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Boracay Island
Travel Guide

Mt. Luho featuring a beach, a bay or harbor and tropical scenes

A visit to this tropical paradise quickly reveals why it was recently named the best island in the world.

While you may be in the middle of the Philippines, and less than an hour from Manila’s 12 million residents, a few hours on this tropical island will leave you feeling like you’re in the middle of nowhere. Boracay is a small island with a permanent population of just 12,000. Its 10 square kilometers (six square miles) are home to countless pristine beaches, a lively nightlife and some of the best watersports in South East Asia. In 2012 Boracay was named the best island in the world by a popular travel magazine.

Most of Boracay’s 1,000,000 annual visitors come to the island for the dry season between November and April. This is the ideal time for swimming and water sports, as the beaches remain calm. The months between May and October are therefore much quieter and more affordable, as many hotels and tour operators have seasonal prices. Visitors are advised to check weather warnings, as typhoons are a possibility in the region.

Boracay’s main attractions are its beaches. The most famous of these, the four-kilometer (three-mile) long White Beach, lives up to its name. The popular public beach is lined by tall palms, providing some much-needed shade during the peak of summer, and is ideal for swimming. Families will love the safe shallow water, while the more adventurous will find excellent kite surfing, wind surfing and scuba dive operators along the foreshore. Behind the beach is the main commercial region of the island, D-Mall, where you will find great shopping and eateries.

Those seeking a more secluded beach experience will love Puka Beach, home to the rare Puka shell, while those seeking some excitement will enjoy the cliff jumping at Ariel’s Point. Get between Boracay’s many inlets, coves and beaches on board a motorized tricycle, the island’s answer to taxis. Scooters and bicycles can also be hired for those wanting to explore the island on their own time.

Visitors can reach Boracay via Manila, with regular flights to the nearby Caticlan and Kalibo airports. From here a number of shuttles and taxis run to the ferry terminal, where you’ll be whisked away to paradise.

Ambassador In Paradise Resort
Ambassador In Paradise Resort
5 out of 5
The price is RM340 per night from 11 Jun to 11 Jun
Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island resort is within a 5-minute walk of White Beach and Station 1. D'Mall Boracay and Station 2 are also within 1 mile ...
4.1/5Very Good! (295 reviews)
"what i like most is their friendly, helpful and kind staffs."

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Ambassador In Paradise Resort
Feliz Hotel Boracay
Feliz Hotel Boracay
4 out of 5
Free cancellation
The price is RM323 per night from 30 May to 30 May
Located in the heart of Boracay Island, this hotel is steps away from Department of Tourism Boracay Field Office, White Beach and D'Mall Boracay. Station 2 and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (49 reviews)
"I love more about the unique design in the lobby, the huge door that amazed me the color of the whole, the personalities and very helpful n beautiful staff in receptionist and the staff who patiently watch us in the pool and the restaurant staff i will for sure going back🙂"

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2021

Feliz Hotel Boracay
Discovery Shores Boracay
Discovery Shores Boracay
4.5 out of 5
The price is RM864 per night from 6 Jun to 6 Jun
Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island resort is just steps away from Station 1 and White Beach. D'Mall Boracay and Station 2 are also within 1 mile (2 ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (324 reviews)
"No more worries from the moment you get out of the airport. Complimentary private van and baot transfers are provided with only the most professional staff assisting you until you reach the hotel. Rooms are spacious and equipped with everything you need. Beach front is clean and the hotel serves ..."

Reviewed on 25 Jan 2021

Discovery Shores Boracay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
7Stones Boracay
7Stones Boracay
4 out of 5
The price is RM134 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bulabog Beach, D'Mall Boracay and White Beach. Station 2 and Station 1 are ...
4.4/5Excellent! (222 reviews)
Will stay again for sure
"This is the 2nd stay for me and my wife here. It is well maintained as a very good hotel with nice environment, friendly staff and peaceful beach area with convenient location to white beach."

Reviewed on 9 Apr 2018

7Stones Boracay
Robinson Beach House
Robinson Beach House
4 out of 5
The price is RM3,024 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island villa is within a 5-minute walk of White Beach, Station 1 and Station 2. D'Mall Boracay and Bulabog Beach are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
편히 잘 쉬고왔네요~
"스테이션 1쪽에 있어서 디몰과는 거리가 있어서 한가하고 바로앞 바다여서 너무 좋았네요~ 직원분도 항시 대기하면서 우리가 필요한거 챙겨주고 넘 편히 쉬고 왔네요~^^"

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2019

Robinson Beach House
Niu Ohana East Bay Hotel and Apartments
Niu Ohana East Bay Hotel and Apartments
2 out of 5
Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bulabog Beach and D'Mall Boracay. White Beach and Station 2 are also within ...
3.3/5 (12 reviews)
Terrible experience!
"Thin walls, bad air conditioning, not so much beach view. We couldn't open the curtains because they where renovating. Wish we knows this before so we could pick something else that let ous sleep good. Unfortunately they started around 08 with hammering the roof and the walls."

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2019

Niu Ohana East Bay Hotel and Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Boracay Island

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Feb 2020

it is a very busy beach but safe to walk along the beach front

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Feb 2020

Borocay is a wonderful place to visit well reccomended

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Feb 2020

Too touristic!If you want to relax you should avoid station 2!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

25 Dec 2019

Beaches are amazing, especially the less busy ones. Roads are terrible.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

24 Nov 2019

Although shangri la was beautiful because of the roadworks currently going on on the main road going into town was a bit of a mission, we would recommend going on a local boat around the island, we had the boat to ourselves and snorkel led in 3 diff,

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Nov 2019

It’s a great place but it’s getting crowded now with lots of building work to squeeze in even more hotels.