Boracay Island

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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 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.

Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay
Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay
5 out of 5
Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island
The price is P7,955 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Punta Bunga Beach and Balinghai Beach. Puka Beach and CityMall Boracay are also ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (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
7Stones Boracay
7Stones Boracay
4 out of 5
Bulabog Beach, Boracay Island, Aklan
Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bulabog Beach, Station 2, and White Beach. Budget Mart and Department of Tourism ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (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

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7Stones Boracay
Shangri-La Boracay
Shangri-La Boracay
5 out of 5
Barangay Yapak, Malay, Boracay Island, Aklan
The price is P14,500 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Offering direct access to the beach, this Boracay Island resort is steps from Punta Bunga Beach and Puka Beach. Balinghai Beach and Ilig-Iligan Beach are also ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (613 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.
Boracay Amor Apartments
Boracay Amor Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Bukid Way, Diniwid Beach Road, Balabag, Boracay Island, Aklan
The price is P4,231 per night from 8 Nov to 8 Nov
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Diniwid Beach and CityMall Boracay. White Beach and Balinghai Beach are also within 2 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (14 reviews)
Amor apartments
"Lovely little apartment complex, rooms were clean and basic. A hairdryer would have been a good thing to have in rooms. Surrounding area a little rough and ready and needed a tuck tuck to get to main drag for restaurants. Nice 15 min walk to top end of white beach. Wifi in rooms could be an ..."

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2019

Boracay Amor Apartments
7Stones Boracay
7Stones Boracay
4 out of 5
Bulabog Beach, Boracay Island, Aklan
Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bulabog Beach, Station 2, and White Beach. Budget Mart and Department of Tourism ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (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 steps from Station 1, White Beach, and Station 2. Bulabog Beach and D'Mall Boracay are also within 10 ...
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 Aug 6, 2019

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.

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