Boracay is located in the Philippines and is pretty much the Cancun of Asia. Spend your days lounging on the beach, sailing the sea, island hopping, paddle boarding, scuba diving, banana boat riding, ATV driving and ziplining… They’re just some of the top things to do on your Boracay honeymoon.
Majority of nationalities are able to obtain a free 30day visa upon arrival. Check here to see your countries visa requirements. Thirty days is great for those wanting a short holiday, however it wasn’t nearly enough time for our Philippines honeymoon. If you plan to stay longer than a month, definitely look into getting a 59-day tourist visa. You can obtain this directly from the embassy or online. If you don’t have time to organise this in advance, you can also extend your visa waiver from the immigration office in the Philippines.
How to get to Boracay?
There isn’t an airport on the actual island of Boracay, therefore you have to fly into either Caticlan or Kalibo airport, then catch a ferry across to beautiful Boracay. Flying into Caticlan is by far the easiest option for your Boracay honeymoon, however flights can get a bit pricey particularly in the peak season and over holiday periods. Find the best deal on your flights with Skyscanner, we snagged ours for $60 USD each from Manila to Caticlan.
12Go and Viator both offer great transfer options and transport to Boracay from Kalibo airport. If you’re flying into Caiticlan, I wouldn’t bother spending money on transfers, as you can walk from the airport to the Caticlan ferry terminal, it only takes 5 minutes and its FREE. Maybe you’re carrying too much stuff and can’t be bothered, book cheap transfer ahead of time.
Ferry from Manila
From Manila, travel approximately 2 hours to Batangus Pier. You can get a bus from the Jam terminal in Manila, they run very frequently and are super cheap ($3-5)! Make sure you book ahead for the 2GO ferry as it sells out on a regular basis. The journey by ferry takes around 10 hours you can choose a bed or a seat depending on your sailing from just $25 p/p. Check the current prices here!
Ferry to Boracay
Once you have arrived at Caticlan Ferry Terminal, you need to purchase 3 different tickets. Follow the numbered windows selling each ticket for the ferry, environmental fee and the terminal fee. All up it costs around 200 Php to get the ferry across to Boracay, you can buy your ticket online here. When you arrive on Boracay hail a trike to your accommodation, this costs around 100 Php if you’re staying in station 1/2/3 or Balabag Beach.
Boracay is a small island with some of the best beaches for honeymooning! If you’re looking for a private beach honeymoon, Punta Bunga Beach, Banyugan and Lapuz Lapuz Beach are secluded and exclusive for guests staying at the Shangri-La and Fairways and Bluewater Resort. White Beach is ideal for your Boracay honeymoon, try staying close to station 1, as vendors are forbidden to hassle you on the beach here. There is far less people in station 1, with much more privacy compared to station 2 and 3 on Boracay’s White Beach.
The incredible Discovery Shores and Sea Wind Resort are located in station 1 on Boracay’s White Beach, where you will see one of the best sunsets on the island! If you’re looking for adventure on your honeymoon at the beach, Balabag Beach offers kite surfing and White beach has all the water activities you can think of in station 2 & 3. Use this link for $20 AUD off your next hotel with booking.com. Airbnb is big on Boracay, and you can find some awesome apartments and houses for your Boracay honeymoon at super affordable prices. Follow this link for $35 free credit.
The Best Boracay Hotels of 2018
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Honeymoon on the beach at the Sea Wind Resort!
Hotel: Sea Wind Resort
Location: White beach, station 1
Price Range: Mid range
The Sea Wind Resort Boracay is one of the most romantic honeymoon beach destinations. We fell in love with this resort after visiting Boracay back in 2015 and watching the sun set over the famous White Beach. Wedding and honeymoon packages in Boracay can be quite expensive, however the Sea Wind Resort offers luxury at an affordable price. It has a modern, yet traditional Filipino feel with bamboo palapas, sand and palm trees scattered around the resort.
You have the option of swimming in the pool or dipping in the crystal clear sea out the front of the resort. The food is incredible here, with authentic international & Filipino chefs on site and buffet breakfast included with your stay. The Sea Wind offers free transfers to the resort from the Caticlan Ferry Terminal and airport, taking the hassle out of your Boracay honeymoon.
Honeymoon in Boracay at the Two Seasons Resort
Hotel: Two Seasons Resort Boracay
Location: White beach, station 1
Price Range: Mid range
Two Seasons Resort Boracay is one the best beach honeymoon spots on the island, with spectacular views of white beach and a great beach bar! We loved the food at the restaurant, as it provides both local and foreign delicacies with the most delicious mango shake we’ve ever had. It has a luxurious feel as you can jump right into the pool from your balcony. This is a modern resort on Boracay’s White Beach, with all the classy necessities and more at an affordable price!
Honeymoon beach vacations at Villa Caemilla Boutique Hotel
Price Range: Low range
Boracay and Villa Caemilla is perfect for couples who’re looking to escape to one of the best honeymoon destinations on a budget. If you’re looking for relaxed tropical vibes and great sunset happy hours away from the craziness of station 2, then Villa Caemilla in Station 3 is your perfect Boracay honeymoon villa! It’s close to the atmospheric, hopping bars and nightlife in station 2, and a little less commericalised than station 1 on white beach. The staff here are super friendly and will go out of their way to help you in whatever way possible. They have a great buy one get one happy hour special, with an incredible view over the angelic sea.
Honeymoon in Boracay, Philippines at the Fairways and Bluewater Newcoast
Hotel: Fairways and Bluewater Newcoast Boracay
Location: Lapuz Lapuz Beach, Yapak
Price Range: Low-mid range
The Fairways and Bluewater Newcoast resort is such good value for money and a really romantic place to stay in Boracay. You have access to your own private beach, Lapuz Lapus Beach, if sand and salt water isn’t your thing there’s 6 swimming pools to choose from in the resort. Perhaps you’d fancy a game of golf? There’s an on-site 18-hole golf course if you like playing with balls… golf balls that is. Its just a hop, skip and a jump away from Dmall & the main part of the island, with a free shuttle into town running every hour. The best honeymoon resort in Boracay has a jacuzzi with panoramic views of the island, an in house spa, sauna, steam room & gym. This is one of the best Boracay hotels for couples at such a great price point, it’s hard to pass up!
Boracay Honeymoon Hotel – Jay Jays
Hotel: Club Jay Jays
Location: White beach, station 1
Price Range: Budget
If you’re wondering where to stay in Boracay for couples who’re honeymooning on a budget, Jay Jays is a decent choice. It’s just back from White Beach and boasts an incredible view from the rooftop at sunset. Jay Jay’s is nothing fancy, but it does have a pool, spa and pool table. We recommend the family room especially if you’re on a budget as you have access to a kitchen. This saves you SO much money, as restaurants are pretty pricey on Boracay and there is so much fresh local produce around. We stayed here for a few nights with the wedding party and threw a party on the rooftop at sunset. The only downside is the amount of stairs you need to walk up, but hey at least your legs will be looking fabulous!
Boracay Honeymoon at the Nirvana Beach Resort
Hotel: Nirvana Beach Resort
Location: Balabag Beach/Station 2
Price Range: Budget
The Nirvana Beach Resort is a great option as your Boracay budget hotel for your Boracay Honeymoon. It’s located right on the cusp of Balabag Beach and Station 2, just back from Dmall and all the main bars and nightlife. It’s a quaint little hotel with a small pool and Filipino style bamboo huts. The staff are just lovely and can help with booking tours, day trips or transfers.
Honeymoon at the beach with Ambassador In Paradise
Hotel: Ambassador In Paradise
Location: Balabag Beach, station 1
Price Range: Low-mid range
Ambassador In Paradise is a quaint little Boracay honeymoon villa, the hotel is just far enough away from the chaos and right on the beautiful Balabag beach. They have a free shuttle running every hour into town which is handy if you don’t want to walk. If you’re looking for a romantic place to stay in Boracay, make sure you get the superior room with your own spa hot tub! This is a great deal for couples honeymooning on a budget, who still want to stay on the beach.
Discovery Shores Boracay
Hotel: Discovery Shores Boracay
Location: White beach, station 1
Price Range: Mid-High end
Discovery Shores is perhaps the best honeymoon hotel in Boracay, for couples wanting to stay on the famous White Beach. It’s a modern hotel that’s perfectly manicured and has an elegant restaurant with ocean views. It’s a 5 star hotel for a good reason, fresh decor, inviting pool with a sunken bar and incredible ocean views. If you’re on your Boracay Honeymoon, this is where you want to be!
Hotel: Shangri-la Resort
Location: Banyugan Beach, Yapak
Price Range: High end
If you’re wanting to self indulge and ‘treat your self’, stay here at the best honeymoon hotel in Boracay. The views at other Boracay hotels for couples, don’t even compare to the Shangri-La Resort! You want private? How about not one, but two private beaches to choose from, enclosed by rock formations and with viewing platforms! The most romantic place to stay in Boracay, boasts incredible beach views from everywhere in the hotel and that is exactly what you get here. If you’re looking to splurge and experience a secluded tropical oasis on the breathtaking Boracay Island for your romantic honeymoon at the beach, the Shangri-La Resort is for you!
My Boracay Guide
Boracay Nightlife and Bars
We’re both Australian, so it’s a given that we’d know the best bars on the island, after spending over a month here. There’s an abundance of bars sprawled over Boracay Island, but our favourites are the ones with the cheapest happy hour and best views! Follow our reccommendations for the best Boracay nightlife.
- Bom Bom Bar
Bom Bom Bar’s located in station 2 on White beach and has great live music daily! We met our wedding singer at this bar playing his own, original reggae music… They also have an awesome sunset happy hour with buy one get one beers and cocktails so if you’re wondering where to drink in Boracay head here to Bom Bom Bar!
- Kurt und Magz
Although Kurt und Magz is a German place, his wife is a local Filipino and they have the cheapest happy hour on Boracay! It’s located in Station 3 on White Beach. You can snag a cocktail for 45 Php and a beer for 35 Php. Beat that!
- Spider House
Spider House is one place you MUST visit on your Boracay Honeymoon. This bamboo bar is built into the jagged cliffs. Spend the afternoon jumping off the bar into the ocean and paddle boarding around the bay. It’s one of the most unique bars we’ve ever been to, with the best view on Boracay for sunset.
- Paradise Garden
Finally, Paradise Garden is another wicked place to drink and hangout on your Boracay honeymoon. They’ve got live music all night, our wedding singer Ragga Marv plays here and is always great entertainment. They even have fire dancers, pool tables and cocktails in buckets! Sunset Garden is where some of our best memories from Boracay are!
Best Boracay Restaurants
Boracay food prices can break your honeymoon budget if you’re not careful. Some Boracay restaurants are even more expensive than places back home in Australia. The cheap restaurants in Boracay are off the beach just down a side alleyway. If you want to save on eating costs, cook for yourself and buy local produce from the market near DMALL or check out the street vendors. Just beware the intestines look like chicken when its dark and you’ve had a couple cocktails…
- Smoke Resto
Smoke is by far one of the best cheap restaurants in Boracay with the most delicious food. It’s dubbed one of the best Boracay restaurants of 2018 and now has two locations both in Dmall. If you’re after authentic Filipino food, try the ‘bicol express’ (its spicy) or bangus (fish) and pair it with an amazing mango smoothie!
- Real Coffee and Tea Cafe
If you crave a real coffee or tea (none of this sweet stuff) this cafe is for you! Chow down a freshly baked Calamansi muffin or some eggs for your Boracay beach breakfast.
- I Love Backyard BBQ
I Love Backyard BBQ has to be the best seafood restaurant in Boracay. We suggest the assorted seafood platter, it’s a little exspensive (560 Php) but it has it all, from oysters to lobster and everything inbetween.
- Mang Inasal
Although Mang Inasal is a chain restaurant, it does have super affordable food which is great for those on a Boracay budget honeymoon. You can probably tell by the name that the star dish is the Chicken Inasal, they offer a variety of options however vegetarians will be left pretty disappointed. This is our favourite drunk food/ late night snack to soak up the alcohol.
Trikes are the cheapest and easiest form of transportation on Boracay. If you’re travelling anywhere on the main strip, between station 1, 2 or 3 it should cost around 30 Php per person. Pedicabs are metered, however they will cost a lot more money. Boracay transport can get pricey if you’re heading to places off the main strip, follow my Boracay guide with estimated transport costs for getting around Boracay. Avoid getting a trike from out the front of Dmall, they tend to up the price and charge you more.
Boracay Transportation Price Estimation
- Ferry to Station 1/2/3 = 50 php per person
- Station 1/2/3 to Spider Bar = 150 php per trike
- Station 1/2/3 to Balabag Beach = 30 php per person
Boracay Transportation Tips
- Agree upon a price before getting into the trike
- If they are asking for too much money, don’t be afraid to walk away
- Always have small bills for your ride
- Night time transport rates are usually higher compared to the daytime fare
- Motorbikes are generally cheaper than a trike
- Pedicabs are metered, however they’re generally more expensive
- No motorized vehicles are aloud to be on the beach
Top 15 things to do in Boracay – Attractions
Boracay is a magical island where you can honeymoon at the beach, relax, party, chill, drink and seek adventure. It’s definitely a well known Philppinippines honeymoon destination. Therefore you’ll find tons of things to do on Boracay for a budget, and for the luxury go getters.
Plan ahead and pre book your tours/activities, just remember to tip the locals who’re giving you this service. Although you may pay a decent amount of money, the local certainly won’t see their fair share of it. There are so many places to visit in Boracay, with many family friendly Boracay things to do. Spend your whole honeymoon experiencing and seeing the top things to do in Boracay.
1. Ariel’s Point Boracay
If you do one activity or tour while you’re on your Boracay Honeymoon, make sure it is Ariel’s Point! It’s one of the top things to do in Boracay for a good reason. Although it is a little expensive 2,500 Php per person ($55USD), it’s worth every penny. This full day trip includes your boat ride to Ariel’s Point, where you have a never ending supply of rum, BBQ buffet lunch, kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, you can even sunbathe on the pontoon or enjoy the best cliff jumping in the South East Asia! You can cliff jump at Ariel’s Point from 5m 8m or 15m for the thrill seekers.
The view from Ariel’s Point Boracay is incredible, the water is crystal clear and you can see ocean for days. Ariel’s Point was one of the best places to visit in Boracay, we went with twenty of our best mates and had a ripper of a time. A few injuries and a few naked people, but we all managed to make it back alive! Visit their website for more info.
2. Snorkeling and Island hopping in Boracay
A Boracay Honeymoon isn’t complete without a tropical island hopping tour. You get to explore Boracay’s many beaches and surrounding islands like Puka Beach, Crystal Cove, Piknikan Island and Crocodile Island. Island hopping rates vary between 600-2,000 Php, depending on how large the group is and whether you would like lunch included or perhaps your own romantic private island hopping tour. You even have the chance to snorkel on your Boracay island hopping tour too!
3. Boracay Sunset Sailing
Sunset sailing is one of the most romantic and top things to do in Boracay. We recommend hiring your own private sailing boat for sunset, as it’s much more idyllic for you and your partner.
Head to station 3 where the boats are docked and find the captain of the vessel to secure the cheapest rate for your Boracay sunset sail. We paid 1,800 Php to charter a sailing boat for a private, romantic sunset on the ocean. If you’re on a budget beach honeymoon, why not invite your new friends on a sunset sail. The boat can fit up to 10 people and you can split the cost between the group of you.
4. Mount Luho Sunrise
Catching a sunrise or sunset at Mount Luho Boracay, is one the best things to do in Boracay on a budget! Mt Luho is the highest view point, boasting the best view on Boracay island. The view from Mount Luho is panoramic, showcasing beaches like Bulabog, White Beach, Iling-Ligan and Lapuz-lapuz Beach. Mount Luho entrance fee: 50 Php.
Be ethical on your Boracay Honeymoon!
Although Mount Luho has the best view of Boracay, it also supports unethical and unsustainable tourism. They have monkeys and endangered birds here on site. Please do not pay to take photos or hold these animals, click here for more information on ethical animal tourism.
5. Romantic Boracay Couples Massage
A couples massage is one of the most romantic things to do in Boracay. There are many massage parlors and spa’s all over the island and at most Boracay resorts. If you want to pamper your body, mind and soul, with your lover on your Boracay honeymoon, go for a couples reatreat spa package! Or opt for an hour and a half of relaxation with an aromatherapeutic massage.
6. Boracay Sunset on White Beach
White beach is renowned for its incredible, breathtaking sunsets. Which is exactly why we chose to get married on White Beach Boracay at sunset. Walk along the beach, have a picnic on the sand or a drink at your favourite bar for sunset. No matter how you choose to spend your sunset, it will be a super romantic experience for you and your lover.
7. Hire an ATV to explore Boracay!
One of the top things to do in Boracay and best ways to explore the island is by ATV. Explore paradise on your Boracay honeymoon while driving an ATV or Buggy Car to Mt. Luho. You get to discover many beaches over the island and enjoy a spectacular view of Boracay Island.
8. Ziplining Adventure
If you’re looking for a thrilling adventure on your Boracay honeymoon, why not go ziplining? Superman 700m across the island via zipline, enjoying the adrenaline rush, epic views and thrill. Boracay zipling packages include a cable car ride too, giving you the opportunity to take pictures. Ziplining and cable car packages start from 1,00o Php.
9. Listen to Live Music and Watch Fire Dancers
A Boracay honeymoon isn’t complete without hearing some live music and watching the locals twirl fire on the beach. Walk along White Beach after sunset and you will see many bars with this kind of entertainment, particularly around station 2.
10. Windsurf and Kite-surf at Balabag Beach
Balabag beach on Boracay is renowned for it’s epic windsurfing and kite-surfing conditions. It’s definitely worth trying if you’re into adventure sports, they cater for all levels from advanced to beginners. It’s one of the top things to do in Boracay, for honeymoon thrill seekers who aren’t afraid of getting wet. Rates start from 7,000 Php for a full kite-surfing course. If you’re a surfer, check out the best places to surf in the Philippines.
11. Stand Up Paddle Boarding
It’s so much fun paddle boarding with your lover, on your Boracay Honeymoon and it’s quite inexpensive. Locals rent paddle boards (SUP) along the beach starting from 200 Php per hour. We’d recommend renting a SUP near Spider House Bar, it’s a secluded bay with epic views at sunset.
12. Boracay Helmet Diving
Helmet diving is one of the top activities to do in Boracay, for couples who want to dive but aren’t PADI certified. Oxygen is pumped into your helmet through a tube, allowing you stay under water for 10 minutes as you observe the tropical fish and luscious coral reefs. Prices start at 600 Php.
13. Boracay Parasailing and Water Sports
Parasailing, jet skiing and other water rides like the banana boat and fly fishing, are some of the funnest activities to do in Boracay. It is quite easy to get ripped off and pay too much money for water sports in Boracay, so follow my Boracay guide with estimated prices on the top things to do in Boracay.
- Parasailing: 2,ooo Php (2 people)
- Jet Skiing: 1,500 Php (2 people)
- Banana Boat: 250 Php (1 person)
- Fly Fishing: 400 Php (2 person)
14. Sunbathe on a private beach on your Boracay Honeymoon
White beach is great don’t get us wrong, but nothing beats sunbathing on your own private beach without another soul in sight. We can’t guarantee that no one else will be there, but we can guarantee that there won’t be anyone hustling you on the beach to buy their bracelets. So if you’re looking for a private beach honeymoon check out, Punta Bunga Beach, Banyugan and Lapuz Lapuz Beach. They’re secluded and exclusive for guests staying at the Shangri-La and Fairways and Bluewater Resort.
15. Scuba Dive in the Philippines
Scuba diving is one of the top things to do in Boracay and one of our personal favourites. We scuba dived a plane wreck just off Boracay, some 25m below sea level. There are a ton of diving spots to choose from around Boracay that cater for all PADI certification levels. If you’ve never scuba dived and want to learn, Boracay is such a beautiful place to get your Open Water Certification. Sciba diving is one of the funnest activities to do in Boracay on your Philippines honeymoon.
The Best Food From The Philippines
The signature Filipino dish is the classic Chicken Adobo. This flavoursome meal is just chicken simply marinated in soya sauce & vinegar. Chicken Adobo is a simple yet delicious meal that will hit the spot every time!
Balut is a popular street food and delicacy in the Philippines. It’s actually a formed duck or chicken embryo, that’s either 16 or 21 days old. This Filipino food is peeled from it’s shell and eaten as a snack with a dash of vinegar. Beware, you may find a couple of bones and feathers in this unique food from the Philipipnes.
Kare Kare (oxtail soup)
Kare Kare is an Indian inspired dish, which is a traditional Filipino a comfort food. It is made up of oxtail, ox tripes, a bunch of vegetables, garlic, chilli, lime and a lovely shrimp sauce.
The famous Filipino dessert Hal Halo, is one of our favourites. Halo Halo means ‘mixed together and that’s exactly what you get! Served in a tall glass it comes with ice shavings, condensed milk, small chunks of sweet mystery goodies including boiled kidney beans, chickpeas, sweet potato, coconut gel, purple yam, ice cream, tapioca and oh so much more!
Humba is a delicious, moist pork belly! Although Humba isn’t the healthiest choice, it is made without preservatives! The pork belly is marinated in a variety of peppers, brown sugar and vinegar, so the meat will stay good without needing preservatives!
Sinigang is a sour, clear stew made from different sour fruits that are native to the Philippines, with the addition of vegetables and meat or seafood!
Pancit is probably the Philippines most famous food. This noodle dish is made from a variety of ingredients that vary, depending on where you are and what’s avaliable. Usually pancit will consist of pork, chicken, shrimp, and onion with delicious Chinese inspired noodles.
The Philippines definitely does have a strong Spanish influence & thankfully left over from the Spanish colonisation is Lechon! It is made from an entire pig that has been spit roasted over coal for hours & will be seen at all the local Filipino parties!
If you’re a chicken fan, then you’ll love the Philipines best food, chicken inasal. This was definitely a stand out at our wedding buffet! The chicken is marinated in lemongrass, calamansi, garlic and peppers. It’s one of the best foods in the Philippines!
Sisig is better to eat not knowing exactly what it is, or at least with an open mind! We gave it a go before someone told us what it was made of and loved it! We wont give you the details of it, besides from the fact that it’s usually made with pork.
Lumpias are probably our favourite food from the Philippines. It’s your classic fried spring rolls that the locals cook to perfection every time! The best snack food when you’re on the go and it’s so damn cheap.
Philippines Travel Insurance
You’d rather not think about all of the things that might go wrong on your Philippines honeymoon, but these things can and do happen. We like to think of travel insurance as a safety net, as it’s saved our butts big time on more than one occasion. We had our bags stolen, with passports, cameras and a decent chunk of money, and thanks to travel insurance we were able to replace these valuable items.
In fell ill in Cambodia and had to spend a week in the hospital, which racked up a huge hospital debt. Without travel insurance, we would have been in thousands of dollars of debt. It’s not worth the risk to travel without insurance! Keep your mind of ease on your Philipines honeymoon by travelling smarter and safer with World Nomads travel insurance. These guys are the best in the business with affordable coverage for you and your lover on your Philippines honeymoon travels.
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