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Beach at Boracay – a small island in Phillipines

Boracay is a small island in the Philippines that is situated about 315 km (196 mi) to the south of Manila.

Overview of Boracay

• It is about 2 km off the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines.
• Boracay Island and its beaches have received awards from numerous travel publications and agencies.
The island comprises:
– The barangays of Manoc-Manoc
– Balabag
– Yapak municipality of Malay
– Province of Aklan
• The island is administered by the Philippine Tourism Authority and the provincial government of Aklan.
• Boracay is popular for its white sand beaches.
• Boracay is also famous for being one of the world’s top destinations for relaxation.
• It is also emerging among the top destinations for tranquility and nightlife.
• Boracay was awarded as the best island in the world from the international travel magazine Travel + Leisure, in 2012.

Boracay Beach, Philippines

• This is home to a variety of Boracay resorts and Boracay hotels.
• These are located off the north-western tip of Panay Island in the Visayan Region and Boracay Island.
• This is about 300 kms south of the Philippines Capitol of Manila.
• Boracay Beach Philippines has become the number one tourist destination of the Philippines.
• This is the world’s most beautiful beach-“White Sands Beach”.
• Boracay is shaped like a dumb-bell.
• Boracay Island has numerous scattered villages that are interconnected by a maze of locally carved jungle pathways.
• The Island boasts of having one of the world’s finest beaches.
• This is divided for land use and conservation purposes.
• It is divided into 400 hectares of preserved forestland and 628.96 hectares of agricultural land.

History of Boracay Beach

• Boracay was originally home to the Ati tribe.
• Boracay is part of Aklan Province.
• This became an independent province on April 25, 1956.
• Sofia Gonzales Tirol and her husband Lamberto Hontiveros Tirol who was a town judge on nearby Panay Island, took ownership of substantial properties on the island.
• This was around 1900.
• They planted coconuts, fruit trees, and greenery on the island.
• Others followed the Tirols, and cultivation and development of the island gradually spread.
• Tourism came to the island beginning in about the 1970s.
• By the 1990s, Boracay’s beaches were being acclaimed as the best in the world.

Origin and Geography of Boracay

The name Boracay is attributed to different origins:
• “bora,” meaning bubbles
• “bocay,” meaning white
• “sagay,” the word for shell
• “boray,” the word for seed
• Boracay Island is situated off the northwest corner of Panay Island.
• It belongs to the Western Visayas island-group, or Region VI, of the Philippines.
• The island is about seven kilometers long.
• It is dog-bone shaped.
• The narrowest spot is less than one kilometer wide.
• It has a total land area of 10.32 square kilometers.

South-facing Cagban Beach

• This beach is situated across a small strait from the jetty port at Caticlan on Panay Island.
• The Cagban jetty port serves as Boracay’s main entry and exit point during most of the year.
• When wind and sea conditions dictate, east-facing Tambisaan Beach serves as an alternative entry and exit point.
• Boracay’s two primary tourism beaches are White Beach and Bulabog Beach.
• They are located on opposite sides of the island’s narrow central area.
• White Beach faces westward and Bulabog Beach faces eastward.
• The island also has several other beaches.

White Beach

• White Beach is the main tourism beach.
• It is about four kilometers long.
• It is lined with resorts, hotels, lodging houses, restaurants, and other tourism-related businesses.
• In the central portion which is about two kilometers, there is a footpath known as the Beachfront Path.
• This separates the beach itself from the establishments located along it.
• Several roads and paths connect the Beachfront Path with Boracay’s Main Road.
• This is a vehicular road which runs the length of the island.

Bulabog Beach

• This beach is across the island from White Beach.
• It is the second most popular tourism beach on the island and Boracay’s main windsurfing and kiteboarding area.

Leisure Activities
• Scuba diving
• Snorkeling
• Windsurfing
• Kiteboarding
• Cliff diving
• Beach relaxation
• Boracay is the site of a 18-hole par 72 golf course designed by Graham Marsh.

Events in Boracay

• Boracay is one competitive venue for the Asian Windsurfing Tour.
• There is a week-long Boracay International Funboard Cup competition usually held in January on Bulabog Beach.
• The well-known Ati-Atihan Festival takes place each January in Kalibo on nearby Panay Island.
• A much smaller Ati-Atihan festival is celebrated on Boracay, usually in the second or third week of January.
• Dragon boat races are held annually on Boracay under the auspices of the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation.
• Teams come from around the Philippines and from other Asian nations to compete.
• The races usually take place sometime in April or May.
• The Boracay Open Asian Beach Ultimate Tournamenthas been held annually since 2003, usually in March or April.

Best time to visit / climate

• Daytime temperatures on Boracay generally range from 77–90 °F (25–32 °C) from the beginning of the Amihan season into February or March.
• It increases to the 82–100 °F (28–38 °C) range with the onset of the Habagat season.
• During Tropical Storm periods, temperatures can fall below 68 °F (20 °C).
• Tropical Storms can impact Boracay at any time of year.
• They are most likely to be seen during the Habagat season.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

• Boracay Island is separated from Panay Island by a narrow strait.
• The island is located opposite the barangay of Caticlan in the municipality of Malay, Aklan.
• Transportation across the strait is provided by boats operating from the Caticlan jetty port.

1. By Air
Boracay is served by two airports in Aklan province:
• Kalibo
• Godofredo P. Ramos Airport in Malay
Most domestic airlines fly to Kalibo and Caticlan namely:
• Philippine Airlines
• Cebu Pacific
• Zest Air
• Air Philippines
• Seair

2. By Sea
• The western part of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) passes through Caticlan, with car ferries from Roxas, Oriental Mindoro docking at the Caticlan jetty port.
• Several bus companies operate provincial bus routes from Manila which pass through Caticlan via the SRNH.

3. On the Island
• The two main modes of transport are via motor-tricycles along the main road or by walking along the beaches.
• Pedicabs are also available for transport along the Beachfront Path.
• Other means of transportation include:
– mountain bikes
– quadbikes
– motorbikes
These can be rented.

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at tourismthailand.org
Hotels at gothailand.com

Blogs / Sites about Boracay – PHillipines

blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs at tripadvisor.com
blogs at boracaybeaches.info
blogs and reviews at anguilla-beaches.com

Images and photos about Boracay

images at google.com
images at wikipedia.org
images at tripadvisor.com
images at boracaybeaches.info

Videos of Boracay

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