Getting around Boracay Island is fairly easy. The island is rather small – 7 km from north to south and about 2 km across at the widest point – and it has a good road network. The most common means of transport on the island is the motorised tricycle (sometimes called a trike) for the longest distances or walking along the beaches for short distances.
Vehicle rental is also possible and gives you more independence. From bicycles to scooters, and from motorised tricycle to ATV, many types of light vehicles are available for you to hire to explore Boracay, though cars are not allowed on the island. Some upscale hotels, such as the Shangri-La Boracay Resort, provide their guests with complimentary shuttle services between the hotel and D’Mall at White Beach – Station 2, the prime shopping and dining complex on the island. See below for details of how to get around Boracay.
Motorised tricycle and pedicab
Motorised tricycles and pedicabs are the prime modes of transport on Boracay Island, and most of the rest of the Philippines, too. These vehicles can be found everywhere and, despite the expensive rates the majority of them apply, they are still popular.
If you do not want to get too ripped off, here are a few suggestions when hiring a motorised tricycle or pedicab in Boracay:
- It’s best to flag down a motorised tricycle that’s driving than to hire one waiting for customers by the side of the road.
- About four out of five tricycle drivers can be considered rip-off artists, so always negotiate beforehand and do not get tricked by their comedy skill: most of them easily make several times the salary of a low-skill employee in the Philippines.
- The standard price from Cagban Jetty Port to any hotel on White Beach is PHP 100 for the whole motorised tricycle. If you’re just one of a number of passengers, you should pay PHP 25 only.
Motorbikes, scooters, bicycles, ATVs and pedicabs are available for rent in Boracay. Most hotels have bicycles for rent at about PHP 50 per hour. Motorised tricycles and motorbikes can be rented out for around PHP 200 per hour. There are many vehicle rental operators located along the main road and at D’Mall.
Native sailboat (Paraw) or motorised outrigger (Banca)
Crewed Paraw and Banca boats can be rented out for you to enjoy a tour at sea. A 30-minute sunset trip on a Paraw costs about PHP 1,000 for two guests. Different companies offer these boat chartering services, which give you the opportunity to discover ‘secret’ Boracay beaches and nearby islands.