Boracay Island sits 200 miles to the south from the capital city of the Philippines, Manila, and forms part of the Visayas Island chain in the Aklam Province. It’s world famous for its soft white powdery beaches, crystal-clear waters and wide variety of tourist activities. The island itself resembles the shape of a dog bone and is surrounded by 4 miles of breathtaking coastlines which can rival even the most popular Caribbean islands. During the day, tourists can relax on the beaches or enjoy some of the many tourist activities such as scuba diving, swimming, kayaking and windsurfing. What I love the most about Boracay is that the fun doesn’t end when the day is over because at night there are numerous beach parties going on all across the island which goes on until the sun comes up.
Spending time on the beaches are one of the most popular things to do in Boracay and here I have listed four of my personal favorite beach destinations which are Puka, Bulabog, Balinghai and White Beach.
Puka is incredible and is everything a tropical island beach should be. It’s a pretty isolated stretch of coastline found on the north side which makes it one of the quietest beaches in Boracay and home of the famous Puka Shells. You won’t find as many hotels and restaurants here as you would on the other beaches but with the tranquility it provides it’s definitely worth sacrificing some luxuries for.
White Beach is the single most biggest tourist attraction on Boracay Island and it also happens to be one of my top 10 favorite Asian beaches. The beach consists of 3 regions known as stations. Station 1 is the most developed area and the most expensive so avoid it at all costs if you are on a budget. Station 2 is more affordable but receives the bulk of tourists so expect it to be very crowded, especially during the peak season. It’s also home to most of the retail outlets, night clubs and restaurants. Station 3, my personal favorite, is far less developed than the other 2 stations and it’s also the most affordable section of the beach.
The thing I love most about Balinghai is that it’s a whole lot less crowded than the other mainstream beaches. It’s situated a short 15 minute drive from White Beach and is a great place to snorkel, swim and enjoy your evening meals in peace and quiet. The scenery is spectacular and you will find a local tour operator here that can take you on a boat tour of the other smaller nearby islands.
Bulabog sits on the northern side of the island and is often deserted because of strong winds. This doesn’t stop kite boarders and windsurfers though as these are the ideal conditions for these types of sporting activities. The winds are at their strongest during the first few months of each year and it’s the best place to come do some windsurfing or kite boarding, whether you are experienced or would just like to try it out.
The time of year you choose to visit Boracay can make a huge difference. I suggest people avoid the peak season which is from October to May since Boracay island is extremely overcrowded with international tourists during this period. With large crowds comes higher prices too so you’ll be paying a lot more for accommodation, food and entertainment. The off peak season runs from June to September and in my opinion it’s the best time to visit. It’s far less crowded, temperatures aren’t as hot and prices are a whole lot lower. The only downside to visiting the island during the off peak period is that it’s also the rainy season. This shouldn’t be too much of a problem though as the rain only falls for a brief period and is followed by sunshine.
Accommodations: Asiatravel.com has listed a lot of the hotels and resorts on Boracay Island and is a good place to book a hotel for your next vacation.
Restaurant Reviews: Find out where the most popular restaurants are on this island and read a couple of reviews about these places on the Trip Advisor website.
Things to do in Boracay: The island has a lot of activities to keep tourists busy, so read about the 5 most popular things you can do while vacationing on this breathtaking South East Asian island.