Boracay – Paradise Island

Boracay, world-renowned for its powdery, talcum-fine white sand, palm-fringed shores and scenic crystal blue seascape, remains one of the flag beach destinations of the Philippines. Boracay attracts people from all walks of life- the adventurers, the party-goers, the solo travelers, backpackers and families with kids in tow mainly because it offers something for everyone – and that includes the little ones. It is popularly known for its touristy and beach party vibe, but there are hotels and accommodations in Boracay that are located away from the beach crowd for those who just want a quieter ambiance.

You’ll never run out of enjoyable activities like cliff-diving, parasailing, scuba-diving, island-hopping and zip-lining for the adventurous tourists. You can do practically every activity you can think of doing on a beach and did I mention mermaid-swimming? It’s all that and more. If you bring your kids with you, there are malls, restaurants, hotels and guesthouse accommodations that can meet your needs as a traveling family. White Beach, the main beach, has the finest sand. It is divided into 3 stations- Station 1, Station 2 and Station 3. Stations 1 and 2 are lined with bars and restaurants that turn the tranquil scenery into a beach party scene at night. Station 3 is recommended for family-friendly vacations, as it is located at the tranquil, quiet end of the beach. How to Get There? The best and fastest way to get there from Manila is by plane. Take the 45-minute flight to either Kalibo Airport or Caticlan Airport from Manila. Kalibo is a popular jump-off since the fare tends to be much cheaper than the airfare going to Caticlan. From Kalibo Airport, you can either get on a two-hour trip via bus (200 pesos) or van going to Caticlan Jetty Port. If you’re coming from Caticlan Airport, it would be just a 10-minute walk to Caticlan Jetty Port or you can ride a tricycle going there. Either way, you’ll end up at Caticlan Jetty Port, where a ferry ride (25 pesos ferry fare + 75 pesos environmental fee + 100 pesos terminal fee) will take you to Cagban or Tambisaan Port. From there, tricycles can take you to your hotel. If you’re headed to White Beach, tricycle fare is 100 pesos for 4 to 6 persons.

How Much It Costs? There are a lot of Boracay packages that offer all-in features that include two-way airfare,3 days- two nights’ accommodation, bus/van transfers, with free meals or beach activities thrown in for as low as approximately 5000 pesos to 8000 pesos per person in a standard 2-star or 3 –star hotel accommodation. Otherwise, if you plan a DIY tour itinerary, you can get budget guesthouse accommodations for your family for as low as 1000 per night or less at accommodations a few minutes’ walk away from the beachfront in off-peak season. The months from June to October 31 are considered the low season. Don’t worry about the weather – the weather is unpredictable and you can always check the weather forecast if a thunderstorm is coming. Peak season starts in November onwards. Expect the prices to go up a little higher then.

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