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Where To Eat, Stay, & Have Fun In Boracay (2019 Edition)

Headed to the famous Philippines island paradise? If you are, this list is going to come in handy with recommendations on where to eat, sleep, and have fun on the island!

Hotels ?

There are tons of places to stay of all shapes, sizes, and budgets. No matter where you stay, don’t forget that you must have a confirmed reservation at an accredited hotel in order to be allowed admission into the island.

You can find the list of accredited hotels as of May 2019 here.

Entrance of Astoria Current - Boracay, PhilippinesAstoria Current
πŸ“Station 3, 4-Star Resort

Stayed here twice. Great rooms with a nice pool but the service and food could have been better. The beach is also steps away!

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Room at the Movenpick Resort BoracayMΓΆvenpick Resort & Spa Boracay
πŸ“Punta Bunga Cove, 5-Star Resort

One of the newer resorts outside of the White Beach with all the amenities you could ever want. This place is perfect for couples and families.

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Room in the Shangri-La BoracayShangri-La Boracay Resort & Spa
πŸ“Barangay Yapak, 5-Star Resort

One of the finest hotels that the island has to offer. If you want the best, this is it!

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Executive Double Standard room at 357 Boracay Resort357 Boracay Resort
πŸ“Station 3, Boutique Hotel

A small, but highly rated budget-friendly boutique hotel featuring 7 rooms in the quieter Station 3 area with oceanfront views for you to take in those stunning sunsets.

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Room at Hue Hotels Boracay, PhilippinesHue Hotels
πŸ“Station X, 4-Star Hotel

One of the newer, centrally located properties in the heart of the action featuring the popular retail complex - Station X.

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Restaurants ?

I was really pleased with the restaurant selection and wide variety of flavors on the island. I shouldn’t have been surprised considering how good eating out in the Philippines is in general.

You will definitely not go hungry on your visit, especially with the restaurants listed below:

Eggs Benedict at Sunny Side Cafe BoracayThe Sunny Side Cafe
πŸ“Station 3, Breakfast

The best breakfast in Boracay! Try the amazing (and giant) velvet pancakes and various egg benedicts to get your day started right!

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Lunch at Popo Teahouse Boracay, PhilippinesPopo Teahouse
πŸ“Station X, Chinese

I stumbled into Popo when I was in the area and I'm glad I did. The dishes brought me back to Hong Kong. Stay away from the char siu though, it was too dry.

Baked Green Oysters at Pig Out Bistro Boracay PhilippinesThe Pig Out Bistro ⭐️
πŸ“Jetty Port Road, Cosmopolitan

Not defining itself into a single category of food, this bistro serves up amazing burgers to scrumptious baked oysters. Excellent date night spot!

Seafood Grill Plate at I Luv Backyard BBQ Boracay PhilippinesI Luv Backyard BBQ
πŸ“Station 2, BBQ

There are usually lines to get in here but it is worth it! Try the tender rack of ribs and pair it with a heaping pile of onion rings.

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Happy Hour at Cha Cha's Beach Cafe Boracay PhilippinesCha Cha's Beach Cafe
πŸ“Station 2, Beach Bar

For sunset on a fair day, the 2-for-1 mojitos here are a must do during happy hour.

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Family plate at Big Mouth Boracay PhilippinesBig Mouth
πŸ“Station 2, Filipino

Reasonably priced Filipino restaurant with many home cooked classics such as BBQ pork skewers and fried fish.

Half and half pizza at Shakey's Pizza PhilippinesShakey's Pizza
πŸ“Station 2, Pizza

A Philippines institution serving up local favorites such as pizza as Philippines style spaghetti. This place is great for families!

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Entrance of Halomango Boracay PhilippinesHalomango ⭐️
πŸ“Station 2, Ice Cream

Who knew mango ice cream will go really well with fresh mango?!? Aside from this location, there is also one right on the walking path.

Coconut ice cream from Coco Mama Boracay PhilippinesCoco Mama
πŸ“Station 2/X, Ice Cream

If coconut ice cream is your jam, Coco Mama is a must. It is served in a coconut shell and they even add fresh mango on top to take it the next level!.

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Baos from Nonies Boracay PhilippinesNonies
πŸ“Station X, Healthy

If you are craving a bowl or shake that rejuvenates your soul, Nonie's is what you are looking for.

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Activities ?

An island destination would not be complete without a whole bunch of things to do while you’re there. Sitting on a beach sounds great, but it can get a little boring for some.

Here are some ideas of what to do in Boracay:

Dance Floor at Om Bar Boracay, PhilippinesOm Bar
πŸ“Station 2, Nightlife

One of the few places still keeping the nightlife scene alive. This place features a night club inside complete with a sand dance floor.

Boracay Pub CrawlBoracay Pub Crawl
πŸ“Station 1, Nightlife

Make some new friends and paint Boracay red with this popular island pub crawl!

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G Max Reverse Bungy Boracay, PhilippinesG-Max Reverse Bungy
πŸ“Station 3, Entertainment

See Boracay from new heights with this adrenaline filled attraction near the White Beach.

Puka Shell Beach Boracay, PhilippinesPuka Shell Beach
πŸ“North Boracay, Attraction

A popular beach a little off the beaten path. The sand is beautiful and it can be deserted during certain times of the day. A tricycle ride here from the White Beach is PHP 150 - 200.
Sunset at White Beach Boracay, PhilippinesWhite Beach
πŸ“West Boracay, Attraction

This beach put Boracay on the map with its powder white sand and crystal clear water. The sun sets over this beach every evening making it a great way to end a beautiful day in paradise.
Station X Boracay, PhilippinesStation X
πŸ“Station 1, Attraction

A really nice hub located next to the Hue Hotel featuring restaurants, bars, and shops centered with comfortable open-air seating.

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Bamboo Market Souvenirs Boracay, PhilippinesBamboo Market
πŸ“Station 2, Shopping

The biggest collection of souvenir shops on the White Beach. Don't forget to bargain!

Paddle boarding at Puka Shell Beach Boracay, PhilippinesPaddle Boarding
πŸ“All along White Beach, Entertainment

If paddle boarding is your thing, look out for authorized water sport vendors walking along the White Beach with badges and green vests. Prices start at PHP 300 (30 mins) to PHP 600 (60 mins).
Boats on Puka Shell BeachIsland Hopping
πŸ“All along White Beach, Entertainment

If you want to explore the surrounding islands, join a tour group on an all-day tour with lunch included. Prices start at PHP 600 with local vendors.

Hair braids in Boracay, PhilippinesHair Braiding
πŸ“All along White Beach, Entertainment

Complete your island look and get your hair braided partly or completely. Prices start at PHP 150!

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