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Boracay Island
Travel Guide

A visit to this tropical paradise quickly reveals why it was recently named the best island in the world.

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.

Top Hotels in Boracay Island

Fairways and Bluewater Boracay
Fairways and Bluewater Boracay
4 out of 5
Station 1, Barangay Balabag and Yapak, Boracay Island, Aklan
The price is $67 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Boracay Island, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within a 15-minute walk of CityMall Boracay and Station 1. Balinghai Beach ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,001 reviews)

"Love the location. Love the staff. Everything closed due to pandemic"…"

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

Fairways and Bluewater Boracay
Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay
Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay
5 out of 5
Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island
The price is $164 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Punta Bunga Beach and Puka Beach. White Beach and Diniwid Beach are also within 2 mi ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (130 reviews)
Excellent management

"Good and efficient service. If there is an issue, management is reactive and proposes a solution."…"

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2020

Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay
Discovery Shores Boracay
Discovery Shores Boracay
4.5 out of 5
Station 1, Balabag, Malay, Boracay Island, Aklan
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Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island resort is just steps from Station 1 and White Beach. D'Mall Boracay and Station 2 are also within 1 mi (2 km).

4.7/5Exceptional! (321 reviews)

"My family and I had an amazing time at Discovery Shores! We were absolutely taken cared of from the moment we stepped out of the airport until we checked out of the hotel. The staff was amazing, our rooms were always cleaned, food was good too. Thank you Discovery Shores!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2020

Discovery Shores Boracay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Boracay Island

Robinson Beach House
Robinson Beach House
4 out of 5
Station 1, White Beach, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Boracay Island
The price is $642 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island villa is within a 5-minute walk of White Beach, Station 1, and Station 2. D'Mall Boracay and Bulabog Beach are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
편히 잘 쉬고왔네요~

"스테이션 1쪽에 있어서 디몰과는 거리가 있어서 한가하고 바로앞 바다여서 너무 좋았네요~ 직원분도 항시 대기하면서 우리가 필요한거 챙겨주고 넘 편히 쉬고 왔네요~^^"…"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2019

Robinson Beach House
Argonauta Boracay Boutique Hotel with Apartments and Villas
Argonauta Boracay Boutique Hotel with Apartments and Villas
3.5 out of 5
272 Balinghai Road, Hagdanay, Boracay Island, Aklan

Situated by the ocean, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Balinghai Beach and Punta Bunga Beach. Puka Beach and CityMall Boracay are also within 1 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (39 reviews)

"Service was great. Friendly people. The unit was clean and cozy. The only downside is the backyard.Theres lots of dogs poo which makes the smell of the surriunding's not making us wanting to enjoy the beautiful scenery."…"

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2020

Argonauta Boracay Boutique Hotel with Apartments and Villas
Nigi Nigi Nu Noos “e” Nu Nu Noos
Nigi Nigi Nu Noos “e” Nu Nu Noos
3 out of 5
Barangay Manggayad, Station 2, Malay, Boracay Island, Aklan
The price is $40 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island cottage is steps from Station 3, White Beach, and Station 2. D'Mall Boracay and Station 1 are also within 15 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (304 reviews)
Consistently great service

"The Nigi Nigi is my family's hotel of choice in Boracay. Beautiful garden, great rooms, and wonderful food. Chef Mike runs a great kitchen!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2020

Nigi Nigi Nu Noos “e” Nu Nu Noos
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Boracay Island

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 54.83870967741935%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 36.200716845878134%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.451612903225806%
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2 - Disappointing 1.075268817204301%
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1 - Terrible 1.4336917562724014%

5/5 - Excellent

Penelope

Mar 28, 2020

It's very clean compared to how it was years ago!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 21, 2020

White powdery sand beaches, friendly locals, good food. I would travel here again!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 11, 2020

Had a great time in Boracay

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 4, 2020

Beautiful island

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 4, 2020

Good food, a lot of entertainment, parasailing, helmet diving, everything is nearby.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 3, 2020

Such a beautiful calm island. Station 1 was the perfect place to relax without all the activities and crowd the other stations had.

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