Boracay Island, voted the world's best beach by the Sun Herald, Australia and Harper's, Boracay is the perfect island getaway, with its warm blue waters,powder-fine white sand, and a palm fringed 4-kilometer beach.
Boracay Islands facilities and amenities make her a recreational haven. Watch February's Fun-board Cup, windsurfing's annual international event, or the World Beach Volleyball Tournament in September. Or take a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters.
The world-famous island of Boracay is located in Aklan province 345 kms. South of Manila. The island is accessible by air from Manila or Cebu through two principal gateways: Caticlan airport or Kalibo airport.
After a swim in the sea, you can engage in relaxing activities. Comb the beaches on horseback. Play an exciting game of volleyball. Get on an outrigger and sail to the other side of the island. Swim over to the floating bar and cool off with a cocktail. Or hop around one beach to another and enjoy the easy-going atmosphere. After sunset, the island transforms into one exciting night of dancing and partying. But don't take our word for it, Boracay is an island you have to experience yourself For many certified sun-worshippers the world over, paradise goes by the name Boracay. For indeed, many visitors have come back to Boracay year after tear. Some have even chosen to live in this paradise island.
Sheltered from the fierce easterly typhoons, Boracay can be found at the northwestern tip of Panay, in the west Visayas region, off the Sibuyan Sea. Boracay has managed to pack its thousand-hectare area with all the elements of a tropical paradise--crystal blue waters, powder white sand, liberal doses of tropical palms and flowering plants, and a healthy marine life underneath the seas.
Boracay is made up of three little communities: Yap in the north, Balabag in the middle, and Manoc- manoc in the south. Hilly elevations up to 100 meters above sea level characterize Yapak and Manoc-manoc. Intertwining trails link the small villages together but may sometimes lead to lush tropical jungles. Electricity and public transportation remain relatively scare.
Boracay would have remained a national secret if not far a few foreign travelers whom accidentally stumbled upon the place. Some say it was a movie crew, which spread word about Boracay to other sun worshippers. Other swear it was German traveler Jens Peters' book, which included rare reviews about Boracay, that sent tourists on their way. Whichever tale is true, Boracay has become a melting pot for beach loceers. At any point in the islands, visitors can hear English, German and French spoken fluently. More importantly, visitors respect the serene quality of the place, and pay tribute to native Boracaynons by behaving according to local behavioral codes-which means no nudity, no fighting, and no loud commotion's.
Not surprisingly, the culinary fare at Boracay is as diverse as the nationalities of its visitors. French, Australian, Belgian, German, Spanish and Thai-they're all here side by side the native cuisine. Lending ample support to this virtual rainbow of fruit shakes: from sweet yellow mango, greens tart.
How To Get There? Take a flight to Manila. You may have to spend a night in Manila on your outward journey because onward flights to Boracay are limited. Fly Philippine Airlines from Manila (Domestic Airport) to Kalibo Airport. (The flight takes 30 minutes and costs about 3,000 Philippine peso return). From Kalibo Airport takes the air-conditioned bus to Caticlan and the boat from Caticlan harbor to Boracay (the bus trip takes 90 minutes and the boat 30 minutes; combined ticket Pp140). Various charter companies fly direct from Manila to Caticlan Airport (Pp4, 000 return; 60-90 minutes). As there is no jetty on Boracay, you have to wade ashore from the boat, so wear something
When To Go? The high season is from December to April. Christmas is popular - but you may have trouble finding accommodation. May to June is ideal but rather hot. July to November is the low season and therefore the cheapest time to go. October and November have the best sunsets.
Choosing the Best Time to Go. As a rule, it's great to visit Boracay anytime. But then again, so many activities have been lined up that it is usually difficult to make up your mind regarding just WHEN to go. We have outlined here some of the major events in Boracay to help you make the most of your stay in the island.
January in Boracay has one big plus: the world-famous Kalibo Ati-Atihan Festival, the Philippine mardi gras which is celebrated every third week of January. International sports events such as the Boracay International Funboard Cup and the Annual International Paraw Cup Challenge is held during January to February.
It is during this time of the year when the "amihan" (northeast monsoon) season produces winds that are most reliable and at their strongest. March, April, and May are the summer months. At this time, the island thrives with beach activity as many tourists arrive to enjoy basking in the sun and staying in the cool waters, either swimming, diving or snorkeling. Except a lot of local visitors, too, for these months are vacation time for the students.
June, July and September are considered off-season months in Boracay. Budget conscious tourist swear that this is the best time to go since Boracay rates are cheapest and there are few "rivals" for that precious patch of white sand beach. After the hectic beehive activity of the summer months, there is - - aaah, the relative peace and quite!
October marks the beginning of the peak season. This already lasts until the summer months. During the months of October, November and December, the cool, tropical climate is at its best in the island. Major sports events are held at this time of the year. Holiday offerings are also popular among most establishments during the Christmas season.
What To Do There? Boat trips around the island, windsurfing, diving, sailing, horseback riding, snorkeling, golf, mountain biking.
Where To Eat? There are four miles of beachfront restaurants with every kind of food you can imagine: Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Spanish, French, German, Korean, as well as Filipino.
What To Bring? You need very few clothes. Beach clothes/towels can be bought on the island. Sweet pants and tops are useful if you go at Christmas, when it can get cool at night.
Money Take a mixture of American dollars in traveler's cheques and cash. Change some money at Manila International Airport where the rate is better than on Boracay. Credit cards are accepted in some locations on Boracay. Safety deposit boxes for valuables are available at the Tourist Centre on Boracay.
Extras Sunglasses, a hat, a flashlight and a good pair of beach sandals.
Wind Surfing Boracay has recently become famous as one of the country's prime windsurfing venues. It is now considered one of Asia's Best Boardsailing Destinations. An annual international event, the (San Miguel Super Dry) Boracay International Funboard Cup, is held every January or February of the year to promote this sports in the island. Inquiries may be made at Green Yard Beach Resort.
Diving The underwater world of Boracay is particularly interesting because of its rich marine life which is highly visible against the pure, white sand. Coral reefs still continue to thrive around the island. Diving and snorkeling gear (including diving trips for the seasoned diver and lessons for the neophytes) are available at many diving centers or establishments in the island. Among the notable ones are Calypso Diving and the Red Coral Diving School.
Sailing A trip to Boracay is made more exhilarating and relaxing by drifting around the island aboard a banca (outrigger) kayaking, paddleboating, yachting or speed boating. The proper equipment are available for rent at a number of resorts at reasonable rates.
Mountain Biking This sport has also gain popularity in the island. Guided mountain biking trips which cover Boracay's environs or nearby islands are available to the neophyte as well as the seasoned biker. Mountain bikes are available for rent at most sports centers in Boracay.
Beach Volleyball and Other Beach Sports Boracay is a haven not just for aquasports enthusiasts but for inland sports buffs as well. Among the sports, which Boracay has become famous for internationally, are beach volleyball and soccer. Annual tournaments are held to promote these sports in the island.
Sunbathing Some guests prefer to bask in the sun, lie under the cool shade of coconut trees, and watch the colorful beach activities or read their favorite book. Whether you stay out in the sun or keep your cool in the shade, don't ever forget to slather on sunscreen to avoid any skin damage. Remember, sand and water can also reflect those scorching rays.
INSO DISCO, Lorenzo Main Shed your excess energy and calories in the island's disco. The ull-air-conditioned INSO DISCO offers the state of the art lighting equipment and sound technology. Conveniently located from all points of the island, opens nightly from 8:00 p.m. until 2:00 am. It has also a bar that accepts reservations for private parties. Boracay Sunset Watching the sunset right on White Beach is one of the highlights of a Boracay trip. The breathtaking display of colors in the sky is spectacular and unique as it blends with Boracay's horizon. Restaurant Hopping The gourmet may be suprised at the treat that awaits in Boracay. Numerous restaurants, mostly located right at the beachfront, serves sumptuous international cuisine - American, Singaporean, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, French, Spanish, Thai and Filipino. Seafood dripping fresh straight from the sea; fresh fruits and juices-heavenly to taste! wine and liquor choice is wide as well. Bar Hopping Bars also abound in the island, and are one of the favorite tourist nights.