Greens palms trees

White Beach, Boracay, Philippines

Boracay is a small island in the central Philippines, 7 km/4 mi long and 1 km/ 1.6 mi wide, right off Panay Island’s Northwest coast. Its beaches started attracting tourists from the 1970’s and were regularly voted among the world’s best throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s. This overwhelming success took its toll on the island, leading to its closure for 6 months in 2018, notably to better the sewage system, unable to cope with the affluence of people. 4 km/2.5 mi long White Beach, on the west coast, is the island’s focal point, and despite the fact that it is over exploited it still is a hell of a beach.

white beach, boracay
White Beach, Boracay, Philippines
Group of palm trees on the white sands of the white beach of boracay with the waters of intense turquoise blue in the background
Withe Beach, Boracay,

Why is Boracay famous?

Boracay is famous because of its stunning beauty and postal-card white sand beaches. When dictator Marcos declared it a tourist zone in 1978, the local fisheries were already in decline due to reef destruction by cyanide and dynamite fishing, prompting local communities to shift to tourism as a source of income. During the 1980’s, Boracay became a backpbacker favorite, later in the 1990’s a party island and travel magazines favorite. It has mellowed down since, having learned from the excesses of the past but still tops the lists of the best beaches in Asia.

White Beach, Boracay, Philippines.
White Beach, Boracay, Philippines.

When was Boracay discovered?

In the 1970’s. It served as shooting location for 2 war movies, notably Too Late the Hero by Robert Aldrich, starring Michael Caine and Henry Fonda. The 1978 Lonely Planet guide about Philippines is often credited with popularizing the island.

Sunset on Boracay beach with the sand in the foreground and a lot of crowded beach bars in the background
Boracay, withe Beach Sunset

Is Boracay expensive?

With accommodations starting at around 30 usd/night, this is not a bank breaker, but definitively not the best value in the Philippines.

What is the best month to visit Boracay?

From November to April, during the dry season. Called the ‘Amihan season’, this period brings the cold northeast wind across the island. Humidity and rainfall are low and the sea is perfect for swimming, diving and other activities.

Palm Tree on Boracay Beach.

What do tourists say about Boracay?

It’s no wonder Boracay is a favorite with kitesurfers and windsurfers around the world. Conditions are almost perfect; the sea is warm and clear, and the wind is very reliable. The best beach for this is Bulabog, just a 5 minute walk from White Beach.

Where can I go at night in Boracay?

Boracay, apart from its beautiful beaches and sunsets, is famous for its rich nightlife 7 days a week. Although parties on the beach are not allowed anymore since the island reopening in late 2018, parties still go on in the bars and restaurants along the beach walk. Join the pub crawl while the older crowd sagely retreat to their hotel rooms.

Nigth Life in Boracay.

How much is the ticket from Manila to Boracay?

The cheapest airlines for a one-way flight from Manila to Boracay are Cebu Pacific Air P 972 (20$) and Philippines AirAsia P 1,020 (21$)

How many days do you need in Boracay?

2-4 days are enough to enjoy the wonders that Boracay has to offer.
But if you want to stay in Boracay for 1 week or more, we recommend visiting nearby islands such as Panay Island and Carabao Island.

Is Boracay dangerous?

Boracay is safe! and the Philippines are largely safe, especially outside of Manila.

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