A tropical country and an archipelago of more than seven thousand islands, white-sand beaches is nothing new in the Philippines. Any town and city has their own secret beaches but there is one that has been the nation’s standard bearer when it comes to world-class travel and leisure.
The island of Boracay can be found in Aklan in the Visayas region of the Philippines, an hour away from the capital city of Manila and then a 10-15 minute boat transfer. It is rare to find a local who has not been to Boracay. Aklan Tourism Office reported that 1 million tourists visited the island in October alone. Add the fact that one luxury cruise ship, docked at the island for a day in one of its Asian cruises.
Known for its 4-kilometer White Beach along with other small beaches, it is one place in the Philippines that can meet any discerning traveler’s wants and needs. Used to be backpacking haven among Europeans, Boracay has come a long way. Just recently, it was named as Travel + Leisure magazine’s Best Island in the World and recognized as one of the world’s best party spots.
From small cottages relying on torches at night, there are at least 295 hotels in Boracay. Cheap Boracay hotels to Boracay luxurious hotels. Conde Nast Traveler magazine chose Shangri-la’s Boracay Resort and Spa to be the 8th best hotel in Asia while Discovery Shores is ranked by Travel Leisure magazine as the 5th World’s Best Hotel. Other top-notch hotels include Fairways and Bluewater and Le Soleil Boracay. Alice in Wonderland, La Carmela de Boracay and Nigi Nigi Nous are just some of the cheap hotels in Boracay.
From breakfast nooks to party spots, dining is a journey in Boracay. Have calamansi ( local lemon) muffin at Real Coffee, savor in crabs and lobsters at Paraiso or dive in to nightly buffets offered by various hotels in the island. From familiar dining options to haute cuisine, Boracay can be considered as a foodie destination. The plethora of dishes offered by restaurants mirror the visitors of the island – from Spanish to Indian dishes.
From an island that has no electricity in the 70s, Boracay is now a mini-city. You can absolutely pack light when heading for Boracay. From groceries to bikinis, you can shop it in Boracay. Small stores can be found along the way and small corners. If you wish to shop, head to D’Mall at the center of White Beach. From fashion, outlet stores of Mango and even merchandise good from Lonely Planet like shirts can be bought here.
The Talipapa ( which means” small market) is a nice place for those who wish to haggle. Scarves and swimsuits can be bought here along with souvenir items. The island is now a place for artists so you can take home something from the Philippines thru arts like painting and sculpture. A courier company is also present in Boracay.
The best time to enjoy Boracay is during the summer days but it can get packed. June-August is great if you want to avoid the crowd. Enjoy the crystal clear water, run or walk along its long beaches or tease the surf while basking under the sun, Philippines’ Boracay Island has finally earned a spot in the international world of travel.