Of the 7,107 islands that make up the Republic of the Philippines, one particular island has made it to the list of the top ten beaches of the world. Shaped like a butterfly, the island of Boracay has become a popular vacation destination. As of 1997, over 150,000 tourists have visited this beautiful island. That number has been steadily increasing over the years. Boracay is located in Western Visayas, at the northwestern end of Panay. Majority of the people that visit this island paradise come from Asian countries such as Korea. Its powdery, sugar-white beaches and affordable accommodations make it an ideal retreat from the stress of work and all other aspects of everyday life.
The most practical and hassle-free way to get to Boracay is to board a plane from Manila to Caticlan. However, this might be difficult during the high season, which is from November to June. A good alternative would be to book a flight to either Kalibo or Roxas, which are just about two to four hours away from Caticlan.
Pump boats ferry people between Caticlan and Boracay every fifteen minutes, beginning at 6 am to 6 pm. The boats dock at either of the three boat stations on White Beach, which is the most visible and most populated among all three of Boracay’s beaches. The other two beaches are Bulabog Beach, which is to the east and Puka Beach, which is to the north.
There are lots to do in Boracay. Numerous resorts and sport centers offer boating and different water sports, diving and snorkeling, golfing, horseback riding, massage, and even shopping.
For the athlete, water sports can be organized from hotels, resorts, or water-sport centers located along the beach path or from one of the many vendors that roam around, selling trips and activities. Among the exciting things offered are boating, jet-ski rentals, kayaking, skim boarding, and kite surfing. For diving and snorkeling enthusiasts, there are over 30 dive sites around Boracay to explore. These dive sites are just minutes away from each other and boast of gorgeous corals and majestic fishes.
For the shopaholic, there are vendors selling clothes, accessories, and novelty items. Some vendors set up stalls along the beach path, while others prefer to carry their wares with them as they roam about the beach. Boracay also has an outdoor mall called D’Mall, which houses shops, restaurants and bars.
A good massage is the best way to end the day after hours of sports or shopping. Massages can be arranged through the hotel or resort, or through the vendors. Dining out is an experience in itself, with the great food that different restaurants in Boracay have to offer. Bars offer wild, crazy and exhilarating evenings. Happy hour usually begins at around 4 or 5 pm. Most bars close at around 1 am to 3 am.
Consider Boracay when planning your honeymoon, your next family vacation, or bonding time with your friends. It is the best island to escape to when you just want to get away.