Station 1 White Beach Boracay Islands in the Philippines

Boracay Island in the Low Season

Boracay Island is a double-edged sword. This Philippine island is undeniably gorgeous and a dreamy tropical paradise. It has sparkling turquoise waters, powdery white beaches, and rugged coastlines.

It has won “Best Beach in the World” and “Best Island in the World” multiple times from multiple publications. But it also gets lots of bad press for being overcrowded and touristy. We were torn when debating a visit.

We wanted to experience Boracay Island’s famous natural beauty, but we wanted to avoid its infamous crowds. We compromised by visiting in the low season (October). There was a small risk of bad weather, but at least the crowds and prices would be low.

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A Famous Boracay Sandcastle - Station 1 White Beach Boracay Islands in the Philippines

A Famous Boracay Sandcastle

We hit the vacation jackpot, as luck would have it. We had a fun, affordable holiday in paradise and didn’t see a drop of rain. By visiting in the “shoulder season,” we found bliss, beauty, and elbow room on Boracay Island.

Gorgeous Blue waters - Station 1 White Beach Boracay Islands in the Philippines

Station 1 White Beach Boracay Islands in the Philippines

Beautiful Sunsets on a gorgeous beach - Station 1 White Beach Boracay Islands in the Philippines

Elbow Room on Boracay Island

Boracay Terraces Resort - Station 1 White Beach in Boracay Island Philippines

Boracay Terraces Resort

The low season crowds were thin all over the island, but staying on Station 1 ensured lots of extra elbow room. We stayed at the Boracay Terraces Resort, which is on the northernmost tip of White Beach.

Lots of Elbow Room on Station 1 of White Beach in the Philippines

Lots of Elbow Room on Station 1 of White Beach

If you don’t know, Boracay Island is synonymous with White Beach. White Beach is 2.5 miles of glorious blonde sand.

There are about a dozen beaches on Boracay, but White Beach is the food, accommodation, and activity hub of the island. White beach is divided into 3 Stations.

In the north is Station 1. It’s the most spacious part of the beach and home to high-end hotels. Station 2 is home to D’Mall, and countless bars, restaurants, and vendors. In the south, Station 3 is home to budget and backpacker accommodations.

We practically had the beach to ourselves - Station 1 White Beach in the Philippines

We practically had the beach to ourselves.

We were semi-secluded at Boracay Terraces Resort. We had a huge, gorgeous beach practically to ourselves, at Station 1. But the lively fun and activities of Station 2 were only a short walk away.

Station 1 is definitely the place to stay if you want more space and tranquility.

D’Mall and Station 2 Beach - White Beach in the Philippines

D’Mall and Station 2 Beach

The largest crowds were at Station 2 beach and D’Mall, but the crowds were light and manageable even there. In fact, it would have been creepy if there were less people.

Station 2 beach is home to most of the watersports and boat tours. At night, Station 2 is also party central, although during low season the parties are much more tame.

Beauty On Boracay Island

Station 1 White Beach on Boracay Island, Philippines

White Beach - Station 1 on Boracay Island in the Philippines

White Beach - Station 1 on Boracay Island in the Philippines

The beauty of Boracay Island was magical for us. It was tranquil and soothing. It was vibrant and energizing. And it was incredibly romantic.

There were postcard views in every direction. Pick any random spot, and you’ll likely be overwhelmed with the natural beauty. Here are a few of our favorite scenic locations.

Northern End of Station 1 White Beach - Station 1 on Boracay Island in the Philippines

Northern End of Station 1 White Beach

The northern end of White Beach. This was the location of our resort, but you don’t have to stay there to enjoy it. The beach here is nestled in a cove and next to a headland cliff.

In front of you, the hypnotic turquoise water spreads out to infinity. On one side are miles of white sand. On the other is a rocky cliff.

Path to Diwindi Beach Station 1 on Boracay Island in the Philippines

Path to Diwindi Beach

The paved walkway between White Beach and Diwindi Beach. We strolled the path to Diwindi Beach every morning after breakfast. It takes you along the cove and around the cliff.

View From Mount Luho Station 1 on Boracay Island in the Philippines

View From Mount Luho

Mount Luho Observation Tower. The panoramic views here were stunning. We should have brought our DSLR, but we only had our phones. The photo gives some idea, but in person, the views were simply breathtaking.

Bliss On Boracay Island

Finding Bliss on Boracay  Station 1 on Boracay Island in the Philippines

Finding Bliss on Boracay

Bliss was easy to find on Boracay Island in the low season. Boracay is a highly developed and commercialized island, by the touristy vibe is muted when the crowds are sparse.

We spent a lot of time relaxing on the beach, sipping inexpensive drinks and enjoying the stunning scenery. We mixed in a bit of adventure too.

We’ll write a full post about all our favorite things to do on Boracay Island, but here are few highlights.

Scuba Diving Boracay Island Station 1 on Boracay Island in the Philippines

Scuba Diving Boracay Island

We did some scuba diving around the island. October is not the best time for diving, but the glossy blue waters were irresistible. We had decent visibility and saw some coral and colorful fish.

ATV ride up Mt. Luho Station 1 on Boracay Island in the Philippines

ATV ride up Mt. Luho

We took ATV’s up Mount Luho. As mentioned, the 360 views from Mount Luho are amazing.

Riding Zipline and Cable Car ATV ride up Mt. Luho Station 1 on Boracay Island in the Philippines

Riding Zipline and Cable Car ATV ride up Mt. Luho

We rode the Zipline and Cable Car. This zipline was surprisingly fun. It was a tandem, so we could ride together. It’s not the most extreme one in the world, but we were shocked by how exhilarating it was.

Worth the Low Season Risk?

Station 1 on Boracay Island in the PhilippinesWe think visiting Boracay Island in October is definitely worth the risk of rainy weather if avoiding crowds is important to you. October is toward the end of rainy season, so the chances of good weather are relatively higher than in May – September.

A shoulder season visit worked out great for us. We would do it again, but it is still a risk. The reward is enjoying some world-class natural beauty without the “sardine experience” of peak season travel.

(Of course, we’re assuming that you’ll have a few destinations on your Asian itinerary. If you’re flying across the world to see only Boracay, come during peak season for predictably nice weather. Or go to Palawan Island instead for a really remote and tranquil island getaway.)

Low Season Travel Tips 

* Fly through Kalibo International Airport – Caticlan Airport is closer but smaller and more prone to delays and cancellations in the low season. Kalibo also offers more and much better low season airfare deals.

* Book a round trip airport transfer from Kalibo to Boracay – Getting to Boracay from the airport is not as hard as it sounds, but there are a few steps. First, there’s a 2-hour bus ride to the port. Second, there’s a ferry boat from Panay Island to Boracay Island. Third, a taxi or trike ride to your hotel. You could do it all yourself and save a few bucks. But for about $20, Southwest Tours offers a round trip “Door to Door” transfer service. We used them and were very happy. They took great care of us every step of the way. And they were there on time to pick us up for our return trip too.

* Haggle like Crazy – In the low season, you have some serious negotiating leverage. Vendors and even hotels are willing to come way down on prices, so haggle, haggle, haggle. No special tactics needed when there are so few other customers around. We saved a fortune on everything simply by politely asking for lower and lower prices.

* Stay at a Station 1 Hotel – Station 1 is the best part of White Beach. It is gorgeous, spacious, and relaxing. Hotels here are more expensive than on Station 2 or 3, but they’re extremely affordable in the low season. We stayed at the Boracay Terraces Resort and were very happy. It’s a mid-range resort, but it has the best spot on the beach. For only $30 per night, it was an unbelievable deal for such a prime location. Check out the latest rates for Boracay Terraces here.

Have you traveled in the low season? Where did you go? How was your experience?

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  • Rhiannon
    Posted at 08:12h, 27 March

    Oh gosh, Boracay is just stunning! I always see pictures on other bloggers’ Instagram accounts of the White Beach and am envious every single time! Normally I opt to visit places in low season and take the risk with the weather, as I always think it’s better to have a bit of rain and no crowds than crowds and crowds of people and no room to enjoy!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:22h, 27 March

    Hi Rhiannon. Boracay amazed us for sure. We would go back in a second.

  • Mike Cotton
    Posted at 11:33h, 27 March

    The beaches in Boracay are undoubtedly stunning but as you say, the downside is they are incredibly popular – and with good reason too. Travelling in low season, for me, is the best way to avoid the crowds.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:44h, 27 March

    Hi Mike. We agree with that and that was our experience too.

  • Kelly
    Posted at 15:29h, 27 March

    Well I can see why Boracay had won best beach in the world several times. And I would totally go in October. I hate crowds and feel like they detract from the country I’m visiting.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 15:33h, 27 March

    Hey Kelly. The risk was worth it for us and we happened to get great weather too.

  • Heather @Travelationship
    Posted at 19:18h, 27 March

    We visited during shoulder season and there were still way too many people. Definitely, would recommend off season to most travelers.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:22h, 27 March

    Hi Heather. Thats too bad. If you didn’t like the off season crowds, imagine the peak season ones.

  • neha
    Posted at 20:19h, 27 March

    Your travel tips are really helpful. Low season has it’s own benefits and we also like to travel in low season many a times. Going through your post, I don’t think Boracay island ‘s charm is any low in the low season

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:22h, 27 March

    Hey Neha. Thats how we felt. We were able to really relax and enjoy the stunning beauty.

  • Melissa
    Posted at 21:02h, 27 March

    We always try to book one of our main trips in the low season for all the same reasons you mentioned… it’s cheaper, less crowded, more likely to find deals. Boracay looks incredible. It makes me excited about summertime and beaches again!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:11h, 27 March

    Hi Melissa. Thats great to hear. Hope you enjoy.

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    Posted at 00:58h, 28 March

    Many beautiful places in the world are caught in the Catch-22 kind of situation. Because of their beauty, they draw huge crowds which can be self-detrimental. Boracay without the crowds is sheer magic. We always try to visit places during the of season to beat the crowds.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:59h, 28 March

    Hi Sandy N Vyjay. Cool. We often travel the same way.

  • Alice Chen
    Posted at 01:51h, 28 March

    These landscapes are so pretty! I love all of the colors in the skies especially! I’ve always wanted to scuba dive so I think that looks like a ton of fun!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:55h, 28 March

    Hello Alice. The colors are unreal. And scuba here is truly gorgeous.

  • Samantha Sparrow
    Posted at 02:05h, 28 March

    Visiting Boracay Island has been a dream of mine for a while so I really appreciate your tips. Visiting out of season is one of the ways I have stress free holidays, especially in capital cities in Europe that can be too bust in the summer. Your photography is beautiful!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:11h, 28 March

    Hi Samantha. Thanks this way does lessen the stress for us too.

  • Patti
    Posted at 04:43h, 28 March

    Boracay looks like such a beautiful place, would love to see it in person!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 04:44h, 28 March

    Hi Patti. Hope you get a chance. Boracay Island is definitely beautiful beyond words.

  • Ana Rose | Roads and Pages
    Posted at 05:02h, 28 March

    Congratulations for making it to Boracay! It was really a risk but you made it. You are both lucky. I would love to ride the zipline with my partner. I guess we are going to try it when we visit Boracay. Thanks for the wonderful suggestions. By the way, all the photos are stunning. I love them!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 05:09h, 28 March

    Hi Ana Rose. Thanks very much. We had a great time and hope your visit is even better.

  • Emma Tryon
    Posted at 05:11h, 28 March

    This is just dreamy! Love the mix up stunning secluded beauty and fun extreme activities 😉 Truly the perfect trip! You’ve got me convinced that its worth going in low season!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 05:12h, 28 March

    Hi Emma. Thanks thats how we like to do it. A bit of this and that to mix things up.

  • Romy
    Posted at 08:06h, 28 March

    It really looks like paradise. The white bounty beaches look like the perfect place to relax. I hate crowds and wouldn’t want the ‘sardine experience’ as you so nicely put it. I would definitely go in Low season. Awesome tips!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:11h, 28 March

    Hello Romy. Thanks good to hear. We go in low season again for sure.

  • Danijela WorldGlimpses
    Posted at 10:44h, 28 March

    It sure deserves the name of the White Beach! Beautiful white sand, love that you can stroll along and scuba dive!! 🙂 Nice tips, thanks.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:55h, 28 March

    Hello Danijela. Yes the beach is truly white and gleaming.

  • kels
    Posted at 11:48h, 28 March

    Love your low season tips!! My husband and I try to find a balance between low season and good weather, so this was super helpful and SUPER beautiful.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:55h, 28 March

    Hi Kels. That’s interesting. Us too. Glad the post was helpful.

  • sophie
    Posted at 14:24h, 28 March

    couldn’t agree anymore. this is the best place on the earth to relax. by far the best island i have seen. thanks for sharing . it is such a paradise. Cheers

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:33h, 28 March

    Hi Sophie. It’s great to hear that agreement. We feel the same.

  • Janine Good
    Posted at 18:11h, 28 March

    I have wanted to get to Boracay for ages and was hesitant at going in the low season due to the weather. After reading your post I feel more confident booking during October-November. You certainly did hit the jackpot and the beaches are incredible. I didn’t know that they won awards! Even more reason to travel there.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 18:12h, 28 March

    Hey Janine. Hope you have a great time too. The weather is unpredictable but wow Boracay Island is gorgeous enough to justify the risk.

  • Meghan
    Posted at 19:03h, 28 March

    Ok, for one, I had no idea how affordable it is. And two, you definitely lucked out! It looks like the weather was perfect basically the whole time you were there! Awesome!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:05h, 28 March

    Hi Meghan. We certainly felt so so lucky. The weather was perfect and crowds were low too.

  • Riely
    Posted at 00:50h, 29 March

    I would way rather travel during the low season to avoid the crowds especially on Boracay Island. I would never think to haggle prices down for hotels and such before. Great tips! Boracay looks stunning with it’s white sandy beaches, and crystal blue waters. The view from Mount luho is spectacular as well. Thanks for sharing.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:55h, 29 March

    Hi Riely. Mt Luho really surprised us with how good the view was. It was even better than we expected and we had high hopes.

  • Khansa
    Posted at 06:15h, 29 March

    Boracay Island looks amazing even in the low season. Your pics are so dreamy, and makes me want to visit the place. I cant wait to be there someday

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 06:22h, 29 March

    Hey Khansa. Hope you do make it. Weather, crowds, or whatever pail in comparison to how beautiful Boracay Island is.

  • Ivy
    Posted at 12:09h, 29 March

    Great tips on traveling in low/shoulder season, couldn’t agree more! We always avoid peak seasons as we hate crowds. It must’ve been so nice to enjoy that white sand beach all to yourself!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:11h, 29 March

    Hello Ivy. It was one of our best moments in all our years of travel. Truly gorgeous.

  • Carol @ Get There | Get Lost
    Posted at 15:19h, 29 March

    Oh how I miss Boracay! I have only gone twice before permanently moving to the US! I visited once during the summer season and during the first week of December. The December visit was not as lovely as the summer in terms of sunshine, but I did love the fact that it wasn’t as crowded!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 15:22h, 29 March

    Hello Carol. There is so much to miss about Boracay Island for sure.

  • Marge
    Posted at 18:45h, 29 March

    Boracay is my absolute favorite out of all the destinations that I’d been to in my country. Sure there are far more beautiful islands (Palawan) but Boracay has easily captured my heart. I love the vibe, the fact that you’re in a rural area but it has a bit of urban feel to it. I’ve been there 3x already for 3 consecutive years. You’d think I’d grown tired of it but nope, I still love it and everytime I go back, I discover something new and exciting to do. I’d been there in both low and high season and even when there are too many people, it didn’t change my view of it whatsoever because surprisingly there are many spots in Boracay that the crowd don’t go to.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 18:55h, 29 March

    Hi Marge. Thanks for sharing your wide experience on Boracay Island. We agree that its worth any trouble. It both beautiful and so fun, with a great vibe as you say.

    Posted at 00:37h, 30 March

    The fine white sand of boracay is really one of a kind! I haven’t seen any beach sand as fine as boracay’s!. And yessssss!! sunsetsss! awesome! This place will show you the best sunsets that you will witness in your entire life.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:44h, 30 March

    Hey Michael. I don’t know what makes those sunsets so amazing but they are better than at most places.

  • FS Page
    Posted at 11:00h, 30 March

    Boracay islands look so beautiful from every direction. And there are so many activities to do apart from lazing around at gorgeous beaches. You were really lucky to have visited during low season and yet not faced poor weather.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:11h, 30 March

    Hi FS Page. We felt lucky every minute for sure.

  • Vishal Bihani
    Posted at 11:46h, 30 March

    Boracay Island is so beautiful. I would surely be interested visiting this place.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:55h, 30 March

    Hey Vishal. We hope you can visit one day. Boracay Island is gorgeous and just makes you feel like you’ve experienced paradise.

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    Posted at 00:00h, 31 March

    Boracay island is a piece of paradise, fallen to earth. It looks so pristine and enchanting. Philippines is a real treasure house that has som many lovely beaches and ilands. Many of them untouched and charming. Would love to get to this beautiful country someday.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:11h, 31 March

    Hey Sandy N Vyjay. The Philippines does have so many gorgeous islands. Boracay has definitely been touched by tourism, but whoa its still very special.

  • Ami Bhat
    Posted at 05:21h, 31 March

    Low or high season, this looks amazing. I too, would want to scuba around …it looks wonderful under water. Thanks for those useful tips about Boracay

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 05:22h, 31 March

    Hey Ami. Yes the scuba diving was so fun. The water is just too beautiful.

  • Chiara
    Posted at 16:19h, 31 March

    Wow the place look awesome!! Great photos and the tips were really useful 🙂 I’ll consider going there

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 16:22h, 31 March

    Hey Chiara. We felt that Boracay Island was awesome too. Great to hear the post was useful. Thanks.

  • 33andfree
    Posted at 21:20h, 31 March

    We absolutely loved Boracay when we were there. We were there just before the season was to start. Your pictures are beautiful and they brought back good memories and makes me want to get back! We loved that it was so easy to visit all the beaches and the feeling of being able to walk freely. We also couldn’t believe how cheap it was there!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:22h, 31 March

    Hi 33andfree. Sounds like you had a great visit too. Good to hear. Yes the cheap prices are another great thing about Boracay Island.

  • Cai Dominguez
    Posted at 23:41h, 01 April

    I’ve been to Boracay number of times high and low season and still regardless if they say it’s too touristy, one of my favorite islands in the Philippines. I have to agree that going on a low season is still worth the risk. Lovely photos. So beautiful island.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:44h, 01 April

    Hi Cai. Thanks for sharing your views. It’s great to hear from Filipinos. You all know your country the best.

  • Adrenaline Romance
    Posted at 23:44h, 01 April

    Boracay is really not in our list of must-visit places. However, visiting the island during low season seems to be a pretty good decision. No throngs of crowds. How is the scuba diving there?

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:55h, 01 April

    Hi Adrenaline Romance. It was pretty good. We didn’t have the best water conditions but we were delighted.

  • cathy
    Posted at 08:59h, 02 April

    Boracay is no doubt one of the best islands in the world regardless of seasons! It’s my personal favourite island! True, it’s being too commercialised but still, Boracay is so beautiful! I love it! But never tried some activities tho 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 09:00h, 02 April

    Hi Cathy. Wow thats high praise. We would love to visit many times.

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