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.

Where to stay in Boracay Island

Deparis Beach Resort
Deparis Beach Resort
3 out of 5
Station 2, Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay Aklan
The price is NT$1,132 per night from Dec 23 to Dec 23
Located in Boracay Island, this beachfront resort is in a shopping district and within 2 mi (3 km) of Station 2, White Beach, and Station 1. Station 3 and Department ...
3.9/5 Good! (82 reviews)
"The staff were excellent! The room was very clean. Location was perfect!"

Reviewed on 2021/7/31

Deparis Beach Resort
Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay
Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay
5 out of 5
Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island
The price is NT$5,388 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Punta Bunga Beach, Station 1, and White Beach. Station 2 is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.
4.5/5 Wonderful! (131 reviews)
"Service is really good! Food is good esp the breakfast buffet. Their French fries and tikka masala pizza is the best in the island."

Reviewed on 2021/7/31

Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay
Henann Palm Beach Resort
Henann Palm Beach Resort
4.5 out of 5
Station 2, Beachfront, Boracay Island
The price is NT$2,045 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 2
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (168 reviews)
"The hotel has shortage in terms of manpower. But it is probably because of the pandemic. All in all, facilities and amenities is good and clean. Staffs are friendly but lacking. Thanks for the stay Henann Palm Beach! See you next time maybe? :)"

Reviewed on 2021/11/24

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.
OYO 782 Niu Ohana East Bay Apartments
OYO 782 Niu Ohana East Bay Apartments
2 out of 5
Malay, Aklan, Bulabog Beach, Boracay Island, Aklan
The price is NT$961 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Bulabog Beach, Station 2, and White Beach. Station 1 is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away.
3.3/5 (12 reviews)
Terrible experience!
"Thin walls, bad air conditioning, not so much beach view. We couldn't open the curtains because they where renovating. Wish we knows this before so we could pick something else that let ous sleep good. Unfortunately they started around 08 with hammering the roof and the walls."

Reviewed on 2019/12/28

OYO 782 Niu Ohana East Bay Apartments
Robinson Beach House
Robinson Beach House
4 out of 5
Station 1, White Beach, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Boracay Island
Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island villa is within 2 mi (3 km) of Station 1, White Beach, and Station 2. Bulabog Beach and D'Mall Boracay are also within ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (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
One Hagdan Villas
One Hagdan Villas
3 out of 5
299 Sitio Hagdan, Hagdan Hills View,, Yapak, Malay, Boracay Island, Aklan
The price is NT$8,600 per night from Nov 30 to Nov 30
Situated by the sea, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of CityMall Boracay and Puka Beach. Diniwid Beach and Station 1 are also within 2 mi (3 km).
One Hagdan 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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