Being one of the Philippines’ top beaches, Boracay is also at the top of everybody’s post-pandemic bucket list. As we gradually emerge from the past years’ challenges, the well-loved white beach destination offers a familiar breath of fresh air.
Heed Boracay’s call and gear up for an exciting beach escapade in the new normal. From COVID-19 guidelines to accommodations and tours, here’s all you need to know about visiting Boracay this 2022.
COVID-19 Travel Guidelines
As of writing, Aklan Province, including Boracay, is under Alert Level 2 from January 1 to 15, 2022.
There are no longer age restrictions; however, visitors aged above 65 years old, with comorbidities, or pregnant require full vaccination.
Checklist of Requirements:
Here are the documents you need to prepare. Digital copies are to be uploaded when you fill out the Online Health Declaration Card (OHDC) Form.
- Proof of identification
- Domestic tourists: ID with address
- Foreigners/OFWs: Passport
- Proof of vaccination
- For vaccinated tourists: Vaccination card
- For unvaccinated or partially vaccinated: Negative RT-PCR test results within 72 hours before travel date
- For children below 12 years old: Certificate of Undertaking Traveling with Minors (download here)
- Proof of reservation at DOT-accredited hotel/s
- Roundtrip flight and travel itinerary
- Accomplish the Boracay OHDC Form at touristboracay.com.
- Attach digital copies of the required documents.
- Once submitted, the OHDC with QR code will be provided on the confirmation page. Click on the Preview and Download button to save a copy.
- Print the OHDC QR code or save a digital copy on your device.
How to Get to Boracay
Two airports serve Boracay: Caticlan Airport (Godofredo P. Ramos Airport) and Kalibo International Airport.
In the new normal, tourists entering Boracay by air can only enter via Caticlan Airport so make sure to book your flights here. Kalibo Airport is limited to returning residents and APOR.
From Caticlan Airport, Caticlan Jetty Port is only 5 minutes by car or tricycle. From the port to Boracay island, the boat ride only takes 10 to 15 minutes.
Tricycle is the main mode of transport on the island, and they are readily available at Boracay Jetty Port.
Airport transfers and car rentals are also convenient options. Transportation can be arranged from the airport directly to your hotel and back.
Where to Stay in Boracay
Secure your hotel bookings early as part of the travel requirements. Here are the best hotels and resorts to book in Boracay.
Belmont Hotel Boracay
From luxurious rooms and hospitable staff to amazing adventures within reach, everything you need to fulfill the great beach escape is at Belmont Hotel Boracay. The resort houses a swimming pool, fitness center, spa, and various dining and bar options.
Location: Newcoast Dr., Boracay Newcoast, Barangay Yapak, Boracay
Astoria takes you on the front seat of all the best experiences in Boracay — right at the beachfront of Station 1. Indulge in first-rate amenities that blend modern luxury with tropical island living.
Location: Station 1, Barangay Balabag, Boracay
Boracay Tropics Resort Hotel
A refreshing respite awaits at this Asian-Mediterranean-inspired haven at Boracay’s Station 2. Boracay Tropics combines tropical, native, and modern elements beautifully, with cabanas that would make it difficult to step out of.
Location: Station 2, Bo. Manggayad, Boracay
The Tides Hotel Boracay
Located near the island’s best spots, such as Station 2’s White Beach and D’Mall, The Tides offers great value with its service, amenities, and location. Stunning sunset views from the rooftop pool are not to be missed.
Location: D’Mall Station 2, Boracay
Henann Regency Resort and Spa
Henann Regency Resort and Spa is part of the renowned Henann group of resorts across Boracay. This hotel offers modern tropical luxury, with different dining and recreation options within its vast expanse.
Location: Beachfront, Station 2, Boracay
Alta Vista de Boracay
Alta Vista offers access to Puka Beach, a beloved gem away from the well-known bustling stations of Boracay. The resort has various recreational facilities for all energy levels, from relaxing spa treatments to fun karaoke sessions.
Location: Barangay Yapak, Boracay
Where to Eat in Boracay
Boracay has all kinds of restaurants to satisfy all kinds of cravings. These are the best restaurants that should be a the top of your island food trip!
Amid all the guilty pleasures spread across the island, Nonie’s offers a refuge for health-conscious beachgoers. The restaurant offers guiltless dishes with organic and local ingredients that highlight Filipino cuisine.
Location: Station X, Hue Hotel and Resorts, Station 2, Boracay
The Sunny Side Cafe
The Sunny Side Cafe gives a good sunny jumpstart to your day with healthy options. This popular breakfast destination offers local and Western favorites, along with baked goodies and coffee.
Location: Beachfront, Boracay Sands Hotel, Station 3, Boracay
Fuel up with good wine at Dos Mestizos, which offers various pairing options. The restaurant is also well-loved for its Spanish specialties such as bacalao, callos, and all kinds of paella.
Location: Seawind Resort, Main Rd., Station 1, Boracay
Lemoni Cafe & Restaurant
Lemoni Cafe attracts beachgoers not only with its picture-perfect aesthetic but also its zesty and flavorful offerings. Aside from its healthy dishes and juices made with fresh fruits and vegetables, the cakes and pastries are also crowd favorites.
Location: Stall 117, D’Mall, Station 2, Boracay
Facebook: Lemoni Cafe & Restaurant, Boracay
Head to Conga’s for some spicy, herby, and aromatic comfort food, characteristic of Thai cuisine. The restaurant is a destination for its green and red curry dishes with options for different spiciness levels.
Location: Road 1-A, Bulabog, Boracay
Facebook: Congas Restaurant Boracay
Sea Breeze Cafe at Henann Regency Resort & Spa
Have multiple cuisines on one spread with the buffet experience. From Pan-Asian to Western specialties, the dishes complement well with breathtaking views of the beachfront.
Location: Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Beachfront, Station 2, Boracay
What to Do in Boracay
Fill up your travel itinerary with these exciting experiences you shouldn’t miss out on when in Boracay!
Boracay getaways always start with island hopping! From Puka Beach to Coral Garden and Crocodile Island, get to know the beauty of the white-sand coast of Boracay and the amazing underwater life nestled not far from the shore.
There are many water activities to try at Boracay, but kite surfing is a must-try for water sports fans. Even without prior experience, tourists looking for some thrill can learn it quickly on the island with the help of expert instructors.
Boracay is not all about the beach! Head inland and uncover hidden gems as you ride through narrow roads and dirt paths confidently on an ATV.
For long-lasting memories—and pictures!—a helicopter tour is a one-of-a-kind experience that shows just how beautiful the island of Boracay is. It’s a must for photo enthusiasts!
Cap off all the adventures with a well-deserved pampering session by the beach. Spas dot the island, waiting to reinvigorate tired travelers. Some even offer massage treatments right at the beach.
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