With Boracay reopening in late 2018 following a huge cleanup, plus an opportunity to participate in the annual Boracay Open beach ultimate frisbee tournament (a thoroughly enjoyable one for ultimate lovers might we add), we just had to head down to the world-famous island for our 4th visit. Our first three visits to Boracay were simply amazing – not only does summer never end here, but it’s also beautiful and laden with breathtaking experiences. Do note that you are now required to present hotel reservations from Department of Tourism-accredited hotels. You can find the list here.
Voted one of the best islands in the world at Conde Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards, Boracay is truly a paradise on Earth. With pristine white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and palm trees swaying in the background, it’s no surprise to find love flocking to this island of wonder. We discovered several new gems on our latest Boracay trip that we would love to share with you, so here are 19 exhilarating experiences that will make your Boracay honeymoon truly unforgettable. [Updated: 8 April 2019]
Before we get started on the things to do, here are our recommendations on the best places to stay at in Boracay!
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Best Places to Stay in Boracay:
1. Savour a tropical oasis at Belmont Hotel Boracay
Tucked away in the serene Newcoast district, Belmont Hotel Boracay beckons as the quintessential retreat where you can savor the beauty of nature in perfect tranquility. It is strategically located apart from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist strip, yet not too far from must-visit places like the famous D’Mall and the iconic White Beach.
A beachfront bliss
Turning our attention to the beach, Belmont Hotel Boracay is truly a paradise for beach lovers because aside from giving the guests exclusive access to a dedicated section of the Newcoast’s private beach, the hotel is also surrounded by various pristine beaches in the neighborhood such as the Lapuz Lapuz Beach (250 meters away), Secret Beach (650 meters away), Ilig Iligan Beach (900 meters away) and the Diniwid Beach (1.5 kilometers away). The best part is you even have a higher chance of enjoying a breathtaking sunrise over the ocean here as Belmont is also eastern-facing. Indeed the perfect spot for creating a romantic and awe-inspiring atmosphere with your loved ones!
In Belmont, not only the beautiful nature is IG-worthy as the hotel itself boasts an elegant design with impressive aesthetics, all while ensuring the utmost comfort for its guests. There are 442 rooms, including six specially designed for differently-abled individuals, to choose from and many of them come adorned with private balconies or terraces, offering captivating vistas of the sea or the mountain.
With its luxurious accommodation options and modern amenities such as an easily accessible swimming pool, a well-equipped fitness center, a warm spa with experienced therapists, and even a fun playroom, an enjoyable stay for all ages is guaranteed.
A Culinary Reverie
For foodies, Belmont Hotel Boracay can also take you on a gastronomic adventure with its diverse dining options. The Belmont Café promises an all-day dining experience, while the Newcoast Beach Bar and the Zabana Pool Bar stand ready to refresh your senses. If the mood strikes for an intimate dining affair within the confines of your cozy abode, in-room dining delivers vibrant cuisine right to your doorstep. But wait, there’s more! If you wish to level up your dining experience, La Meza with allow you to enjoy a private and romantic dinner by the beach. It will truly be a delightful memory during your trip!
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|📍Newcoast Drive, Boracay Newcoast|
Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island,
Malay, Aklan, Philippines
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2. Luxuriate in your own private paradise at Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa
Nestled in a sheltered bay along Boracay’s pristine northern coastline, Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa provides seclusion and luxury living. Boasting one of the world’s best hospitality services, your honeymoon stay in Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa will certainly be an unforgettable one. Be sure to revitalise and rejuvenate your body at CHI, The Spa.
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📍 Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa
Barangay Yapak, Yapak, 5608 Boracay, Philippines
3. Enjoy a serene sunset in your own secret garden at Asya Premier Suites Boracay
The sunset view of Boracay from the private veranda of Asya Premier Suites is absolutely breathtaking.
Asya Premier Suites, a private beachfront luxury resort located in Station 3 overlooks the ocean and the beautiful fine white sand beach that the island has been known for.
Its architecture complements mother nature as it flows organically with the island’s natural curves. All interiors celebrate nature with the abundant use of wood, stone and local weaves, giving the property an understated elegance and zen atmosphere.
When it comes to food, Palay Restaurant, deemed one of Philippines’s Best Restaurants by Asia Tatler Dining offers scrumptious famous Filipino cuisine and international staples in generous portions. Guest can choose to dine in or dine al fresco with the calming sound of waves as background music. The Filipino breakfast of Boracay Chorizo is a must try! When the sun sets and cocktail hour arrives, head on to Adlaw Bar and enjoy happy hour of drinks and tapas from 3pm to 10pm. Perfect for those who’d like a more laid-back and relaxed drinking sessions.
Room tips: For honeymooners, we highly recommend staying in either Presidential Suites room 2001, or 1001, which are situated at the corners of the resort nearest to the beach. Room 2001 overlooks the entire White Beach, which makes up for an incredible view, while room 1001 features an ocean view on both sides. Either suite will allow you to spend uninterrupted quality time with your partner while soaking in the intimate dipping pool set in your very own secret garden.
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4. Relax and unwind at the boutique beachfront Villa Caemilla
In a quiet nook at the end of the famous White Beach at Station 3, you’ll find the welcoming facade of Villa Caemilla Beach Boutique Hotel which gives out a homey vibe. Being a beachfront property, the location is ideal for travelers seeking a respite from city life or couples who love to a pleasant, serene stay. Winner of the World Luxury Hotel Awards, the decor of Villa Caemilla radiates local island vibes amidst a chic contemporary style, and the front-facing rooms open up to a full-length balcony where you can marvel at the pristine waters of the Boracay beach.
When you’ve worked up an appetite at the beach, you can re-energize at Villa Caemilla’s in-house restaurant where they serve a wide variety of international cuisines. Instead of the usual indoor dining, the boutique hotel lays out a sumptuous feast al fresco along the shore. Just imagine sinking your teeth into perfectly grilled seafood and juicy barbecued meats with sand between your toes and the pleasant sound of waves in the background. Very satisfying! Not to forget the ultimate relaxation experience at the Bella Isa Spa, where you can pamper your body with a spa treatment of a lifetime.
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Villa Caemilla Beach Boutique Hotel
📍 Station 3, Angol, Barangay Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island, Malay Aklan 5608, Philippines
📞 +63917 526-9449, +6336 288-3354, +6336 288-3106
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5. Experience the wonders of a luxury spa in a jungle oasis at Mandala Spa & Resorts
Enjoy being pampered on your Boracay honeymoon from head to toe at Mandala Spa and Resort Villas. Nominated as Asia’s Best Wellness Retreat, Mandala is the place for you to seek out true luxury and wellness. Enjoy day spas, nail spa, detox, healing arts and go all zen with yoga. We suggest that you make reservations prior to your arrival as the exclusive resort has limited daily slots available. Do check out their happy hour spa deals too!
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Mandala Spa & Resort Villas
📍 Station 3, Barangay Manoc-Manoc Boracay Island Malay Aklan, Philippines 5608
📞 (+63 36) 288 5858 or (+63 917) 634 8430
Recommended Travel Agency in Boracay
Experience the best of paradise with Boracay Adventures
When you are in the enchanting paradise of Boracay, there is no better way to elevate your honeymoon than by choosing Boracay Adventures as your trusted travel agency. They are not just any tour operator, but your ultimate passport to unlocking the full spectrum of Boracay’s wonders and adventures.
As their name suggests, Boracay Adventures offers an array of thrilling experiences for your Boracay honeymoon. From island-hopping escapades to heart-pounding sea sports like UFO and Banana Boat rides, parasailing, and jet skiing, they have every adventure seeker covered. They even have scuba diving and aquanaut helmet diving experiences if you want to see the underwater world with your own eyes! But of course, romance is key to every honeymoon, so nothing quite compares to the magic of their Paraw sailing boats at sunset. Picture yourself and your partner sailing on the endless blue sea towards Boracay’s famed sunsets – it is the epitome of romance.
And while it is true that you could explore these activities by chatting with pop-up vendors along the beach, there is an unbeatable peace of mind that comes with booking through a trusted agency. Boracay Adventures is your one-stop shop for all your travel needs, making sure you get the best bang for your buck without sacrificing safety, comfort, or fun. They have the kindest tour guides and staff, which made them win the coveted No. 1 Travellers’ Choice award from TripAdvisor International. Plus, with over 30 years of management know-how under their belts, you can trust that they really know how to make your honeymoon in Boracay as fuss-free as possible.
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|📍 2nd Floor Sunflower Resort, Brgy. Balagbag, Boracay Island Highway Malay, Aklan, PH 5608|
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19 Exhilarating Experiences you can only get from a Honeymoon in Boracay
1. Sip on expertly crafted cocktails at Prisma poolside bar
We had to bump this newly discovered gem of a cocktail bar up to #2. Prisma, a modern tropical bar, is the sister bar of Manila’s ABV – voted #14 Best Bar in Asia 2016. With artisan cocktails as cheap as PHP 80 (that’s approximately S$2!) during happy hour from 11am-6pm, this should definitely be on your bucket list if you are a cocktail lover. Fresh fruits, specially made bitters and premium liquor make up each unique concoction, guaranteed to tantalize your tastebuds. If I recall correctly, you’ll have to spend PHP 1,200 on drinks in order to use the jacuzzi pool bar, which could be worth it. Highly recommending Prisma, having bought approximately 20 cocktails on our last visit. With drinks like as Instagrammable as this (see below), who wouldn’t?!
📍 Station X, Hue Hotels and Resorts Boracay, Station 2, Main Road, Boracay Island
2. Island hop to the best beaches in the world
A Boracay honeymoon is incomplete without an island hopping tour. Crocodile Island, Puka Beach, and Diniwid Beach make up an exciting island hopping adventure, with a delicious grilled lunch included. Fret not, Crocodile Island does not have crocodiles lurking around, the island’s simply shaped like a crocodile. Other beautiful beaches include White Beach, which is the main beach of Boracay which you’ll hardly miss, as well as Bulabog Beach for kitesurfing and windsurfing, and Tambisaan Beach for snorkeling with its abundance of marine life.
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3. Feast on a sumptuous brunch at Sunny Side Cafe
If you are a fan of coffee and brunch, you will be happy to know that one restaurant meets your addiction. As the only restaurant on the island serving specialty coffee roasted by The EDSA Beverage Group, it makes for a complete breakfast. Famous dishes include the Bacon & Mango Grilled Cheese Sandwich, The Sunny Side Cafe Choriburger, Espresso-Caramel Pancakes, and Avocado-Bacon Smash, all of which are perfect for any time of the day. Food is good, really good!
The Sunny Side Cafe
📍 Station 3 Beachfront, Boracay Sands Hotel
Operating Hours: 7:00am to 7:00pm
4. Taste the amazing sizzling sisig at Gerry’s Grill
Serving mouth-watering Filipino dishes such as the Sizzling Sisig and Inihaw na Pusit (grilled squid), Gerry’s Grill Boracay is ideal for any meal of the day. Aside from the delicious sisig and grilled squid, we found the Adobong Puso rice, crab rice, and sizzling Bangus Ala Pobre (fish) to be particularly appetizing as well.
Gerry’s Boracay 2
📍 El Centro Resort, Boracay Island
Monday to Sunday 10:00am – 11:00pm
5. Chill out over famous fruit shakes at Jonah’s
There is no better way to shake off the heat with a smooth mango milkshake. Being labeled as the “best fruit shake in Boracay”, Jonah’s is a must try. There are lots of interesting combinations such as Avocado Papaya, Banana Mocha Peanut, Melon Pineapple, and even Mango Rum or Banana Rum. Gotta try the alcoholic ones!
6. Dine amidst the treetops at Rima Restaurant in Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa
Seek out inspired flavours of the world and Italian favourites at Rima restaurant, where you dine in the treetops overlooking beautiful Boracay. Do note that dress code here is resort chic. After dinner, retreat back into your luxurious hideaway.
📍 Rima Barangay Yapak, Yapak, 5608 Boracay, Philippines (Hillside along the Tree House Villas)
📞 (63 36) 288 4988 ext. 6479
Operating Hours: 5.30pm – 11pm
7. Sail out into the romantic sunset on a Paraw
There is no better way to celebrate your newly-wedding status than to catch a spectacular sunset on a Paraw. A must-do for any Boracay honeymoon! We did this thrice already; the sunset views are amazing every single time.
8. Party all night long at Epic or Summer Place
Every night in Boracay is Saturday night. Along Boracay’s White Beach, you can find no shortage of exciting clubs, bars, and lounges for you to chill or go wild. Music, booze, and live bands live on this island. Check out Epic or Summer Place, the better-known clubs on Boracay island.
9. Feast over fresh seafood at D’Talipapa
Here at D’Talipapa, not only do you get to taste the fresh seafood experience, your bargaining skills will also be put to the test. First, buy your raw seafood from the market, then find a restaurant to whip up a nice dish with it. Be wary that some stallholders will quote exorbitant prices, so make sure to be firm on reducing the prices.
10. Soar through the air like an eagle on a Zipline at Fairways and Bluewater Resort
Fairways and Bluewater Resort is the biggest resort on the island with endless options for leisure. Here, you can try the horizontal zipline that will have you flying through the skies like Superman. You can choose to go down solo or together on two separate lines or in tandem.
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Fairways & Bluewater Newcoast Boracay
📍 Bo. Yapak, Brgy. Balabag, Newcoast Boracay, Malay, Aklan, 5608 Philippines
📞 +63 36 288 5587 | +63 917 808 9645
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11. Ride a horse into the evening sunset on a private beach
During our stay at Fairways and Bluewater Resort, we definitely weren’t going to miss out on horseriding. It is suitable even for beginners as you will have an instructor guiding the horse as you ride it. The ride around the compound and up some hills was a pretty awesome experience.
12. Roll around in a zorb ball
Brace yourself for a bizarre experience at the Zorb Ball adventure at Fairways and Bluewater Resort. We didn’t try this, but it does seem pretty cool.
13. Shop for handicrafts and snacks at D’Mall
In Boracay, D’Mall is the usual hangout spot for everybody. Here there are many stalls for shopping, eateries for your tummies and a supermarket for you to grab goodies back to your hotel. For dinner, head over to Smoke Resto, a local Filipino eatery that you absolutely must check out in Boracay. It serves many local delights at great prices.
📍 Boracay Station 2 D’Mall (Near Andok’s)
📞 +63 36 2886014
Daily: 24 Hours
14. Loosen up with endless water activities – parasailing, kiteboarding, jet skiing, stand up paddling and canoeing
With tons of water activities just at your doorstep, your Boracay honeymoon will be nothing short of exciting. Parasailing and jet skiing were pretty enjoyable, but our banana boat experience was a bit of a letdown as it was too smooth-sailing. We were looking forward to getting thrown off! Or perhaps it was down to a choice of vendor?
15. Walk on the seabed with helmet diving for a unique Boracay honeymoon
Ever wonder what it’s like to walk on the ocean floor? Helmet diving allows you to climb down a ladder to the seabed (around 10 feet beneath the surface). Wearing the helmet allows you to breathe underwater and marvel at the colourful sea floor. Be surrounded by an abundance of tropical fish in the wonders of the ocean. Just be sure to double check the status of the marine life with the vendors. Last we went, we only spotted 3 Nemos.
16. Be part of the underwater world – snorkel and scuba dive in the best spots
For an abundance of marine life, check out Tambisaan Beach on the southeastern part of Boracay. For scuba diving spots, try Yapak 2 for white tip and grey reef sharks and schools of jacks, tuna and barracuda, Camia Wreck for a diverse marine life including a school of batfish, and Crocodile Island for schooling redtooth triggerfish, large groupers, and critters. For a list of dive centers, check out this list from PADI.
17. Be Ariel for a day at the Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy
At the Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy, you can join a mermaid swimming course under a professional teacher. It truly will be an experience of a lifetime, with tons of photo opportunities too! What’s not to love?
18. Get rugged and ride an ATV around the hills
Explore Boracay in a swanky ATV! At just a cheap fee starting P600 (S$17+), you get to ride an ATV around the island and even head up to some of the peaks for a nice aerial view.
March 2019 update: We aren’t sure if the ATVs are back at the new Boracay yet. Do share with us if you know!
19. Snack on calamansi muffins from Real Coffee and Tea Cafe
These legendary muffins are the real deal. Moist and sweet; they can literally take your breath away.
Real Coffee & Tea Cafe
📍 Boracay Station 2 2/F Sea World
📞 +63 36 2885340
Daily: 7am – 7pm
If you love your Boracay honeymoon, why stop there? The Philippines has some seriously beautiful destinations that we have experience in our past trips. Head over to El Nido, Palawan, and the neighbouring islands for more adventures!
Bidding farewell to some of Boracay’s attractions
1. Spider House, where lovely memories of the cliffside bar reside
Spider House was a bamboo treehouse restaurant situated just below Nami Resorts at Diniwid Beach. It boasts incredible local vibes and tourists over the years have flocked to Spider House just to jump on that raft floating in the middle of the sea. Tons of amazing memories were forged here. I’d argue it’s probably one of the most chilled places that we have been too. We’ll miss you very much Spider House!
📍 Diniwid Beach Boracay Island Aklan, Malay, Philippines 5608
📞 +63 36 288 2350
2. Ariel’s Point, where you can jump off a cliff into clear blue waters
Cliff diving is by far one of the most popular activities in Boracay. For PHP 2,800 (~S$72), you get a full day trip out to Ariels Point (boat ride included), where you can enjoy BBQ buffet lunch, free flow alcohol, snacks, and endless cliff jumping. Other activities include snorkeling and kayaking. There are different heights where you can jump from, the highest being 15 metres for the daredevils. We’d highly recommend if you have not cliff dive before. It’s quite an experience watching your friends take 20 minutes to jump, thinking that you got it covered, only to find it really high when you’re up there.. Visit their website for more info.
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How to get to Boracay from Singapore
The nearest two airports to Boracay would be Kalibo and Caticlan (nearer airport to Boracay). The flight duration from Singapore to Kalibo is 3 hours 45 minutes, and 6 hours 15 mins from Singapore to Caticlan.
From Kalibo, you will have to take a 2-hour journey on a bus/shuttle/minivan to the port of Caticlan before taken a ferry to Boracay Island. From Caticlan airport, you will take a 5-minute trike to the port before embarking on the ferry to Boracay Island.
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How to get the cheapest flights to Boracay
We used Skyscanner to get the cheapest flights to Boracay. As huge fans of the travel search engine, we never fail to find the cheapest travel dates with their price alerts and cheapest month function. It’s quick, comprehensive and best of all – free to use!
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Hit search, and let them feed you the best deals in as quick as 30 seconds! You can hit the checkbox “direct flights only” if you do not want any transit stops.
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This function is incredible. No longer do I need to toggle between the sites of different airlines just to find the best deals. Skyscanner has them all here listed for you (including budget airlines)! Sourcing and booking flights is so much easier now.
I managed to get a 7D6N round trip for just $144!
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This way you never miss out on a good flight deal! What are you waiting for, it’s time for your Boracay island adventure!
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