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Boracay Island


Tourist playing beach volleyball at Boracay beach.The beaches of the Boracay Island is located off the north-western tip of Panay Island, Philippines. Boracay is world famous and is almost always the first beach mentioned when tourist, foreign & locals alike talk about vacation places in the Philippines.

The island of Boracay is 7.5 kilometers long and 2 kilometers wide. The popular powdery White Sand Beach (which take up most of the western side of the island) is where most of tourist go to see and be seen. Boracay Island has electricity and piped water and has grown into an international tourist hub with 20 dive sites, scores of bars and restaurants, native tattoo parlours, banks, a fire department, and a police station. There is also a Tourist Center that also serves as a souvenir shop and an airline reservation center.

white beach with coconut palmsAside from scuba diving, snorkeling & sunbathing, a common sight round Boracay Island is sailing on slender hulled boats called Paraw. Passengers occasionally seat on a webbing area between the outrigger supports. The Paraw is exceptionally fast off the wind, but difficult to maneuver, requiring the foresail to be backed. They can be hired for trips round the island, a wonderful experience if you don't mind getting wet. There are three classes of Paraw with size limits on each. Races are regularly staged each year with the winning boat getting a considerable prize.

Night life at BoracayThe nightlife of Boracay is very lively with the numerous clubs and bars spanning the whole stretch of the beach. From Friday's at the northern part of the beach to Lorenzo South at the southern end. It is specially so during Lent & Christmas season when Boracay Island is transformed into a big fiesta. It is the time when local & foreign tourist come in droves. But whatever season, If partying is your cup of tea, then the nightlife of Boracay is for you.

Popular hang outs at the central portion of Boracay strip are: Friday's, Cocomangas, Pier 1 and Hay Jude -just to name a few. To the golf enthusiast, there is the 18 hole, par 72 golf course at Filinvest's Fairways & Blue Waters. It is a first class club and hotel located a short distance from the beach. A nice place to picnic during the day and do some diving or snorkelling is Crocodile Island. There are also Bat Caves to explore on the northeast coast of Yapak and at the southern end of Bulabug Beach, there is Sunken Forest to discover.

Hotels, restaurants and bars at Boracay

You can reach Boracay Island by air via South East Asian Airlines (Seair). It has regular daily flights to Caticlan (it is nearest airstrip to Boracay). From Caticlan is a short boat ride to Boracay. You can also catch the daily flights of PAL, Cebu Pacific or Air Asia (formerly Zest Air &  Asian Spirit) to Kalibo, Aklan, from the airport, take a 2-hour bus ride to Caticlan, then the short boat ride to Boracay.

Another alternative if you are not in a hurry, is to take the Philtranco Bus (tel # 852-2523, 853-3218) from Manila (EDSA, Pasay) to Caticlan then take the short boat ride to Boracay Island.

Resorts & Hotels in Boracay Island
Para-sailing at BoracayAlice in Wonderland Resort Hotel
Regency Beach Resort
Club Panoly
Club Ten Beach Resort
Cocomangas Beach Resort
Crystal Sand Resort
Friday's Resort
Fairways and Blue Waters Hotel
Gold Crowne Club Resort
Le Soleil de Boracay
Pink Patio Resort
Pearl of the Pacific
Jony's Resort
Lorenzo Hotels (Grand Villa, Main Beach & South Beach)
Nigi Nigi Hotel
Nami Private Villas Resort
Paradise Garden Resort
Tourist on a banana boat at Boracay beachPearl of the Pacific Resort
Pink Patio Resort
Red Coconut Resort
Seawind Resort
Sandcastles Beach Resort
Seraph Resort
Terraces Hotel
True Home Hotel Resort
Willy's Beach Resort
Waling Waling Beach Resort
357 Boracay Resort

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