The perfect 3 day itinerary for Boracay Island

Looking for the best 3 day itinerary for Boracay Island? You’ve come to the right place. I’ve listed all the best things to do in Boracay, Philippines, based on my own visit.

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Have you ever imagined how the perfect beach would be like?

It probably has lush palm trees, right? And turquoise water, stunning sunsets that leave you speechless, hour-long massages and drinks till you pass out?

Well, I’m on Boracay in the Philippines and I have found a beach like that! This perfect beach is called White Beach and it’s so amazing that words can’t do it justice.

In this article, I’ve shared everything I know about Boracay island so you can plan an amazing trip here, too. This itinerary for Boracay includes activities for 3 days, the best beaches of Boracay and much more.

Let’s dig in.

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Is Boracay still closed?

No, Boracay has reopened. After being closed for 6 months in 2018, this Philippine island is finally welcoming visitors back.

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3 day itinerary for Boracay Island

Boracay island is only 7 km long and 1-2 km wide which makes walking around easy. On the east side of Boracay, you will find most of the activities such as helmet diving, jet skiing, parasailing and snorkeling.

You can spend weeks on Boracay, just soaking up the beaches and trying some of the MANY activities on the island. Given how small it is, it offers a lot of activities!

However, three days will give you enough time to explore the best beaches in Boracay, the nightlife and the most fun activities.

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Best station in Boracay

Boracay is known for White Beach – the best beach in Boracay. White Beach is 3.5 kilometres long and divided into three parts called stations.

The best station in Boracay is Station 1. It has the finest stretch of white sand on the entire island, it’s quieter and has the most luxury resorts.

Station 1 – Luxury

Station 1 has many high-end resorts and gourmet restaurants by the beach. Perfect for luxury travel.

Station 2 – Shopping and partying

Station 2 is the heart of White Beach. Accommodation prices range from 1000 to 2000 pesos per person and I strongly recommend booking ahead, especially during peak seasons or holidays. You’ll find lots of resorts, shops, entertainment and restaurants here.

Station 3 – Backpacking

Station 3 is a quieter, less crowded area compared to Station 2, where you can find cheaper hotels.

When to visit Boracay

High season is between November and May. Just be aware that the peak season also brings crowds.

From mid-July to October is off-season in Boracay – but don’t let that put you off! Although it may be typhoon season in the Philippines, Boracay’s great weather and natural shielding make this a safer time to visit than most other places. Plus, you’ll still get to enjoy its beauty without all the crowds.

Where to stay in Boracay island

White beach is the best beach on Boracay, so you’ll want to be waking up here.

If you’re backpacking Boracay, I suggest staying at Surfside Resort and Spa, which is a perfect little Japanese owned hotel. It’s in the quiet end of White Beach (Station 3) and it’s basically 10 meters from the ocean. When we got there, we were instantly greeted with welcome drinks, necklaces and the owner came by to say hello.

The rooms are clean, spacious and very personalised. We paid 3,000 pesos per night, breakfast included, plus you get 50% discounts on massages and 10% on everything from the restaurant.

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Where to eat in Boracay

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a fan of Filipino food. You will find plenty of restaurants where they serve International food here. Here are a few of the best restaurants in Boracay:

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Miso soup with mango salad

Day 1 Boracay itinerary

On your first day in Boracay, you’ll be doing some fun activities. So, pack your swimsuit, sun lotion and a towel. Time to explore Boracay!

Willy’s Rock

Start your day at Willy’s rock, an ancient volcanic formation that dates back thousands of years.

It’s easy to access, and the views from the top – which you can reach by climbing up the stairs – are truly breathtaking. You’ll find this unique attraction just one hundred meters offshore of White Beach – Station 1.

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Parasailing Boracay

Have you ever tried parasailing? It’s a fun activity to add to your itinerary for Boracay.

You’ll get unparalleled views of the entire island, its beaches and coastline from a birds-eye perspective. Whether you choose to go solo or tandem, this thrilling activity is sure to get your heart racing.

Book your tour here – Try Parasailing

Scuba diving

The Philippines is world-renowned for its scuba diving.

So, this is the perfect place to discover the stunning coral reefs, diverse marine life and crystal clear waters around Boracay.

No matter your level of expertise, you can enjoy a scuba diving experience on the beaches of Boracay. Guided by a PADI-certified divemaster, you’ll explore an incredible underwater world with all its wonder.

Book here – WaterColors – Discover Scuba Diving in Boracay

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Visit the Bat Caves

Visiting the bat caves of Boracay is a rather alternative thing to do in Boracay. Sure, bats may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

But here you’ll have the unique opportunity to see a variety of rare species that you won’t find anywhere else.

You’ll find these incredible, eerie bat habitats nestled along the coastline of Puka Shell Beach.

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Boracay island hopping

I love island hopping tours, and with more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines are one of the best places for it.

You’ll get to explore some of the most stunning beaches, complete with turquoise waters and diverse sea creatures, as well as visit Crocodile Island.

To top it off, you’ll be treated to a delicious grilled buffet lunch along the way. With a private tour, you can choose how much time you want to spend at each beach – it’s the perfect way to make sure your trip is unforgettable.

Book here – Boracay Snorkeling & Island Hopping tour

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Boracay sunset cruise

The sunsets from White Beach are the most stunning I’ve ever seen. There is no comparison. While watching them from the beach is amazing, seeing them from a boat is just as magical.

During this two-hour journey, you’ll get to admire the hues of pink, orange and red paint the sky as you pass by the island’s stunning beaches.

Book here – Boracay Sunset Cruise

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Day 2 Boracay itinerary

After breakfast, head to the east side of Boracay to Bulabog beach. You’ll be doing a mix of activities, relaxation and partying today.

Bulabog Beach

Bulabog Beach is the watersports hub of Boracay, where you can experience some of the most exciting adventures on the ocean.

Windsurfing and kite surfing are two of the most popular activities here, and it’s no wonder why – this beach is even considered one of the best kitesurfing beaches in all of Asia!

With 2.5 kilometres of white sand stretching along its coastline – bring your towel and good book, relaxation is up!

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UFO and Hurricane watersport

UFO and Hurricane watersport in Boracay involves a secure inflatable spaceship being towed along the best beaches of Boracay at speeds up to 30kph.

All safety gear is provided, so all you need to do is sit back and have fun!

Get your tickets here – Boracay UFO

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Jet skiing

Next up is jet skiing. With a qualified English-speaking instructor, you can feel secure as you explore the turquoise waters on a jet ski.

From 15 minutes to 60 minutes, there are several package options available to suit your needs.

Book your jet skiing tour in advance.

Bella Isa Spa

After all that excitement, it’s time for some pampering.

I recommend adding a luxurious spa treatment to your Boracay itinerary!

Bella Isa Spa is one of the best spas in Boracay, offering a range of treatments from full body massage with natural oils and elixirs, hand and foot reflexology treatments, to relaxing hand and foot spa.

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Fire show at Station 2

After your massage and dinner, head to Station 2 for relaxation or partying (whatever you’re in the mood for).

There’s fire dancing on the beach and at some of the restaurants with cosy music in the background. This makes it the perfect place to end the day.

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Day 3 Boracay itinerary

On your last day in paradise, you’ll be doing some fun adventures, unique to Boracay. At the end of the day, you can relax at White Beach and watch the sunset.

Puka Shell Beach (Yapak Beach)

First stop of the day is Puka Shell Beach!

See if you can find some beautiful puka shells – just remember to leave them behind. You can’t take them home.

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Cliff diving at Ariel’s Point Boracay

An itinerary of Boracay isn’t really complete without visiting Ariels point.

Ariel’s Point is where you can take your adrenaline rush to the next level! Whether you’re a seasoned cliff-diver or want to give it a go for the first time, this is the place to do it.

Even if the heights make you nervous, there are several levels of different heights. Start at the bottom at work yourself up.

Helmet diving

If you’re not a certified diver, I recommend helmet diving. You’ll be provided with an oxygen-pumped helmet, allowing you to breathe while you’re under water. Read about my experience with helmet diving here.

Perfect for both beginners and experienced swimmers. You’ll be given a safety briefing before you go in.

Book your trip here – Boracay Helmet Diving

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Relax at the amazing White Beach

Back on the island, it’s time to relax on the amazingly, wonderful White Beach.

I’ve been looking for the perfect beach for so long, and the more I see, the more picky I get. It’s no longer enough that the water is clear and the atmosphere is relaxed – it takes more for a beach to be perfect.

So, what does it take to impress her royal pickiness?

Well, first of all it must be clean with white, soft sand. And yes, the water has to be clear and turquoise with a blue sky in the background. I prefer uncrowded places, but even though White beach is touristy I’m not bothered by it.

The beach feels big enough for everyone and it’s not packed with sun chairs or parasols like Patong beach in Phuket or other crammed places.

On White beach, they are planting palm trees that you can lie under when you need a shadow. It makes the beach seem much more untouched and uncrowded. Also, there’s a walkway with restaurants, stalls and shops, so the beach is reserved for tanning and quietness.

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Pub crawl

Last stop of the day is the famous pub crawl in Boracay. You get to visit five different bars with 50 other people from around the world and enjoy special drinks and free shots at every location.

Plus, a professional photographer will capture all of it (so for your own sake, try to behave) 😀

Book here: Pub crawl in Boracay

Final thoughts

It didn’t take me long to fall hard for Boracay island.

Koh Tao and Koh Phanang have always been my favourite beach destinations, but I must say that Boracay is better.

It has everything I could wish from a beach and most importantly – it makes me happy, serene and relaxed. I’m already planning our next trip here!

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  1. You look so damn happy!

    The best beach that I have ever seen is : Blue Lagoon, Fiji. All I can say is WOW

  2. C-rex, so good to hear from you! I am happy – you know me, just give me a plane ticket and I’m all smiles 🙂 I need to add Fiji to my future travel plans and I know exactly who to ask for advice when the time comes!

  3. I have been to Boracay Island in the Philippines and I couldn’t agree more! We had such a great time there even with a 1-yr old! 🙂 It’s great to know you enjoyed it a lot! Nothing beats the cheap massages! I can give them a 100% tip for that! LOL! Looking forward to more of your travel posts!

  4. That place looks gorgeous. No-I guess I haven’t really been somewhere that knocked my socks off but this place sure would =)

  5. Your photos are breathtaking! The food looks so delicious and that beach looks amazing and tranquil. If I ever go to the Philippines..this is where I want to go. Thanks for sharing.

  6. That really does look like the perfect beach! Add the mango, chicken teriyaki, sunset & entertainment…now I know what heaven looks like!

  7. Very good blog. thanks for this. Actually theres a lot of beautiful beaches in the Philippines from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao I love camping in secluded beaches. I will go to Jomalig Island this March do you wanna join?

    1. Thanks, Joel! I didn’t know there were beautiful beaches in Luzon. I will definitely have to check them out when I revisit the Philippines!

  8. you can spend a very long time in the Philippines and be amazed everytime with the People and the thousands of amazing beaches 🙂 you have not lived until you check out Palawan 🙂

  9. Hi, I see you are a beach lover. You may also try going to El Nido Palawan, Coron Palawan, Panglao Bohol, Caramoan Islands which are so much better than Boracay. Trust me, I’m from the Philippines.. If you enjoyed boracay, these beaches will surely take your breath away.

    1. That’s right, Glessie 🙂 I’ve hears great things about Palawan, but have never heard of Caramoan islands. Thanks for the tip! I’ll definitely check it out.

  10. You are spot on Miriam! Boracay is our absolute favourite holiday destination after our first visit there! The sand is like flour under your feet and the water is so clear you can float for hours without a care in the world, we stayed in station 1 almost the last resort before the cliffs. Great article, I cant describe how often I recommend this place to my friends and family. Awesome pictures. Enjoy your next visit!

    1. Oh, you make me miss White beach right now 🙂 I’ve recommend it to many people as well – it’s just perfect! Would love to explore more beaches next time I’m in the Philippines.

  11. Oh and to add- I agree with Domingo – you MUST visit Palawan if you loved Boracay! It is another true paradise and the islands are breathtaking. Coron & El Nido 🙂

  12. Great write up and photos. We live in The Philippines, and there are hundreds of great beaches, 7107 islands, mountains, vulcanos, fantastic resorts, and yet we always go back to Boracay, nowhere else in the world can you find such a cool careless chill out beach place, check in on a hotel on the beach and never take of your swim suit and flip flops until it’s time to go home. We normally stay at The Boracay Beach Resort, with the cool Aplaya Beach Bar – Love it.

    Come back soon
    Regards The Jeppesen’s in Manila

    1. That sounds absolutely amazing, Lars! It seemed like there were so many wonderful hotels to choose from especially in the station where we stayed. I am already planning my next visit! Dit navn lyder dansk – er du mon fra Danmark? 🙂

  13. Went there 12 years ago we had a great time best mango shakes at that time a 4 course seafood dinner including a drink was 4.00 in us funds including a drink yum can’t wait to go back

  14. Hi Miriam. .I’m from the Philippines and thank you for loving our beaches..There are hundreds of beaches you can choose from black sand,white sand,pink sand,brown sand,and soft and rocky as well..I also recommend to you Coco beach in Mindoro where most of Danish tourists stay there..The owner is also Danish. It’s quiet and in native style made of coconut trees.

  15. I loved your post. I agree with everything that you say about Boracay. I love both the nightlife as well as peace, tranquility and relaxation. At Boracay you can have it all. You can party one day and the next two during recovery mode (haha) you can fall asleep in a hammock listening to the waves roll in. Thanks for the post and be safe on your travels 🙂

  16. Come to El Nido and Coron, Palawan. I have been to Coron 3 times and it never fails to amaze me, flying to El Nido again for the second time this coming April. Siargao is also a good choice.

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