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Boracay IslandPhilippines

A visit to this tropical paradise quickly reveals why it was recently named the best island in the world.

While you may be in the middle of the Philippines, and less than an hour from Manila’s 12 million residents, a few hours on this tropical island will leave you feeling like you’re in the middle of nowhere. Boracay is a small island with a permanent population of just 12,000. Its six square miles (10 square kilometers) are home to countless pristine beaches, a lively nightlife and some of the best watersports in South East Asia. In 2012 Boracay was named the best island in the world by a popular travel magazine.

Most of Boracay’s 1,000,000 annual visitors come to the island for the dry season between November and April. This is the ideal time for swimming and watersports, as the beaches remain calm. The months between May and October are therefore much quieter and more affordable, as many hotels and tour operators have seasonal prices. Visitors are advised to check weather warnings, as typhoons are a possibility in the region.

Boracay’s main attractions are its beaches. The most famous of these, the three-mile (four-kilometer) long White Beach, lives up to its name. The popular public beach is lined by tall palms, providing some much-needed shade during the peak of summer, and is ideal for swimming. Families will love the safe shallow water, while the more adventurous will find excellent kite surfing, wind surfing and scuba dive operators along the foreshore. Behind the beach is the main commercial region of the island, D-Mall, where you will find great shopping and eateries.

Those seeking a more secluded beach experience will love Puka Beach, home to the rare Puka shell, while those seeking some excitement will enjoy the cliff jumping at Ariel’s Point. Get between Boracay’s many inlets, coves and beaches on board a motorized tricycle, the island’s answer to taxis. Scooters and bicycles can also be hired for those wanting to explore the island on their own time.

Visitors can reach Boracay via Manila, with regular flights to the nearby Caticlan and Kalibo airports. From here a number of shuttles and taxis run to the ferry terminal, where you’ll be whisked away to paradise.

Top hotels in Boracay Island

The Lind Boracay
The Lind Boracay
5 out of 5
The price is £168 per night from 28 Nov to 29 Nov

Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island resort is within a 15-minute walk of White Beach, Willy's Rock and CityMall Boracay. D'Mall Boracay and Diniwid Beach ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (324 reviews)
5 Stars

"- Amazing customer service - Clean, quiet beach - Great breakfast buffet, good food overall. 10/10 rating from and experienced global traveler. Stay to The Lind if you come to Boracay."…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2020

The Lind Boracay
Astoria Current
Astoria Current
5 out of 5
The price is £89 per night from 27 Nov to 28 Nov

Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island hotel is just steps away from Station 3 and White Beach. Station 2 and Bulabog Beach are also within 15 minutes.

4.4/5Wonderful! (321 reviews)

"The hotel is very clean and beautiful and very accommodating staff. Our family enjoyed our 3 nights stay and will surely come back again. Highly recommended."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020

Astoria Current
Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa
Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
The price is £219 per night from 7 Dec to 8 Dec

Offering direct access to the beach, this Boracay Island resort is steps away from Punta Bunga Beach and Puka Beach. White Beach and D'Mall Boracay are also ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (610 reviews)
Paradise

"It was truly paradise. The room, the pool, the beaches, the restaurants, the buffet breakfast... the service!!! Everything you could want for the perfect beach vacay."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020

Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Boracay Island

Nigi Nigi Nu Noos “e” Nu Nu Noos
Nigi Nigi Nu Noos “e” Nu Nu Noos
3 out of 5
The price is £58 per night from 11 Dec to 12 Dec

Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island cottage is steps away from Station 3, White Beach and Station 2. D'Mall Boracay and Station 1 are also within 15 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (303 reviews)

"It was a unique experience staying in a comfortable Nipa cottage. Aircon was good. The space was huge. They kept the grounds well maintained and clean as well. Its right in front of the beautiful white sand beach. About 10 minute walk to D mall. The food was good. I love their coffee! Would definitely ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2020

Nigi Nigi Nu Noos “e” Nu Nu Noos
Robinson Beach House
Robinson Beach House
4 out of 5
The price is £621 per night from 8 Dec to 9 Dec

Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island villa is within a 5-minute walk of White Beach, Station 1 and Station 2. D'Mall Boracay and Bulabog Beach are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
편히 잘 쉬고왔네요~

"스테이션 1쪽에 있어서 디몰과는 거리가 있어서 한가하고 바로앞 바다여서 너무 좋았네요~ 직원분도 항시 대기하면서 우리가 필요한거 챙겨주고 넘 편히 쉬고 왔네요~^^"…"

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2019

Robinson Beach House
The Greenhouse Boracay
The Greenhouse Boracay
3.5 out of 5

Situated near the beach, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Balinghai Beach and Puka Beach. White Beach and Diniwid Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Amazing place

"Excellent place, lovely view and convenient for group or family. I’m looking forward for another holiday in this place 😉"…"

Reviewed on 9 Apr 2018

The Greenhouse Boracay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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