One of the most beautiful places I've ever been to: Boracay, in the Philippines.
This was our second stop of our October trip; we'd planned to go for a while but never thought this trip would come so soon!

Boracay had long been on my 'must-visit' list. It's on so many lists for 'top beaches in the world' - and for good reason as it's stunning.
If you're thinking white beaches, tropical blue seas, and island vibes, I totally recommend a visit to Boracay.
It's become far more touristy in recent years, and for that reason, it's seen as a bit of a party island, compared to its sister island of Palawan. Still, that's not what we went for, and we still had an amazing time, so it's definitely doable if you want something more chilled or perhaps a couples trip.

Where we stayed

We stayed at Fairways and Bluewater Newcoast Boracay, located on the north-eastern part of the island. Safe to say, it was a dream.
Honestly, I can't recommend it enough. 
It's the largest plot of land on the island - bigger than the Shangri-La - consisting of a huge golf course, several pools (including an infinity pool), a private beach, free transfers to the tourist centre of the island, and several on-site restaurants.
The staff were really kind and SO helpful, the rooms were spacious, clean and comfy, and we got it for under £400 for 6 nights for both of us, which we thought was pretty good, considering we paid around the same price for less time and fewer faculties in Mykonos!

How to get there

To get to Boracay, there are two airports you can fly into from Manila's domestic airport terminal.
For a cheaper option, but a longer journey, choose Kalibo airport. This is the option we went for! We paid around £30 return from Manila, and the flight took around an hour. However, once at Kalibo, we had to drive 3 hours on a coach to Caticlan, to then board the boat to Boracay.
For the more expensive option, with a shorter journey, choose Caticlan airport. When we looked, return flights from Manila were around £120, but then the port is right by the airport, eliminating that long coach journey.

(NB. I'd advise against travelling with Air Asia - they messed up our return flight causing us to miss our two connecting flights, and pay £600 each to get home with no help from them!)

We paid for a connection from the airport that included return coach fares, return boat fares and return shuttles to and from the hotel on Boracay, and you can do this at the airport!
The boat ride wasn't great as it was pretty bumpy and the journey there was completely in the dark; however it took only about 10 minutes!

The island is divided into stations 1, 2 and 3. We stayed mostly around station 2, as that was where our shuttle dropped us off, and it's where D'Mall, the main shopping centre, is located.
From here you can walk up and down the beach to explore the other stations, but it tends to be where most of the bars and restaurants are!

Things to do in Boracay

While the island is small, and most people go to relax and unwind, there are things to take advantage of on this beautiful island.
  • Visit the beautiful beaches of White Beach, Diniwid Beach, and Bulabog Beach
  • Go snorkelling in the sea
  • Take a trip to Mount Luho view point for views over the whole island
  • Have cocktails/dinner on the beach
  • Visit D'Mall for all those shopping/souvenir needs
  • Play a round of golf at Fairways and Bluewater Newcoast
  • Go banana boating/jet skiing 
  • Take a boat tour around the island - there were so many places to do this from White Beach

Where to eat and drink in Boracay

  • Aplaya Beach Bar - Italian food
  • Epic Bar and Beach Club - for amazing cocktails
  • Lemoni Cafe - for something a bit healthier
  • Crazy Crepes in D'Mall
  • Manana Mexican - honestly some of the best Mexican food I've ever had
  • Any smoothie stand where they use fresh fruit from the island - the mango ones are particularly good
  • Most places have Filipino options if you want to try local food - I loved the Chicken Adobo!

I really can't recommend this place enough.
To be able to be on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world is just the best feeling.
It's still not super touristy, and feels deserted enough if you're looking for an island getaway far away. The locals are really friendly and the cost of living really isn't that expensive.
I think most people think Boracay is a pricey place to go to; but really it can be quite affordable considering how far away it is from the UK.
The Philippines is one of the most beautiful countries I've been to - if I can, I'm going back!

M x

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