Where is Boracay?

Wanda Albano

Boracay is a tiny bone-shaped tropical island in the Philippine archipelago, located in the Western Visayan region. The island is only 4.3 miles (7 kilometers) long, and at its narrowest spot, only 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) wide. Boracay is a prime vacation spot in Southeast Asia, and is known for beautiful scenery, gleaming powdery white sand, and crystal clear waters.

Boracay is known for its gleaming white beach sand.
Boracay is known for its gleaming white beach sand.

There are four main beaches in Boracay, foremost of which is White Beach, which is the main tourist attraction. White Beach boasts of world-class resorts, hotels, budget huts, restaurants, and various forms of nightlife. A varied selection of cuisines is available, due largely to the settlement of foreigners in the area.

Boracay is a world-famous beach destination with both high-end resorts and budget properties.
Boracay is a world-famous beach destination with both high-end resorts and budget properties.

Bulabog Beach is on the other side of the island. Wind surfing, sailing, and kite boarding are popular here. Also worth trying is paraw sailing. A paraw is a native sailboat used mostly by locals.

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Boracay is a great spot for a tropical vacation.
Boracay is a great spot for a tropical vacation.

To the north of White Beach is Diniwid, a relatively large cove. This beach may be reached by walking north on White Beach until the "grotto" and then crossing the "bridge" or taking a trike — similar to the Thai tuktuk — through inland streets. It is known for a more quiet atmosphere and is situated away from the crowds. Some hotels have nestled a few of their rooms up in the cliffs, which commands a stunning view of the area.

The last beach is Puka Beach, a comparatively empty strip of the same white sand and crystal clear waters. Puka Beach is situated near a marine sanctuary.

Boracay can be reached via Manila or Cebu in the Philippines. The prospective tourist must fly into one of these cities and then take a 45-75 minute flight bound either for Kalibo or Caticlan. If arriving via Caticlan, the tourist must only find his way to the jetty port (about 5 minutes) to board one of the ferries to the Boracay. The ferry ride takes about 20 minutes.

If using the Kalibo route, the tourist will have to take a 3-4 hour bus ride to the Caticlan jetty port. At the jetty port, the tourist rides a ferry to the island.

Boracay is home to world-class beach resorts.
Boracay is home to world-class beach resorts.

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Discussion Comments

anon277804

Puka Beach is actually really nice if you like tranquility, although the sand (or lack of it) is a bit of a turn off, but it can be a good idea in the high season months of Boracay.

I'm also a big fan on bulabog beach at the back of the island, which is perfect for kite surfing.

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