale boat whereas a pump boat leaves you at 25php. You’re welcome!

4. Eat at Cha Cha’s Boracay

I went to Cha Cha’s 3 days in a row, both during lunch AND dinner. Absolute winner! This isn’t a foodblog but – mamma mia – the menu at @chachasboracay had me on a one way ticket to heaven. Here’s some mouth-watering evidence.

Caramel cookie dough with whipped cream @ Cha Cha's Boracay Photo Credits: Bucketlistpicks
Caramel cookie dough with whipped cream @ Cha Cha’s Boracay
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Still wonder who looked more yummy that night – the caramel cookie dough with whipped cream or my Valentine’s date!

Parmesan garlic scallops @ Cha Cha's Boracay Photo Credits: Bucketlistpicks
Parmesan garlic scallops @ Cha Cha’s Boracay
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Best parmesan garlic scallops I ever tasted in my life.

Address: Malay, Aklan, Philippines (View on Google Maps)

Any recommendations on where to stay in  Borocay, Philippines?

Station 2 is a good location. My recommendation is a spacious studio apartment with central location that can be found on Airbnb – https://www.airbnb.ch/rooms/18205965?locale=de

When is a good time of the year to visit  Borocay, Philippines?

Not over Chinese New Year’s. Choose to go outside of the monsoon season, which runs from July to November. The summer runs from March until June, so your Borocay date can take place anywhere from December-February!

How should one get around in Borocay, Philippines?

Tricycle

What are the acceptable payment currencies and modes in Borocay, Philippines?

PHP

Any other tips/things to be aware of in Borocay, Philippines?

Boracay is more well-known and more touristic than other destinations in the Philippines – expect to see more tourists and pay more than elsewhere in the Philippines for about everything. But its all worth it!

Also, if you get your braids done by a lovely lady on the beach, don’t forget to put suncream onto your white skull or you will face a painfull, weirdly located sunburn.

How should one stay connected to the internet in  Borocay, Philippines?

Wifi. Or get a local SIM card for easy connection if you plan on staying longer than 1 week. A SIM card providing 4GB worth of data will cost you around 10USD and lasted me 3 full weeks of Instagram uploading, Google maps-ing and the like. You can find SIM card booths at either your airport exit or entrance.

Cost of Trip

Airfare – Manilla to Caticlan for  US$135

Food – US$15  in a nice restaurant

Tell us a bit about yourself

Belgian girl chasing sunsets and dreams. Here to help you make a travel bucketlist of a lifetime, including do’s and don’ts. Enjoy!

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