The beaches of Boracay are arguably some of the best beaches in the world and it’s easy to see why! Sugary white-sands, azure waters, colorful coral reefs, and palm tree fringed shorelines are just some of the amazing features you can expect to find at the beaches in Boracay.
In this guide, I have put together a complete list of 4 Awesome Beaches in Boracay that you must visit during your next trip to Boracay Island.
Also, at the bottom of this post, I have included some useful information on how to get to Boracay, where to stay in Boracay, fun activities to try, and the best time to visit.
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4 BEST BEACHES OF BORACAY
#1 PUKA BEACH
Puka Beach is not as popular as White Beach on Boracay, however, it’s far from all the crowds in Boracay’s three stations making it one of the best beaches in Boracay.
The best way to get to Puka Beach is by tricycle or by habel habel. Another option is to take a day tour from White Beach which will likely include a stop at Puka Beach. However, this will only give you 30 minutes to enjoy the beach here.
Puka Beach is different from any other beach in Boracay because of the abundance of crushed ‘Puka’ shells mixed with the white sand and corals.
Puka Beach stretches for 800 meters which means there is enough space for everyone to relax and hang out at the beach.
There are two parts to Puka Beach, one is on the far-left side and the other one is on the right side by the entrance to Puka Beach.
On the left, you will find a wide beach which is surrounded by a lot of green nature and tall palm trees. On the right side, there is a small beach that has a very thin shoreline and that can only be visited during low tide.
Small cove at Puka Beach
There are a few cliffs right next to shore which makes it a great place to find some spots in the shade when you need added protection from the sun.
You can rent beach chairs from the locals if you want but otherwise, there is plenty of spots to simply lay with your towel on the beach without having to pay a fee. Puka Shell Beach is truly one of the best beaches of Boracay!
There are no clubs, resorts, and hotels around Puka Beach which makes it the most tranquil and authentic.
If you feel like a coconut, a drink, or a snack there are a couple of local vendors around, but it is recommended to bring your own picnic as they might charge you tourist prices.
At Puka Beach you can go for a stroll along the shoreline, go for a swim, or a snorkeling adventure. There is also a line-up of tall palm trees close by the shore which makes for a good Instagram-worthy photo!
Kayaking and paddleboarding are other popular activities at Puka Beach. If you’re looking for a quiet and romantic place to watch the sunset then Puka Shell Beach is definitely the best option.
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Puka Shell Beach
Kayaking at Puka Shell
#2 DINIWID BEACH
Diniwid Beach is around the corner from White Beach. Since Diniwid Beach hides behind a cliff wall not many visitors that come to Boracay even know that it exists although it is possible to access it by foot from White Beach.
There is a concrete walkway along the cliffs which will take you from White Beach to Diniwid Beach. Along the way, you’ll pass by some small beaches and some rock pools where local kids are jumping from.
You’ll also walk past a statue of the Virgin Mary which is one of the emblems of Catholicism in Boracay.
What makes Diniwid Beach so unique is that it is surrounded by hills, rocks, and cliffs which makes it look like a little magical cove on Boracay Island.
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SUP’s on Diniwid Beach
Bent palm tree
There are plenty of small to mid-range resorts along the beachfront and along both hillsides if you wish to rent a room here for a night or two.
The water at Diniwid Beach appears to be even clearer than at White Beach perhaps because of the white sand bay that surrounds the water and its lush green hillside on either side.
It is a great beach for those that want to get away from the crowds at White Beach and in my opinion one of the best beaches of Boracay.
There are a couple of viewing platforms which is accessible to the public in case you want to enjoy the view from above Diniwid Beach.
The locals having fun
Secluded Boracay Beaches
#3 WHITE BEACH BORACAY
White Beach is the most popular beach in Boracay. The main attraction of White Beach is simply its beautiful clear water, wide beach, and sugary white sands.
There are also many hotels, restaurants, bars and all types of water sports which can be found at White Beach in Boracay. Many tourists like to swim here since the water is very calm and flat.
Early morning and early afternoon would be the best time to visit White Beach if you want to have the beach to yourself. During the late afternoon and evening, most tourists come for a stroll along the beach walk or to enjoy happy hour cocktails at one of the bars.
Sunset time is when it gets most crowded at White Beach Boracay as everyone man, woman, child, and dog comes down to the shoreline to admire the sky turning purple, orange, and red.
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The 4km long White Beach Boracay
White Beach Boracay
White Beach Boracay is divided into Stations 1, 2, and 3. However, when you’re walking along the beach you won’t notice the division of the beach into 3 parts.
If you get to White Beach Boracay by entering through Station 1 that is where you’ll find Willy’s Rock, one of Boracay’s famous landmarks. There are also several luxurious beach resorts located on this end of the beach since the beach is wider here than in other stations.
At Station 2 you’ll find a lot of mid-range resorts and it is more crowded here since it is the center of the beach. D’mall which is one of the biggest shopping malls in Boracay is also located in the middle of Station 2.
Station 3 hosts most budget accommodations and backpackers hostels. It is one of the quietest stations and is surrounded by a lot of green nature which makes it one of the most peaceful stations.
Azure waters at White Beach
White Beach Boracay
Idyllic palm trees
#4 BULABOG BEACH
Bulabog Beach is located on the eastern side of Boracay Island and plays home to most of the water sports in Boracay. If you’re looking to escape the busyness of White Beach, then Bulabog Beach is where you’ll want to go.
Bulabog Beach is a short 5-minute walk away from D’Mall which is located in the center of Boracay Island.
From May to October, it is the water sports center of Boracay and from November to April, you can enjoy the best kiteboarding and windsurfing experience at Bulabog Beach.
Bulabog Beach, similar to White Beach has some of the most turquoise water found on the island, however, the beach on this side is much narrower.
Bulabog Beach is fringed with tall coconut palm trees swaying over the 2.5km long stretch of sand and it also faces east, making it one of the best places to watch the sunrise in Boracay!
Once you get to Bulabog Beach you’ll feel like you’re on a completely different island as you are away from the hustle and bustle of the other main beaches of Boracay.
There are a few resorts and hotels at Bulabog and the beach is protected on this side of Boracay Island by an offshore reef.
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WHERE TO STAY IN BORACAY
Boracay Island has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
The best 5-star accommodation in Boracay! Shangri La Boracay is a luxurious secluded hideaway located on the northwestern tip of the island featuring a private beach, 2 outdoor swimming pools, multiple restaurants/bars, and a relaxation spa. There are twin rooms, king rooms, deluxe rooms, family rooms, and villas available to choose from! Each one is spacious, modern, comfortable, and fitted with air-conditioning, private pool/hot tub, flat-screen tv, and balcony. Buffet breakfast and van transfers are also included for all guests. Perfect for couples, families, and friends!
Mid Range: Ferra Hotel & Garden Suites
I personally stayed at Ferra Hotel in Boracay and can’t recommend this place enough! Centrally located in station 2 and walking distance to D-Mall, nearby cafes and bars, White Beach and Bulabog Beach. Ferra Hotel features a rooftop pool and a bar with incredible views, in house restaurant serving up lunch and dinner options, free wifi and van transfers from the port. The rooms are modern and fitted with a flat-screen tv, large bed, minibar, and private bathroom. Buffet breakfast is also included for all guests. Perfect place to stay for couples, friends, and families!
Budget: Mad Monkey Hostel Boracay
The best budget accommodation for solo travelers visiting Boracay. Mad Monkey Hostel is situated in station 2 and close to the best beaches, D-Mall, cafes, and the buzzing nightlife area. Choose from either a dorm room, double room, or triple room which have air-conditioning, a balcony, and pool views. Go for a dip in the pool and grab a beer at the bar, there is always something at Mad Monkey hostel Boracay!
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HOW TO GET TO BORACAY
Boracay Island is located in the central region of the Philippines. There are only two ways of how to get to Boracay, one is by plane and the other by ferry.
There are daily flights to Boracay arriving at Godofredo P. Ramos Airport (MPH) in Caticlan, connecting domestic travelers from many destinations within the Philippines. The most common flight routes are from Manila to Boracay and from Cebu to Boracay.
There are many ferries operating in and out of Boracay Island and the easiest way to book is online in advance.
The most popular route is the ferry from Manila to Boracay which departs Batangas Port around 9 pm and arrives in Boracay the following morning at around 6 am.
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CATICLAN AIRPORT TO BORACAY ISLAND:
When you arrive at Godofredo P. Ramos Airport Caticlan you have two options or reaching Caticlan Jetty Port to take the boat over to Boracay Island.
Option 1: Tricycle
As soon as you step foot out of Caticlan Airport there will be dozens of tricycles waiting to transfer you to Caticlan Jetty Port. The cost of the tricycle ride is 35 pesos and it takes around 10 minutes to reach the port.
Option 2: Shared Van Transfer
If you prefer a bit more comfort and hassle-free transfers, you can book a shared van which includes door-to-door service from Caticlan Airport to your hotel in Boracay.
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At Caticlan Jetty Port, each passenger heading over to Boracay must go through a security screening and show proof of their accommodation booking confirmation. If you don’t have this ready to present to the officials, you may be denied entry to Boracay Island.
Each passenger must also pay the following fees:
Terminal Fee: 100 pesos
Environmental Fee: 75 pesos
Boat ticket: 75 pesos
BEST TIME TO VISIT BORACAY
The best time to visit Boracay, weather-wise, is between April and July when temperatures are hot and there is barely any rainfall. This is also high season in Boracay, so expect to see many tourists during these months.
I recommend planning your Boracay trip on the shoulder months of the high season between November and March which sees a bit of rainfall but usually only lasts for a couple of hours and the rest of the day is sunny.
Try to avoid the typhoon season in Boracay which is between August and October.
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