Boracay Solo Traveler: How I Survived My First Solo Travel Experience

Now that Boracay will close for 6 months due to the need for rehabilitation.

Related Post: The New BORACAY Visiting the Island 10 Months After it Re-Opened

There is now a limited time to enjoy summer in Boracay – solo traveler style.

You may wonder how fun would it be as a Boracay solo traveler.

Furthermore, can you afford solo travel in Boracay?

To help you go through the decision if you want to consider being a Boracay solo traveler .

Let me,Erik the Hungry Traveller , enlighten and guide you with your decision. 

Should you be a Boracay solo traveler ? Or must you go with friends to enjoy the island?

Boracay Solo Traveler Question #1:

My first sunset on the island

Is this your first time in Boracay? 

Now if you are a Boracay virgin my understanding is that you would want to make the most out of your stay on the island.

Aside from the white sand beach, Boracay offers a ton of activities, most however are activities that would best be done either with a  group or in pairs : Island hopping, Para sailing, Jet Skis, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Bar hopping etc etc etc (the list goes on and on).

Not necessarily Boracay solo traveler friendly eh?

Now technically these activities can also be done as a solo traveler.

However, if you would want to try out these activities as a Boracay solo traveler you always have to remember that you will solely shoulder the expenses of these activities.

And you will most definitely be in the mix of strangers. But hey perhaps this would be the opportunity to make some new friends.

Erik the Hungry Traveller (E.H.T)- Not a Boracay Virgin .

My Boracay adventure for this year (2016) was my second visit on the island.

My the first was way back when I was in high school and I was with family.

During my first trip to Boracay we did almost every activity that was possible .

Island hopping, para sailing, jet ski , Island exploration you name it we did it all.

Thus for my second trip to the island I had no intention in doing those activities all over again.

I had a different goal coming back to the tropical island for the 2nd time which brings me to my second point.

Boracay Solo Traveler #2:

What’s your MAJOR GOAL in visiting Boracay? 

Do you plan on going there to try some water adventure?

To try some local cuisine ?

To de-stress from work or to have fun and party?

or do Everything you can possible do while your are on the island?

There are many reasons why people head to Boracay and I suggest that it would be best if you identify your top 3 reasons why you would like to visit. Why 3 ? Beats me! (LOL)

Seriously- In that way you have a clear picture of the activities that you would want to do.

It helps you gauge early on if the activities you plan on doing are suitable for a Boracay solo traveler or if it needs support from your squad.

Erik the Hungry Traveler’s Boracay Goals

I already chose beforehand Boracay to be the destination for my first solo travel.

Oh in case you did not know this trip is my first ever Solo Travel adventure and I have a feeling this would not be my last.

Aside from the fact that I am already familiar with the place.

I wanted to experience the side of Boracay that I was not able to experience when I went there with my family and that was the nightlife of the island.

My mission was to have fun, party , get drunk (err just be tipsy) and meet new people.

I wanted to get out of my comfort zone.

To let out the other side of me- the happy go lucky, fun and adventurous side that I rarely unleash .

That was my mission , that was my goal.To be a fun loving Boracay Solo Traveler.

Well being a goal oriented person I am proud to say that I passed my mission and with flying colors.

Yes , from Day 1 – Day 3 I partied, drank (did not get drunk) and met new friends whom I am still in constant communication as of this writing.

I let loose and I enjoyed every moment of it. Goal unlocked and mission accomplished!

Boracay Solo Traveler medal achieved!

Boracay Solo Traveler Question #3:

How much money do I need to bring when in Boracay?

This is an important question one must answer before deciding to become a  Boracay Solo Traveler. – Or traveling to anywhere for that matter.

If you are on a tight budget, then stay at home and watch videos of Boracay.. kidding!

If you are on a tight budget then solo traveling in Boracay may not be for you and you should definitely go with a group to lessen your expenses.

But if you can spend  more. Then by all means go on a solo travel and be a Boracay Solo Traveler.

Erik the Hungry Traveller’s Budget

Heading to Boracay I had 5,000 pesos as my pocket money (not including airfare and hotel accommodation which I paid a few months prior to my actual trip).

By the end of my 3 days 2 nights stay I still had 2000 pesos left. So how did I do it?

Research, Make Friends and Prioritize.

Google is a solo traveler’s friend

Prior to heading there I read articles about Boracay.

The recommended restaurants, the must visit places, the cheap yet quality accommodation, the whole nine yards.

In my research I learned that there’s a hotel that invites you over for a 15 minute discussion and in return you get invited for a free buffet dinner (which I definitely availed of while I was there)  .

I also found out during my research that WAVE bar offers unlimited Vodka, Gin and Rum drinks from 10pm-1pm for only 300 pesos.

That saved me money while I was on the island.

No Man is an Island if you are a Boracay solo traveler

Yes I came as a Boracay solo traveler but I gained new friends and acquaintances after my 3 day trip. 

I was at a VIP table at the other popular bar in Boracay during my second day. I met people who pointed me to good yet affordable restaurants and souvenir shops that were budget friendly.

Although there are many souvenir places in the area thus you don’t have to worry about this.

Know what you want to do while on the Island.

I wanted spend lavishly on all my meals but decided not.

Instead I made it a point that dinner and lunch would be my eat like a rich guy moment while breakfast would be my eat like an ordinary guy moment.

For lunch and dinner i went to restaurants that are uniquely Boracay and restaurants that offer sea food.

For breakfast I decided to go with McDonalds since it was just a walk away from my AirBnb apartment and plus i had moderate to serious hangovers the day after that I needed some strong brewed coffee.

Recap: 3 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Before heading to Boracay as a solo traveler

  1. Is this your first time in Boracay?
  2. What do I really want to do while on the Island?
  3. How much money should I bring ?

And we are done! First solo traveler adventure for Erik the Hungry Traveler documented on my website! Wohoo!

However you would like to go to Boracay you must always put into heart to always make sure that you enjoy and have fun on the island.

And with that Au Revoir !!! Cheers and enjoy every moment of your travels. To more solo adventures to come!

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14 thoughts on “Boracay Solo Traveler: How I Survived My First Solo Travel Experience”

  1. shreyasaha1987 – Thailand – Currently, I am teaching in Thailand, and enjoying my role as a teacher every bit. I would like to brief my story, so you know me better. I am an Indian native, lived in my hometown Kolkata for the first 17 years of my life, and then moved out of home and went to two different cities for graduation and post-graduation studies. Not that Kolkata does not have great universities, but it was too long for me to be at one city - I realized that at a very young age that I love to keep moving around. I also did a 9-5 job as a scientific editor for 4 years. During all this time, one thing that I did not miss doing is taking short-term vacations and visiting various places of India, and neighboring countries like Nepal and Bhutan as well. It was May, 2014 when I decided to visit Thailand with my friends as a backpacker, and it brought a great change in my life. I fell in love with South-East Asia instantly. When I went back to India, my wish to travel more became stronger. Bangkok has a good air connectivity with many South-East Asian countries, and I just decided to be in Thailand for the coming few years so I get to travel nearby countries. I resigned from my job in India, and managed to get a teaching job in Thailand by April, 2015. Since then, I am traveling to places in and around Thailand alone and sometimes with friends and trying to make a note of my journey to help others. I am not traveling full time because I am also working as a teacher, but yes, whenever I get holidays, you won't find me at my home - I can bet! Also I would like to add, I have become a vegan since July 2015, so I have become better in suggesting where to find vegetarian/vegan food when you are traveling across the places where I have already been - plus for you if you are a vegetarian/vegan.

    I totally understand that solo traveling is cool, but as you have mentioned, it gets little expensive when you choose to do activities in the Boracay island. However, you had a nice time when you visited alone or even with the family. So I will surely visit Boracay island sometime soon.

  2. Yukti – Computer Engineer by education, I am an artist, love traveling with my family to quench my thirst to know the world where we live. I with my family have traveled to many parts but still, feel that I have to travel more because, I believe "OF ALL THE BOOKS IN THE WORLD, THE BEST STORIES ARE FOUND BETWEEN THE PAGES OF A PASSPORT." Create your best stories while traveling. Know people, Know the world ... Travel more....

    I have always wanted to visit Boracay to admire its beautiful nature and exotic beaches. . Good to know that it is not very expensive and also good for solo travelers as we can make many friends. I am saving all your tips as soon as I visit Boracay.

  3. oh my oh my!!! You reminded me about that time I solo traveled to Nepal, it was an unforgettable experience. Can’t wait for the next adventure.

  4. travelwisesr – Kolkata, India – I am Subhashish and travel is my passion. I am equally passionate about writing, music and food. Sharing experiences here of my solo as well our couple travel in India and around the world. Based on the concept of story telling, each post wishes to provide our readers with the feel of actually enjoying a holiday with us, from the comfort of their homes.

    Borocay has never occurred to me but reading and seeing a bit of it makes me want to be there. Google search is also my way of trying to understand what activities to do matching my goals. Nice comprehensive information on the expenses.

  5. I never liked to travel alone but I admire you choose to do it. I somehow love company and honestly I would be scared to travel alone in a distat country, maybe countries near me 😀

  6. Arnav Mathur

    I so agree. Even though one is a solo traveller, they are never solo in places like these, which have a plethora of activities on offer, and travellers from around the world can be spotted at places like these, which makes it easy to strike a conversation with other travellers. I so want to visit Boracay now, after reading your blog.

  7. WritesandBlogs – A blogger interested in travelling and exploring new places and sharing ideas with all. Also would like to hear about ideas from travellers around the world to explore further.

    You are an avid traveler that clearly shows up in your blog and I follow your Instagram posts too. Travelling solo is what I have still not able to achieve. maybe will try out some day. I loved the island and the photos and ofcourse your article.

  8. I have never did solo traveling but it’s something which I would love to do in future. Looks like your trip to boracy was very adventurous and full of memories. Thanks for inspiring us to travel solo

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