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Boracay has voted the best beach in Asia twice the 7th best beach in the world and included in the top 100 best beaches in the world, and that’s to just name a few of its awards so of course when planning my Backpacking trip to the Philippines, one week in Boracay was a must! I loved my time there and this is how I spent my week in Boracay!
Update 2019: Although Boracay has negative press recently after closing for a few months of 2018, now that Boracay is open again for tourism it seems that the island will remain looked after and clean so I believe that Boracay is still one of the best places to visit in the Philippines!
Boracay isn’t the easiest place to get to and I wondered a few times what is the best way to get to Boracay? Boracay is a tiny island and doesn’t have an airport, therefore you have to fly into Caticlan airport which is on the tip of the bigger island below Boracay and then get a short transfer from the airport to the pier and then a boat to Boracay OR if you’re a budget traveller like me you’ll have to fly into Kalibo airport, this airport is 2 hours South of Caticlan and because of this the flights are so cheaper.
To see how I got between the island see – Getting from El Nido to Boracay and vice versa in the Philippines!!
Once you arrive in Boracay heading to its famous White Beach is naturally what you’ll do. This beach is a 4km stretch of gorgeous white sand and is split into 3 section’s station 1,2 and 3.. easy!
I stayed at Frendz Hostel Boracay and paid 700 peso/ £10.00 a night for for a dorm room. The hostel has a bar, a really great atmosphere and its in a great location in station 2, I would 100% recommend staying here in Boracay for one of the best hostels in Boracay.
When we arrived we were greeted with cloudy skies and this continued for the next 3 days (!!) however we were still completely overwhelmed by how gorgeous the beach was even when it was cloudy.. and coming from a sun lover like myself that definitely says something about Boracay!
To be honest, I didn’t have too many prior expectations and thoughts on what the island would be like, I’d seen photos of the white sandy beach and the gorgeous blue water but i wasn’t sure how built up it would be. On our way to the hostel we started off by seeing a McDonald’s which really surprised me, then we walked out onto the beach and saw a Starbucks, a TGI Fridays and a Subway all on the little pathway behind the palm trees that line the beach and although it surprised me initially i didn’t actually mind.. I guess I knew that I wasn’t going to an isolated, off the beaten track island so I wasn’t too bothered to see these chains which give holiday makers some westernised ‘comforts’.
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My one week in Boracay Backpacking the Philippines was filled with relaxing on the beach all day mainly in station 2, catching the famous Boracay sunset at the end of the day and then heading back to the hostel to get ready to go out because Boracay definitely likes to party, it has a good nightlife, and it definitely likes its Rum, and when Rum is nearly as cheap as water then who can resist!
We used to drink at our hostel bar- Frendz Resort first where the drinks were super cheap- 60 peso/ £0.85 for a rum and coke or beer and then head out onto the beach. The bars don’t actually go onto the beach which I guess helps keep it so clean but instead we used to sit around outside the bars, meeting people and drinking rum and then have a dance at the end the night. The best Bars and Clubs for backpackers on Boracay are Exit, Coco Mangas, Epic and Sumerplace.
The sun finally came out on our last 2 days in Boracay and it made it even more gorgeous!! To celebrate I decided I would finally tick paddle boarding off of my bucket list, this is something i had wanted to try for ages and is a popular thing to do in Boracay! I really loved it and will definitely do it again!!
Overall I loved Boracay, there are lots of activities you can do- kite surfing, boat trips etc but we were happy just to relax on our one week in Boracay as these were the last few days of my trip and I can confidently say that i will be heading back to Boracay in the future!
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