Boracay is one of the most visited islands in the Philippines. It is often included in the list of most beautiful islands or beaches in the world. Boracay is a small island but packed with many beaches and things to do. To help you plan your trip, we’ve created this Boracay Travel itinerary for 2 – 5 days. You can adjust this according to your preferences and duration of your stay.
I lived in Boracay for a year so I made sure to include some local travel tips below. Make sure to read further and let me know if you’ve tried them!Angie
Boracay Travel Itinerary : Day 1
Arrival and Beach Exploration
- Book your Caticlan Airport to Boracay island transfers in advance here.
- Arrive in Boracay and check into your accommodation.
- Head straight to White Beach, the most famous beach on the island.
- Spend some time exploring the beach, taking in the beautiful views, and relaxing on the powdery white sand.
- Visit Sunny Side Cafe in Station 2 (local travel tip) for a late brunch or your afternoon drinks. Make sure to get to the 2nd floor for the best view of the beach area.
- Try out some water activities like paddleboarding, kayaking, or jet-skiing. These activities are available to book in advance.
- In the evening, go on a Paraw Sunset Sailing to have one of the most memorable experiences in Boracay.
White Beach is approximately 4km of white fine sand and crystal blue water that made Boracay popular. You can spend your day just lounging, sunbathing and people watching here.
Paraw sailing is native-style outrigger sailing boat that runs on wind power. It’s perfect during sunset and seeing the view of Boracay from the waters.
Boracay Travel Itinerary: Day 2
Island Hopping Adventure
- Start the day early and join an island hopping tour. This tour can be booked in advanced here.
- The company will provide you with snorkeling gears. Make sure to have sunscreen.
- Visit nearby islands and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters.
- Some popular spots to explore during the tour include Puka Shell Beach, Crystal Cove Island, and Magic Island.
- Enjoy a beachside lunch during the tour. This is a buffet lunch provided for the tour group.
- Return to Boracay in the afternoon and take some time to relax at your accommodation.
- Make sure to get out for sunset and proceed to Station 1 area of White beach (local travel tip) and choose amongst the many beach bars to sit down and watch the sunset.
Boracay Travel Itinerary : Day 3
Local Island Tour and Beach Hopping by E-trike
- Get the local e-trike to bring you around the island of Boracay with stops in some of the best spots on the island. You can book your e-trike driver in advance here. Cost is around Php300 to Php350 per hour. You can also purchase this Boracay Travel Pass which will give you access to many activities and transfers on the island.
- Visit the Boracay’s Mangrove Sanctuary.
- Head to Bulabog Beach to witness windsurfers and kiteboarders in action.
- Stop by Mount Luho’s viewpoint area to see a bird’s eye view of the island.
- Proceed to “Cujo’s Keyhole” and stop by Ilig-iligan beach. You can stop by the beach for refreshments and for a swim.
- For your sunset session, proceed to White Beach Station 3 this time at Cafe Maruja (local travel tip) for some nice drinks.
- End the day with a relaxing beachfront dinner at any of the beachfront restaurants.
Boracay Travel Itinerary: Day 4
Water Sports and Excursions
- If you have an extra day, you can indulge in more water sports like helmet diving, parasailing, or flyboarding. Rates are cheaper to book online and they will arrange everything for you.
- If you are into scuba diving or freediving, you can find these dive shops along the beach too. Try Watercolors Boracay Dive Resort (local travel tip) and see their options.
- You can also try kiteboarding with a trainer for a few hours if you want to feel and see if you enjoy this sport. There are many kiteboarding shops along Bulabog road so you can ask their offers there.
- Alternatively, consider taking a day trip to Ariel’s Point, a popular cliff-diving spot with stunning surroundings.
- For sunset time, consider leaving White Beach area for Diniwid Beach. Take an e-trike and get them to bring you to Dinibeach Bar (local travel tip). This a hidden spot with amazing cocktails and food.
Boracay Travel Itinerary : Day 5
Final Beach day and Departure
- Spend your last day on the island at your leisure. Personally, I’d wake up early and walk along White Beach without the tourists and enjoy the calmness of the beach.
- Purchase souvenirs and gifts for friends and family at D’Mall area.
- Depart from Boracay. Arrange your Boracay departure transfers here.
- This itinerary is flexible and can be adjusted based on your preferences and the duration of your stay.
- Boracay offers various water sports, activities, and attractions, so feel free to customize the itinerary to suit your interests.
- Remember to take care of the environment and respect local rules and regulations during your visit.
Boracay Travel Itinerary Map
Best Places to Stay in Boracay
Luxury Stay in Boracay
The Lind Boracay
The Lind Boracay is a 5-star hotel located at the end of Station 1. It is one of the top beachfront Boracay hotels with state of the art facilities and services. It has 119 rooms and suites overlooking a beautiful and natural garden view and seaview which is perfect for sunset gazing. Check here for rates and reviews.
Mid-range Stay in Boracay
Hennan Crystal Sands
Henann Crystal Sands Resort offers a modern coastal hotel vibe with its luxurious style and up-to-date facilities. It is located in the popular part of Station 2 and features 188 rooms and suites, two swimming pools, a sky pool, and a world-class restaurant. Check here for rates and reviews.
Budget Stay in Boracay
Cocoloco Beach Resort
Cocoloco Beach resort is located in Boracay’s Station 3 and offers simple and comfortable accommodation. It boats a beachfront restaurant and bar. Their rooms are simply furnished but provides all the necessary amenities. Check here for rates and reviews.
Whether you have 2, 3, 4, or 5 days, Boracay promises a fantastic experience filled with beautiful beaches, thrilling activities, and memorable moments. Enjoy your time in this tropical paradise!
Hope we helped you plan your perfect trip to Boracay. Have you ever been to Boracay? Let us know what we’ve missed!
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|GO AROUND PHILIPPINES USEFUL TIPS AND LINKS|
|BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS|
To travel around the Philippines, there are 3 local commercial airlines. Cebu Pacific Air, AirAsia and Philippine Airlines. Smaller airlines called AirSwift (El Nido, Boracay) and Royal Air also fly to limited destinations. Book your local flights here.
For international flights, I found Kiwi and Trip.com have cheaper flight options to the Philippines.
|BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION|
There are many choices of hotels, hostels, apartments and guesthouses to stay in the Philippines. Book through AGODA for the cheapest options and Booking.com. I also use Hotelscombined to see all prices from different websites to choose from.
|BOOK YOUR BUS/FERRY/VAN/CAR|
The Philippines can be difficult to go around because many buses, ferries and even private vehicles are offline. The best websites to book them are through Bookaway.com and 12GoAsia – they have many partners in different destinations and you can purchase tickets online.
Car rentals are also available for you to choose from here.
|BOOK YOUR PACKAGE TOURS|
If you don’t know where to go and just want a hassle free trip to the Philippines, you can find package trips to different destinations with Klook – I recommend them for local tours and activities or Get Your Guide.
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Angie is a travel consultant and blogger who has started by writing her travel memoirs on her blog and then got published on international travel sites. She’s now focused on creating in-depth travel itinerary and articles about planning trips to the Philippines.