My Guide to White Beach on Boracay: All You Need to Know

Enjoy a hassle-free trip to White Beach, spend more time soaking up the sun and sea with local knowledge and my expert guide
White Beach - Boracay Beach Island Guide in the Philippines

I love White Beach, it’s the ultimate paradise destination for beach lovers, party-goers, and adventure-seekers like me!

White Beach in Boracay, famed for its powdery white sands filling a stretch of four kilometers, again captures travelers’ attention by grabbing a significant spot in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2021.

The famous beach, described as being “really amazing” for its “white, powdery beach sand that doesn’t get hot even at noon,” grabbed the top spot in the online travel magazine’s list of best 25 Asian beaches that year. 

As a local travel guide expert and self-proclaimed White Beach enthusiast, I’m here to give you the ultimate guide on everything you need to know before you step foot on that gorgeous soft sand

First things first, let’s talk about why White Beach is rated one of the best beaches in Asia. This stunning strip of awesome white sand stretches across the western coast of Boracay Island in the Philippines. You’ll find me swimming in the crystal-clear turquoise waters most days or sitting with a wine watching spectacular sunsets from a beachfront restaurant.

How to get to White Beach from either of the two airports

To reach White Beach, you will need to fly into either Caticlan or Kalibo airport, both located on the neighboring island of Panay. It takes approximately 15 minutes by boat to reach Boracay Island from Caticlan airport, while it takes approximately 2 hours by bus or van from Kalibo airport.

Once you arrive on the island, you can take a tricycle to get to White Beach. Tricycles are the main mode of transportation on the island, and the distance from Caticlan to White Beach is around 3 miles (5 kilometers), while the distance from Kalibo to White Beach is around 44 miles (71 kilometers). It’s always best to plan ahead and take these travel times into account when planning your trip to White Beach.

Where to Stay from budget to luxury

There are plenty of accommodation options on White Beach, ranging from budget-friendly hostels to luxurious resorts. If you’re on a tight budget, there are many backpacker-friendly hostels and guesthouses available in the area. If you’re looking for a more upscale experience, you can choose from a wide range of luxury hotels and resorts, many of which are located right on the beach.

Food, Drinks, Restaurants and Bars

White Beach has many dining options, from local street food to high-end restaurants. If you want to try some authentic Filipino dishes, head to D’Talipapa, a seafood market where you can choose your own fresh seafood and have it cooked on the spot. For a more upscale dining experience, check out some of the beachfront restaurants, such as The Sunny Side Cafe, which serves up delicious breakfast dishes all day long.

As for drinks, you can find plenty of beach bars and nightclubs on White Beach. If you’re looking for a wild party scene, head to Station 2, where you’ll find bars and clubs that stay open until the early hours of the morning. If you’re looking for a more laid-back vibe, head to Station 1 or 3, where you’ll find quieter bars and restaurants that offer a more relaxed atmosphere.

Activities and Entertainment

White Beach has plenty of activities and entertainment options to keep you busy every day. Some popular activities include island hopping, parasailing, stand-up paddleboarding, and snorkeling. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also try cliff diving at Ariel’s Point or ATV adventure tours. I really enjoy getting a massage, there are plenty of spas and massage centers available on the beach.

If you’re looking for entertainment, you won’t be disappointed. White Beach has a lively nightlife scene with plenty of bars and nightclubs. You can also check out the Happy Dreamland Theme Park for some fun rides and attractions.

Tips, Tricks & Things You Need To Know About White Beach

  • Now that you know the basics of White Beach, here are some tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay:
    Bring plenty of sunscreen and stay hydrated. The sun can be intense, so make sure you’re protecting your skin and drinking plenty of water.
  • Be prepared to haggle. Many vendors and tricycle drivers will try to overcharge tourists, so be ready to negotiate prices.
  • Keep an eye on your belongings. While White Beach is generally safe, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your valuables and not leave them unattended on the beach.
  • Visit during the low season.