Located in the province of Aklan, about 196 miles south of Manila, Boracay is a small island in the Philippines that’s considered one of the best beach destinations in the world. It is, to many travellers, the epitome of a dream vacation.
One can’t possibly visit Boracay without getting attached to it. There’s just something different about this beach getaway that attracts hordes of tourists no matter what the season. Chinese, Koreans, Japanese, Europeans, Americans – tourists from all over the globe flock to Boracay to get a slice of the sun, surf, and sand it offers.
Here’s why you should visit Boracay in 2017.
1. The beaches are absolutely stunning.
There are a dozen or so beaches in Boracay, each one of them boasting of powdery white sand and crystal clear waters. Must-visits during your Boracay vacation are White Beach, Puka Beach, and Bulabog Beach. White Beach, a 5-kilometre stretch of the purest and whitest sand you’ll ever get to see in your lifetime, is a huge favourite among visitors. Divided into three distinct sections or “stations” as people prefer to call them, it is also the busiest area in the island.
If you are looking for something more peaceful and quiet, head to Puka Beach, Bulabog Beach, Diniwid Beach, and Baling Hai Beach.
2. You will always have fun and exciting things to do in Boracay.
Aside from the spectacular beaches, what’s great about Boracay is that it offers many exciting activities for you to try – snorkeling, diving, parasailing, helmet diving, skimboarding, kitesurfing, cliff diving, ziplining, and so much more. You can also join island-hopping tours or take swimming classes at a mermaid swimming academy. Yes, you can even learn to swim like a mermaid in Boracay.
3. The food is plentiful, delicious, and affordable.
Boracay is the perfect place to ruin your diet. Whether you’re craving for burger, pizza, pasta, dimsum, skewered treats, seafood, or roast chicken, you will never go hungry in the island. You will have access to delicious and affordable food 24/7 so punctuate your beach getaway with a culinary adventure. Must-eats during you trip are Andok’s roast chicken, the fresh seafood at D’ Talipapa, Mang Inasal’s chicken barbecue, and the smoothies at Jonah’s.
4. Boracay is an affordable destination.
Despite the many luxury hotels and resorts that dot the island, Boracay remains a relatively cheap travel destination, even for local visitors. Flights going to Kalibo or Caticlan Airport (airports nearest the island) are available at fares that won’t break the bank. As for accommodations, you’ll find a decent place to stay that’s just perfect for your budget, especially during the low season. Food is affordable, too; you can have a decent meal for less than 3 USD.
5. Transportation is well-organized.
As previously mentioned, the two airports nearest Boracay Island are Kalibo International Airport and Caticlan Airport. If you’re travelling via Kalibo, you will have to take a bus or van to Caticlan port, where you’ll hop on a ferry to Boracay Island. There are also buses from Iloilo City to Caticlan. The trip takes approximately 6 hours.
Getting around Boracay Island is convenient as well. The tricycle is the most common mode of transportation and fares start at P20 or fifty cents per passenger.
6. Nightlife in the island is awesome, too.
Boracay is popular for its bustling nightlife scene and it is the place to be when you’re hankering for an all-night partying. White Beach, Stations 1 and 2 to be specific, is where the action is so do not forget to check out the many bars, restaurants, and pubs in the area.
7. It is a great place for some relaxation and pampering.
Boracay is peppered with spas and massage stations. It is common for tourists to be approached by massage therapists or spa employees offering full body massages, foot massages, and even nail and hair services and body treatments. You can have an hour-long full body Swedish, Shiatsu, or Acupressure massage at an outdoor massage station for less than 10 USD.
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By: Brendelyn Balaga