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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 1 week in Boracay.
1 Week in Boracay
How to get to Boracay Island.
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.
To save time and stress, you can book a private transfer from Caticlan Airport to Boracay online here!
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!
Things To Do in Boracay
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!
There are lots of adrenaline-filled activities you can do in Boracay like:
- Diving with an Underwater Helmet
- Island Hopping Boat Tours with Water Sports
- Island and Beach Hopping Tours with Snorkelling
- Inflatable Banana Boat Rides
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 holidaymakers some westernised ‘comforts’.
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!
Nightlife in Boracay
We used to drink at our hostel bar- Frendz Resort first where the drinks were super cheap 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.
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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 paddleboarding 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!!
For accommodation in Boracay have a look on Booking.com. I use this site to book all of my hotels and I often find some great places!
- Make sure you also check out:
- 5 Places in the Philippines You Need to Visit!
- Island Hopping in Port Barton Tour!
- Getting from El Nido to Boracay and vice versa in the Philippines!!