[Updated: 8 April 2019] With Boracay reopening 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, it’s 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 20 exhilarating experiences that will make your Boracay honeymoon truly unforgettable.
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. Live the high life at the exclusive, 5-star Under The Stars Luxury Apartments
Perfect for groups up to 6 pax, Under The Stars Luxury Apartments provide possibly the largest apartments in the entire Boracay island. With four luxuriously-furnished 500 metre-square apartments equipped with an Italian-designed Noblessa kitchen, including state-of-the-art German-designed Gaggenau appliances and a DeLonghi coffee machine, coupled with a cozy cinema room, remote controlled curtains with a magnificent view of Tambisaan Beach, and hi-speed Wi-Fi, you can certainly spend your entire Boracay holiday at the apartment!
We especially loved the open concept of the kitchen – preparing home-cooked breakfast each day was the highlight of our trip, plus we had the trusty dishwasher to help clean the dishes.
The huge outdoor balcony offers a wondrous view of the azure ocean each morning and a majestic sunset prior to nightfall. Furthermore, Under The Stars Luxury Apartments boasts a penthouse suite with a sliding ceiling for your own private stargazing. It’s like the apartment version of a convertible! This idyllic atmosphere is ideal for those craving for tranquility, or for couples wanting to spend a nice, quiet romantic time together.
On top of their extraordinary architecture, the resort manager, Wesley, and driver Jhon went above and beyond for us, making our stay a thoroughly enjoyable one. We highly recommend staying here, especially if you come in a group or a family. If you end up falling in love with the property, you can even buy it as your holiday or retirement home!
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2. 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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3. 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.
Villa Caemilla Beach Boutique Hotel
Station 3, Angol, Barangay Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island, Malay Aklan 5608, Philippines
[email protected] | +63917 526-9449, +6336 288-3354, +6336 288-3106
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4. 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.
Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa
Barangay Yapak, Yapak, 5608 Boracay, Philippines
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!
Mandala Spa & Resort Villas
(+63 36) 288 5858 or (+63 917) 634 8430
Station 3, Barangay Manoc-Manoc Boracay Island Malay Aklan, Philippines 5608
20 Exhilarating Experiences you can only get from a Honeymoon in Boracay
1. Jump off a cliff into clear blue waters at Ariel’s Point
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.
2. 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
3. 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.
4. 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
5. 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
Address: El Centro Resort, Boracay Island
Tel. No.: (036)288-9239
Monday to Sunday 10:00am – 11:00pm
6. 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!
7. 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)
Operating Hours: 5.30pm – 11pm
(63 36) 288 4988 ext. 6479
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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)
Tel: +63 36 2886014
Daily: 24 Hours
15. 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?
16. 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..
17. 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.
18. 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?
19. 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!
20. 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
Tel: +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!
+63 36 288 2350
Diniwid Beach Boracay Island Aklan, Malay, Philippines 5608
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.
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!
1. First, fill in the search form with your destination, date, and number of passengers.
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.
2. Use their calendar/chart view to find the cheapest travel dates
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!
3. If your travel dates are fixed, hit the “Get Price Alert” feature to be notified when your flight price changes
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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