Boracay is a small island in the Philippines it is only 7 kilometer long and is also narrow, in some places only 1 km wide. What makes Boracay so special is that this island paradise, unlike other Philippine islands, only became a popular tourist destination in the 80’s and so although it offers all the attractions and amenities you would expect it has pristine beaches and reserved forestland. Boracay came in 2nd in the 2011 Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s choice for Best Beaches and was also included in the Top 10 Islands in the world in the Travel and Leisure magazine. Apart from being one of the most beautiful islands in the world Boracay also offers music, parties and nightlife as well as calm relaxed beaches and unspoiled nature.
Boracay boasts many picture perfect beaches, so you’ll be spoiled for choice, although each Boracay beach has it’s own character. On some of the Boracay beaches the focus is on water sports, on others it’s just sun tanning and even getting a massage on the beach.
The most popular Boracay beach is White Beach, this 4km long tourist beach is lined by the resort hotels, restaurants and clubs. You can check out the huge sand castles the locals create on the sand, you’ll find plenty of lively company and a friendly island atmosphere here.
Bulabog Beach is protected by coral reefs so it’s good for diving as well as water sports which need calm waters like windsurfing and kite boarding.
The sand on Puka Shell Beach is made of Puka shells and the beach, in the northwest of Boracay, is secluded and uncrowded perhaps because it’s a little difficult to reach. This pristine and still un-commercialized beach is considered a real slice of paradise.
Diniwid Beach is a small secluded beach connected to White Beach by a cliff top path.
North of Diniwid Beach is an even smaller and quieter Baling Hai Beach best known for it’s cliff top restaurant.
Activities on Boracay
After soaking up the sun on one of the gorgeous beaches you will find plenty to keep you busy on Boracay. Water sports are the main attraction including scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, parasailing, kite surfing or why not try a Paraw. A Paraw is a form of local outrigger sailing boat which can be rented for the day to explore the island’s waters, do some island hopping and see surrounding attractions like Crocodile Island and Puka Shell Beach. If you’re brave try some cliff diving off of Ariel’s Point where you can also explore the mangrove forests and enjoy the unspoiled splendor of this natural paradise. If you’re looking for a more laid back vacation there is a world class golf course on the island as well. In fact there is something for everyone on Boracay.
You could also rent a trike and ride to Mount Luho and get a bird’s eye view of the island. Take a boat out to Crystal Cove and explore the two caves, here the waves smash against the rocks and you can also snorkel close to the cove. Boracay also has a butterfly Garden, untouched forests and local villages worth getting to know.
The list just goes on and on… Boracay has so much to offer and all of it’s attractions are set against the backdrop of this exquisite island paradise.