Boracay at a glance
Out of all the islands in the world, Travel + Leisure Magazine chose to name Boracay as its Best Overall Island of 2012.
Located in Malay, Aklan, Western Visayas, Boracay is just seven kilometers long, and less than a kilometer wide at its narrowest point – a postcard-sized tropical paradise.
The fastest way to get to Boracay is to fly to Caticlan. From there, you only need to take a 10-minute boat ride from the nearby Caticlan Jetty Port (the main entry point to Boracay) to get to the island.
Alternatively, you may also take one of the many flights to Kalibo. However, the travel time to reach the Caticlan Jetty Port from Kalibo Airport is around 1 hour and 30 minutes by bus or van.
Once you arrive at the port of Boracay, tricycles are available to take you to White Beach, a four-kilometer stretch of white, powdery, fine sand dotted with resorts, shops, and restaurants.
White Beach is composed of three sections. The northernmost section – Station 1 – has the widest beachfront. The center of White Beach is Station 2, where people come to eat, shop, and party. If you’re looking for a quieter area, then Station 3, the southernmost section, is for you. Because the waters off White Beach are calm during Amihan season (November to May), tourism is at its peak during these months when the northeastern winds blow. Conditions reverse during the rainy season, when the Habagat or monsoon winds blow.
Bulabog Beach, on the eastern side of the island opposite White Beach, has large waves and strong winds year-round. This makes it a hotspot for windsurfing and kiteboarding. In fact, Bulabog Beach is considered Asia’s top kitesurf destination.
And because Boracay gets tourists from different parts of the globe, you’ll find a wide variety of food choices: Chinese, Indian, American, Mexican, French, Italian, Swiss—even Moroccan! Fresh seafood is a given.
There’s no shortage of activities for you at this island paradise. Boracay has around 25 dive sites that cater to all levels of experience. You can go parasailing. Take a paraw (native outrigger boat) for a tour of the island. Go waterskiing. Or cliff diving.
After all the sports, indulge in a luxurious massage right on the beach or at one of the spas. Shop for shell jewelry. And when the sun goes down, you can head to any of Boracay’s bars for a taste of the island nightlife. Cocktails, draft beer and imported ales flow nightly as live bands and pounding club music entertain you.
Most importantly, don’t forget to soak up some rays and lounge around on the fine white sand that made Boracay famous.
(Source: Philippine Department of Tourism)