5 Must-Dos When Visiting Boracay, Philippines

What do we love about Boracay, Philippines? Everything! From powdery, white sand beaches to delicious international cuisine, this party island paradise is a must-see destination for all adventurous travelers and beach connoisseurs. Located in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines, Boracay (pronounced “burr-rock-eye”) is just a short flight + boat ride from Manila. So pack your bag, hop on the next plane, and take our list of must-dos to enjoy Boracay! We bet you’ll agree the island is absolute perfection.

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1.) Island hopping

A visit to Boracay is not complete without discovering other islands and beautiful beaches close by. It’s easy and affordable to hire a Paraw, a local boat to take you on a private or group tour. Check out Laurel Island and Crocodile Island (no crocs here, the island gets its name because it’s shaped like one) for diving and snorkeling, as well as secluded and incredible beaches like Puka Beach and Tambisaan Beach. After a day of exploring the azure waters and picturesque beaches, you’ll sail back to watch the most stunning sunset.

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2.) Get a massage

Hilot, Thai, Swedish, or Shiatsu? Getting a massage in Boracay is relaxing and inexpensive. (Around P350/$7.50 USD for an hour!) Unwind and do your body good by getting a beach-side massage. Try the Hilot, a traditional healing Filipino massage. You won’t regret treating yourself!

3.) Party

Happy hours, tasty local beer, clubs, fire dancers, live music on the beach, DJ’s spinning beats until the wee hours of the morning, Boracay is the place to let loose and have fun day or night. Some of the most popular spots to hang at late night include: Guilly’s Island, Sand Bar, and Cocomangas.

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4.) Eat

If you’re a foodie and enjoy flavors from around the world, then you’ve come to the right place. In the mood for local Filipino cuisine or do you fancy Italian, Thai, Chinese? If you’re craving it, you’ll find it walking along White Beach and D’Mall. Don’t leave Boracay without tasting the following: Lechon (suckling pig) a local delicacy, the legendary calamansi muffin from Real Coffee for a breakfast treat, and fresh seafood from the famous D’ Talipapa wet market or at one of the all-you-can-eat seafood buffet dinners.

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5.) Stay at Villa Caemilla Beach Boutique Hotel

This beach boutique hotel located on White Beach near Station Three, is perfectly located. Just a short walk from party central and D’Mall, Villa Caemilla’s spot allows for an intimate and romantic experience. Being close to the action, yet far away enough to sleep peacefully through the night, you can enjoy the best of both worlds! The hotel team is friendly and helpful and will go out of their way to assist with questions or local activities you’d like to try. There is a variety of rooms to choose from too, all with great WiFi and all comfortable with modern decor. Villa Caemilla’s restaurant has a nice selection of comfort cuisine and service is wonderful. Try their refreshing and delicious pineapple mint juice, or one of their fabulous cocktails and be sure to watch the sunset from the bar, restaurant or private beach with camera in tow! Be prepared to shed a few tears on your departure, the experience is all too lovely to leave! villacaemilla.com

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