Attractions

Boracay’s White Beach

Written by Patrick

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Boracay's White Beach

Caption: People enjoying a spectacular sunset at Boracay’s White Beach.

Boracay Island’s White Beach is the most famous beach in the Philippines.  The premier destination for the ultimate paradise experience, White Beach is about four kilometers long and its coast is dotted with hotels, restaurants, resorts, shops, and other businesses associated with tourism.

White Beach is known worldwide for its long stretch of powdery white sand and pristine water. Almost everyone who travels to Boracay for leisure stay in this area. White Beach is divided into three boat stations – Station 1 where the sand is the finest and where most luxury resorts are located, Station 2 the busiest and most crowded due to concentration of restaurants, resorts, bars and shops, and the more laidback and less crowded Station 3 where cheaper accommodation can be found. Take note that there is no physical barrier of some sort to separate the stations. Anyone can explore any station any time of the day.

Fast Facts

Attraction:
White Beach | Boracay Island
Type of Attraction:
Beach
Address:
Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan
Website:
None
Phone:
None
Hours:
Always Open
Closed:
Best Time to Visit:
November to April
Food & Drink:
Not allowed
FREE WiFi:
None
Cost:
FREE
Payment Type:
Not applicable
Fees:
None
Notes:
The attraction is a public beach. The local government bans eating, drinking, and smoking on the beach.

MAP

This attraction is located on Boracay Island near Kalibo.

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NEED TO KNOW

How to Get to Boracay’s White Beach?

By Air

STEP 1

Domestic Flights
Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and AirAsia have multiple flights a day from Manila direct to Caticlan Airport and the bigger Kalibo Airport.

Tourists from Cebu and Clark can also fly directly to Caticlan through Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and AirAsia but not as often as when coming from Manila.

International Flights
Kalibo Airport services both local and international flights particularly from Taiwan, China, South Korea, and Singapore.

For South Korean tourists, commercial airlines to consider include Air Seoul, Cebu Pacific, Jin Air, Philippine Airlines, and Philippines AirAsia. Air Busan can also be chartered from Busan to Kalibo.

Tourists flying from China may take Cebu Pacific, Juneyao Airlines, Okay Airways, Philippine Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, and XiamenAir. China Airlines also flies from Taipei, but only seasonal.

For tourists from Singapore, the only airline flying direct to Kalibo is Scoot.

STEP 2

Caticlan Airport to Caticlan Jetty Port
Caticlan Airport is less than one kilometer away from Caticlan Jetty Port, the jumpoff point to Boracay Island.  From the airport, the cheapest way to get to the port is via tricycle.  Travel time from the airport to the port is less than 15 minutes and fare ranges from P50 to P100 ($1 to $2 USD).

Kalibo Airport to Caticlan Jetty Port
When arriving in Kalibo Airport, there are vans, coasters, buses available in the airport that can take you to Caticlan Jetty Port. Fare should be around P200 for adults and P120 ($2.4 USD) for children. Another option is to take a tricycle to Ceres bus station in Kalibo town proper where you can catch a bus straight to Caticlan Jetty Port. Fare is a little more than P100 ($2 USD) for air-conditioned buses and P90 ($1.8 USD) for ordinary buses. When you are with a big group, you may want to consider renting a van. One way transfer is around P2,000 ($40 USD). Travel time from Kalibo Airport to Caticlan Jetty Port is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

STEP 3

Upon arrival at Caticlan Jetty Port, you need to pay P100 (%2 USD) terminal fee, P75 ($1.5 USD) environmental fee, and the ferry of your choice (P50 to P75 | $1 to $1.5 USD). The motorized outrigger boat is the popular choice among tourists with its first trip leaving Caticlan at 5:00 AM and the last trip at 9:00 PM. At the terminal, you will also be required to register at their tourism desk for monitoring purposes. Travel time from Caticlan to Cagban is approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Once you arrive at Cagban Jetty Port, you can take a tricycle, van or multicab to your resort. Tricycle is P120 ($2.4 USD) to P200 ($4 USD) to any resort in White Beach (Station 1, 2 or 3).

By Sea

To those who prefer to travel by sea from Manila, your best option is the Batangas-Caticlan route. 2Go Travel sails from Batangas to Caticlan everyday. The ferry leaves Batangas Port at 9:00 PM and arrives at Caticlan Port at 8:00 AM.  Travel time is therefore 11 hours. Regular fare is between P1,572 ($32 USD) and P2,018 ($41 USD).

When you arrive at Caticlan Port, there are directions on how to get to the area where you can pay your terminal fee, environmental fee, and boat transfer to Cagban Port or Tambisaan Port (see above).

By Land

From Ceres Northbound Terminal in Jaro, Iloilo City, you can take a bus straight to Caticlan Jetty Port. Travel time is between 6 to 7 hours with 1 stop for lunch or dinner. There are three types of buses you can choose from – regular bus, air-conditioned bus or air-conditioned bus with toilet. Fare ranges from  P400 ($8 USD) to P600 ($12 USD). Buses depart the terminal every 30 minutes from 3:30 AM until 3:00 or 4:00 PM. Ceres buses drop passengers right in front of Caticlan Jetty Port.

See above for directions on how to get to Boracay from Caticlan Jetty Port.

The airport closest to Boracay’s White Beach

Godofredo P. Ramos (IATA: MPH), also known as Caticlan Airport, is the airport closest to White Beach.  It is one of the two major gateways to Boracay Island, the other being Kalibo International Airport.

Alcohol

Consuming alcohol is not allowed at this attraction.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this attraction to avoid crowds is early in the morning usually before 8:00 AM.

Closures

This attraction is always open. 

Fees

No fees required. 

Food & Drink

Food and drinks are not allowed at this attraction.

Pets

Pets are not allowed at this attraction.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed at this attraction.

Trash

Please dispose of your trash properly or take it with you.  Don’t Trash the Philippines!  

The Philippines are beautiful islands … let’s all ensure they remain this way. 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotels and resorts near White Beach:

TIPS & HACKS

The following are recommended items for this experience: 

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS

CamelPack

I always carry a Camelbak Hydration Pack with me when traveling. Not only does it allow me to pack all my daily gear and snacks, but it also has a 3-liter water bladder which holds enough water to get me through the entire day.

Bluetooth Speaker

Compact yet mighty, a bluetooth speaker setup is a breeze, and the sound quality it delivers for its size is nothing short of impressive. Beyond its audio prowess, it boasts exceptional durability, making it an ideal companion for outdoor adventures.

UV Shirt

UV Shirt is an essential when travelling in a tropical country. Providing reliable protection during long hours in the water, not only comfortable but also ensures a secure shield against the elements.

Snorkel Gear

For my island-hopping escapades, a snorkel gear set has become indispensable. Designed to enhance the joy of snorkeling and free diving, each piece ensures comfort and functionality. Together, they create an immersive and enjoyable underwater experience.

Adventure Camera

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Aqua Shoes

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Photos

The following are some photos of this attraction.

Videos

The following is a video of this attraction.

NEARBY

The following are other points of interest nearby:

  • Balinghai Beach 
  • Puka Shell Beach
  • Bulabog Beach 
  • Ilig-Iligan Beach 
  • Ariel’s Point

READ MORE: Boracay Island Guide

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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  • Wow, the photos of Boracay’s White Beach look just incredible! I’ve always wanted to visit the Philippines and this post has definitely peaked my interest. Can’t wait to read more about your adventures and experiences on the island.

  • Wow, this blog post is making me feel so homesick! I’ve been to Boracay’s White Beach before and it’s truly one of the most beautiful places on earth. The clear waters, the powdery sand, and the stunning sunsets – it’s a place that’s hard to forget. I’m glad to see that the beauty of Boracay is still being shared and appreciated by travelers around the world. Thanks for the nostalgic post! 😊