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Bone-white sand, turquoise waters, and richly biodiverse marine life are just a few of the reasons that Boracay often tops the list of Asia’s most alluring islands. After closing for six months in 2018 to restore environmental damage, Boracay is back in the tourist business. The tiny island in the Philippines only has a total land area of about four square miles (10 square kilometers), but it still packs a punch when it comes to partying, scuba diving, and basking on its beaches.
For the best chance of blue skies and low rainfall, head to Boracay in the dry season— known as "amihan" throughout the Philippines—which lasts from Nov. through Apr., and brings with it a refreshing breeze from the north of the archipelago. Regardless of when you visit, you’ll need to show proof of prebooked accommodation when you arrive, so make sure you have confirmation in hand.
Boracay’s small size means it’s easy to explore on foot, but tricycles (a type of motorized tuk-tuk) are the main mode of transport. They’re easy to flag down and are also available to rent and drive yourself if you want to explore the island at your own pace. Not all of the island’s beaches are accessible all of the time; you can only reach the secluded Balinghai Beach at low tide, for example.
If you’re looking to satisfy an appetite for adventure, don’t miss a trip to Ariel’s Point—a fishing village and cliff-diving hot spot located on the northern tip of the neighboring island of Panay. Recline on beaches bordered by lush rainforest and plunge into the warm waters of the ocean as you dive, swim, snorkel, or kayak.
Borocay’s beaches are regularly voted some of the best in the world. They’re characterized by silken sand and clear waters, which have become even more pristine since the island closed to recover from environmental damage in 2018. It’s also a top scuba diving destination, with biodiverse marine life....More
Yes, according to some it's among the best beaches in the world. Boracay’s White Beach has been hailed as the best beach or best island by several prominent publications. Its soft white sand, bright blue-green waters, and richly biodiverse marine life are part of its charm....More
It’s best to visit Boracay in the dry season, which lasts from Nov. through Apr. Filipino Christmas school holidays last from early Dec. until the beginning of Jan., so the island might be busier and accommodations more expensive in this period....More
Due to Borocay's small size, you don't need to spend a long time to enjoy the island’s white sands and marine life. Two to three days is ideal and lets you swim, snorkel, scuba dive, or sunbathe at a more relaxed pace....More
When it comes to water-based activities, Boracay is a playground. You can spot marine life such as turtles, parrotfish, and puffers on snorkeling or scuba diving trips, or take to the air as you go cliff jumping, kite surfing, or parasailing....More
Each has appeal. Boracay attracts more tourists than Palawan, largely due to the popular White Beach and its small, easy-to-navigate size. Palawan is much larger and can take hours to get from spot to spot; however, there's a larger variety of beaches, many of which are more secluded than Boracay....More