One of the world’s most popular beach destinations, Boracay, officially reopened to the public on October 26, 2018 following months of island clean-up! What to expect? The government has spent over US$18.5 million on cleaning up the island’s bad habits and putting in rules for both hotels and tourists moving forward. The crystal clear blue water is back, the beach is immaculate, the infrastructure (an ongoing project) is updated, and the hotels are ready to serve tourists again. There are new rules including limits on combustion engine transport, a ban on single-use plastics, and offshore zones for water sports which means safer shoreline swimming for families. Way to go Boracay and Philippines Tourism Board for taking action and protecting this beautiful destination. Now, time to start booking your family holiday! Here is our Little Steps Guide to Boracay With Kids.
The easiest way to get to Boracay is to fly into Caticlan Airport from Manila. From there, you will take a boat to the island (ticketing on arrival). Another option is to fly into Kalibo Airport from Manila, Cebu, or other Asian cities. From this airport, you will take a bus to Caticlan and then a boat to the island. There is a third option; you can fly to Kalibo Airport and take a bus or arrange private transport to Caticlan (this drive will take 2.5 hours) and then a boat to the island.
Cebu Pacific, www.cebupacificair.com
Philippine Airlines, hwww.philippineairlines.com
Scoot, hwww.flyscoot.com/en *flies into Kalibo
Boracay is a holiday dream for families looking for sun and sea! One of the most popular and luxurious hotels on the island is Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa. This family-friendly favorite has 219 spacious rooms, suites and luxurious villas and is located outside of the busy traffic of Boracay's central area. Kids will love the Adventure Zone which offers an exciting indoor playground with a drop slide and an Entertainment Centre complete with video and arcade games, table tennis, karaoke rooms, and billiards. Another favorite on the island is Discovery Shores which is located at Station 1 on White Beach and comes complete with a Kids Club, 88 guestrooms, Terra Wellness Spa, and a fabulous beach bar. Perfect sunset views - they have that covered too! Located at Station 2, Henann Lagoon Resort offers families 222 luxurious rooms, each with its own spacious balcony. The property has a wonderful pool and is situated right by all the water sports activities on White Beach!
Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, 5608, Philippines, +63 36 288 4988, www.shangri-la.com/boracay/boracayresort. This property will be open as of October 26, 2018.
Discovery Shores, Station 1, Barangay Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, 5608, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.discoveryshoresboracay.com/discover/boracayresort
More Family-Friendly Hotels In Boracay:
Henann Garden Hotel, henann.com/boracay/henanngarden
Monaco Suites De Boracay, monacosuitesdeboracay.com
Henann Regency, henann.com/boracay/henannregency
Cheap Family-Friendly Hotel Options In Boracay:
Agos Boracay, www.agosboracay.com
Surfside Boracay Resort, boracaysurfside.com/osi/english/hotelsurfside
Island Jewel Inn, islandjewelinn.com
Hey Jude South Beach Resort, www.heyjude-boracay.com
Boracay is not only a gorgeous place to relax, but it is also loaded with water sports which make it attractive for active families too! Head to the island’s famous 4km-long White Beach where you will find parasailing, zorbing, island hopping tours, banana boat rides, glass bottom boats, snorkeling, diving, kayaking and so much more. For those looking for something different? Bulabog Beach is popular with adrenaline junkies and is a go-to beach for windsurfers. Diniwad Beach is very relaxing! For mermaid obsessed kids, be sure to visit the official mermaid school where you will find classes, photo-shoot options, and more mermaid themed fun. For a bit of nature, head to The Bat Cave to experience bats, bats, bats. The Grotto is a landmark rock foundation. It is recommended to visit it early in the morning at low tide (and fewer people). For open-air shopping, D’Mall is popular with tourists and is also has cool little restaurants and bars. It's also a fun area to get a massage or mani/pedi by sea. Divers, there are loads of gorgeous dive sites including the famous Yapak site which is a 70-meter wall packed with sea life and drift diving.
The Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy, www.philippinemermaidswimmingacademy.com
The Grotto, Website
Bat Cave, Website
Diving In Boracay:
Calypso Diving Resort, www.calypso-boracay.com
Fire Dancers, on the beach every night at sunset
Fruit Shakes, all over the island!
Spas And Pampering In Boracay:
Terra Wellness At Discovery Shores, Website