Today’s post is from Sally of Sally Around the World travel blog who gives us the backpackers guide to partying in Boracay. I’m off to Boracay in the Philippines myself this year so this post was a great read and really useful…oh and wait till you see all her photos!
Boracay is beautiful. The beaches are among the most beautiful I have ever seen. Crystal clear water, soft white sand and not a piece of litter anywhere. The beach is amazing. Of course what is any great backpacker island without a good party?
As backpackers, we like it cheap in price and relaxed in atmosphere. I want to be able to wear my denim shorts and flip flops, but also a nice top and bit of make up, without feeling too over or under dressed.
Boracay is the perfect party place for backpackers. Just enough nightlife without being too tacky and touristy.
Boracay is split into three areas, based on the old boat terminals.
Station 1: Full of expensive resorts and hotels. Beautiful but more geared towards families and honeymooners.
Station 2: The popular tourist area. There are lots of accommodations, restaurants and bars here. You can find practically anything to eat from local food to McDonalds and Pizza Hut.
Station 3: This station is on the far south of the island. This is a much cheaper place for people on a budget to stay with just a 15 minutes walk to station two, where the action is. I stayed in the Treehouse Bar Dorm rooms for 300PHP ($6.70) a night.
There are many cool bars all along the beach front, with the main bars being in Station two, with the crowds moving on to station one around 1 or 2 am. You can easily find a bar, club or lounge to suit your taste. Also, as backpackers, we do not want to go over our budget to have a good time. A few places on Boracay have cover charges and cater more towards holiday makers. Luckily for you I partied hard without breaking the bank, all in the name of research, just so I could pass the information onto you.
The real party does not get started on Boracay White beach until about 10.30pm but there are plenty of happy hours to keep you amused until then. Just take a walk along the beach front path and you will see multiple adverts for bars with ‘Buy one, take one’ offers on beers, long drinks and cocktails.
My favourite happy hour was Wave bar and lounge. 180PHP ($4) for two Pinacoladas (which got me a little tipsy!) or 80PHP ($1.80) for two San Miguels.
Once all the families have gone to bed, the party really gets going. Here are some I found the most backpacker friendly, in terms of price, dress code and atmosphere:
Exit Bar, Station two
Exit Bar is one of the most popular bars in Boracay and my favourite. They have no happy hour but it is always cheap. A rum and coke or a beer will set you back 50PHP. Bargain.
The music varies, each night they have a different DJ, playing anything from rock, RnB, reggae, house and jungle. This bar usually gets busy around 11pm, and closes whenever they feel like it!
Coco Bar, Station two
Another popular bar, just up from Exit bar. The music is pretty loud and mainly commercial dance and house music. Amazingly the bar changes colour throughout the night. Beers are 80PHP and rum and coke is 130PHP ($2.90), both of which are two for one during happy hour (4pm -8pm). This bar closes at midnight so get there early.
Club Paraw, Station one
This club is right on the beach and it is usually where everyone ends up at around 2am. The entire club is spread over two levels and is huge for a beach club. As a bonus, it is free admission all night!
I found the whole atmosphere of Boracay’s nightlife very laid back. I could enjoy a beer with friends on the beach or dance on the tables until 4am if I wanted. Crowds of people would stand outside the bars socialising and enjoying the beautiful view and amazing Boracay nights.
Someone asked me if I think Boracay is still a place for backpackers now that it has been put on the map as a resort island. My answer is yes. Boracay to me is an amazing place for Backpackers. If you have not been, put it on the top of your list now!
In December 2013, 31 year old Brit Sally quit her job as a Sales and Marketing manager to go off and explore the world. She love animals and parties and is not ashamed to say she is super tight with her money. She writes about her cheap adventures around the world on her blog Sally Around the World.