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Famous for its white-powder beaches and crystal-blue waters, Boracay is a butterfly-shaped island 315 kilometres (195 miles) south of the Philippine capital, Manila.

Shangri-La Boracay is located on the hilly and verdant northwestern tip of the island. A balance of urban comforts and natural wonders, the island offers colourful shops and restaurants, a wide variety of beach activities and water sports as well as pristine beaches, scenic nature trails and diverse flora and fauna.


Foreign visitors do not require visas for stays of less than 21 days. Three-month visas can be obtained in advance and cost around USD 35. Hong Kong and Macau residents holding SAR or BNO passports are permitted to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay of not more than seven days.

The official website of Bureau of Immigration, Philippines


The national currency of the Philippines is the Philippine peso (PHP).

Coins come in denominations of 5, 10, and 25 centavos, 1, 5, and 10 pesos. Notes are in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 pesos.

Cash and travellers cheques can be exchanged in licensed exchange offices and at international hotels.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

PHP 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.027 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.018 Euro (EUR)
0.015 British Pound (GBP)
0.15 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
1.49 Indian Rupee (INR)
2.45 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.13 Chinese Yuan Renminbi (RMB)
0.026 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.019 US Dollar (USD)


Hotel and resort establishments apply 12% EVAT plus .5% local tax for Rooms, 2% local tax for Food and Beverage.

Items sold at the shops are inclusive of EVAT.


A service charge of 10% is usually added to hotel and restaurant bills.  Otherwise, a 10% tip is appropriate for waiters.

Business Hours

Bank Hours
9am - 4pm, Monday through Friday

Office Hours
9am - 5pm, Monday through Friday

Shop Hours
10am - 10pm, Monday through Sunday

Public Health

A health certificate is not required for entry into the Philippines.

We recommend drinking bottled water during your stay, and drinking water is provided daily by Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa for guests' convenience.


Lightweight and comfortable clothing are ideal for daily wear during the summer. As tropical weather can be unpredictable, it is advisable to have a light jacket or windbreaker on hand.

For formal occasions, men wear short sleeved polo shirt with slacks or dress shorts while women wear summer dresses.


There are two season in Boracay: Amihan and Habagat. Amihan, which means "northeast monsoon" in the local language, generally lasts from November to February.

During Amihan, the skies are generally clear with cool breezes and calm seas. From March till June, the weather becomes hotter with little rain.

Habagat, or southwest monsoon, from July to October, sees more rain and stronger winds.

Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 30ºC 24ºC
Feb 30ºC 24ºC
Mar 31ºC 25ºC
Apr 32ºC 25ºC
May 33ºC 26ºC
Jun 32ºC 26ºC
Jul 31ºC 25ºC
Aug 32ºC 25ºC
Sep 32ºC 25ºC
Oct 31ºC 25ºC
Nov 31ºC 25ºC
Dec 30ºC 24ºC


Tagalog, Aklanon and English

Time Zone
GMT +8 hours

Metric System

220 volts

Plug Type

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800