Boracay is located about 200 miles south of Manila, which is less than an hour flight time from the capital. Visitors often land on the nearby island of Panay and take a fifteen minute boat ride across the channel before they arrive at the vacation paradise. Caticlan airport is only a five minute drive to the boat jetty but Kalibo airport is about two hours so choose your flight from Manila wisely.
Regardless of the airport you choose, you don’t have to know your way around the Philippines to pull this trip off. Simply get on the plane and let the local Filipinos show you the way after you land. “This way sir! This way!” they will all say as they first see you disembark.
There is always a great interest in foreigners among the local Filipino culture and each tricycle driver or van driver will clammer to get your attention. Make sure and agree to a price upfront for anything you do and then you can be sure that each ride or activity will always be a pleasure.
Boracay Island has received numerous awards for its hospitality and pure enjoyment that it inspires. It was awarded the “Travelers’ Choice 2011” by TripAdvisor and recently made a debut appearance on the Top 10 Islands list in Travel and Leisure magazine. This great getaway is under the careful watch of the Philippine Tourism Authority so you are sure to be safe and secure during your entire visit.
Activities in Boracay are numerous and include almost all water-sports including kiteboarding, windsurfing, jet-skiiing, sailing, scuba diving, parasailing and wakeboarding. Some sports you may not know about include banana boating and stand up paddle surfing. Then there are the land based activities like ATV tours, hiking, sunbathing, and cave exploration.
The attractions in Boracay also make many of the activities even more enjoyable such as a visit to Ariel’s Point for some cliff diving or White Beach where you will enjoy some simple people watching. D Mall is considered the main hub of Boracay and it sits right at the center of White Beach where the crowds tend to be the biggest.
You can also venture to the more remote areas of the island like Tirta Spa, Yapak or ‘Puka Shell’ Beach, Willy’s Rock, or Bulabog Beach. Don’t forget Mount Luho or Crystal Cove when you are planning out your agenda that week. With several five star resorts, including the Shangri-La Boracay, and Discovery Shores, this vacation hot spot offers endless activities to occupy your time.
There are breathtaking views and the friendliest people you will ever meet on such an unlikely island like Boracay. With so many things to offer, visitors often find themselves returning again and again each year, even spending long seasons of the year enjoying a large number of wonderful activities. Boracay is certainly a wonderful place to stop and, if you plan to making your next vacation a memorable one, put this island paradise at the top of your list. You certainly won’t be disappointed.