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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

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 NT$6,786 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3

Offering direct access to the beach, this Boracay Island resort is steps from Punta Bunga Beach and Puka Beach. White Beach and D'Mall Boracay 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 2020/3/8

Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa
Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay
Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay
5 out of 5
Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island
The price is NT$5,016 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

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! (128 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 2020/8/19

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 2020/3/17

Fairways and Bluewater 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

Nigi Nigi Nu Noos “e” Nu Nu Noos
Nigi Nigi Nu Noos “e” Nu Nu Noos
3 out of 5
Barangay Manggayad, Station 2, Malay, Boracay Island, Aklan
The price is NT$2,056 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island cottage is steps from Station 3, White Beach, and Station 2. D'Mall Boracay and Station 1 are also within 15 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (303 reviews)

"It was a unique experience staying in a comfortable Nipa cottage. Aircon was good. The space was huge. They kept the grounds well maintained and clean as well. Its right in front of the beautiful white sand beach. About 10 minute walk to D mall. The food was good. I love their coffee! Would definitely ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/14

Nigi Nigi Nu Noos “e” Nu Nu Noos
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
Robinson Beach House
Robinson Beach House
4 out of 5
Station 1, White Beach, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Boracay Island
The price is NT$17,912 per night from Oct 31 to Nov 1

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
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.

Popular places to visit in Boracay Island

D'Mall Boracay
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D'Mall Boracay

4/5(214 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(120 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(50 reviews)

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

Fairways & Bluewater
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Fairways & Bluewater

4/5(19 reviews)

Play a round of golf in Manoc-Manoc at Fairways & Bluewater, and enjoy other activities such as boating. Stroll along the seaside or visit the spas in this family-friendly area.

Talipapa Market
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Talipapa Market

4/5(39 reviews)

Choose from a great range of fresh raw seafood and take your purchase to the cooking stalls for a delicious meal in this thriving market.

Cagban Jetty Port
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Cagban Jetty Port

3.5/5(21 reviews)

Explore the waterfront of Cagban Jetty Port and enjoy other activities such as boating in Manoc-Manoc. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or visit the spas in this family-friendly area.

Reviews of Boracay Island

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 54.83870967741935%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 36.200716845878134%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.451612903225806%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.075268817204301%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.4336917562724014%

5/5 - Excellent

Penelope

Mar 28, 2020

It's very clean compared to how it was years ago!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 21, 2020

White powdery sand beaches, friendly locals, good food. I would travel here again!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 11, 2020

Had a great time in Boracay

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 4, 2020

Beautiful island

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 4, 2020

Good food, a lot of entertainment, parasailing, helmet diving, everything is nearby.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 3, 2020

Such a beautiful calm island. Station 1 was the perfect place to relax without all the activities and crowd the other stations had.

Cities near Boracay Island

Visayan Islands

Caticlan

Crystal Cove Island

Malay

Ilig-Iligan Beach

Yapak

Talipapa Market

Manoc-Manoc