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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

Fairways and Bluewater Boracay
Fairways and Bluewater Boracay
4 out of 5
Station 1, Barangay Balabag and Yapak, Boracay Island, Aklan
The price is NT$1,911 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23

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! (1,001 reviews)

"the rooms and amenities are really nice. the kids really enjoyed playing in the pool. we were disappointed with the staff because they didnt want to help us heat up the food from their own restaurant."…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/11

Fairways and Bluewater Boracay
Le Soleil De Boracay
Le Soleil De Boracay
4 out of 5
Boat Station 2, Boracay Island, Aklan
The price is NT$1,973 per night from Feb 20 to Feb 21

Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island resort is just steps from White Beach and D'Mall Boracay. Bulabog Beach and CityMall Boracay are also within 2 mi (3 ...

4/5Very Good! (648 reviews)

"Great hotel in a good location. Staff were wonderful and the breakfasts were great. Private pool area away from the noise and traffic of the strip."…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/2

Le Soleil De Boracay
The Strand Boracay
The Strand Boracay
3 out of 5
Bgy. Balabag, Malay, Boracay Island, Aklan
The price is NT$1,644 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Situated near the beach, this resort is within a 5-minute walk of White Beach and Station 1. Station 2 and Diniwid Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

4.4/5Excellent! (26 reviews)

"Nice boutique hotel, welcoming staff and lots of trees that you feel close to nature."…"

Reviewed on 2019/12/16

The Strand Boracay
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.

Vacation Rentals in Boracay Island

Robinson Beach House
Robinson Beach House
4 out of 5
Station 1, White Beach, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Boracay Island
The price is NT$26,014 per night from Feb 18 to Feb 19

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 2019/8/6

Robinson Beach House
The Greenhouse Boracay
The Greenhouse Boracay
3.5 out of 5
Balinghai Road, Yapak, Boracay Island, Aklan

Situated near the beach, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Balinghai Beach and Puka Beach. White Beach and Diniwid Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Amazing place

"Excellent place, lovely view and convenient for group or family. I’m looking forward for another holiday in this place 😉"…"

Reviewed on 2018/4/9

The Greenhouse 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 2020/2/8

Argonauta Boracay Boutique Hotel with Apartments and Villas
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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