White Beach - Aklan

Located on the western side of Boracay Island in the province of Aklan, White Beach is a 4-kilometer long stretch of powdery white sand beach.

White Beach

White Beach Details

White Beach is undeniably the most famous beach among the numerous beaches of Boracay Island. For many, White Beach is already synonymous with Boracay. With its beauty, it is not a surprise that the beach already received numerous awards and distinctions from local and foreign bodies like Conde Nast Traveler and TripAdvisor's Traveler Choice Award to name a few. 

White Beach - Boracay Island, Aklan

White Beach as seen from the plane

With that, it is no surprise that roughly around 80% of the businesses on the island are concentrated near White Beach. Visitors would surely have a hard time choosing from the plethora of budget and luxury hotels to stay in, local and foreigner-owned restaurants to dine in, and stores to buy souvenirs. These are all lined up in the three stations of White Beach.

Speaking of the three Stations of White Beach, these are as follows:

Simplified Boracay Island Map

Station 1 - This is where most of the luxury hotels are located. It's where Willy's Rock can be found. It's a bit quieter than the other two stations.

Station 2 - This station is the commercial center of the beach. The majority of the restaurants, bars, stores, and hotels are concentrated in this part of the beach. It's where D'Mall is located. 

Station 3 - This is where most of the budget hotels are found. It's also once known for its nightlife. 

Team Nicerio visits White Beach, Boracay

Team Nicerio heads to Station 2

Revisiting Starbucks Boracay in Station 2

Beautiful view of White Beach from Starbucks Boracay

Despite the natural beauty of White Beach, it experienced numerous environmental issues brought by hyper-commercialization and over-tourism. Thankfully, the Duterte Administration took this seriously and closed the island last April 26, 2018 - October 26, 2018, to address the building and sewage system violations. 

Photos of White Beach, Boracay Island

Willy's Rock is a famous landmark found in White Beach.







Boracay Island, particularly White Beach, underwent a massive clean-up. Around 400 hotels and restaurants were closed in violation of the local environmental laws. Establishments within the 30-meter shoreline easement were also demolished. 

My daughter seems to be enjoying the clean powdery sand beach.

I got to revisit White Beach in Boracay Island last February 2020 when we celebrated my daughter's 7th birthday. We were lucky to be able to visit Boracay Island a few weeks before the COVID19 lockdown was implemented nationwide. 


Team Nicerio visits White Beach

During our visit, it was evident that the COVID19 scare was already creeping throughout the country. Many tourists canceled their bookings and most of the hotels including the hotel that we checked in were only 20% booked according to the hotel staff that I got to interview at that time. What's good about this was that White Beach was less crowded, something that rarely happens.

White Beach Entrance Fee:

It's FREE to enter, explore, and enjoy the beautiful White Beach if you are already on Boracay Island. However, visitors need to pay an environmental fee of 150 PHP (Filipino tourists), 300 PHP (foreign visitors) to enter Boracay Island.

Why visit White Beach?

Overall, with the government's effort to rehabilitate Boracay Island and probably the lockdown caused by the pandemic, the island, particularly White Beach would surely have time to heal making it one of the top places in the Philippines that you must visit after this pandemic

Getting to White Beach

 

There are flights directly to the airports in Caticlan or Kalibo from Ninoy Aquino International Airport. 

Via Caticlan: 

From Godofredo P. Ramos Airport, most famously called Caticlan Airport, walk to the tricycle terminal and ride a tricycle to Caticlan Jetty Port. From there, ride a jetty to Boracay Island. Once on the island, ride another tricycle to White Beach. 

Travel time from Caticlan Airport to Boracay Island:

Caticlan Airport -Jetty Port: 10 minutes (75PHp solo; 50PHp pax for 2)
Jetty Port - Boracay Island: (75PHp Environmental Fee + 100PHp Terminal Fee+ 30PHp boat fare)
Boracay Island tricycle: (150PHp fare for locals and 200PHp fare for foreigners)

Via Kalibo:

From Kalibo International Airport, ride a van heading to Caticlan Jetty Port. From there, ride a jetty to Boracay Island. Once on the island, ride another tricycle to White Beach. 

Travel time from Kalibo International Airport to Boracay Island:

Kalibo International Airport -Jetty Port: 2 hours (200PHp)
Jetty Port - Boracay Island: (75PHp Environmental Fee + 100PHp Terminal Fee+ 30PHp boat fare)
Boracay Island tricycle: (150PHp fare for locals and 200PHp fare for foreigners)

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