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Five Things Budget Travelers Should Know Before Going to Boracay

Updated on March 13, 2015

Boracay is now starting on its high tourist season. It starts this October and ends in May. Before you book that plane ticket to Caticlan or Kalibo, you better know what budget travelers need to know before going to Boracay.


Beach Island Destination

Boracay already earned its status as one of the best beach island destination in the world. True to its claim, all you can think of possible in a beach paradise is offered in Boracay.

Boracay, a 7-kilometer long island, is located in the northwestern tip of Panay Island, Philippines. Aside from its beach renowned for clear turquoise waters and powder white sand, it boasts of luxury hotels, restaurants offering local and international cuisines, land, water and air activities, and what it is famous for, "nightlife".

Enjoying this island destination need not break your bank. Here's a tip on how you can save a great deal but still feeling like a happy islander.

Things You Should Know

1. Low, High and Peak Season - Low and high season is determined by the wind direction blowing into the island.

Low Season - May to October, hot and humid weather, frequent heavy rainfall, lower prices on accommodation, cheaper plane fare

High Season - October to May, moderate temperatures and little or no rainfall, back to regular prices on accommodation


Peak Season - Christmas, New Year, Chinese New Year, Holy Week, 10 to 25% premium on accommodation

Despite low season providing you lower accommodation rates and cheaper plane fare, most of the tropical depressions occur during low season. If you plan your vacation during this time, make sure you provide leeway in your schedule in case your flight will be cancelled. Other than that, you can enjoy the island as much as you want.

To have a glimpse of Boracay Island during low tourist season, read Budget Travel To Boracay Island During Low Tourist Season.

Boracay Island Area Guide
Boracay Island Area Guide | Source

2. Location vs. Convenience - Most of the accommodation in Boracay are located in the White Beach area. This is a 4-kilometer stretch of beach and white sand lined with accommodations from 5-star hotels to the thrift lodging houses, restaurants and tourism-related business. The center of the action is at Station 2. Those in a really tight budget and don't mind walking, you can find accommodation at Station 3. But in case you are already enjoying the night and too tired to walk back home, you may consider a reasonably priced accommodation which some of the hotels at Station 2 provides.

D'Talipapa | Source

3. D'Talipapa food experience - For those travelers whose itinerary includes a gastronomic experience, dining at D'Talipapa should be a "must do". But be prepared to do the buying of ingredients and practicing your haggling skills. You get to buy fresh market produce and have it cooked the way you want it. This is at a price much cheaper than those fancy restaurant fronting the White Beach.

Getting to D'Talipapa is quite tricky. You have to go through an alleyway because it is in the middle of the Main Road and the White Beach in Station 2. There are signs to guide you. But in case you don't know where to go, the friendly locals are there to help you.


4. Never miss the Land Tour via tricycle - Tricycle is basically the main transportation around Boracay Island. If you don't mind the crowd or sharing your ride, you can get from point A to point B for only $0.6. But did you know that the driver's are also tourist guides? For a mere price of P200 ($5) you can have the tricycle to yourself and they will take you to the tourist spots around the island within two hours. This is the cheapest land tour you could ever avail off. The best point to start the tour is from Tambisaan Port, to Bulabog Beach and then around the rest of the area.

Most definitely they will take you to the Mt. Luho's viewpoint. Mount Luho is the highest peak in the island. For a fee of no more than $1.5 per person, you can see a breathtaking 360o view of Boracay from the top. Next on top of the list should be Puka Beach where there's no entrance fee and you can gather shells on the beach. For the rest of your time, you can inform the driver where to take you or you can ask for their suggestions. Be polite to turn them down. They are eager to offer them to you because they get commission when you avail of the activities.

Tricycle In Boracay
Tricycle In Boracay | Source

5. Book your water activities directly to the operators - Of course you can haggle with souvenirs, that's already given. But the ultimate test of your haggling skills is when you avail of the water activities like jet ski, island hopping, banana boat, fly fishing and many more water activities. There's nothing wrong with availing of these services from people who come up to you at the beach front. That's their source of living. But if you are still scouring for a few dollars to save on your trip, this one is for you.

The service providers for water activities are located at the Bulabog Beach. You go to them was walk-in and politely ask for a discount on a particular activity. Most of the time, in my experience, they will offer a bargain.

So I guess you are now excited to see the fire dancers. Better pack some vitamins and medicines to keep you going. Frequent weather fluctuation could strain you during the trip. Better be prepared.


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      boracay-beach 2 years ago

      Enjoyed reading your article. Coron was fun with the family if you enjoy a pristine environment, long boat rides and all day water sports. I find Boracay has many more fun things to do and everything in one place. A day at Arial's Point or a walk through the tropical forest on the main island would be as far as you would need to go. Baracay is close to Cebu and Manila, plus there's the international airport at Kalibo make it very convenient for international tourists. We have visited Palawan and Boracay at the end of the low season and we found the weather no problem, you tend to get wet playing in the sea or swimming pool. The restaurants, shops and amenities are covered. You will save US$30 a night and still having lots of fun between showers. Also, there are fewer tourists in the low season so you'll have better and more personal service, I find.

      I always take out travel insurance for all the family. Who cares if the plane is canceled when you have insurance? But the main reason is that "accidents happen" and you don't want to be waiting for someone to send you money if your life is on the line. It costs little for the piece of mind knowing that if your loved one is sick or injured and needs to be flown by helicopter urgently to Kalibo you can just do it.

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      anjperez 6 years ago

      most of the pictures were taken from my point and shoot camera. it would take me more convincing to go back there. it was a really nice place. but on top of my list is Palawan. i have already been to Puerto Princesa, but I want to go back for El Nido and Coron. if you love beach and snorkeling, these are must go to places.

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      Stephanie Das 6 years ago from Miami, US

      Sounds fun, have a great trip and post pictures so I can travel vicariously through you!

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      anjperez 6 years ago

      thanks hoteltravel! I have only started exploring the philippine islands last year (too late cos i am a local)and i am learning a great deal. with that, this year, i am planning to explore more. with these tips i might as well apply this to my "do it yourself travel adventure". and you are right, cos while i read also other blogs, the budget saving tips are somewhat similar. so this works! thanks for dropping by!

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      hoteltravel 6 years ago from Thailand

      Excellent tips. In fact, they are relevent to most tourist spots in the region. Thanks for sharing. Voting up!

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      anjperez 6 years ago

      thank you @stephaniedas for dropping by. whenever i start planning for a trip, i always squeeze on the budget first and set limits. you know what? starting with it in mind leads to countless opportunities. it's like "The Law Of Attraction" working. things present itself when you want it and really want it badly. This November i will be visiting Palawan and see the Underground River. This spot is a finalist for the New 7 Wonders of Nature. I will try to come up with the same thrifty ideas when I come back. thanks for dropping by and leaving your comment. (,")

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      Stephanie Das 6 years ago from Miami, US

      Your hubs about Boracay are cool...I have always been on the tightest budget while traveling and done everything I can to stretch my pennies. Nice job!

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      anjperez 6 years ago

      thanks @pinoyortiz for stopping by. ATV is a cooler and much trendier way to tour the island. but this is a little more expensive if you are group or a family. but hey, we are there to enjoy! then this is one of the must try in boracay.

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      pinoyortiz 6 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      People should also try riding the ATV (All terrain vehicle) around the island. It is a lot of fun :)

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      anjperez 6 years ago

      @gogogo, thank you for noticing my hub. boracay is a very nice place, the locals and foreigners just blend together. there's plenty of things to do and enjoy in boracay. glad your husband liked the place. (,")

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      anjperez 6 years ago

      @prasetio, thank you for visiting my hub. as i am also in a budget whenever i travel, i always look for very good deals. it's sometimes funny that, if i am in a really tight budget, there s always a way around it. but it only needs time and information. i will make a separate a hub about boracay so that you will know more about it.

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      gogogo 6 years ago

      interesting and useful article, thanks for sharing. I have never been to Boracay, but it is my husbands favorite place

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow... you have valuable information something we should know about manage budget before going to Boracay. My friend, actually I had never know about Boracay before. But thanks for writing and share this information with us. Vote up and useful. Cheers....



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