Gay Guide to Boracay #itsmoreGAYinthephilippines
The Philippines is well known to be very gay friendly to tourists, particularly the popular island of
Boracay is one of the more touristy and frequented islands and as a result has a subtle gay scene, so we’ve put together our gay guide to Boracay following our travels there in May 2015.
FIRST, YOU NEED A GAY FRIENDLY PLACE TO STAY
Boracay has a variety of gay friendly accommodations for all budgets. You could spend as little as 300 pesos (£4 / $7) for a bed in a dormitory to as much as 20,000 pesos (£285 / $440) for a room in a luxury resort.
Filipinos are very relaxed and open-minded towards LGBT tourists so most places will be ok with you booking a double bed. The places we recommend below are 100% gay-friendly, so you can freely wave your rainbow flag at the door.
1. Budget hotels
Good value gay friendly hotels can be hard to find on Boracay especially during high season. But we recommend these two as we found them to be the best value for money:
BACKPACKER ZONE BEACH RESORT Book online
- Pretty basic hostel located in Station 2, less than a minute from the beach.
- You can get a double room from $35 / £23 a night.
FERRA HOTEL Book online
- The staff are really friendly and made Sebastien’s birthday on Boracay both memorable and very special.
- You can get a double room at Ferra from $60 / £40 per night.
- Good for couples looking for an affordable romantic stay.
2. Medium range hotels
Spend a little bit more and you will get your own private beach front. For gay friendly hotels in Boracay in the medium price range, we recommend:
HENANN LAGOON RESORT Book online
- Located in Station 2, along the main road, close to the centre of town.
- Stunning lagoon swimming pool.
- You can get a double room from $130 / £85.
VILLA CAEMILLA Book online / Read review
- An excellent boutique hotel located far enough away from the touristy crowd at Station 2, but close enough to be walking distance near all the good restaurants and bars.
- The private beach is surrounded by palm trees and closely attended to by the lovely staff.
- You can get a double room from $125 / £88.
3. Luxury darling
If you’re looking for a luxury splurge on Boracay, try one of these:
SHANGRI LA RESORT AND SPA Book online
- The ultimate luxury resort on Boracay. The pool villas are absolutely beautiful. The staff is very friendly, they pick you up with a boat, and are very attentive to your needs.
- Great selection of spa treatments.
- Prices start from $320 / £215 a night.
MANDALA SPA AND VILLAS Book online / Read review
- The ultimate romantic experience on Boracay. We recommend spending at least a few days at this stunning gay friendly spa resort.
- they even offer a rainbow package for LGBT couples.
- Prices start from $250 / £170.
GAY FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS ON BORACAY
There are a variety of really good restaurants on Boracay and these were a few of our favourites:
1.Los Indios Bravos
Los Indios Bravos was considered the #1 by Tripadvisor when we visited Boracay in May 2015. We celebrated Sebastien’s birthday dinner here and tried some delicious traditional Filipino foods like kinilaw (raw fish salad).
2. Lemon Café
Lemon Café is a great place for brunch, located right in the touristy heart of Boracay in D’Mall. They do excellent and hearty salads and a delicious lemon cheesecake.
3. The 357 Boracay
The 357 Boracay is a beach front restaurant and hotel with a great setting for a romantic dinner. It is located at Station 3, away from all the party atmosphere at Station 2, making it very peaceful. The ribs here are their specialty, which are delicious!
GAY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES ON BORACAY
There are a variety of fun gay friendly activities on Boracay. Our favourite was of course channeling Daryl Hannah in Splash:
1. Dressing up and learning to swim like a mermaid
You just have to do it, whatever the occasion!
We took a course, learning to swim like a mermaid, which is not only a satisfying work out, but also a lot of fun.
The Philippines Mermaid Swimming Academy runs excellent mermaid classes on White Beach. Just imagine all the attention you’d get with this as your new Grindr profile picture:
Go on you know you want to! (And as a bonus, the mermaid teachers are very cute).
2. Beach boat party on Carubao island
Boracay Explorer offers an excellent boat trip to the nearby Carubao island with all food and drinks included. Carubao is inhabited by locals only and sees very few tourists. The beach is stunning: serene, peaceful and surrounded by palm trees (in place of people!)
This was an awesome beach experience with that Robinson Crusoe like feeling of being completely isolated on a tropical island.
The staff of Boracay Explorer are gay friendly and welcoming to everyone. This is also a great trip if you’re a large group. We went as a gay couple (in our 30s) and had a great time, mixing with people of all ages.
3. Puka Beach on Boracay island
If you want to escape the busy crowd of White Beach, take a tricycle, 20 minutes from D’Mall to the Northern tip of the island, where you will find the best beach (in our opinion) of Boracay.
Puka Beach is completely isolated with very little development. The atmosphere is very relaxed and we did notice a few men cruising during the afternoon. The water is clean and great for swimming. It’s a great place to come with a group of friends.
4. Treat yourself to a spa treatment
You will find many places offering massages and spa treatments on the beach and also in town.
We personally recommend the gay friendly Mandala Spa resort because we tried it and loved it. We celebrated Sebastien’s birthday here being spoilt rotten, with some of the best massages we’ve experienced in Asia.
Mandala Spa also offers other activities as part of their spa packages, including morning yoga classes, jazz dancing classes and our favourite, learning to be a Pro in a pole dancing class:
GAY FRIENDLY BARS AND CLUBS
There were several official gay bars on Boracay when we visited in June 2015, like Cork and Juice bar, but they are now closed. However, all central attractions like Epic, Inspmnia and some others near D’mall are always full of gay guys.
Coco Loco is a gay friendly bar located further away from the busy strip of Station 2, next to Villa Caemilla in Station 3. This makes it a perfect place for a romantic drink rather than a party.
Travel with us as we swam our way through Boracay and Palawan in our Philippines travel video.