Information about White Beach Boracay
Boracay is a small island in the Visayas region, a central part of the Philippines. It boasts of the 4-kilometer White Beach made up of powdery, white sand, and postcard-perfect views, earning it the accolade of being the best beach in the world for many years. It is the Philippines’ foremost tourist attraction, a tropical paradise enjoyed by crowds, and a kitesurfing haven for water sports enthusiasts.
The World-Famous Beach
Palm-fringed and dotted by restaurants, bars, and hotels, Boracay’s White Beach is its main draw, attracting both locals and tourists from all over the world. The sand is immaculately white, the waters are flat and crystal-clear, and the sunsets are beautiful. Visitors can rent outrigger boats called paraw for an hour to sail around the waters while watching the sunset.
One of the most distinct and most-photographed landmarks on the island is Willy’s Rock, a rocky outcrop just right in front of White Beach with a statue of the Virgin Mary. The east coast of the island is where Bulabog Beach is. It draws sports enthusiasts from all over the world as its strong winds are perfect for kitesurfing and other water sports. Kitesurfing schools dot this beach and welcome both beginners and professional athletes, especially during world competitions held here.
Boracay is also famous for its nightlife and party scene. The island is home to many local pubs, reggae bars, and beach clubs that provides world-class entertainment for guests. The recent rehabilitation efforts of the government have set new rules to ensure the ecological and environmental sustainability of the island, like no drinking and smoking on the beach, no loud and huge parties, and regulated hotel operations.
How to Get There
Being a prime, and arguably the most popular, tourist destination in the Philippines, Boracay has become very accessible to local and international tourists alike. One can reach this idyllic island and its gorgeous White Beach by air, sea, and a combination of land and sea travel. The best entry point is Caticlan, with flights coming in from Manila, Clark, Cebu, and Davao. From the Caticlan airport, it only takes a short 10- to 15-minute shuttle or tricycle ride to Caticlan Jetty Port, where pumpboats await for your short ferry ride to Cagban Jetty Port in Boracay Island. One can also take flights to Kalibo Airport in Aklan — cheaper than those landing at Caticlan — but it takes 2 hours to get from Kalibo to Caticlan.
Those coming from Manila and Southern Luzon can reach Boracay by a 9-hour ferry ride from Batangas Pier. Land travel from Manila to Batangas Pier takes about 1.5 hours. Several bus companies also offer a Manila-Caticlan route through a Roll-On/Roll-Off (RORO) vessel. Same travel instructions apply once visitors arrive at the Caticlan Jetty Port.
From Cagban Jetty Port, you will then ride a tricycle or your hotel’s van to White Beach or wherever you want to be dropped off at the island.
Best Time to Visit
Boracay is jam-packed with visitors during the country’s hottest months from March to May. It comes with no surprise because an island getaway is perfect with completely sunny days, a sparkling White Beach, calm waters, and devoid of any disturbances such as heavy rains — chances are, flights and ferry rides to Boracay get cancelled when skies are pouring and waves are rough.
If you don’t mind the crowds, holidays such as Christmas, New Year, Chinese New Year, and Holy Week are also a fun time to be in Boracay with its numerous activities and events. However, fares and hotel prices see a significant surge during these times.
The one advantage of visiting Boracay Island during the low season, from August to October, is that almost everything is less — fares, hotel rates, and crowds.
Can I just go anytime to White Beach?The immaculate White Beach can be freely enjoyed by anyone throughout the day. But getting to Boracay Island itself already requires visitors to present a printed reservation confirmation from a Department of Tourism (DOT)-accredited hotel or resort. This forms part of the new regulations set by the local government and tourism office following the island’s rehabilitation program in 2018.
Can I drink and smoke on White Beach?Drinking alcoholic beverages by the beach, whether at White Beach or any of the other beaches around the island, has been prohibited. Visitors can only drink alcohol inside restaurants, bars, and accommodations (depending on the hotel or resort policy).
Smoking on the beach is also strictly prohibited. There are designated smoking areas around, but best to do it inside restaurant and hotel premises (in accordance with their policies).
What activities can I do on White Beach?There is no shortage of wonderful sights and enjoyable activities at White Beach. One can choose to simply lay a beach mat or towel in White Beach’s ultra-fine and powdery sands, and sunbathe the day away. For those who want some action, there is a myriad of Water Sports Activities that can be done here, from jet ski, stand up paddleboarding, snorking, and scuba diving. Fun group activities such as banana boat ride, fly fishing, and parasailing are also best enjoyed at White Beach.
The 4-km shoreline of White Beach is dotted with restaurants, bars, cafes, and hotels so visitors almost have an unlimited amount of dining and entertainment options.
White Beach is where every visitor should be towards the end of the day to witness the most majestic sunset that is beyond comparison anywhere else in the country. Perfectly-shaped golden ball goes down the horizon and the skies burst into a mixture of jaw-dropping colors.
Where should I stay at White Beach?Boracay Island, especially the part by the White Beach stretch, is divided into three “stations” that each offer a distinct atmosphere and experience. Station 1 is quieter and sees lesser crowds, particularly because most hotels and resorts here are the prime, top-class, and exclusive ones.
Station 2 is regarded as the heart of White Beach. Apart from its central location, this area also has the most number of restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, and other commercial establishments. This is where D’Mall is situated, the island’s most popular shopping and leisure center. If you want to be in the middle of the island’s action, then choose to stay here.
Station 3 also has a quiet atmosphere and most of the establishments here still feature a more native and rustic style. Most of them are cheaper than those in the first two stations. Towards the end of this station, though, one can already find posh villas and expansive resorts.
Where you choose to stay at White Beach depends on the ambience you prefer and the budget you have.