Discover Boracay: Paradise in the Philippines
Beautiful BeachesLauded on several "World's Best Beaches" lists, Boracay's picture-perfect shores are wide, shady and covered with powder-soft white sand. The most popular stretch is White Beach, the two-and-a-half mile long "main drag" backed by a string of restaurants and bars. Here, you'll find hawkers peddling straw hats, cold beer, and sunset sails on outrigger paraw boats. On the opposite side of the island, quieter Bulabog Beach is the domain of kite boarders, windsurfers—and the rest of us who just like to watch. In between are several smaller beaches and picturesque coves, most of which feel hidden even during the busy season; explore by foot, boat, or tricyle tuk-tuk (about $2.50 per ride) and find your favorite.
Aqua AdventuresTucked between the Sulu and Sibuyan Seas, Boracay boasts plenty of crystal-clear blue-green waters for swimming and snorkeling; multi-day water sports courses are available for newbies. Boracay's vibrant underwater world and its variety of dive sites—think deserted islets and abandoned wrecks populated by sponges, sea fans, barracuda and reef—have helped rank it among the world's top scuba sites. Above water, kite boarders flock to the eastern beaches for perfect wind.
The Social SceneFamilies, honeymooners, divers, partiers—sooner or later, they all converge on White Beach, the island's social hub that's informally separated into three "stations" (former ferry stops). Station 1 is the domain of backpacker digs and a few bars; Station 2 holds the bulk of the dining, nightlife, and shopping; and Station 3 has more higher-end hotels and the most picturesque parts of the beach. During the day, stroll through the open-air D'Mall shopping complex or weekend craft market, taste a fresh fruit shake at Jonah's, or pop into the Real Coffee for their all-day breakfasts and homemade calamansi lime muffins. For dinner, Station 2 has everything from beachside barbecues with live entertainment to Mexican, Greek and even German fare. Then later, hit one of the several lively, DJ-fronted, sandy-floored "clubs" where the house drinks are potent, most likely flaming, and well-under $5.
Serene SpasThe Filipino spa scene reflects a mix of indigenous healing traditions and European, Chinese, Indian and American influences. Open-air massage pavilions and small spas along White Beach offer styles like Swedish, reflexology, and Thai, for about $7–$11 per session. At the gorgeous CHI Spa at the Shangri-La Resort, fragrant body scrubs incorporate local ingredients like lime, pommelo, sand, and Sampagita (the Philippine national flower), while the traditional hilot massage uses banana leaf strips and virgin coconut oil to help ease sore tension.
Hot HotelsWith budget backpackers and beach bungalows, there's an option for every wallets. At the charming
The Fine PrintIt's best to visit between October and May for mild temperatures, lower humidity and nice breezes, but prices are significantly higher over Christmas, Easter, and Chinese New Year holidays. The easiest way to Manila's Ninoy Aquino International (MNL) is with Philippine Airlines' direct flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco. Once in Manila, there are hourly flights to Caticlan Airport (just a 45-minute hop) on local carriers like Air Philippines and Cebu Pacific; from there, it's a short ferry ride across the straight to Boracay island. Guests booked at the Shangri-La enjoy private speedboat transfers to and from the airport included in their rates. Photo Credits: Overview of Punta Bunga beach and Jetty Port Courtesy Shangri-La's Boracay Resort & Spa, Paraws at sunset by iStockPhoto / BlueOrange Studio; White Beach by iStockPhoto / choongmin63; Banana Leaf Spa Treatment Courtesy Shangri-La's Boracay Resort & Spa; Infinity pool by Banyugan beach Courtesy Shangri-La's Boracay Resort & Spa
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I don't think anybody would argue that Boracay is one of the best beaches in the Philippines. However, the crowd can get a bit chaotic, especially during the summer (Apr-May). It's best to visit during the low season or better yet, go to a different beach. There are a lot of beautiful island beaches in the Philippines like El Nido, Sorsogon and Siargao
Boracay is really the best place for a vacation. It's like a paradise, amazing white sand beaches, very beautiful sceneries. Perfect place for recreation, very relaxing, while watching the sunset, or you can do some activities like kite boarding, or surfing. A must try experience. It is quite costly but I guarantee the enjoyment and the happiness that you could get is priceless, it would be one of the most memorable experience of your life. <a href="http://www.iconcept-seo.com/seo-projects/7stonesboracay/">Best Resort in Boracay"</a>
We used to stay in Boracay in early 90's before big luxury hotels arrived. Quite a spa picture!
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