Among the thousands of islands, is the tropical paradise of Boracay.
The country’s colorful slogan ‘It’s more fun in the Philippines’ certainly extends to Boracay. The epitome of what you’d define as a tropical island, it’s your temporary escape from life in the real world.
6 good reasons to visit Boracay
1. An accessible island
There are frequent flights from Manila to kick start the first part of your journey to Boracay. Once you land at Godofredo P. Ramos airport, also known as Boracay Airport, a coach and ferry ride awaits.
However, I promise you, that any traces of lethargy will vanish the second you catch sight of the sandy coastline.
2. The best beaches — Boracay attractions
White Beach is the most popular stretch of beach on Boracay. The beach’s split into 3 stations:
- Station 1 is the northernmost with high-end hotels and resorts;
- Station 2 is the commercial center where you can find most of the bars, restaurants and shops
- The 3rd station is the southernmost with cheaper accommodation as it’s the furthest from the beachfront. It’s also less developed than 1 and 2.
By a long stretch, the most popular station is Station 2, also known as the epicenter of entertainment.
Boracay attractions — where the sand never burns your feet
One thing that stood out to me when I was in Boracay, was that the sand never got hot.
Strangely enough, the fine grains of sand stay cool even with temperatures reaching over 32°C. It made morning and afternoon strolls on the beach more bearable, and the soles of my feet much happier.
3. Beautiful beachfront hotels
The Lind is in Station 1, and offers guests a luxury stay with the best position right on the beachfront. What’s more, they’ve a free shuttle service to take guests to the airport.
Coast Boracay is also right on the beachfront, but in Station 2. There’s free Wi-Fi access around the hotel, plus a swimming pool on site in case you fancy a change.
4. Shopping and sealife — Boracay attractions
In Station 2 is the D Mall shopping center. The layout’s an outdoor series of shops rather than an enclosed traditional shopping mall.
D Mall is where you’ll find shops selling all kinds of goods from toiletries to beachwear. There are also cafes and snack bars close by, adding another notch to the Boracay experience.
Another mall alternative in Boracay is CityMall. It’s a bit of a distance from White Beach, but has some supermarkets that visitors staying long term may find useful.
5. Healthy, yet delicious, island living
Kick start every morning with a freshly-made green mango juice. Fruits on Boracay include the country’s favorite, Philippine mangoes and the sweetest pineapples.
Follow up your healthy breakfast with a mid-morning dip in the translucent warm water.
For lunch, seafood is king in Boracay. Choose from the likes of newly-caught steamed lobster or grilled shrimps for lunch.
6. Boracay’s banging nightlife
An island that completely transforms at night, Boracay is the life and soul of the island party.
Join the infamous Boracay PubCrawl at Station 2, which promises to turn ‘strangers into friends!’ It takes place Mondays and Saturdays from 7.30pm to 12am, and Wednesday and Fridays from 7.30pm to 1.30am.
Epic Boracay isn’t only where the cool set comes to party, it’s also the most popular club on the island. This bar and restaurant takes you from the day well into the night.
It’s ideal for enjoying a romantic al fresco dinner, before tearing up the dance floor to the hottest tunes.
If loud music and dancing isn’t your thing, grab a bench, and a view, at Sirena at Shangri-La Boracay. This elegant seafood restaurant has a wooden terrace with open-sided cabanas and sublime seafood.
The only sound here will be from the gentle waves rushing to the shore.
Keep Boracay clean
The island was closed in 2018 for 6 months for a major clean-up. While tourism brings great opportunity for the locals and the country’s economy, the environment suffers as a result.
The Philippines is heavily promoting its efforts to practice sustainable tourism.
Just before Boracay re-opened, the Philippine Department of Energy donated 200 electric tricycles to the local government.
This was to help improve the public transport system, and also provide a sustainable and environmentally-friendly mode of transportation.
There are also some new rules in place for visitors to observe. These include no drinking or smoking on the beach.
Do your part — Boracay attractions
As visitors, we should do everything we can to leave the beaches and landscape clean, and ready for others to enjoy.
There’s so much that Boracay has to offer, and my words are no match for its reality. Boracay has collected several accolades, including being voted the best island in the world.
The diversity of the group I traveled to Boracay with is testament that tourism is indeed growing in the Philippines.
If the country’s on your bucket list, I strongly urge you visit soon, as other travelers are right behind you.
The best time to travel to Boracay is between December to April.
It gets very hot during May and June, where 2 showers a day is the minimum.
This article was first published on 6 June 2013 on Live Share Travel
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