EVERY TYPE OF TRAVELLER
Budget accommodations start at around US$ 17, and can go all the way to US$ 300 per person at prime resorts like Discovery Shores
25 DIVE SITES
There’s no shortage of activities for you at this island paradise.
The 5km long White Beach, voted one of the top 25 beaches in the world in Tripadvisor’s 2015 Traveller’s Choice Awards, has helped put Boracay on the map. While the powder white sand and crystal blue waters are a draw, its the fun, party spirit of Boracay that keeps people coming back for more.
Fire dancers, bar-hopping until the sun shines the next day, live music-its all in Boracay, making it the perfect destination for hen parties or a getaway trip with best mates. Whether you prefer cocktails on the beach or a nice cold beer, there are plenty of bars to help you have fun into the small hours of the morning.
If you can tear yourself away from the party scene, there’s no shortage of activities to do during the day – all the water sports known to man are available on this island paradise!
Boracay has around 25 dive sites that cater to all levels of experience, most especially all that clear water is perfect for snorkelling. If you prefer to be above water, try parasailing or take a paraw – a native outrigger boat – for a tour of the island. Did we mention there’s also water-skiing, cliff diving, windsurfing and skimboardingl – the list is endless!
The beach also offers a wide variety of fun for holidaymakers. If you get bored making sandcastles, you can take part in beach sports such as beach volleyball, football, frisbee or touch rugby to name a few. There really is no excuse to be bored on these beaches.
If you’ve over-indulged in too many cocktails or need a break from being active, grab a massage on the beach, or if you’re feeling in need of a little luxury, pay a visit to the Shangri-la Resort and Spa, one of the top resorts in Asia. The seaview from their infinity pool is what holiday memories are made of.
Boracay also has plenty to offer those who prefer the quieter life. Puka beach, recently voted one of the 20 most beautiful beaches in the world by Conde Nast Traveller, is super laid-back, while adrenaline junkies should head to Bulabog Beach. Thanks to the large waves and strong winds its considered to be Asia’s top kitesurfing destination, and also offers windsurfing and skimboarding – like surfing but on smaller, fin-less boards.
It’s also a great destination for families thanks to the wide variety of fun on offer. Enjoy horseback riding on the beach, tuck into fresh coconuts, ride banana boats or unleash your inner Ariel and enrol in the Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy!
Whichever side of the island you choose, there’s accommodation to suit every taste and every pocket. For honeymooners or those having a destination beach wedding, the Shangri-la (from approximately £300 per night) or Astoria Boracay (from £200 per night) are perfect. If you’re on your gap year or travelling on a budget, try Sulu Sea Boutique Hotel (about £26 a night) or Boracay Backpackers, where shared rooms start from just £13 a night.
And because Boracay is popular among European traveller destination, you’ll find a wide variety of food choices. Chinese, Indian, Mexican, French, Italian – the list is endless – however fresh seafood is an absolute given!
HOW TO GET THERE
Travelling to and from Boracay has never been easier and ferries have largely been superseded by the countless flights which connect Caticlan (and further afield Kalibo) with Manila everyday, while a many head to and from Cebu. Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Air Asia each have upwards of flights from Manila by the same airlines and now international flights from neighbouring South East Asia countries that fly direct to Kalibo.
There is a ferry-bus-ferry-bus route to Manila via Roxas on Mindoro and Batangas with much cheaper rates but takes about 12 hours travel time for the truly parsimonious. From Mindoro there are the regular Montenegro, Starlite and Supershuttle ferries from Roxas to Caticlan which take around four hours and cost from Php300. For Romblon there are local small boats, called bangkas from Caticlan to Looc and Santa Fe on Tablas.
An adventurous but more leisurely and romantic way to travel to Boracay is to travel in style by sea from Batangas Port to Caticlan Jetty Port. 2GoTravel sails to Boracay daily, which sails mostly on the evenings of about 21:00hr and arrives the next day at 07:00hr.
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