Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Boracay

5 great coworking spaces in Boracay (and one to skip)

Located in the Philippines, Boracay is a small island full of resorts, hotels, restaurants, and cafés. Although there is still a long way to go to make this place ideal for expats and digital nomads, this island is taking small and sure steps in that direction. Boracay is usually a weekend stop for digital nomads who stay in Manila, offering a peaceful beach setting and magnificent views of the sea. Take a look at this travel vlog to get ideas for what to do and see in Boracay:     

Those who use the island as their work base have to accept that the internet is slow and not meant for major uploads and downloads. On the plus side, since foreigners love to visit Boracay, you won’t have a problem communicating with the locals since they know sufficient English. While you won’t find a real coworking space here, coffee shops and eateries are adequate to replace them. Here are some of them you can work from, and one that you should skip.

The Lazy Dog Bed & Breakfast is the nicest place to cowork in Boracay

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The Lazy Dog Bed & Breakfast is located close to the Bulabog Beach in the Balabag district. This is not an ideal coworking space, but you will find everything you need here to have a productive day. 

The Wi-Fi is better than in some coffee shops but still not even close to the speeds you can find in Manila. If you don’t have to send huge files or download anything big, you can do just fine with the internet here. In-house Whiskey’s Café is perfect for working in peace in the shade of the palm trees and drinking freshly squeezed juice. The chairs are far from ergonomic, but comfortable to sit on for a while. To change position, you can use low walls as standing desks or sit down on the cushions and work at the coffee table.

We love that this hostel is true to its name, and dogs and cats are all around, sleeping or stopping by for pets. If you want to go for a walk or swim, you can leave your things in the lockers and not worry about them. In the evenings, guests from all over the world gather at the café and mingle, which is a great opportunity for networking.       

Basics
Pricing estimates Moderate
High-Speed Internet No
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 7 am–10 pm
  • Saturday: 7 am–10 pm
  • Sunday: 7 am–10 pm
Workspace
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Phone No
Coliving Yes

 Little Wave is our least favorite place to cowork in Boracay

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Little Wave is a small coffee shop in the Manoc-Manoc district, close to the main road on the island. It’s located in a cluster of many eateries and cafés, so you don’t have to go far to find a more comfortable place for work. Chairs are on the top of our list of the most uncomfortable, made from some sort of metal and without upholstery.

During our stay, the Wi-Fi was unreliable and disappeared from the list of available networks several times. This was a miscalculation on our part since we came here during the lunch hour, and too many people were connected. 

We gave up working after a while and decided to enjoy the food with many vegetarian options. The salted egg coffee is their signature beverage and something we recommend you try when in Little Wave. The staff was friendly and stopped by our table a few times to make sure everything was in order with our food.

Basics
Pricing estimates Moderate
High-Speed Internet No
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 8 am–10:30 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am–10:30 pm
  • Sunday: 8 am–10:30 pm
Workspace
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Phone No
Coliving No

Five places to cowork in Boracay’s Balabag district we also enjoyed

No matter if you are having coffee, cake or beer while you work, the following places are good enough to get the work done:

  1. Starbucks
  2. Titos
  3. Tom N Toms
  4. Sea Breeze
  5. Coco Cafe

Starbucks

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Starbucks is located in a three-story building, with the roof being the best part if you want to work while looking at the beach below. This is a familiar place with decent coffee and reliable but still slow Wi-Fi.

If you are lucky to come here when it’s not crowded, you can take the comfortable seats by the wall. Otherwise, you will have to either make do with wooden chairs or use your travel stand desk as we did. The staff speaks several languages, so you won’t have problems communicating with them. Too bad the internet connection is less than perfect, or we would come here to work every day.        

Titos

Image source: Titos Facebook

Titos is the best place to try Filipino dishes and have lunch on the roof with a wonderful view of palms and the beach. The Wi-Fi will not falter even when the place is crowded, so you will have no problem working here until your food arrives. 

We don’t recommend staying here for long since the colorful chairs are far from comfortable, and our backs weren’t that happy after an hour of sitting. If you plan to come here, note that Titos opens at noon, and you will hardly find it without guests. If you want to concentrate on work, it’s best to find another place and come here only for the local cuisine.    

Tom N Toms Coffee in Balabag

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Tom N Toms Coffee is a Starbucks doppelganger — all with comfortable chairs and a great choice of coffees. 

The Wi-Fi here is unreliable. Some days it works well, and you can finish your tasks without too much fuss, and others, it will be annoyingly slow and useless. The good thing is that Tom N Toms is not a loud place, and you can work without distractions from other patrons. The big plus is that they’re open 24/7, so you can come here and work anytime you want (if the internet is operational).

The Sea Breeze Café in Balabag

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Sea Breeze is part of the Henann Regency Resort & Spa on the Beachfront. This is a big space full of comfortable chairs and serving buffets for reasonable prices.

It is a good place to come for breakfast and start on the morning tasks since it’s quiet. The internet was fine, but nothing to write home about, like everywhere else in Boracay. Avoid coming here to work in the afternoons since that is family time, and you will hardly be able to work from all the noise.

Coco Cafe in Balabag

Image source: Coco Café Facebook

Coco Cafe is one of the few air-conditioned coffee shops on the island, so working there was especially nice.

The tables aren’t too close to each other, so you can have privacy, and no one can take a peek at your computer. We had some trouble connecting to the Wi-Fi, but once we did, it worked fine. We suggest you try their mango smoothie. It will help you start the day energized and ready to give your 100% at work.

Here are other places to cowork in Boracay:

Where to Stay in Boracay

Where to stay in Boracay – Under the palm trees

Choosing where to stay in Boracay depends on your interests. With its pristine sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and beautiful nature, Boracay is the ideal travel destination for relaxation. This small island in the Philippines, with a length of only 7 km, has been quite attractive among tourists for years now. Given its favorable position and forming a part of the famous Turquoise Triangle together with the capital of the Philippines, Manila, and Puerto Princesa in Palawan, Boracay serves as a stop of many cruise ships every week.

As a result of the rapid influx of tourists, the island was temporarily closed in April 2018, for 6 months, to repair the damages and renovate the facilities. In October the same year, the island was reopened with the government issuing a long list of the do’s and don’ts for tourists to carefully follow. 

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Do’s and don’ts for tourists in Boracay 

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Find out more about these newly established rules here

Five best neighborhoods to stay in Boracay

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Although the island of Boracay is a small and compact one, it has numerous accommodation options as well as important sights for tourists to visit.  Divided into beaches, this travel destination is a popular resort, and as such, has plenty of dining and entertainment options for everyone’s liking. We recommend: 

  1. White Beach Station 1
  2. White Beach 2
  3. White Beach 3
  4. Bulabog Beach 
  5. Diniwid Beach 

So, whatever your interests may be, you will be able to pursue them while at the same time relaxing and enjoying yourself on one of the many beautiful beaches this island has to offer. Apart from other beaches, White Beach, the most popular area for tourists, is divided into three subareas, called stations, with diverse tourist content. 

We created a list with the best areas to stay in Boracay based on the general interests of the majority of tourists that visit this island. 

Area

Ideal for: 

Why? 

White Beach Station 1

First visit to the island

Heart of the island

White Beach Station 2

Nightlife

A few of the island’s nightclubs are located here as well as shopping malls, and markets

White Beach Station 3

On a budget 

Ideal for backpackers, cheap accommodation

Bulabog Beach 

Bohemians 

One of the coolest places on the island, a paradise for adventurers and watersports enthusiasts 

Diniwid Beach 

Long-term stay 

Quiet, family-oriented, but with fun activities

Where to stay in Boracay for the first time – White Beach Station 1

White Beach is the central area of the island where the majority of landmarks and activities are located. As such, it is the most attractive location for tourists who are visiting for the first time and want to be at the center of the amusing events. 

Divided into three sections, Station 1 is the most exciting of them all. Also, it is conveniently located near other stations and areas so if you decide to seek accommodation here, you will have no trouble at all visiting other neighborhoods in search of nightlife or watersports activities. 

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Things to see and do in White Beach Station 1

As the central location in Boracay, White Beach Station 1 has numerous exciting activities you can participate in such as:

  • Climbing at the Willy’s Rock 
  • Visiting the WaterColors Boracay Dive Resort
  • Riding the waves with a SUP 
  • Snorkeling
  • Or just relax by the beach and enjoy the view 

Willy’s Rock 

This is the most popular landmark found in Boracay. It is a volcanic formation or the rock as the locals call it, with a statue of the Virgin Mary on the top. The view from this rock is simply breathtaking. 

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WaterColors Boracay Dive Resort

Apart from being a luxurious resort, this place also offers a unique underwater adventure for tourists who visit Boracay. 

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Ride the waves with a SUP 

No matter whether you are a watersports enthusiast or not, Boracay is an ideal place for engaging in these activities. Rent a SUP and learn to paddle. You will have so much fun! 

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Snorkeling

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Chilling on the beach 

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Where to stay in White Beach Station 1

Finding a place to stay in this area can be difficult as it is quite popular among tourists due to its proximity to other beaches and activities. Still, it is not an impossible task as there are many Airbnbs with prices for every budget. The average nightly price in Airbnbs in this area is $116. 

We suggest the following ones: 

Budget optionThe room in these Scandi villas

Moderate priceThis deluxe suite 

Luxury optionThis unique home just a few steps from the beach 

Find more Airbnbs in White Beach Station 1 here

Where to stay in Boracay for nightlife – White Beach Station 2

Since this is a very small island and a resort place with an emphasis on relaxation, you cannot expect to find wild parties and nightclubs as such. In the second Station of the White Beach, just in the middle of the Stations 1 and 3, you can find the majority of restaurants, bars, pubs, and a few nightclubs on the island for a night out.  

According to the new regulations, beach parties have been banned so the parties have been moved to surrounding indoor objects. If you are interested in shopping, there is the island’s biggest shopping mall, D’mall where you can satisfy your shopping needs. Also, there is a seafood market with plenty of fresh items to buy. 

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Things to see and do in White Beach Station 2

White Beach Station 2 has an energetic atmosphere and there are many places you can visit to experience the unique spirit of the island. We recommend the following: 

  • Check out Boracay Pub Crawl
  • Shop at D’mall 
  • Visit the Seafood market
  • Try the burger at Steampunk Boracay 
  • Party at Club Galaxy
  • Have a drink at Cha Cha’s Beach Cafe

Boracay Pub Crawl

This pub is one of the most attractive ones both among the locals and travelers because of its lively spirit and great drinks. 

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D’mall

This unusual mall will provide you with all the souvenirs you need to bring back home to your loved ones and much more!

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Seafood market

If you are a lover of seafood, here you will be able to find a wide variety of items as well as try some local dishes in the nearby restaurants. 

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Steampunk Boracay

If you are a foodie and want to taste something unique, visit this place and try their famous burger. You won’t regret it!

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Club Galaxy

Club Galaxy is one of the best nightclubs in Boracay for dancing the night away along with the latest hits played by famous DJs. 

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Cha Cha’s Beach Cafe

This cafe is right next to the White Beach. It serves amazing local dishes and drinks. If you want to enjoy the view of the sea and beach while eating delicious food and your favorite drink, this is the ideal place. 

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Where to stay in White Beach Station 2

Located between Stations 1 and 3, Station 2 has more varied accommodation options with most mid-range ones than other areas. But, in case you prefer more luxurious options, Station 2 has got you covered. The average nightly price in Airbnbs in this neighborhood is $93.

Our top picks are the following ones:

Budget optionThis beach flat with kitchen

Moderate priceThis nicely furnished villa with pool

Luxury optionThis Scandi apartment with top-end kitchen 

Find more Airbnbs in White Beach Station 2 here