Boracay might look small on a map, but in reality it’s larger than most people think. So if you ever you find yourself on this Philippine island paradise, don’t hesitate to take the time to explore. This of course raises the question: How should you get around Boracay Island?
The island’s main two-lane thoroughfare (flat road) stretches parallel to White Beach from the main pier all the way to Puka Beach. Because White Beach is long, it is divided into three sections called “Boat Stations”. Over the years, the island’s tourism industry has grown, and so too has the number of businesses. This is the primary reason why the main road is always busy, and the main mode of transport is limited to tricycles.
What are Tricycles?
Tricycles are the Philippine’s version of a tuk tuk. This is a three-wheeled transport vehicle that can be seen all over the country and is usually relied upon to cover shorter routes in towns. There are no buses, trains or taxis on Boracay – just tricycles! There are also some locals who offer to drive passengers on their motorcycles.
The tricycles on Boracay Island have three wheels, they are still designed to carry as many as 8 passengers. Unlike Thai tuk tuks, they are not as fast or zippy, but they do the job of bringing you from point A to point B at a steady pace.
There are two types of tricycles on Boracay Island. The first classification is called “Moving Tricycles”. These are the tricycles that constantly pick up and drop off passengers and follow a specific route. In other words, they act like buses. Moving tricycles are often bigger and in Boracay’s case, they to be electric-powered. They run along the main thoroughfare also called “flat road”. They are also the cheapest form of tricycle on Boracay. Here are the rates of a Moving Tricycle on Boracay:
- Flat Road Station 1 to Station 3: 10 pesos
- Flat Road to Jetty Port: 25 pesos