Travel Guide to Boracay: Where Parties Throb Across the Sky Edit

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At a Glance

The party island Boracay is the most popular among the Philippines’ 7,600+ islands. It is notorious for its powdery white sand, which stretches a staggering four kilometers and rolls flatly into warm turquoise water. Some of its top activities include island hopping, paraw sailing, kitesurfing, scuba diving, and partying island-style!


When you first hold a beach postcard from the Philippines, that beach is most likely from Boracay Island. Boracay is the most popular among the Philippines' thousands of islands. It is notorious for its powdery white sand, which stretches a staggering four kilometers and rolls flatly into clean and warm turquoise water. Walking from end to end of this beach would take you about an hour.

The island itself is tiny: it is shaped like a bone, only 7 km in length and 1 km at its narrowest width. It is fringed with 14 beaches, five of the most popular being White Beach, Puka Beach, Bulabog Beach, Diniwid Beach, and Ilig-iligan Beach. The island is also surrounded by several dive sites and islets, two of which are Crocodile Island and the park-like Crystal Cove Island.

The highest point on Boracay, Mt. Luho Viewdeck, stands at 100 meters above sea level, offering a panoramic view of Boracay and its neighboring islands and islets. This site also offers sightings of animals found on the island. Boracay Terraces Viewdeck, on the other hand, displays a bird's eye view of the famous White Beach.

Since its rave review in the 1970s, Boracay flourished with dozens of water activities and hundreds of hotels, resorts, and restaurants. Some of its top activities include scuba diving, island hopping, paraw sailing, and kitesurfing. Come night time, neon lights flicker to life, and bars and restaurants transform into party scenes until dawn.

8 Epic Things To Do in Boracay

Written by Colleen Cabili and Michelle Tobias

Trek to Boracay Terraces Viewdeck

Marked by a gigantic red cross, the viewdeck is about four storeys high, and sits on top of a cliff behind Boracay Terraces Resort. To reach the viewdeck, visitors would have to trek on rugged terrain that becomes muddy and slippery during rainy season. Read more.


Photo by JR Felipe.

Camp or sunbathe at Puka Beach

Unlike the restaurant, bar, and hotel-studded White Beach, Puka Beach is uninhabited, with only two establishments at one end. The rest of the 800-meter beach is laid-back and raw, lined with a dense forest and some coconut trees. Before the island became popular for White Beach, Boracay was first known for its puka shells. Read more.

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Island-Hop around Boracay

Visitors who want to see what Boracay has to offer apart from the world-renowned White Beach should definitely check out the island-hopping packages. Ranging from P600 to P2000 for four islands, guests can snorkel, swim, and sunbathe to their heart’s content!

Photo from bluesplashtravel.com.

Lounge on the immaculate White Beach

The most photographed beach in the Philippines, Boracay's White Beach is an iconic tropical marvel in Asia. The sand is as fine as talcum powder, and stretches an overwhelming four kilometers. Major events in Boracay are hosted on White Beach, including the annual Ati-Atihan Festival (second Sunday of January), Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival (April or May), Halloween Party, New Year's Eve Party, and the monthly three-day Full Moon Party. Read more.

Watch the sunset from a Paraw

Seasickness is not a problem if you want to try out paraw sailing. These native sailboats may be small, but they are known for cutting through waves exceptionally well. Watching the famous Boracay sunset is best done while relaxing in one, so make to sure include these in your itinerary.


Photo by VN Malazarte.

Relaxing at Crystal Cove Island

This private island has two cream beaches for snorkeling, two caves, a small museum, and a prehistoric vibe due to its stone huts, stone towers, and stone pathways. Crystal Cove Island gets its name from its two crystal caves, aptly named Crystal Cave 1 and 2. Known for their opaque and unpolished crystals, the caves open out to the sea, where visitors can also swim during good weather. 


Photo from World Nomads.

Experience local living at Motag Living Museum

Museum enthusiasts will surely be delighted once they step inside the interactive Motag Living Museum, the first of its kind in the country. Here, guests can experience firsthand how to weave baskets from coconut leaves, roll cigars, and grind rice. They can also mingle with the costumed performer-employees who are mostly senior citizens. 

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Party until Dawn

Boracay is the island that never sleeps. At sundown, its shores come to life as bars, lounges, and clubs turn on their speakers and party lights to signal the start of another epic night. Keep your eyes peeled for the fire dancers and their blazing pois! 


Photo from Art Oca.


Photo from Art Oca.

Where is Boracay

Boracay is a small island in Western Visayas. It can be found northwest of Panay Island and south of Romblon. Graphics by Manel Solsoloy.

How to get to Boracay

All trips to Boracay have to pass through Caticlan on the mainland. From Manila or Cebu, book a flight to Caticlan or Kalibo. A flight to Caticlan is faster but more expensive, while a flight to Kalibo would entail an additional 1.5hr van ride to Caticlan. Alternatively from Manila, the cheapest way to get to Caticlan is by ferry. Book a 2Go Ferry from Batangas to Caticlan. To get to Batangas, take a 2.5hr bus ride (Batangas via Calabarzon) from Cubao, Alabang, or Buendia in Manila. Once at Caticlan, take a 15min boat ride to Boracay Island.

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