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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 10 square kilometers (six square miles) 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 water sports, 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 four-kilometer (three-mile) 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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa
Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
The price is Rs17,455 per night from 11 Oct to 12 Oct

Offering direct access to the beach, this Boracay Island resort is steps away from Punta Bunga Beach and Puka Beach. White Beach and Station 1 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 8 Mar 2020

Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa
Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay
Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay
5 out of 5
The price is Rs12,902 per night from 23 Oct to 24 Oct

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 miles ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (128 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2020

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 17 Mar 2020

Fairways and Bluewater Boracay

Popular places to visit in Boracay Island

D'Mall Boracay
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D'Mall Boracay

4/5(18 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(12 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(9 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

5/5(1 review)

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

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(3 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

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Feb 2020

it is a very busy beach but safe to walk along the beach front

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Feb 2020

Borocay is a wonderful place to visit well reccomended

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Feb 2020

Too touristic!If you want to relax you should avoid station 2!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

25 Dec 2019

Beaches are amazing, especially the less busy ones. Roads are terrible.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

24 Nov 2019

Although shangri la was beautiful because of the roadworks currently going on on the main road going into town was a bit of a mission, we would recommend going on a local boat around the island, we had the boat to ourselves and snorkel led in 3 diff,

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Nov 2019

It’s a great place but it’s getting crowded now with lots of building work to squeeze in even more hotels.

Cities near Boracay Island

Visayan Islands

Caticlan

Crystal Cove Island

Malay

Ilig-Iligan Beach

Yapak

Talipapa Market

Manoc-Manoc