Boracay is a tropical island about an hour’s flight from Manila in the Philippines. It has superb long white sand beaches and is one of the country’s most developed tourist destinations.
Boracay is a small island in the Philippines located approximately 315 km (196 mi) south of Manila. The island is approximately 7 km long, dog-bone shaped with the narrowest spot being less than 1 km wide, and has a total land area of 10.32 square kilometres. Boracay Island is part of Aklan, which became an independent province on April 25, 1956. Administered by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority and the provincial government of Aklan. Apart from its white-sand beaches, Boracay is also famous for being one of the world’s top destinations for fun and relaxation.
Boracay is an excellent choice for anyone who wants a full range of facilities in a prime tropical location. For those wanting to just lounge around and take in some rays, beach-front hotels usually have lounge chairs set up just a few steps away from the hotel entrances. Facilities for water sports activities. Boracay nightlife with many bars and restaurants serving food, drink and fun until the very late evening.
There are dozens of beaches on the island, and White Beach being the longest and the most popular of them, where all life goes on, it occupies roughly all western part of the island. On the opposite side of the island (eastern), there is a main kitesurfer’s beach – Bulabog. Other beaches are smaller and tranquil. All parts of Boracay are interconnected with the help of the Main Boracay road which runs from South to North through all island.
During the dry season (Nov-Apr), White Beach is calm and very suitable for swimming, etc. The other side of the island has large winds and waves making it suitable for windsurfing, wave running, etc. During the rainy season (Jun-Oct), is reversed, with a risk of typhoons. White Beach often gets large winds and waves which sometimes makes it unsuitable for swimming. Current weather conditions can be found online.
White Beach, the main tourism beach, is about 4 km long and is lined with resorts, hotels, lodging houses, restaurants, and other tourism-related businesses. In the central portion, for about 2 km, there is a footpath known as the Beachfront Path separating the beach itself from the establishments located along with it. North and south of the Beachfront Path, beachfront establishments do literally front along the beach itself.
White Beach, a lovely stretch of powdery white sand against azure water. The long beach is divided into three sections, Station 1, Station 2, and Station 3. Station 1 is the northernmost and has the widest beachfront, where prime hotels and resorts are located. Accommodations are pricier, but the quality is generally the best as well. Station 2 is the commercial and geographical centre of white beach. This is the centre for shopping, eating, partying, and etc. The beach here is also the most crowded, and the nosiest. Station 3 is the southernmost section; quieter than station 2, the least developed, and the lowest priced. All of White Beach from the northernmost tip of Station 1 to the southernmost of Station 3 (~4 km) is open to the public.
Bulabog Beach. Bulabog Beach, across the island from White Beach, is the second most popular tourism beach on the island and Boracay‘s main windsurfing and kiteboarding area. See kite-boarders doing high jumps and crazy tricks.
Boracay‘s Bulabog beach claims to be the best kitesurfing destination in Asia. The season runs from November through to April. A small lagoon (2 km wide) is protected from waves by a coral reef. The water becomes almost flat at low tide, making it easy to start learning to kitesurf. Because of its nice conditions, the spot becomes overcrowded with riders in high season. A serious disadvantage is sewage pollution of the lagoon, so the smell from water and infections from even small injuries are common.
Puka Beach. A quiet stretch of white sand along the northern tip of the island, Puka Beach is an image of what most people expect on a tropical island: white sand, azure water, and relatively empty. This is where locals gather the small puka shells for some of the jewellery that is sold on the island. Sand is more coarse than on White Beach. The water tends to be rougher and windy on this side of the island but it is quieter. Hire a tricycle to get there in less than 10–15 minutes from central White Beach.