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When it comes to sand, sea and surf, Boracay is the Philippines' crowning jewel. A thin spit of sand offshore from Panay island, this is the Philippines as you've probably imagined them — whispering sand, swaying palm trees and laid-back island vibrations. The main activities for visitors are sunbathing, wind-surfing, swimming and scuba diving — including some excellent deep dives with prolific sharks and other megafauna. Although the island is highly developed, the resorts are mostly hidden from view amongst the palm trees. Nevertheless, the sand can get quite crowded with bronzing bodies in season. White Beach has the pick of the resorts, ...

When it comes to sand, sea and surf, Boracay is the Philippines' crowning jewel. A thin spit of sand offshore from Panay island, this is the Philippines as you've probably imagined them — whispering sand, swaying palm trees and laid-back island vibrations. The main activities for visitors are sunbathing, wind-surfing, swimming and scuba diving — including some excellent deep dives with prolific sharks and other megafauna. Although the island is highly developed, the resorts are mostly hidden from view amongst the palm trees. Nevertheless, the sand can get quite crowded with bronzing bodies in season. White Beach has the pick of the resorts, while the best dive sites are strung out along the west coast. Cebu is the nearest international airport, but there are regular domestic flights to Caticlan, a short bus and boat ride from Boracay island. There are no piers marring the beachfront on Boracay — ferries dock discreetly at Cagban jetty and outrigger boats pull up right on the sand.

Joe Bindloss
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Joe Bindloss has written more than 30 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Time Out and other publishers, with a focus on Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and island nations.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Boracay is a tropical island located 315km south of Manila and 2km off the northwest tip of the island of Panay in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines.
  • Language: Filipino, Tagalog, English
  • Currency: Philippine Peso
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall
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Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    December to June, for dry weather and minimal risk of typhoons