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Boracay, Philippines


Boracay is a tropical island about an hour's flight from Manila in the Philippines. Its long white sand beaches rival the best beaches of more popular destinations such as the Caribbean, the South Pacific and neighbouring Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

The island comprises the barangays of Manoc-Manoc, Balabag, and Yapak (3 of the 17 barangays which make up the municipality of Malay), and is under the administrative control of the Philippine Tourism Authority in coordination with the Provincial Government of Aklan.


During the dry season (Nov-Apr), also known as Amihan, White Beach is calm and very suitable for swimming, etc. The other side of the island has large winds and waves making it suitable for wind surfing, wave running, etc. During the rainy season (Jun-Oct), also known as Habagat, this is reversed, with a risk of typhoons. White Beach gets large winds and waves which makes it unsuitable for swimming.

Whether you go by plane or by boat, the port of entry for Boracay Island is the small town of Caticlan on the mainland. Outrigger boats or "bancas" leave every few minutes from Caticlan's jetty port.

There are two airports located near to the island of Boracay:

Caticlan or Godofredo P. Ramos Airport: Only small body aircrafts are able to land at this airport.

Kalibo International Airport: Compared to Caticlan's airport, the runway is able to hold aircrafts such as Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 however it is farther from Caticlan's jetty port which is 90 minutes away.

The "Nautical Highway" is a combination of overland highways and roll-on, roll-off (RoRo) vessels that allow you to bring your vehicle up to Panay Island and visit key cities like Kalibo. Taking your car all the way to Boracay, though, is not possible. Public transport also operates on the same route, and is the most cost-effective way of traveling between Manila and Boracay. Assuming good connections, the total journey time is around 12 hours.

Once on the island, most people get around via motorized tricycles, scooters, and mountain bikes, all readily available to rent.

Most people come to Boracay to enjoy White Beach. Not only is it a lovely stretch of powdery white sand against azure water, it's also the commercial center of the island.

You may also want to visit Puka Beach, Baling Hai Beach and Bulabog Beach, each with it's own particular charms.

Another popular spot to visit is the Bat Cave. As it's name implies, this is the roosting place for many small insectivorous bats. The larger fruit bats roost in the trees above Punta Bunga Beach.

As with most beach destinations, visitors can enjoy scuba diving, boat tours, kiteboarding, skimboarding and other watersports. There are also guided hikes/ecotours, horseback riding, parasailing, affordable massage/spa services, and much more.

Accommodation standards vary, with top of the line hotels and resorts to a simple bed rented from a resident. During peak periods such as Holy Week, Christmas and New Year, rooms are more difficult to find and more expensive, so book in advance.

Staying along White Beach gets you closer to the bars, lounging and food, while staying closer to Bulabog beach gives you better access to the popular wind and kite-boarding areas.

The island has many choices for bars, nightclubs and restaurants, something for every tast, personality and budget.

Small internet cafes are widespread around the island. WiFi is common everywhere from splurge hotels to small guesthouses. 

Boracay was awarded in the "Travelers' Choice 2011" by TripAdvisor as the second best beach (out of 25) in the world. Boracay made a debut appearance on the Top 10 Islands list in the Travel + Leisure travel magazine World's Best Awards 2011, ranking fourth.
 


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