After several months of rehabilitation, the world-famous Boracay Island reopens its doors to tourists. Along the stretch of this tropic paradise four-kilometer, White Beach is Station 1. This part of Boracay’s main beach is the most favored retreat spot wherein you’ll find high-end hotels and resorts, luxurious expensive facilities, and stunning beach views. Interestingly, this station is also the most peaceful among the three stations of White Beach.
Booking direct flights is the fastest and most convenient way to reach Boracay. From Manila, there are daily flights going to Kalibo International Airport or Caticlan Airport via Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia, and SkyJet Airlines. Take note that airfare to Caticlan can be more expensive than in Kalibo. Either way, you need to get to the Caticlan Jetty Port to Cagban Jetty Port in Boracay via boats. Then ride a motor tricycle or your complimentary shuttle service from your hotel to Station 1.
You have two options if you want to travel on a ferry or boat ride to Boracay. You can head to Dumaguit Port in Aklan or take a combination of land and sea travel through the Roll On - Roll Off (RORO) from Batangas port to Roxas port then to Caticlan.
If you prefer to travel by land from Manila, you can ride a bus scheduled to Batangas port. Take an overnight ferry to Odiongan, Romblon. Transfer to another boat at Looc or Santa Fe port heading to Boracay.
Before you can experience Boracay’s paradise, take note that there’s a new entry process to this island. You have to show your confirmed Boracay hotel reservation at the designated verification booth at both the Kalibo and Caticlan airports.
Taking a lovely walk on the beach is the best way to explore the stretch of Station 1. Or enjoy swimming in the crystal clear turquoise waters.
A tourist attraction by itself, Station 1 is considered to be the upscale section of Boracay’s White Beach. But it doesn’t mean that all are glitz and glamour in this station. One of the famous natural landmarks here is Willy’s Rock. Named after the resort in front of it, this oddly shaped volcanic formation is one of the most photographed sights in the area.
If you want a change of scenery, you can hop onto the nearby attractions. Check out other must-see spots coming from Station 1 such as Ariel’s Point popular for its high “diving boards” and the private island of Crystal Cove with its mini coves and picturesque views.
Beyond the powder-white sand beach, you can also hike at Mount Luho, the highest point of the island. It’s just a trike away from Station 1 to the entrance wherein you’ll see the breathtaking view of the island at the peak.
Although Boracay has reopened and geared up for tourists, rehabilitation is still on the works. Popular water activities and sports such as parasailing and paraw sailing are allowed but must be coursed through hotels, resorts, and Department of Tourism accredited travel agencies. Designated pickup points for these activities are assigned on the station.
You can also book an island hopping tour wherein you’ll have stopovers at these islands and beaches including Balinghai Beach, Crystal Cove, Crocodile Island, Puka Beach, and Magic island West Cove. Take a leap of faith while cliff diving at Magic Island. Its cliff diving site operates from 6 am to 6 pm.
Saving the best for last is experiencing Boracay’s golden hour. Arguably one of the best sunsets in the country, if not in the world, sunset viewing is a surreal activity that you should not miss.
Take a short break from your beach-ready body and chow down on gastronomic delights at these fave restos in Station 1. Your Boracay trip wouldn’t be complete without a serving or two of Banana Choco Peanut and Mango Milk at Jonah’s Fruit Shakes & Restaurants. Craving for burgers? Head on to Merly’s BBQ for the grilled sweet and spicy Chori Burger (with chorizo) or Longga Burger (with longganisa). You can also try the Four Cheese Pizza and Oyster Pizza at BarLO Resto Lounge in Two Seasons Boracay Resort.
For more local fare, there are carinderias or local eateries along or near the main road you can go to. Take note that single-use plastics are banned all over Boracay.
For luxury stays, Station 1 has upscale beachfront resorts and hotels like Astoria Boracay, Two Seasons Boracay Resort, and Discovery Shores Boracay. You can't go wrong with more budget-friendly accommodation options. Book a stay at Lola’s Lodge, Boracay Backpackers, La Bella Casa de Boracay, and Royal Park Hotel Boracay. Only guests of DOT-accredited resorts and hotels will be allowed to enter the island so pre-book your rooms before arriving.