72 Moments of Boracay Bliss: a 3-Day Itinerary for Couples in Boracayby : Angeli de Rivera
How do you spend your three days in Boracay with the person you love? During this
romantic season, consider these places, dishes and activities to share with your
sweetheart. Celebrate your romance in one of the world’s most beautiful and most
Day 1 Breakfast – Perched on top of a cliff in Diniwid Beach, Nami Boracay Private Villas will let you experience Boracay in a whole new light. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the beach while living in a luxurious and comfortable environment. Have a romantic breakfast feast in their restaurant, the Manami, and enjoy sumptuous their morning meals back-dropped by a 180-degree view of the island.
Brunch activity – Let the beauty of the whole island take your breath away from atop Mt. Luho. To those who know, it is the highest peak of Boracay, and it takes only a tricycle and a short hike to get there. Take a tricycle ride worth 100.00 pesos ($2.50) to the foot of the trail, then climb up to the top and feast your eyes on a wide-angled view of this island paradise. Quench your thirst with the cold beers for sale. On a clear day, you’ll see the mesmerizing guitar-shape of Boracay and all its white sand beaches. An ideal island souvenir is your picture taken from here. What a way to start your romantic getaway!
Lunch – Follow on to Ole Spanish Tapas, Bar & Restaurant, where every day is Valentine’s Day. Celebrate love and the beach life with great Spanish and Mexican food. Ole serves the best Spanish tapas and paellas on the island. Owned by Mr. Steve Zafir, a Florida native who fell in love with our Boracay beach, he has brought outstanding Spanish and Mexican cuisine to the island. House specialties include Gambas al Ajillo, Fajitas, Nachos, and the ever-delectable Paella Valenciana. Another one of their house favorites is the Sangria, a Spanish concoction of red wine, with ample amounts of spirits and fruits. Their freshly fried Churros con Chocolate is also a must-try here, as dessert to end your festive meal, or a sweet afternoon snack. Surrounded by the lively sunny interior of the restaurant and bustling energy of the staff, Ole bursts with music and food that couples will surely enjoy and return to again and again.
Afternoon Activity – Afternoons are the best time to go island hopping. Be sure to see the Crystal caves located at Laurel Island and pass by the fascinating crocodile-shaped island. The boat will take you to a nice snorkeling spot to see the exotic fish native to here – bring crackers so you can feed the fishes (their bites will tickle you!). As if on demand, buko (coconut) vendors will sell drinks just when you need them – and so you won’t get thirsty on that hot summer date.
Dinner – Spend your first night over an Italian dinner at Aria Bar & Restaurant. Feel the fine Boracay sand between your toes as you dine with your sweetheart over a candlelight setting by the shores. Named one of the best restaurants in the country, Aria fills the air with romance and food. Besides the classic pasta meals such as Spaghetti Bolognese and Carbonara, try the Boscaiola, a chef’s special featuring truffles and asparagus. Special main dishes include Lamb with Rosemary, Baked Chicken and Grilled Prawns. Aria is also the best place to make memories; like your personal genie, the restaurant can also grant your request for a romantic evening meant for lovers.
Night Activity – After dinner, get ready to watch the exciting show of Boracay’s fire-dancers. Sometimes they perform in groups or in solos. And whenever they do their fire-dancing, it sure will leave your heart pumping for more of their incredible twirls and swirls. Next head on to Hey Jude! Bar & Bistro where they serve a long list of drinks that would please everyone. Now, here is a romantic drink suggested by the bar: René Barbier 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon, a luscious, rich-tasting, ruby-red sparkling wine – just right for a romantic evening. Best served chilled and shared with the person you love. A night of dancing and the perfect wine for drinking, Hey Jude! Bar ends your first day in Boracay celebrating “amour”.
Day 2: Breakfast – Nigi Nigi Nu Noos Too is a favorite for young couples with its modern look and location on the honeymoon side of Boracay Island. Begin your day with a fresh brewed coffee, a cream-topped cappuccino, or one of their scrumptious fruit shakes. Get ready for a hearty breakfast feast. Choose from generous servings of Tapas with witty-shaped garlic rice, fruits wrapped up in a big pancake with honey and maple syrup, and mutual continental breakfast favorites. Brace yourself as they dish up all the eggs you can eat! Did you know that the record for the most number of eggs eaten here is 25?! A great place to start your day, Nigi Nigi is also the spot to relax and talk about anything under the sun. Try asking the married owners, Jason and Del Probyn about their resort’s unusual name and you’ll end up asking for more of their delicious food. With their personal touch and efficient service, Nigi Nigi nu Noos will take care of your Boracay morning quite nicely.
Brunch Activity – After that hearty breakfast it’s time to have fun on the beach. Play Frisbee or volleyball for on-the-beach activities or try the banana boat and the flying fish for water-loving couples. For tandem activities, pairs can go kayaking and go parasailing together. Whatever the activity is, it’s always fun to pair up.
Lunch – You haven’t experienced Boracay if you have not tried a Jonah’s fruit shake. Better yet, find a favorite. Thick and delicious, slurping these will make you wish the drink in the glass will never end. From its humble beginnings as a fruit-shake stall, it is now a famous island establishment and has expanded their menu with salads, pastas and sandwiches. But some things never change: Jonah’s fruit shakes are so irresistible that they can be a drink, dessert and just the right pick-me-up on that hot Boracay day.
Afternoon – For a real water adventure, go scuba diving with your partner. Several scuba diving schools and rental shops exist along the white beach, and scuba instructors are also available for beginners. A recommended Scuba diving school is the Lapu-Lapu Diving Center. For another terrific photo souvenir, consider this activity as scuba rentals now provide waterproof camera and video cams so you can capture your scuba experience. Whatever you do under there, make it memorable!
Dinner – Experience the dance of the cool evening wind while dining on the dreamy terrace of Boracay Steakhouse. Sit by the restaurant’s terrace to have a peaceful view of the sand and ocean from White Beach. The menu selections span influences from Filipino, American, German, and Swiss cuisine, and all are available from midmorning until the late evening. The array of sausages, salads and desserts will make you drool, but the restaurant’s claim to fame is its supreme steak meals. Imported meat from Australia is cooked to perfection and according to your wish, guaranteeing a tender meal and tantalizing taste. We recommend their beef tenderloin with Dijon Mustard for dressing, and mashed potatoes for satisfaction and delight. Let the night wind, the ambiance, and the hot kitchen add a bit of “coziness” to your evening.
Night Activity – End the night with a peaceful walk on the beach. Sandcastles line the beachfront and, lit with candles, will light your way as you enjoy the acoustic sounds from the different night spots. And don’t forget to shift your gaze upwards...
Day 3: Breakfast – Real Coffee will literally brighten your morning. Owned by Ms. Nadine and her mother Lee, this Boracay hangout lets the two of you chat while enjoying any number of homemade goodies on their menu. From salads to sandwiches to French toasts, Real Coffee is your morning meal expert and more. Did I mention their pesto is made from scratch? The place serves all kinds of mouthwatering baked goods fresh from the oven. Why not start the day with cookies? Calamansi muffins? Made with real butter and the only place in Boracay making them. Also try their brownies, the best on the island. As suggested to us, heat it in the microwave for a few seconds, then add vanilla ice cream and whipped cream on top with a few squirts of strawberry sauce. Now that’s a dreamy dessert for your date.
Brunch Activity – Spend the rest of your morning shopping at D’Mall. Located smack dab in the middle of Station 2 of White Beach, this long commercial plaza offers a wide selection of stores and restaurants. The best place to buy your souvenirs and beach items, compare D’Mall as your tropical equivalent to the regular malls in the city – but far more relaxed.
Lunch— For your lunch date on the island, make it the most relaxing, under the shades of Palomaria trees. The Lazy Dog Bed and Breakfast offers you a personal sanctuary in the middle of the island. Eat in their new restaurant, The Courtyard Bistro, a romantic scene with comfortable dining area; a perfect place to spend the afternoon and have a delightful leisurely experience with your loved one – stay as long as you like! Steaks grilled to your liking and seafood favorites await. Complement this with your choice of beverages from cocktails to shakes, and even a selection of wines. Who says lazy can’t be classy? A private haven with your partner, The Courtyard Bistro at The Lazy Dog Bed and Breakfast promises to add a special touch to your Boracay daytime.
Afternoon Activity— They say that the best way to watch the Boracay sunset is by paraw sailing. Share with your sweetheart this precious experience by renting a paraw during sunset. Bring with you an Ipod with speakers, special snacks and even champagne to celebrate your wonderful time together in Boracay.
Dinner— On your last night on the romantic island of Boracay, spend your last meal on the cozy corner of Cyma Restaurant. This little bistro is known for its signature blue and white interiors and more importantly for its delectable Greek dishes. One of their must tries is the mouth-watering Roka Solata, a hearty salad perfect for 2. Another dish to experience is the flaming cheese (opa!) and Cyma’s signature lamb chops.
Night Activity— You and your loved one should experience a heavenly and soulful retreat through one of the Romantic Spa Packages at Mandala Spa & Villas and Tirta Spa. At Mandala, try the Watsu for two, where you are cradled in a specially heated pool to help you unwind and relax the night away. Also try the Zen Touch. Here, couples are taught how to give and receive from each other through the presence of touch. At the opulent atmosphere of Tirta, you can experience their signature Pulot Gata (Honeymoon Ritual) treatment which is a recommended relaxing experience for those who plan to take their vows on the island. The package includes a series of indulging body scrubs, soothing baths and massages that will help you prepare before your big day.
1) How to Get There: Most airlines have routes from Manila to either Caticlan or Kalibo, Aklan. From Kalibo, visitors have to travel 2 hours by land going to Caticlan. From there, tourists must proceed to the Jetty Port, pay the environmental fee (Php 50.00) and ride a pumpboat (for Php 20.00) going to the island of Boracay.
2) Accommodation: Ask your travel agent or hit the net, every budget and tastes are catered to here. Most places offer low-season and walk-in rates, and negotiation for room rates is acceptable. High seasons (and there are several-December to February, summer season and others) can make rooms a bit scarce, so plan ahead. Colors.ph