Gay Guide to Boracay #itsmoreGAYinthephilippines

Gay Guide to Boracay #itsmoreGAYinthephilippines

The Philippines is well known to be very gay friendly to tourists, particularly the popular island of Boragay(!) Boracay.

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.

Check out our gay guide to Boracay as we take your hand and show you round!

Check out our gay guide to Boracay as we take your hand and show you round!

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.

Gay pride London Stef Seb

It’s ok to be gay on Boragay!

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.
Sebastien celebrating his birthday on Boracay with ferra hotel

Sebastien celebrating his birthday on Boracay island with the friendly staff of Ferra Hotel

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.
Gay friendly hotel Boracay: Villa Caemilla

The private beach front of gay friendly Villa Caemilla was our highlight of this charming Boutique hotel

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 hotel Boracay: Mandala Spa and Villas

The Nomadic Boys at the very gay friendly Mandala Spa in Boracay

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).

Gay friendly restaurant Boracay: Los Indios Bravos

A kinilaw birthday treat for Sebastien at the gay friendly restaurant Los Indios Bravos

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 restaurant Boracay: the 357 Boracay

Celebrating Sebastien’s birthday meal enjoying the delicious ribs at the 357 Boracay restaurant by the beach

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:

Stefan posing and swimming like a mermaid on Boracay's White Beach

Stefan posing and swimming like a mermaid on Boracay’s White Beach

Go on you know you want to! (And as a bonus, the mermaid teachers are very cute).

Posing with our mermaid swimming teacher at Boracay

Posing with our very pretty mermaid swimming instructor called Andrew

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.

Celebrating Sebastien's birthday on Carubao beach

Celebrating Sebastien’s birthday on Boracay at the stunning Carubao beach

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.

Island boat tour to Carubao island with gay friendly Boracay Explorer

Celebrating Sebastien’s birthday on Boracay with this excellent boat tour to Carubao island with the gay friendly Boracay Explorer

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.

Stefan posing by the Puka beach sign

Stefan posing by the Puka beach sign on the isolated and paradise like Puka beach at the Northern tip of Boracay

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.

Relaxing after an amazing massage at gay friendly hotel Mandala Spa

Relaxing after an amazing massage at the luxurious Mandala Spa including cucumber slices!

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:

Pole dancing classes at the gay friendly Mandala Spa on Boracay

Learning to dance like Pros at our pole dancing class at Mandala Spa (Pro stands for Prostitute apparently!)

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.

Drinks at Juice gay bar Boracay

Drinks with our Filipino friends at Juice gay bar on Boracay sadly closed as of January 2016

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.

Sebastien new outfit for gay party on Boracay

Sebastien preparing to get Gay Pride Boracay started with this latest outfit

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16 Comments

  1. Dan

    Thank you for the recommendations – very helpful! We are there right now in Dec 2015. Just FYI, unfortunately Juice bar and Cork bar have both closed.

    Looks like there’s a need for new gay bars in Boracay!

    Reply
    • Stefan Arestis

      Oh no no way? Since when? Thanks so much for telling us.

      Reply
  2. alex

    Yes, as of New Year 2016 Juice was closed, but all central attractions like Epic, Inspmnia and some others near D’mall are always full of gay guys. if you are shy to speak to someone you are not sure of get a sim card and the apps, so you can be 100 per cent sure. 🙂

    Reply
    • Stefan Arestis

      Thanks Alex – really appreciate the info.

      Reply
      • dAn

        Hi I was wondering if any clothing optional beaches exist on the island??

        Reply
        • Stefan Arestis

          None that we know of

          Reply
  3. Matt

    Hi there would you choose to go to Boracay or to Palawan if you could just choose one?

    Reply
    • Stefan Arestis

      Very hard to pick – Boracay is great for partying and some great beaches like Puka. But Palawan is a dream- so much to explore around the islands from El Nido. Definitely a hard choice – depends what you’re into. That’s why we went to both 🙂

      Reply
      • Nico

        Im filipino and I am now in boracay for the #laboracay yearly event. I had so much and so many hot guys. The place is very crowded. I had fun because I want to party with great a great beach but I actually prefer palawan because the locals in palawan are the friendliest and they will not ask you for any tip unless you offer. Moreover, palawas has great islands, beaches, views omg I really want to go back there.

        Reply
        • Stefan Arestis

          Agreed – Palawan is beautiful!!

          Reply
  4. LRC

    Thanks Stefan for this awesome travel blog! Very helpful. And may i say you two are a very beautiful couple! Love love love! Would love to hear more of your wonderful travels in our country.

    Reply
    • Stefan Arestis

      Thanks!

      Reply
  5. king

    “i left my heart at bora”
    it was january 18 2017 when i flew to bora…it was the same day i was celebrating my birthday alone after a break up…
    i joined pubcrawl to temprarily diminish the pain inside me…it was crazy fun meeting new guys but after that night was again the same pain i felt inside me the pain of brokenheartedness…
    i was walking along the seashore shouting my pain to finally release my hatred inside my heart…
    then i came to my hotel room at about 3am
    i inserted the key on the door lock
    i was surprized a handsome russian guy drunk sleeping in my bed
    he was also confused why am i inside the room
    i told him THIS IS MY ROOM AND THIS IS MY KEY
    the argument started…
    we both got down in the front desk office
    but unfortunately no people around coz everybody were asleep…
    he pulled the key and tried to bring me on the seashore
    he tried to throw the key in the beach…i was a bit nervous with him coz im only 5 3 in height and he is 6 2 …and i saw him he would jump to the beach…the waves and wind was so strong at that night at the front beach of bulabog beach…
    he tried to jump i was also thinking he might push me to the waters or scaredly thought he might hurt me…as he is about to jump i pulled him back and embraced him tightly…
    then i suddenly he kissed my lips…
    we shared one room that night …he whispered in my ears ” its strange but i think i love u” …i like u he repeatedly whispered…
    i answered him i love u too…
    it was a sweet night with him…
    after 2 days i saw him …he was like ignoring me… today i left bora i gave my card to the hotel i hope he got my contacts… …i left my heart at bora…

    Reply
    • Stefan Arestis

      Wow what a story ?

      Reply
    • king

      we were strangers in the night…

      Reply
    • king

      i am crazily missing him so much…

      Reply

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