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While you may be in the middle of the Philippines, and less than an hour from Manila’s 12 million residents, a few hours on this tropical island will leave you feeling like you’re in the middle of nowhere. Boracay is a small island with a permanent population of just 12,000. Its six square miles (10 square kilometers) are home to countless pristine beaches, a lively nightlife and some of the best watersports in South East Asia. In 2012 Boracay was named the best island in the world by a popular travel magazine.
Most of Boracay’s 1,000,000 annual visitors come to the island for the dry season between November and April. This is the ideal time for swimming and watersports, as the beaches remain calm. The months between May and October are therefore much quieter and more affordable, as many hotels and tour operators have seasonal prices. Visitors are advised to check weather warnings, as typhoons are a possibility in the region.
Boracay’s main attractions are its beaches. The most famous of these, the three-mile (four-kilometer) long White Beach, lives up to its name. The popular public beach is lined by tall palms, providing some much-needed shade during the peak of summer, and is ideal for swimming. Families will love the safe shallow water, while the more adventurous will find excellent kite surfing, wind surfing and scuba dive operators along the foreshore. Behind the beach is the main commercial region of the island, D-Mall, where you will find great shopping and eateries.
Those seeking a more secluded beach experience will love Puka Beach, home to the rare Puka shell, while those seeking some excitement will enjoy the cliff jumping at Ariel’s Point. Get between Boracay’s many inlets, coves and beaches on board a motorized tricycle, the island’s answer to taxis. Scooters and bicycles can also be hired for those wanting to explore the island on their own time.
Visitors can reach Boracay via Manila, with regular flights to the nearby Caticlan and Kalibo airports. From here a number of shuttles and taxis run to the ferry terminal, where you’ll be whisked away to paradise.
Accommodation in Boracay Island
Boracay Island features an excellent selection of places to stay. Our hotels in Boracay Island page lists all hotel deals.
For those interested in finding a place to stay in the more upmarket end of the range, you're sure to enjoy the hospitality at the Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa, located at Barangay Yapak, or the Discovery Shores Boracay, at Station 1. The Asya Premier Suites, Sitio Cagban Brgy Manoc-Manoc, and the Ambassador In Paradise Resort, Station 1, Sitio Pinaongon, are another two upmarket Expedia-listed hotel choices worth looking into.
This beachfront hotel is located in Balabag, close to Boat Station 2, White Beach, and Bulabog Beach. Also nearby are Boat Station 3 and Boat Station 1.
Nestled on the beach, this Balabag resort is within a 5-minute walk of Coral Garden, Boat Station 1, and Boat Station 2. Boat Station 3 and Balinghai Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated near the beach, this luxury resort is within a 5-minute walk of Talipapa Market and Boat Station 2. Boat Station 1 and Boat Station 3 are also within 15 minutes.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Balabag resort is within a 10-minute walk of Boat Station 2 and Boat Station 3. Boat Station 1 and Balinghai Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Balabag resort is within a 10-minute walk of Boat Station 2, Boat Station 1, and Boat Station 3. Balinghai Beach is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.
Located in Yapak, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Mt. Luho, Willy's Rock, and Holy Rosary Church. Balinghai Beach and Boat Station 1 are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Overlooking the white-sand beach from the hillside of an eco-reserve, Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa is located 1 km (0.62 miles) from Balinhai Beach, 1.5 km (0.9 miles) from Puka Beach, and 3 km (1.86 miles) from White Beach.
Located in Balabag, this beachfront resort is connected to the convention center and within a 10-minute walk of Boat Station 3 and Boat Station 2. Boat Station 1 and Balinghai Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).