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Boracay Island

Known for Beach, Island and Sunset

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

How do you get to Boracay Island?

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.

Things to do in Boracay Island

Browse the eclectic range of items displayed in the quaint wooden market stalls and visit a charming park and a climbing arena.

Gaze up at the holy statue that appears to lead this battleship-like rock formation rising above White Beach’s shallow water.

Sink into crystalline water while basking in the scenic beauty at one of the more serene beaches on Boracay island. 

Choose from a great range of fresh raw seafood and take your purchase to the cooking stalls for a delicious meal in this thriving market.

Ascend to the highest peak on Boracay Island for excellent views of the beaches and dense forests that decorate the undulating terrain.

Tickets & Tours

As young as 8 years old, children can have their first scuba diving experience with our PADI instructors at WaterColors in Boracay, one of the world’s best beaches. Bubblemaker is as fun as it sounds – a chance for kids to blow bubbles by scuba diving.

Tickets & Tours

Quickly and easily learn the basics of scuba diving in Boracay at one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. This scuba diving lesson doesn’t lead to certification but it does drill you on basic safety guidelines and key skills needed to dive under the supervision of a PADI instructor.