Boracay, a small island in the Visayas region, is known to most people especially foreign tourists for its resorts and white beach.
It used to be a place for parties and pub crawls but after its rehabilitation, the tourism sector focused more on caring for the beach side rather than the party scene, which I think is really great. If you’ve visited Boracay before its rehabilitation you’d understand why. But for those who haven’t, let’s just say Boracay’s white beach didn’t look as clean as it is now than years ago.
Popular to most tourists, White Beach Boracay is backed by palm trees, many restaurants, cafes and bars. You’d definitely see most, if not all, tourists flocking that particular side of the island for activities such as kayaking, sunset sailing, parasailing, helmet diving, stand up paddling, etc.
Recently, they introduced surfing to tourists too, maybe because it’s Amihan season. But IMHO I cannot confidently recommend surfing in Boracay not unless the people offering these activities are ISA certified.
BULABOG BEACH — A Place for Adventure Seekers
If you are an adventure-seeker visiting Boracay then there’s definitely a place for you. It’s not the usual spot in Boracay as it is on the other side, but it’s equally as scenic as the famous White Beach.
Bulabog Beach is Boracay’s hub for water sports. If you are into wind surfing or kite surfing then this side of the island is a must-visit for you. You can also do island hopping or scuba diving, and the usual banana boat and fly fish activities.
I find Bulabog Beach a not-so hidden gem in Boracay. It doesn’t have that signature powdery sand but it sure has the best and unobstructed sunrise and sunset view.
Where to Stay in Bulabog Beach
There are plenty of options but I personally recommend staying in 7Stones Boracay.
7Stones Boracay has a perfect scenic location in Bulabog Beach. It is a beautiful beachfront resort that has its own pool. It has a limited number of spacious rooms that feature large balconies, terraces and roof decks with ocean views.
Although it has its own beach right out front, if you want to visit the famous White Beach, it will only take you five to eight minutes by foot. You can also just walk to the main shopping center of the island, a.k.a D’Mall, and its many restaurants, souvenir shops and bars. If your not a fan of walking, it’s also not hard to hail an e-tricycle to drive you to and from the resort.
I also find it important that the resort is well secured. You will definitely see their security personnel roving around the property.
Rooms and Amenities
My friends and I stayed in one of their Junior Suite rooms an it’s really spacious. When I first checked their rates, I found it pretty reasonable. I just wish they’ll open their kitchen and restaurant soon so guests have the option to just dine in and enjoy the view while having breakfast or dinner.
- SUPERIOR ROOM – Max of 2 People, starting rate ₱3,350/Night
- JUNIOR SUITE ROOM – Max of 3 People, starting rate ₱4,250/Night
- PREMIER SUITE (with JACUZZI) – Max of 3 People, starting rate ₱5,950/Night
- BEACHFRONT GRAND SUITE – Max of 3 People, starting rate ₱8,950/Night
- BEACHFRONT HONEYMOON SUITE (with JACUZZI) – Max of 2 People, starting rate ₱7,990/Night
- FAMILY SUITE (with JACUZZI) – Max of 5 People, starting rate ₱9,990/Night
- FAMILY SUITE (with ROOFDECK) – Max of 7 People, starting rate ₱16,450/Night
- OCEAN VIEW EXECUTIVE ROOM (with JACUZZI) – Max of 5 People, starting rate ₱11,900/Night
- SKY SUITE (with PRIVATE POOL) – Max of 5 People, starting rate ₱24,950/Night
7Stones Boracay has one of the best hotel rates in the island. If you are looking for 5-star comfort, service, and location with unbeatable prices, then add this resort to your list.
Despite its proximity to the island’s very pulse, 7Stones Boracay maintains a quiet and peaceful environment making your stay worth your while.
✈️ By Air
- CATICLAN – The nearest airport is Godofredo P. Ramos Airport, also known as Caticlan Airport (MPH). It is the most popular jump-off point as it takes only a few minutes to get to Caticlan Jetty Port.
- KALIBO – You can also fly to Kalibo International Airport (KLO) but you have to ride a bus or a van for about two hours to get to Caticlan Jetty Port.
Once you arrive at the Caticlan Jetty Port, you can board a boat or a ferry to Boracay Island. It takes about 15-20 minutes to reach the island. From there, you can ride an e-tricyle to bring you to wherever you are staying.
🛳 By SEA
I highly suggest going by plane if you’re coming from Cebu. BUT if for some reason you just prefer to go via boat, then you can book a trip to Caticlan Port.
If you’re from Luzon, then you can book a trip from Batangas Port to Caticlan Port. I’d say it’s cheap but very time consuming.
Once you arrive at the airport or at the jetty port, there will be people swarming towards you to get you to arrange your transfers. If you prefer the easy way, then it would cost you around 600-900Php each way for your transfers. If you want to do it yourself, then it will cost you around 300-450Php each way.
There are also deals on Klook for airport transfers or you can ask your resort to arrange it ahead for you. Some high end resorts even have their own airport transfers, you just have to ask.
Don’t skip this part! GET YOUR QR CODES READY!
My friend visited Boracay last December and recalled that the QR requirement has been lifted but to our surprise, we were asked to present one when we arrived at the Caticlan Jetty Port. Luckily, unlike before, it only takes a few minutes to generate a QR code. You just have to register at touristboracay.com.
Once the QR is ready, you need to present it along with your booking reservation, vaccination card and identification card. Once you’re cleared, you can now proceed to boarding your boat or ferry.
There are plenty of activities or spots to visit in Boracay Island. Here’s a quick list you can save for your next Boracay trip:
- Visit Cujo’s Keyhole in New Coast Boracay
- Visit the observation deck on Mount Luho
- Visit nearby islands, do island hopping
- Visit Puka Beach (pebble beach)
- Dive and explore the shipwrecks
- Do the usual banana boat, fly fish and parasailing combo
- Try the Instagram-able crystal kayak
- Try standing up on a paddle board
- Try kite surfing, windsurfing or skim boarding
- Try to people watch while parasailing (it gets boring after 5 minutes lol)
- Ride an ATV or Buggy exploring other parts of the island
- Enjoy the sunset while paraw sailing
- Catch the sunrise or sunset by the beach
- Have that mermaid moment, do a mermaid photo shoot by the beach
- Play frisbee or beach volley with random people
There’s so much to do, so plan your trip wisely.
I’m genuinely elated that we’re finally here. People are slowly traveling again. Restaurants are full. Airports are packed. I am hopeful that we will soon travel again like we used to. But ’til then, we have to stay safe, observe proper health protocols, and explore responsibly!
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