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Boracay Holidays

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 10 square kilometers (six square miles) 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 water sports, 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 four-kilometer (three-mile) 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. 

Guide to Exploring Boracay Island

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La Carmela de Boracay Resort Hotel SG$70
La Carmela de Boracay Resort Hotel

La Carmela de Boracay Resort Hotel

    of 5, from 899 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Located in Malay, this beachfront resort is connected to the convention centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Talipapa Market and White Beach. Caticlan Jetty Port is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.

    Fairways and Bluewater Boracay SG$106
    Fairways and Bluewater Boracay

    Fairways and Bluewater Boracay

    Station 1, Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan
      of 5, from 1,306 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      This Malay resort is located by the sea and set on its own private white sand beach, a short distance away from CityMall Boracay, Mt. Luho and Holy Rosary Church. Also nearby are Willy's Rock and Balinghai Beach.

      Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa SG$552
      Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa

      Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa

        of 5, from 453 reviews
        5.0 out of 5.0

        Offering direct access to the beach, this Malay resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Punta Bunga Beach and Puka Beach. Ilig-Iligan Beach and CityMall Boracay are also within 2 miles (3 km).

        The District Boracay SG$198
        The District Boracay

        The District Boracay

        Station 2, Barangay Balabag, Boracay Island, Aklan
          of 5, from 383 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Nestled on the beach, this Malay resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Budget Mart and White Beach. Puka Beach is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.