Boracay is probably one of the most coveted travel destinations in the Philippines, particularly for beachgoers. It is a great choice if you have extra funds to spare to maximize your 3-day long weekend holiday.
What adds up to the overall Boracay experience is you get to travel via airplane even for just 45 minutes. You also get to ride a ferry for 15 minutes to go to Boracay island. In my opinion, it’s a lot better than a 3 or 5 hour land trip to get to beaches in Luzon.
Aside from white sand, sunset view, crystal clear water, and a blue shoreline, the island of Boracay also offers different water activities that you can enjoy. You can choose from major attractions such as island hopping, parasailing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Or you can also do minor ones like stand-up paddle board, banana boat, ATV ride, or crystal kayaking. In general, there are plenty of things to do in Boracay. However, you have to consider your itinerary and budget to maximize your travel experience.
We went to bora not many months ago and it is our first time going there. In this post, I will share with you our 3 days 2 nights itinerary. This can give you an idea on what you can do in this beautiful place when you only have 3 days to spare to unwind and at the same time enjoy the beach.
Boracay Itinerary for 3 Days and 2 Nights
This is only in chronological order and based on what I have remembered. I did not put a specific time on each activity because this schedule is also somewhat carefree.
Day 1 Fly from Manila to Boracay
- Fly to Caticlan Malay, Aklan via AirAsia in NAIA terminal 4
- Travel by Ferry to Boracay Island
- Leave our luggage in the hotel for storage
- Go to D’ Mall to eat lunch at Andoks
- Chill in McDonald’s while waiting for our check-in time
- Go back to the hotel to check in at 3:00 pm
- Walk along the beach to appreciate it more and to scout for the cheapest offer of water activities that we will do for our second day
- Tried the Crystal boat as it is readily available
- Enjoy the sunset of course with a lot of pictorials
- Have dinner at Jollibee
Day 2 Enjoy the Different Water and Land Activities
- Breakfast buffet at the hotel
- Go scuba diving
- Go parasailing
- No lunch, we enjoyed the water activities so much that we forgot to eat lunch
- Ride an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) or Buggy car
- Go to D’ Mall again to buy pasalubong and also to Starbucks to buy a mug
- Afternoon heavy snack only (no dinner)
- Walk along the beach at night time
Day 3 Last dip on the beach/swimming pool, and fly back to Manila
- Breakfast buffet in the hotel
- Take a dip on the beach plus avail the stand-up paddle board
- Take a dip in the swimming pool in the hotel
- Prepare for departure going back to Caticlan
- Check out in the Hotel at 12:00nn
- Fly back to Manila
Some Water Attractions that we availed during our 3 days 2 nights in Boracay
On day 1 we tried this crystal boat. The cost is around Php400 for 30 minutes of use. We are 4 people in the group. All of us were allowed to try it.
On the second day, we tried scuba diving. The cost is around Php 700 per person. It comes with underwater photos and videos.
Since we are not afraid of heights, we also tried Parasailing. The cost is Php 1600 per pax for around 15 minutes gliding like a kite in the air.
We also tried riding the buggy/ATV car. The cost is Php 1000 per pax for roughly 5 to 6 laps. Basically, it’s Php 2000 per 1 buggy car. Each person can alternate driving the buggy.
On Day 3 we tried the stand-up paddle board. This cost around Php 300 for 30 minutes. Again all in the group were able to try it.
Overall we enjoyed all these Boracay attractions. I know they are expensive but I think it’s worth the price. Also, the guys that offered the attractions are very friendly.
Watch a glimpse of Boracay beach at night time in this video:
Budget per Pax for 3D2N Travel in Boracay
The total cost for 3 days 2 nights in Boracay per pax is PHP 6925 or roughly PHP 7000. This does not include the airfare and the hotel booking.
The budget per person greatly depends on the hotel that you will avail and the airfare as these two varies on the season. If you will go to Boracay on peak season then expect an even higher cost on both. Aside from the latter, your budget also depends on the types of activities that you will do in Boracay.
For example, if you will avail of the parasailing then that will cost you Php 1600 per pax. Furthermore, if you will do scuba diving then that’s another Php 700 per pax. The all-terrain vehicle is Php 1000 per person. Just to give you an idea here is the itemized expenses that we incur per person.
AirAsia Airfare roundtrip Manila to Caticlan – Php 12000 per pax
Hotel 3 days 2 nights in Station 1 – Php 11000 per night with breakfast or Php 22000 for 2 nights. If you are 3 in the group then the cost for two nights per pax is around PHP 7333.33 or PHP 7500. Choose an affordable hotel to further bring down your board and lodging cost.
Day 1 Budget per pax
- Tricycle from Boracay Airport to Caticlan Jetty – Php 50
- Terminal Fee – Php 100
- Environmental Fee – Php 150
- Ferry ride from Caticlan to Boracay Island – Php 50
- E-Tricycle from Caticlan Jetty to Hotel in Station 1 – Php 50
- Lunch at Andoks – Php 220
- Dinner at Jollibee – Php 300
- Crystal Boat ride – Php 50 per pax
Day 2 Budget per pax
- Scuba diving – Php 700
- Lunch – we did not have lunch
- Parasailing – Php 1600
- All-Terrain Vehicle – Php 1000
- Pasalubong – Php 1500 (Starbucks mug plus 3 Boracay bags)
- Snack at Hotel (no dinner) – Php 500
Day 3 Budget per pax
- Paddle board – Php 75 per pax (4 persons in a group)
- E-tricycle from hotel to Boracay jetty – Php 50
- Terminal fee – Php 100
- Lunch at Caticlan – Php 300
- Ferry boat from Boracay to Caticlan Jetty – Php 50
- Tricycle from Jetty to Boracay Airport – Php 30
The total cost for 3 days and 2 nights in Boracay is around Php 6925 or just round it up to Php 7000 per person.
Tips and tricks based on our Boracay Experience
AirAsia is the cheapest airline going to Caticlan, Boracay. Choose AirAsia if you want to save big bucks. When we traveled to South Korea we also booked our flight with AirAsia.
If you have a weak or sensitive stomach to tap drinking water it would be better to buy bottled water or drink soda every time you will eat in restaurants.
Should you need to go to a pharmacy, you can go to Watsons at City Mall. Or go to The Generics Pharmacy and G & C Medicine Center in D’ Mall.
Bring clothes that dry up quickly such as dry-fit and jersey. Clothes that are made of polyester or spandex. In this way, you can use and re-use your beach clothes. This will save you some luggage space. Because of this strategy, each of us only brought a backpack with no checked-in baggage.
Jollibee and McDonald’s are both within walking distance from D’ Mall.
Andoks is by far the most budget-friendly restaurant in Boracay. It is within the vicinity of D’ Mall also.
There are a handful of souvenir and pasalubong shops within D’ Mall. Learn to haggle to save you some cash, which you can allocate to other things.
Most of the hotels in Boracay offer luggage storage to their guests prior to check-in and check-out. If you arrived early at the hotel before your check-in time. Enquire with the hotel reception if you can leave your luggage with them.
If possible, get the hotel room that comes with a complimentary breakfast buffet. This will save you time and it is for your convenience. Boracay is a foreign land at least for first-timers. You do not need to leave the hotel just to search for restaurants that are open early in the morning.
Some water attractions have cut-off times which means they will stop accepting guests for the day. For example, both scuba diving and parasailing have a cutoff time of 3 pm. Verify with the attractions provider their cut-off time.
Most of the Boracay water attractions are pricey. For example, the stand-up paddle board can cost you Php 600 for 1 hour of use. Learn to bargain especially if you just want to try it for a short while.