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Moving to Boracay Island, Philippines

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 13, 2023

Summary: Moving to Boracay Island, Philippines? Expats talk about what you need to know before moving to Boracay Island.

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What do I need to know before moving to Boracay Island?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Boracay Island, they said:

"Expats moving to Boracay Island should be aware that the official language is Filipino, but English is widely spoken and understood. The currency used is the Philippine Peso, and while credit cards are accepted in most places, it's always a good idea to carry some cash. The cost of living is relatively low compared to Western countries, but it can be higher on the island due to its popularity as a tourist destination. Boracay Island is known for its beautiful beaches, so be prepared for a tropical climate with high humidity and temperatures. The island has a rainy season from June to October, and a dry season from November to May. Healthcare facilities on the island are limited, so for serious medical conditions, one may need to travel to bigger cities. It's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. The island is generally safe, but like any tourist destination, petty crime like pickpocketing can occur, so it's important to be vigilant. Expats should also be aware of the local customs and traditions. Filipinos are generally friendly and hospitable, but it's important to respect their culture and traditions. Internet connection on the island can be unreliable, so if you're planning to work remotely, this could be a challenge. Lastly, the island has been undergoing rehabilitation efforts to preserve its natural beauty, so there are rules and regulations in place to protect the environment, such as a ban on single-use plastics," said one expat who made the move to Boracay Island.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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