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Boracay IslandPhilippines

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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa
Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
The price is CA $316 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 12

Offering direct access to the beach, this Boracay Island resort is steps away from Punta Bunga Beach and Puka Beach. White Beach and Station 1 are also within ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (610 reviews)
Paradise

"It was truly paradise. The room, the pool, the beaches, the restaurants, the buffet breakfast... the service!!! Everything you could want for the perfect beach vacay."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 8, 2020

Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa
Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay
Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay
5 out of 5
The price is CA $235 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 25

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 miles ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (128 reviews)

"Great hotel, area and staff..........,..................."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 19, 2020

Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay
Fairways and Bluewater Boracay
Fairways and Bluewater Boracay
4 out of 5
Station 1, Barangay Balabag and Yapak, Boracay Island, Aklan

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! (1,000 reviews)
Family friendly resort

"It was a great stay with family and friends. We enjoyed all of the amenities, pools and entertainment that this resort had to offer. Our only “con” was that it is far from the main area of Boracay beach. Although there is a free shuttle that runs to and from the resort to D’Mall (close to Station ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 17, 2020

Fairways and Bluewater Boracay

Popular places to visit in Boracay Island

D'Mall Boracay
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D'Mall Boracay

4.5/5(38 reviews)

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

Puka Beach
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Puka Beach

4.5/5(20 reviews)

Stroll along this stretch of beach to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and comb the sand for famous Puka shells that are used to make jewelry.

Diniwid Beach
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Diniwid Beach

4.5/5(12 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Boracay Island

Boracay Sunset Time Party Cruise
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Boracay Sunset Time Party Cruise

CA $54
Per adult
The Amazing Shows in Boracay
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The Amazing Shows in Boracay

CA $50
Per adult
Boracay PubCrawl by Haqqy Life
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Boracay PubCrawl by Haqqy Life

CA $26
Per adult
Boracay Blue Lagoon Malumpati Day Tour
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Boracay Blue Lagoon Malumpati Day Tour

CA $102
Per adult
Boracay Sunset Hopping Tour
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Boracay Sunset Hopping Tour

CA $95
Per adult
Blue Lagoon & Malumpati Eco Cold Spring Adventure in Antique
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Blue Lagoon & Malumpati Eco Cold Spring Adventure in Antique

CA $149
Per adult

Reviews of Boracay Island

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 48.717948717948715%
4 - Good
14
4 - Good 35.8974358974359%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 5.128205128205129%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 7.6923076923076925%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 2.5641025641025643%

3/5 - Okay

Arte

Feb 7, 2020

Really quite shocking to see the difference between the overall cleanliness, & organization resorts infrastructures Vs the neighbourhoods outside the resort. Its a pity that the local government does not educate the masses in enforcing anti pollutio

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Jan 23, 2020

Too busy! If you like rush hour all day long on the street and on the beach, you’ll enjoy it! The prices aren’t as reasonable as I would have thought either! The beach itself is very beautiful though, and I am glad I’ve been! I won’t go back soon!

4/5 - Good

Joyce

Dec 22, 2019

I like the fun activities they offer.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 5, 2019

The weather is hot, the people are friendly and the drinks are cheap!!

5/5 - Excellent

Canada

Sep 12, 2019

don't go there in August or typhoon season !

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Sep 8, 2019

I was actually impress, I loved my room. Me and my family loved the big space and it was actually clean. The breakfast was good had many to choose from. So I recommend this hotel. It was perfect for me and my 10 family members 10/10.

Cities near Boracay Island

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Caticlan

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Yapak

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