Boracay (yes I took this picture myself!) is considered one of the world’s top destinations for tropical white sand beaches and is comparable to destinations such as the Carribean and the South Pacific. Boracay is a tiny little island in the Philippines, one of 7000 islands i the Philippines. It is not a very large island… It is 7km long and 1km at its narrowest. Boracay is mainly famous for its long stretch of pure white sand beach and beautiful azure and tropical blue water. One of my friends who visited Boracay said it was the most beautiful beach she had ever seen (mind you, she had not been to the Maldives yet so perhaps if she saw that she would change your mind… I wouldn’t know because I have never been there myself.. it’s on the travel bucket list though!), so of course I had to check it out.
As many of you know, I’m not one to travel frivolously. I enjoy staying in $6 a night accommodation (for example, in Chang Mai, that’s exactly what I did). This time though, I was a little more upscale than that.
Boracay is pretty expensive to be honest… a lot of the accommodation was similar in pricing to Hawaii. There are a lot of international tourists from Russia, Korea, Taiwan, and China.
Here are a few ways to save when heading to Boracay for its white sand beaches.
Getting to Boracay, I went through Caticlan airport via Cebu Pacific Air, which is a discounted airline and it is part of the One World group now. Arriving at Caticlan airport, you take a ferry to Boracay, then a tricycle (motorbike attached to a side-car, pretty much) to your hotel. The whole trip after the the airport cost about 600 pesos (about $15) for two people. The hotel you book with may charge you 1000 pesos per person, or if you book directly at the airport, it will be 600 pesos per person. The cheapest way (as per usual) is to DIY and seek transportation yourself. Be wary of porters who help you carry your luggage only a few meters, they may demand a tip. Continue Reading