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Boracay Island

Travel Guide
Mt. Luho featuring a bay or harbor, tropical scenes and a beach

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.

Astoria Current
Astoria Current
5 out of 5
Sitio Mangayad, Brgy. Manoc Manoc, Station 3, Malay, Aklan, Boracay Island
The price is P4,488 per night from 27 Jul to 27 Jul
Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island hotel is just steps from Station 3 and White Beach. Station 2 and Bulabog Beach are also within 15 minutes.
4.4/5Wonderful! (321 reviews)
"There is no way to get to the island during covid and the hotel would not refund the reservations. Unethical company leadership to take advantage of others during the pandemic."

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2020

Astoria Current
Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay
Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay
5 out of 5
Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island
The price is P7,427 per night from 2 Aug to 2 Aug
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! (130 reviews)
Excellent management
"Good and efficient service. If there is an issue, management is reactive and proposes a solution."

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2020

Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay
Shangri-La Boracay
Shangri-La Boracay
5 out of 5
Barangay Yapak, Malay, Boracay Island, Aklan
The price is P13,500 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Offering direct access to the beach, this Boracay Island resort is steps from Punta Bunga Beach and Puka Beach. White Beach and Station 1 are also within 3 mi ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (612 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 Mar 8, 2020

Shangri-La 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.
7Stones Boracay
7Stones Boracay
4 out of 5
Bulabog Beach, Boracay Island, Aklan
The price is P1,291 per night from 25 Jul to 25 Jul
Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bulabog Beach, D'Mall Boracay, and White Beach. Station 2 and Station 1 are ...
4.4/5Excellent! (222 reviews)
Will stay again for sure
"This is the 2nd stay for me and my wife here. It is well maintained as a very good hotel with nice environment, friendly staff and peaceful beach area with convenient location to white beach."

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2018

7Stones Boracay
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 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 Aug 6, 2019

Robinson Beach House
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 Feb 8, 2020

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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