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Boracay Island
Travel Guide

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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.

Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay
Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay
5 out of 5
Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island
The price is CA $199 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
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
Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa
Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
Barangay Yapak, Malay, Boracay Island, Aklan
The price is CA $323 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
Offering direct access to the beach, this Boracay Island resort is steps from Punta Bunga Beach and Puka Beach. White Beach and Diniwid Beach are also within ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (612 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
Henann Palm Beach Resort
Henann Palm Beach Resort
4.5 out of 5
Station 2, Beachfront, Boracay Island
The price is CA $85 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island hotel is within a 5-minute walk of White Beach and D'Mall Boracay. Bulabog Beach and Willy's Rock are also within 15 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (165 reviews)
"Our second visit to Hennan Palm Beach Resort and opted this time for a seaview room, that was spacious and good value. The hotel is top-notch for Boracay, without having to splurge on the more isolated international hotel chains. Sad to see the persistent issue of pollution remains, with seasonal, ..."

Reviewed on Mar. 15, 2021

Henann Palm Beach Resort
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.
7Stones Boracay
7Stones Boracay
4 out of 5
Bulabog Beach, Boracay Island, Aklan
The price is CA $40 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bulabog Beach, D'Mall Boracay, and White Beach. Station 2 and Station 1 are ...
4.4/5Excellent! (222 reviews)
Will stay again for sure
"This is the 2nd stay for me and my wife here. It is well maintained as a very good hotel with nice environment, friendly staff and peaceful beach area with convenient location to white beach."

Reviewed on Apr. 9, 2018

7Stones Boracay
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
Robinson Beach House
Robinson Beach House
4 out of 5
Station 1, White Beach, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Boracay Island
The price is CA $912 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
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
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

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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.

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