Boracay, Philippines

Boracay is a small island in the Philippine archipelago, located 2 km off the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Western Visayas region of the country. The island includes the barangays of Balabag, Manoc-Manoc, and Yapak in the municipality of Malay, province of Aklan. The Philippine Tourism Authority and the provincial government of Aklan join hands in administering Boracay.

White Sand Beaches and Climate

Boracay is famous because of its white sand beaches. These beaches are situated on the western side of the island thereby making it sheltered from the winds. The peak season for tourism on this island is during the Amihan times.

The seasonal weather patterns in Boracay are of two types; the Amihan and the Habagat.  Amihan is the cool northeast wind characterized by little or no rainfall and moderate temperature.  The Habagat on the other hand, is the southwest monsoon wind with frequent heavy rainfall and a prevailing wind.

Festivities and Events

The remarkable Ati-Atihan Festival takes place every January in Kalibo of neighboring Panay Island. A smaller celebration of the Ati-Atihan festival is held right in Boracay, on the second or third week of January.

Boracay is a venue for the Asian Windsurfing Tour. It also hosts the Boracay International Fun Board Cup competition normally held in January on Bulabog Beach.

Yearly Dragon boat races are held in Boracay under the management of the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation, with competing teams coming from other Asian nations and from cities and islands around the Philippines. These races take place during the summer months of April and May.

In Boracay one can also find an 18-hole par 72 golf course designed by Graham Marsh for those who love golf.  Other events include scuba diving, kite boarding, snorkelling, windsurfing, cliff diving, and helmet diving.

Beach Hotels

Boracay hotels are varied; from tropical breeze huts on the beach to high end resorts, they are all in the island.  With 263 hotels to choose from, some tourists find it difficult to select the right place to stay.

Hotels being global offer world class amenities.  Take for instance the Boracay Regency Hotel whose structures are grand and basically new considering that Boracay became very popular only in the 90’s. Other hotels include the District Boracay, La Camela de Boracay, the Discovery Shores Hotel, the Ambassador in Paradise, and many more.

Most hotels in Boracay have beach lounges, swimming pool, open breeze bars, spa, gym and fitness centre, and luxury rooms for tourists and visitors.  There are function rooms, too for meetings, conferences, and other corporate activities.  There is a shop within the hotel to complete one’s tour for having to buy goods to bring home and carry with them to their home town as “pasalubong” or souvenir giveaways.

Leisure and Relaxation

People come to Boracay basically for leisure and relaxation.  Most newlyweds stay in Boracay for their honeymoons. Celebrities visit this island to relax away from their hectic lifestyles. To walk barefoot on the white beach is as relaxing as the massage you can get. The clear waters match the white sand in offering a refreshing adventure.   

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