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Quick Facts About Boracay

Boracay is found at the northwestern tip of Panay, off the Sibuyan Sea in the Western Visayas region. The island experiences ideal beach weather half the year through, with the months of December to May as its peak season. Between June to November, few tourists make it to Boracay as the rainy season puts a damper on experiencing Boracay’s famous beach. With the unpredictability of the weather, rates around the island are understandably lower.

Before becoming a Mecca for beachlovers the World over, Boracay was solely inhabited by the Ati tribe. The name “Boracay” comes from this indigenous people, a derivative of the local word “borac” which means cotton, a reference to the island’s white sand. The Atis still love on the island, though in a small, secluded area cut away from the runway development of their native land.

Boracay is politically a part of the municipality of Malay in Aklan province. The island is made up of three communities: Yapak, Balabag and Manoc-Manoc. Though celebrated for its beaches, Boracay also has hilly areas as well as lush forests.

How to Get There

Boracay’s primary entryway is Caticlan in Aklan province. Small planes fly into the Caticlan airport from Manila or Cebu, and recently jets with bigger seat capacities have begun servicing the route. Flight time varies from 35 minutes to an hour, depending on the type of aircraft. Check SEAir, Asian Spirit, and Interisland for daily flight schedules. Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific fly into Kalibo, Aklan, a half hours away from the Caticlan port by bus or hired van.

Once in Caticlan, visitors to Boracay Island have to cross over by banca (outrigger) from the Caticlan port. Bancas cross regularly throughout the day.

Boracay is also accessible by slowboat. Negros Navigation has cruise liners that leave from Manila and anchor near Boracay after less than a full day of travel. Slowboates of WG&A and MBRS Shipping Lines dock at Dumaguit, two hours away from Caticlan by bus or van.

How to Get Around

White Beach is entirely accessible on foot, though walking down the entire 3.5-km stretch is more a workout than a leisurely stroll. Most people opt to walk on the sand unless the heat gets so unbearable that a P30 tricycle can’t be resisted. There are no cars on the island, which is just as well since the one and only road behind White Beach looks more like a sidewalk than the main throughfare. Be careful when crossing the road, some tricycle drivers fancy themeselves F1 contenders in the three-wheel division.

Explore Guisi, Guimaras

Have fun on board a motorized boat as you cruise around Dolores Strait and the shorelines of nearby villages. Marvel at the beautiful and colorful corals on a canvass of crystal- clear waters. Learn the various fishing methods like the use of nets, hook and line and others that are employed by fishers to preserve the dwindling marine resources of the municipality.

Gather tuba (coconut wine) in the afternoon together with the villagers. Get entertain by a presentation after dinner where the village’s history and cultural heritage are showcased in the form of dance drama, accompanied by music from indigenous instruments.

Trek to the scenic Panoloran Falls that offers a magnificient view of the Iloilo Strait. Climb a hill 150 meters above sea level where the scenic veiw of Dolores and its environs can be seen from the peak. And above all, enjoy swimming in the clean and pristine waters of Guisi beach.

What to Experience in Guisi…

  • Swim and enjoy in the cool waters, and marvel at amazing landscapes…
  • Hop unto a boat and cruise over colorful corals…
  • Travel through a time tunnel and visit the past…
  • Explore the caves and discover beauty hidden in the darkness…
  • Learn about the diversity of culture through songs and dances…
  • Savor people’s hospitality as well as local cuisines…
  • Stay overnight in the comforts of Guisi’s heritage cottage…

How to get there…
Guisi, located in the southwestern-most tip of Guimaras Island, can be reached in one hour by land from the Jordan wharf where jeepneys and vans are available at affordable prices.

Jordan wharf is a 15-minute boat ride from Iloilo City, the administrative and commercial capital of the Western Visayas Region in central Philippines.

By plane, Iloilo City is one hour from Manila and 25 minutes from Cebu.

Packages Tour Rates
(for 2 days and 1 night)
Group of 6= Php 1,730/pax
Group of 5= Php 1,935/pax
Group of 4= Php 2,225/pax
Group of 3= Php 2,718/pax
Pair+ Php 3, 705/pax
Single= Php 6,670/pax
*includes Welcome Lei and Drinks, Boating, Karosa Ride, Meals (2 lunch, 1 dinner and 1 breakfast). Accomodation Tour Guide Services (2 guides), Cultural Presentation and Contingencies.

For inquiries and reservations, please call:
Mr. Marilyn Cordero
Guisi Heritage Tourism Project
Mobile No. +63915-9466062

The Provincial Economic and Development Office
Tourism Section
Telefax No. +63332371134

Ms. Amparo Buncad
Municipal Tourism Officer
Nueva Valencia, Guimaras
Mobile No. +63918-9011984