Boracay Island is located south of Manila about 1 hours flight to Caticlan (MPH) then a 10 minute ferry ride across to the island port. It is a small and narrow island off the north western corner of Aklan at only 7 kilometres long and has some excellent resorts for most budgets. The main "White Beach" faces the Sulu Sea and is about 3 kilometres long and is made of very fine white sand with perfect swimming conditions. As a safe tourist island, it is ideal for families, couples and singles. Weather is best between November and May when the prevailing winds blow onto the back of the island and the rainfall is much less. The island was closed to tourists for 6 months from April to October 2018 for major renovations to the beach and back road that gives access to the resorts. All resorts had to comply with new regulations mainly applicable to sewerage treatment to prevent pollution to the surrounding sea and beaches. Robert visited the island in May 2019 and was pleasantly surprised with the state of the beach with no sun lounges , chairs or any vendors on the beach side. Only people. Lots of them.
Siargao Island, some say, is the best surfing destination in the Philippines. Cloud Nine has a year round right and left break. The Island of Siargao is a tear-drop shaped island in the Philippine Sea situated 800 kilometres southeast of Manila in the province of Surigao del Norte. The east coast is relatively straight with one deep inlet, Port Pilar. The coastline is marked by a succession of reefs, small points and white, sandy beaches. Many new resorts are being developed and it is not crowded.
TOUR ITINERARY- 7 nights. all our tours include breakfasts.
Day 1: Depart Manila flight to Caticlan (MPH). Transfer by car from airport to jetty port. A regular service on small ferry boats leaves approximately every 15 minutes during the daylight hours. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes and lands on the bottom of the island at the Cagban jetty port where you are met and driven to the resort by the internal road. All About Asia arranges transfers and include the environmental fees and boat tickets when booked into a resort. With the exception of, 5 star Shangri La, which as its own private launch that travel around the front of the island and lands directly in front of the resort.
Day 2: Go swimming in the white sandy waters of White Beach. The silica sand is unique in Asia and is only found in Australia on Queensland's Whitehaven Beach. Go shopping in he open air market of D'Mall
Day 3: Boracay White water day trip; This tour presents the real Philippines: hiking rainforests, rice terraces, and bamboo suspension bridges, to swinging like Tarzan into rock pools of the Bugtong Batu Waterfalls.This Boracay day trip takes you to Kayak Inn, our basecamp for adventure along Tibiao River, Antique, about two hours from Boracay Island. From cooking with the locals to being cooked by the locals, the kawa hot baths are an experience not to be missed. These large metal wok-like tubs were traditionally used in the sugar production process. Today, they are used as hot baths, heated beneath by an open fire. The water is hot and the local leaves and flowers placed in the water give off an aroma that is unbelievably relaxing. Sitting in a kawa hot bath with a cold drink to soothe your tired muscles is undoubtedly the best way to end your action-packed Boracay day trip. The tour from Boracay starts early, meeting around 6AM, and is a FULL DAY of adventure activities, before returning to the island at around 6PM.
Day 4: Transfer by car and boat to Caticlan airport for your flight to Sayak airport on Siargao Island via Cebu. Transfer to your hotel.
Day 5: Go surfing at Cloud Nine or go island hopping on a half-day boat trip that encompasses three different and beautiful islands a few minutes from General Luna. Includes Guyam, Daku and Naked Island, all three with white sand beaches. Guyam and Naked are uninhabited, while Daku has a small town and covered picnic tables by the beach. These can be rented out and an ideal spot to stop for snacks or lunch.
Day 6: Visit Rock pools Situated near the town of Pilar, this is a half day trip via van. Magpupungko is only exposed at low tide and the waters are washed out and replaced daily by the incoming tide leaving it a beautiful and clean place to swim
Day 7: Visit Sohoton, the area's premier day-trip destination. About a two-hour boat ride to this national park from General Luna will find you in a landscape that has to be seen to be believed. Striking limestone formations rise out of the glassy waters to create a maze in which only the experienced can find the way out. Your guides will take you to caves and jumping rocks and finally to swim with the very rare non-stinging jelly fish.
Day 8: Transfer to the airport for flight to Manila or Cebu.
HOTELS and RESORTS- BORACAY ISLAND
Shangri La Boracay is located on the top of the island still facing the Sulu Sea with its two own private swimming beaches. Rooms vary from affordable Deluxe garden view, Deluxe Seaview up to fully serviced private villas with their own swimming pools and garden areas. The private launch transfer from Caticlan is the first highlight as this resort brings personal service to the highest level possible Staying there will create long term memories of one of the best resorts in South East Asia by far. Perfect for honeymooners.
The Lind opened in October 2015. The swimming pool is the main feature surrounded by three floors of large modern rooms. The highlight is the 4th floor infinity pool overlooking White Beach. It is located near station 1 on the northern end of White Beach.
Discovery Shores has 87 junior suite style rooms and is located on the northern end of white beach, boat station one. It has a sunken pool bar and first class restaurant on the beach front.
Red Coconut is probably the best location on White Beach if you like to be near the cafes and shopping area of D' Mall. American managed, the food in the open air restaurant near the pool is up there with the best on Boracay Island. They certainly have the friendliest bar. The rooms are well appointed and some have excellent beach and sea views.
Boracay Mandarin is a small resort right on the beach front with well appointed modern rooms. The higher rooms have a uninterrupted view of the Sulu sea and the swimming pool is the main feature as you enter. Staff are always friendly and helpful.
Sandcastles is the only apartment hotel on White Beach front. 1 bedroom. 2 bedroom and a 3 bedroom are fully serviced with cooking facilities. Breakfast is delivered to your room.
Boracay Tropics. Located on main road from Ferry port. Although not beach front but a 5 minutes walk. It has a swimming pool and good rooms set around tropical gardens.
HOTELS and RESORTS SIARGAO ISLAND
Siargao Bleu The only Triple A resort in the island with personalised butler service (per request), special seafood dining. They offer Fishing Camp Packages or Surf Camp packages that are unique to Siargao Island. Known for its famous surf break “CLOUD 9” – Top 8 Surfing destination in the world!… just a 5 minute walk.
Apsara Tribe - newly built in 2018. The rooms are small but nicely appointment with aircon and excellent lighting. The small balcony overlooks a well maintained garden and the northern side overlooks a canal to the swimming pool.
Buddha’s Surf Resort is set in the heart of Siargao Island Surf community, the resort is ideal for tourists and surfers alike. Located between the famous Cloud 9 surf break and the town of General Luna.
White Beach - Boracay Island
Cloud Nine - Siargao Island
Magpupungko rock pools
Non Stinging Jellyfish
Shangri La Boracay Island View
The Lind- Boracay Island
Red Coconut Resort- Boracay Island
Movenpick resort - Boracay Island
Siargao Bleu Resort- Cloud Nine
Apsara Tribe- Cloud Nine , Siargao Island