USEFUL ISLAND TIPS
Boracay is a tropical island with its most popular beach stretching for 4-kilometers on powdery white sand and is among the top ten best beaches in the world. The island is 100% an English speaking and friendly environment where you will feel very safe and well cared for.
For the certified sun-worshipper, Paradise is synonymous to Boracay. Many visitors return to the island year after year. Boracay has managed to pack its thousand or so hectare area with all the elements of a tropical paradise–crystal blue waters, powdery white sand, tropical palms and a healthy marine life beneath the seas. Not surprisingly, the culinary fare on Boracay is as diverse as the nationalities of its visitors.
The island has 12 beaches. These three are the most popular:
• White Beach is also known as the front beach. It is a long stretch of white sand lined with a variety of restaurants, bars, resorts and hotels. It is sectioned into three areas known as Stations 1, 2 & 3. Station 3 is closest to Paradise English.
• Bulabog Beach is referred to as the back beach. This is where most water sport centers are located, like kite boarding and wind surfing.
• Puka Shell Beach is the second longest beach on the island. It is less crowded and is a favorite destination for picnics and group gatherings. Be warned though that the water depth is abrupt and the current is strong.
November to March is cool at night and warm during the day, with moderate rainfall. Northeasterly to easterly winds account for clean and calm beach waters and temperature ranging from 25-32°C (77-90°F).
April to June is hot and mostly dry with easterly to southeasterly trade winds and temperature ranging from 28-38°C (82-100°F).
May/June to September/October winds come from the southwest, bringing moderate to heavy rainfall and temperature ranging from 25-32°C (77-90°F).
Getting to Boracay
With several daily flights coming from Manila, it is fairly easy to fly to Boracay via Kalibo or Caticlan airports. Caticlan is 2 kilometers from Boracay while Kalibo is a 90-minute bus ride away. Upon arrival in Caticlan, take a 5-minute tricycle ride to the jetty port then be off to Boracay via a short outrigger boat ride.
Getting Around Boracay
The tricycle is the most popular means of transportation. It accommodates approximately 5 passengers. Minimum fare is 10 pesos and increases, depending on distance. The rates are usually posted inside the tricycle but they often try to charge foreigners more money. Chartered tricycles (you rent all the seats for your exclusive use) charge 100 pesos and more, depending on distance, be forewarned if you get into an empty tricycle they may try to charge the special chartered rate
What To Bring
You need very few clothes. Beach clothes/towels can be bought on the island. Sweatshirts and sweatpants may be useful during the cooler months as temperatures slightly drop at night. Remember to have your sunglasses, a hat, a flashlight, a good pair of beach sandals and your camera.
The currency in the Philippines is the Peso (PhP or P) and the Centavo (¢). 100 centavos = P1. Coin denominations are: 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, P1, P5 and P10. Bill denominations are: 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 pesos. Change some foreign currency at the Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport where the rates are better. Credit cards are accepted in some establishments on Boracay. There are many ATM machines on the island, which accept foreign bank debit and credit cards, but most will charge a fee.
• Bank of Philippine Islands (Main Road, D’Mall and Boracay Beach Chalet along White Beach)
• Metrobank (Main Road, Station 1 and Station 2)
• Allied Bank (beside Crafts of Boracay across from Tilapia & Chips)
Prior to your arrival, we recommend checking with your local bank if and where you may use your ATM cards in the Philippines.
1. D’ Mall Area
2. E-Mall at Station 3
3. D’ Talipapa at Station 2
4. A variety of boutiques along Main Road
Most offices are open from 8AM to 5PM on weekdays and from 8AM till noon on Saturdays. Banks are open from 9AM till 4PM on weekdays. When transacting with banks, bring your passport for identification. Commercial establishments, especially restaurants, bars and spas are open every day.
English is one of the country’s official languages. Most locals understand and speak English, offering you many opportunities to practice your new English skills and assuring you of little to no communication challenges in English.
There are a number of medical clinics on the island. The office can offer advice on which clinic to attend if in need of medical assistance.
Tap water on Boracay is not suitable for drinking. The majority of all stores carry safe bottled drinking water, the School also provides water dispensers on campus and at the dorm.
Prepaid Mobile Phone Lines
If your phone is unlocked and is compatible with the local system, you may use it by purchasing a local prepaid SIM card as well as prepaid loads that will allow you to call or text. The 2 major carriers are Smart Communications and Globe Telecom.
Ambulance/Fire/Police Land Line: 288-3066 or 166
Paradise English Mobile: +63 926 439 5916 or 288-4544
1. No smoking at the beach front
2. No littering
3. No fishing
4. No urinating or defecating anywhere on the beach
5. No pets on the beach front
6. No extraction of sand and pebbles