Boracay could also be small, however it’s full of sights that vacationers of all ages can take pleasure in. However not all guests have sufficient time or cash to expertise all of them. Generally, you’ll have to choose. Some of the widespread dilemma is selecting between a Boracay island hopping tour (by boat) and a Boracay land tour (by e-trike).
Let me preface this by saying that if in case you have enough funds and days, please be a part of each excursions. Whereas they share one or two stops, these are two distinct experiences, presenting completely different sides of the island. That mentioned, every has its personal execs and cons.
If in case you have simply sufficient time and finances for only one, which must you take: the island hopping tour or the land tour? On this article, we’ll get all the way down to the nitty-gritty of every exercise, so you may make a greater, extra knowledgeable choice.
WHAT’S COVERED IN THIS GUIDE?
BORACAY ISLAND HOPPING TOUR Itinerary & Costs
Though it’s attainable to constitution a non-public boat for island hopping, the costs are steep. Therefore, most island hopping packages are group excursions, which implies you’ll be sharing the boat with different vacationers. Together with the remainder of the group, you’ll be following a set itinerary and you should respect the schedule.
Island hopping in Boracay takes a complete day. In our case, we boarded the boat at round 8:00 AM and was again at White Seashore at 4:00 PM. The leaping off level is both at Station 1 (close to Astoria) or Station 3.
It often prices PHP 800-900 (USD 14.30-16.10) per particular person, inclusive of buffet lunch and use of swim masks (with out the snorkel) however unique of entrance charges. Sure, among the stops gather an entrance charge, which isn’t lined by the essential tour charge.
Right here’s a abstract of the small print:
- Length: Full Day, round 8 hours
- Value: P800-900 (inclusive of buffet lunch)
- Bounce-off level: Station 1 or 3
There are a lot of methods to ebook an island hopping tour. It’s supplied by tour operators and touts at White Seashore. However for those who really feel extra comfy transacting on-line otherwise you don’t need to cope with touts on the seaside, you might ebook with Klook, too!
Both method, you’ll be becoming a member of a bunch with different vacationers and the itineraries are very related. However the lunch and snorkeling stops range relying on the operator.
Beneath was our itinerary adopted by our most up-to-date island hopping tour, which we booked with a tout at Station 2.
Cease 1: Puka Seashore
Puka Seashore glazes the northern tip of Boracay. This was once a serene scene, however now a bit crowded, too, principally as a result of it’s far more accessible today. Nonetheless, it’s nonetheless much more peaceable than Station 2 of White Seashore.
We got solely 40 minutes to remain right here. One of many actions that you could be take pleasure in right here is crystal kayaking, however I discourage you from doing it when on this tour. It takes 15-20 minutes, which can burn half of your time at Puka Seashore. In the event you actually need to strive a crystal kayak, do it on one other event. Use your restricted time exploring the seaside as a substitute.
When it comes to composition, Puka is a combined seaside. Some components are strewn with high quality sand, however others have shells, which might be why it’s known as Puka. It contains a vast berm, which slopes dramatically into the waves, which may get fairly tough at occasions, so watch out when swimming.
Cease 2: Snorkeling Web site
Each island hopping tour additionally makes a cease at a snorkeling website, which varies relying on the tour operator. Some boats moor off the coast of Crocodile Island, Tambisaan Seashore, or in our case Balinghai Seashore, close to the so-called Station Zero.
You don’t have to go snorkeling; it’s optionally available. However for those who select to do it, you’ll should pay PHP 45 (USD 0.80) snorkeling charge. No must pay this for those who’re staying on the boat.
Don’t overlook to put on a life jacket. The present could be a bit further at occasions. Higher secure than sorry.
Cease 3: Lunch
The lunch cease varies from operator to operator, however it’s often buffet-style (limitless). We had been delivered to Shingley Piknikan restaurant, near Tabon Port in mainland Caticlan. It was okay. Typical Pinoy fare, principally grilled and fried. However don’t count on something above common when it comes to taste or presentation.
Cease 4: Crystal Cove
Entrance Price: P300
Often known as Laurel Island or Tiguatian Island, Crystal Cove is a 2-hectare resort greatest identified for its lookouts and caves. The location can be dotted with a number of picture spots, some extra Instagram-worthy than others. There’s additionally a swimming spot.
By the way in which, Crystal Cove prices a P300 entrance charge. In the event you decide to not enter, you possibly can spend the allotted hour simply chilling on the seaside. A small retailer sells coconuts for PHP 100 a bit and banana que (skewered deep fried bananas) for PHP 35 per stick.
From Crystal Cove, you may additionally spot Magic Island.
Cease 5: Magic Island*
Entrance Price: P250
Sure, with asterisk as a result of to this present day, I’m nonetheless undecided if excursions usually make a cease right here. The touts promoting island hopping packages often embrace it within the listing of websites to be visited, however we didn’t set foot right here. We solely received to see it from Crystal Cove. I’m undecided if it wasn’t actually part of our itinerary or our boat simply skipped it as a result of we ran out of time.
Anyway, Magic Island is best-known for its cliff leaping platforms. In case your group stops right here, an entrance charge of PHP 250 should be settled per particular person.
That’s about it. After over an hour at Crystal Cove, we had been ferried again to White Seashore. You might decide to get off at Station 3 or Station 1.
Breakdown of Bills
An island hopping tour would usually price you PHP 1245 (USD 22.30) per particular person. That’s assuming you’re getting into Crystal Cove and skipping Magic Island like we did. Right here’s the breakdown:
- Fundamental island hopping tour with lunch: PHP 900 (USD 16.10)
- Snorkeling charge: PHP 45 (USD 0.80)
- Crystal Cove entrance charge: PHP 300 (USD 5.40)
- TOTAL: PHP 1245 (USD 22.30)
Clearly, this doesn’t embrace any extra meals bills.
LAND TOUR Itinerary & Costs (E-Trike or Multi-Cab)
A Boracay land tour entails chartering an e-trike or a multi-cab to take you across the island. It’s generally known as “Island Tour” however on this article, to keep away from complicated it with island hopping, let’s simply name it “land tour”.
Not like island hopping excursions which comply with a set itinerary, land excursions provide you with full management of your time. Drivers have a recommended itinerary however in the end it’s nonetheless as much as you. If you wish to skip a cease otherwise you want to keep longer at one other, it’s your name. In spite of everything, you’re paying by the hour. Sure, by the hour.
Listed here are the Boracay land tour charges. These costs are PER VEHICLE, NOT PER PERSON.
- E-Trike Tour
P500 per hour
Most of 4 passengers
- Multi-cab Tour
P700 per hour
Most of 10 passengers
As you possibly can see, for those who’re a part of a giant group, you’ll find yourself saving rather a lot for those who prepare a multi-cab tour as a substitute of an e-trike. That’s what we did. We had been a bunch of 9 (9), and the multi-cab may accommodate as much as 10 pax. The very best half, we’re all collectively in only one car.
Most drivers provide a land tour service. You might merely hail an e-trike or multi-cab within the streets. However in order for you referrals, these are the drivers that we employed and their corresponding contact numbers:
- E-TRIKE: Kuya Ambro
+63 943 1304164
- MULTI-CAB: Kuya Bong
+63 939 823 8198
I’m not affiliated to them in any method. We simply loved their service.
Beneath is Kuya Bong’s recommended itinerary, which we adopted on our final Boracay journey.
Cease 1: Lugutan Mangrove Park
Generally known as Boracay Mangroves, the Lugutan Mangrove Park covers an hectare of shallow waters in Barangay Manoc-manoc, south of Bulabog Seashore. It was opened to the general public in 2012 with 2000 mangroves. I’m positive the quantity has grown rather a lot since.
A wood boardwalk loops by way of and across the mangroves, making it a unbelievable picture spot. It’s additionally a fantastic breather from the standard seaside sights.
Entrance Price: FREE. However registration is required. One consultant can register for the remainder of the group on the desk throughout the highway from the mangroves.
Cease 2: Bulabog Seashore
Entrance Price: FREE.
Not too far-off from the mangroves lies Bulabog Seashore. Not like White Seashore, Bulabog isn’t blanketed with high quality white sand. Its mattress is way coarser, rockier, and principally lined in seagrass. However it’s nonetheless fairly scenic. Vacationers drop by for IG-worthy snaps, particularly across the coconut timber. One tree specifically has been a favourite amongst guests.
An enormous BORACAY signage now stands on the entrance to the seaside, which can be a fantastic picture spot.
Cease 3: Sinagpa Seashore, Lambros Level and Diniwid Seashore
Entrance Price: FREE.
Sure, three in a single.
Sinagpa Seashore refers back to the slender stretch separating White Seashore from Diniwid Seashore. It was additionally my first time listening to the title Sinagpa. In accordance with Kuya Bong, the time period is used principally by locals.
Comply with the concrete walkway and it’ll lead you to a rocky cliff with a pure opening. That is what most vacationers are extra accustomed to. It’s known as Lambros Level. Behind it’s a picture of the Virgin Mary, a cliff-jumping website, and the beautiful Diniwid Seashore!
Cease 4: Keyhole
Entrance Price: FREE.
The Keyhole, additionally known as Cujo’s Keyhole, is a pure arch positioned close to Boracay newcoast in Barangay Yapak. Though the roads that result in it are inside non-public property, vacationers on e-trike or multi-cab tour are allowed entry.
You might need to queue up right here, however use the ready time to admire the adjoining seashores: Lapus-Lapus Seashore and Ilig-Iligan Seashore. A few of the smaller coves now function non-public seashores of Newcoast.
A guard is in cost in protecting issues so as. Guests are solely allowed as much as a sure line. Some components are cordoned off for security causes.
There’s not a lot to do right here apart from taking a pic with the enduring arch within the background. In the event you’re not into selfies and pictures, this may not be your cup of tea. However because it was near our subsequent cease, we selected to drop by anyway.
Cease 5: Puka Seashore
Entrance Price: FREE.
Sure, Puka Seashore is a part of mainland Boracay, so it is usually accessible by land. If something, getting right here by land is significantly better. Not like on island hopping excursions with a strict time restrict, for those who go to by e-trike or multi-cab, you possibly can keep for so long as you need. And we suggest staying for not less than an hour right here!
In the event you really feel such as you’ll be spending A LOT of time at Puka Seashore, you possibly can finish the tour proper right here. Simply take public transportation (shared e-trike) in your method again to your lodge. However for those who’re in for only a fast go to, you possibly can ask the motive force to attend for you after which take you again to your lodge after.
Whereas it’s now not the tranquil house it was once, it’s nonetheless a fantastic place to relax. You’ll be able to laze on a mat that you could “borrow” from enterprising locals. I say borrow in citation marks as a result of they place the mats within the shade and allow you to use them without spending a dime, however you’re anticipated to order drinks from them. You’ll be able to order from their menu of juices, shakes, and cocktails. Some additionally provide crystal kayak providers at a a lot decrease fee, PHP 150 per 15-20 minutes. At White Seashore, it often prices PHP 250 for a similar period.
Souvenirs and trinkets are additionally less expensive right here than the shops at White Seashore! And in case your tummy is grumbling at this level, you’ll be glad to know that its entrance is flanked by eateries and road meals kiosks.
Breakdown of Bills
We spent 5 (5) hours doing the land tour, greater than an hour of which was spent at Puka Seashore. At PHP 700 per hour, the whole price was PHP 3500. We had been a bunch of 9, so we paid PHP 388.89 per particular person. (Though I really paid for all the things as a result of this was my deal with to my household.)
It may nonetheless go decrease for those who’re a celebration of 10 as a result of the per-person fee would fall to solely PHP 350.
- Land Tour for 10 pax (5 hours): PHP 3500 (USD 62.70)
- Entrance Charges: NONE
- Crystal kayak at Puka Seashore: PHP 150 for 15-20 minutes (USD 2.70)
- Drinks at Puka seaside: Round PHP 200 (USD 3.60)
Which is healthier?
The land tour is a significantly better deal than the island hopping tour for 3 main causes:
- Affordability. Land tour is less expensive, at solely PHP 125 per particular person if utilizing e-trike, a lot a lot decrease than the PHP 900 primary charge for an island hopping tour. The land tour stops are additionally accessible for FREE, whereas most stops on the boat tour prices an entrance charge.
- Flexibility. On land tour, you’ve got full management of your itinerary and time, versus island hopping excursions that implement a strict schedule and restricted time per cease.
- Consolation and accessibility. The island hopping tour is far more exhausting and difficult for seniors and PWDs. It’s fairly tough to board the boat particularly when the waves are robust. Multicabs and e-trikes are a lot friendlier to vacationers with mobility points.
So sure, if in case you have time and finances for only one exercise, I like to recommend doing the land tour. However in any other case, attempt to expertise each excursions!
And once more, for those who determine to ebook an island hopping tour, you may help this weblog by reserving it utilizing the Klook hyperlink under!
High Boracay Inns for Teams/Household
Touring with household or barkada? Right here’s a listing of properties in Boracay which have rooms that may accommodate teams of 4 or extra.
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