Boracay is a small but picturesque island in the Philippines with several top tourist spots and attractions. To fully explore the Island, it is advisable to do the Island Hopping Tour and Land Tour. In this blog, I will share with you how did a DIY land tour using Boracay Hop-On Hop-Off Shuttle Service.
The most common way to land tour the Island is through an e-trike or electric tricycle. It is the most common mode of transportation around the island. To arrange a land tour, you can simply hail an e-trike in the streets. The approved rate is Php 500 per hour with 4 pax. The e-trike land tour usually lasts 3 to 4 hours, so it will cost you around Php 2,000 to Php 3,000 which you can divide among your group. Just a little tip, I’ve heard drivers overcharging tourists so make sure you set the deal straight first before riding an e-trike.
- E-Trike Tour
Maximum of 4 pax
Boracay Hop-On Hop-Off Shuttle Service
In my case, Php 2,000 is too much since I am alone and I already tried the e-trike tour on my previous visit here in Boracay. So I thought of trying a DIY-style land tour with the use of the Boracay Hop-On Hop-Off Shuttle Service. I purchased a 1-Day Unlimited Pass (Per person) through Klook amounting to Php 180. The validity of the pass is 24 hours so I was able to visit places on the island at my own pace.
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On-site, the one-day card costs Php 200.00 but it’s only P 180.00 online (plus a 5% discount on your first Klook purchase using the app) so you might want to consider purchasing online. They also have unlimited 2,3 and 5-day passes available.
1-day Unlimited Pass – Php 200
2-day Unlimited Pass – Php 300
3-day Unlimited Pass – Php 400
Single Entry Pass – Php 100
1-day Unlimited Pass – Php 180
2-day Unlimited Pass – Php 280
3-day Unlimited Pass – Php 380
Link – Boracay Hop-On Hop-Off Shuttle Service
I purchased it online on the day I arrived on the Island. I planned to use it on my 3rd day day for my land tour. But before that day, I went to the Southwest office in Station 2 to get the physical card that I will need to tap when I hop on the bus. Their office is near Jasper’s eatery just along the main road. I was given a map and this QR code so I could track the buses in real-time. Having this was really convenient and budget-friendly. Having this fixed-price transportation for 24 hours puts of my mind (and wallet) at ease. A little drawback is I just have to consult Google Maps a lot of times and this involves a lot of walking though.
BORACAY DIY LAND TOUR
After breakfast, I started my DIY land tour at Station 2. While I was in the waiting area in front of DMALL, I felt excited but at the same time a little anxious. I was worried that I just wasted my money on something I would not fully use and wasted time if this DIY land tour would not work. But all of these negative feelings were removed when I got inside the shuttle bus and saw other local and foreign tourists inside. For me, this means that I am not the only one who uses the Boracay Hop-On Hop-Off Shuttle Service for a land tour.
My initial plan was to hop off at Bulabog Beah since it is the next stop after Dmall. But after I saw from the window of the shuttle bus how many people were there, I decided to proceed to my next destination which was the Keyhole. It is located in Boracay Newcoast, a private real estate. E-Trike fare from the White Beach area to Boracay Newcoast is P300, one-way.
H17 – Newcoast is the Hop-on Hop-off Station going here. From the hop-off station, I already see the Keyhole from the distance. I walked for 5 minutes to reach here.
H17 – Newcoast is also the drop-off station going here. Actually, before I reached the Keyhole, I passed by this beach. So I decided to stay for a while on my way back before hopping back in the shuttle bus. I noticed that there are only a few tourists here. So, this is a great option if you don’t want a crowded place like White Beach or Puka Beach. Newcoast has white sand and clear water same as other beaches in Boracay.
H-19 Puka Beach is the drop-off station going on this beach. This can also be accessed either by Island Hopping Tour or Land Tour. As I exit the shuttle bus and enter the Puka Beach area I first walk past a few artsy-looking stores that sell souvenirs, food, and drinks. I was greeted by the Puka Beach sign, which is made of driftwood, shells, corals, and other things the locals thought would fit in it. It is a popular spot to take pictures. But I was amazed by these two surfboards tucked in the sand with the pristine water in the background.
As I explored the beach I noticed that the waves on this beach are bigger than those on White Beach. The sand is also coarser due to the small bits of coral mixed in with it.
I hopped off at H13 – Willy’s Rock station. This is on the main road and there’s a small alley that will lead me to Station 1. Willy’s Rock is a natural volcanic formation located right off the shore of White Beach. What makes it stand out is the small grotto built into the rock, which houses a statue of the Virgin Mary. This unique and visually striking landmark provides a stunning backdrop for photographs and is often considered one of the most recognizable symbols of Boracay.
From Willy’s Rock, I walked to the end of Station 1 where I saw a cemented pathway going to Lambros Point. This can be crowded especially during sunset. There’s a small grotto inside and the view here is amazing.
This is the Lambrospoint viewpoint. This is probably my favorite view during my stay in Boracay. I also got help from a local kid who asked me if I wanted him to take my pictures. So, he did take these pictures and I just gave him an amount I can afford.
From Lambros Point, Diniwid beach is just a 1-2 minute short walk. This is actually my recommended route if you want to visit Diniwid Beach because the way from City Mall requires a 10-15 minute walk depending on your pace or you need 100 pesos for a tricycle ride. Diniwid Beach is a good place to wait for sunset it’s on the far end of Station 1. The good thing about this beach is that it is not crowded. I also like the big rocks scattered beside the shore of the beach.
I didn’t stay long here so I went back to Willy’s Rock and walked along the shore where I found a shade and took a short nap. Well, I saw some taking a nap so I just copied them since I feel Sleepy as well.
After taking a nap, I went back to H13 Station where I hopped on the shuttle bus. I headed to H9-Bulabog Station. Bulabog Beach is also the meet-up place for Island Hopping tours aside from the one in Station 3 of White Beach. When I arrived I first noticed this 1 Love Boracay signage where I lined up to wait for my turn to take a photo.
After that, I headed to my right where I saw the famous slanted palm tree. There’s nothing much to her in Bulabog Beach so I walked going back to Dmall.
DMALL Station 2
This another BORACAY signage is located in front of Dmall. There are numerous shops, restaurants, and bars here. It is very lively here day and night.
From Dmall, I headed to the beach because it was already 4 pm in the afternoon and I wanted to wait for the sunset.
Thank you to this baby boy who accompanied me in waiting for the sunset. This is where my land tour ends. I am glad I was able to visit places that I want to.
Boracay Land Tour Expenses
Breakfast – Php 85
Boracay Hop-On Hop-Off Shuttle Service – Php 180
Lunch at Puka Beach – Php 210
Mango Shake – Php 160
My Overall Experience
As I’ve said I already tried the E-Trike land tour on my previous visit here on the Island and trying this Boracay Hop-On Hop-Off Shuttle Service is a whole new different experience for me. What I like about using the Hop-on Hop-off shuttle bus is that it is very comfortable inside. It is well air-conditioned unlike in E-tike where I can feel the heat of the sun and the humidity of the air. Also, I like that basically I can manage my time and not be restricted to the 3-4 hours to cover all the places I want to visit. I can stay in one place for a period of time that I want instead of the E-tike tour where we only have at least 15 to 30 minutes per location. What I don’t like about it is that I am the guide myself unlike in e-trike, the driver already serves as the guide who will tell something about the place and will be your photographer as well. Otherwise, Boracay Hop-On Hop-Off Shuttle Service is a good option for other tourists as a mode of transportation.
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