Of the more than 7,000 islands that make up the Philippines, this tiny island is undoubtedly the most popular, most photographed destination in the whole country and have graced the covers of numerous travel magazines and brochures worldwide. The pristine blue waters and powder-fine sand have been compared to other paradises found in Bali, Greek Islands, Maldives and has proved to be worthy of all the acclaim. Travel + Leisure has named Boracay as the ‘Best Island in the World’ in 2012. For over 4 decades, Boracay continues to lure visitors from all over the world and has no sign of waning. The azure skies mirrored by the tranquil waters full of marine life beckons every traveller to this island. From above the skies, the 7-kilometer (a little over 4miles) stretch of white sand (White Beach) lay just like a red carpet excitedly waiting to welcome visitors. In the day time, endless list of activities ranging from ordinary water sports and rides as Banana Boat, Island Hopping to the more thrilling ATV rides, para sailing, ziplining or just simply lounging around and admire the enchanting surroundings. Even the sunset is a special experience on its own as it fades into the horizon in orange, yellow, brown, red hues. Such is the magic of this paradise that Boracay is also a favourite venue for weddings and special occasions.
At night, the whole island throbs with lights and music as the party stage is set. Fire dancers awe revellers with their expertly manoeuvred skills. A quiet night is best spent ‘stargazing’ to spectacular views of the sky.
Boracay is also one of the finest dive locations in the Philippines owing to its rich and diverse marine life and colourful corals around.
Beyond the picture perfect panoramic views, beach and party, it is the charm found in the local shops, talipapa (small market), local restaurants that captures the hearts of many visitors.
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Boracay is in the central part of the Philippines, part of the Visayas region. It is serviced by 2 major airports, Kalibo and Caticlan, the latter being the closest to the island. Major domestic carriers ply the route from Manila, Cebu and Busuanga several times a day with travel time of 50minutes to 1hour.
Ferry travel is also available from Manila and Cebu to Dumaguit port lasting approximately 15-17hours.
From Kalibo: Travel by bus or mini-van to Caticlan jetty port. Travel time is approximately 1.5hrs.
From Caticlan: Take a 5-minute tricycle ride to the jetty port.
On arrival at jetty port, an outrigger boat will take you to one of the boat stations (1, 2, 3) in 15minutes.
*It is advisable to bring cash as the only ATM machine in the island often runs out.
*Philippines has 2 main seasons and in Boracay, you will often hear of Amihan (dry) and Habagat (wet). In general, high season falls between October to May with the months of March to June being the hottest as temperatures rise to 38degrees Celsius or more.
*The busiest times are during the summer holiday period and exceptionally busy in Easter Week, Christmas and New Year and the week of Chinese New Year.
What else to see?
At 100meters above sea level, the highest point offers an uninterrupted view of the beach surrounding the island of Boracay. A cemented staircase was built for easier climb but navigating the terrain in an ATV or in one of the buggy cars is certainly more fun. Along the way, you can admire the natural habitat of birds, monkey and even that of the tasmanian devil.
Found at the northern end of the White Beach, this huge rock provides views from a different perspective. Here you can see the nearby island of Mindoro.
There are a number of caves in the island and this one is home to the flying foxes, with a wing span of up to 4feet.