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Which is Better? BORACAY Island Hopping Tour vs Land Tour (E-Trike)

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Boracay may be small, but it is packed with attractions that tourists of all ages can enjoy. But not all visitors have enough time or money to experience them all. Sometimes, you’ll have to make a choice. One of the most common dilemma is picking between a Boracay island hopping tour (by boat) and a Boracay land tour (by e-trike).

Let me preface this by saying that if you have sufficient funds and days, please join both tours. While they share one or two stops, these are two distinct experiences, presenting different sides of the island. That said, each has its own pros and cons.

If you have just enough time and budget for just one, which should you take: the island hopping tour or the land tour? In this article, we’ll get down to the nitty-gritty of each activity, so you could make a better, more informed decision.



Although it is possible to charter a private boat for island hopping, the prices are steep. Hence, most island hopping packages are group tours, which means you’ll be sharing the boat with other tourists. Along with the rest of the group, you’ll be following a set itinerary and you must respect the schedule.

Boracay Island Hopping

Island hopping in Boracay takes an entire day. In our case, we boarded the boat at around 8:00 AM and was back at White Beach at 4:00 PM. The jumping off point is either at Station 1 (near Astoria) or Station 3.

It usually costs PHP 800-900 (USD 14.30-16.10) per person, inclusive of buffet lunch and use of swim mask (without the snorkel) but exclusive of entrance fees. Yes, some of the stops collect an entrance fee, which is not covered by the basic tour fee.

Here’s a summary of the details:

  • Duration: Full Day, around 8 hours
  • Price: P800-900 (inclusive of buffet lunch)
  • Jump-off point: Station 1 or 3

There are many ways to book an island hopping tour. It’s offered by tour operators and touts at White Beach. But if you feel more comfortable transacting online or you don’t want to deal with touts at the beach, you may book with Klook, too!


Either way, you’ll be joining a group with other tourists and the itineraries are very similar. But the lunch and snorkeling stops vary depending on the operator.

Below was our itinerary followed by our most recent island hopping tour, which we booked with a tout at Station 2.

Stop 1: Puka Beach

Puka Beach glazes the northern tip of Boracay. This used…

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