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Boracay (The Philippines)

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  • Beach / Seaside Resort
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  • Water Sports
3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
It's an hour's flight from Manila
When to go
Go between November and April to avoid the rain and between December and April if you're after windsurfing and kitesurfing.
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Boracay

Arthur Joffrin Seasoned Traveller
38 written opinions

An island known throughout Southeast Asia for its bustling and idyllic beach which is alive with water sports during the day and with a party atmosphere at night. So here you are in Boracay, for better or for worse.

My suggestion:
This island needs responsible visitors! You can fill up your empty bottles at filling stations instead of buying them, there's a no-smoking policy in place on the beach, and you can save electricity by taking non-motorised vehicles and public transport.
My review

As I'm not a fan of mass tourism, I don't agree with the big investments which have significantly transformed this island. I was mainly attracted to White beach, a long white sandy beach which is still stunning despite significant development. Divided into three sections, station 1 is the most expensive with its many resorts and restaurants. Station 2 is in the middle as it's a little less expensive and boasts a good mix of lively restaurants and clubs. "Station 3" on the other hand, the one closest to the port, is the most economical and appropriate station for backpackers and independent travellers. I actually found that the beach in that section was more pleasant and less crowded than the beaches of the other sectors. 

On this fine sandy beach with its tall palm trees, you'll be spoiled for choice while on holiday in the Philippines as there are several water sports to try out. When the wind's perfect, I'd recommend trying something which is as eco-friendly as it is pleasant: spend a few hours sailing with the chance of a bit of snorkelling (even though the sites are almost completely destroyed) , go on a tour around the island, or maybe even have a go at cliff diving if you want some real adventure! 

Kitesurfing or windsurfing enthusiasts can go to Bulabog Beach which is opposite White beach. Those seeking a bit of peace and quiet should head north to discover Diniwid Beach, for example.

Finally, Boracay is ideal for a party holidays with its leisure activities and water sports. However, I must remind you that uncontrolled development continues to degrade and distort the island day after day. Be responsible!

A late afternoon on White Beach
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