BORACAY ISLAND Things to know about
Things to know about Boracay Island
Seeking for a different adventure or for a mixture of leisure, pleasure, excitement and party or relaxing scene to spend your dream vacation? Well in the heart of one of the world s finest beaches that offers you beachfront convenience at affordable rates and out of all the islands in the world, Travel Leisure Magazine chose to name Boracay Island as its best overall island of 2012 and again in 2016.
So what are You waiting for, don't wait around, come visit before the world discovers these hidden gems of tropical paradise, located in malay, aklan,in the western visayas of Boracay. A postcard sized tropical paradise with crystal clear waters, soft white sands and so many activities and entertainment to keep you happy with scrumptious fresh plates of seafood daily and also serving international cuisine
STILL touted as one of the Philippines premier tourist destinations, Boracay is a tropical paradise off the province of Aklan in the Philippines and is internationally known for its fine, white sand beaches that captivate every adventurer and nature lover's heart. It is a very small yet fascinating island that only stretches up to 7 km with a width of only 1 km at its narrowest landscape, but still has 13 beautiful white sand beaches to choose from. It wasn't until the 1970's that tourism reached the island. Word of its pristine beauty was spread by European backpackers until mainstream tourists started to take notice of Boracay's' majestic beauty
In just a span of 10 years, the whole world has discovered the beautiful island of Boracay ranging from backpackers to upscale tourists, yet despite its rapid growth and commercialism, Boracay has managed to preserve some of its beaches. A good example of this is the Yapak beach located at the back of the popular white beach. There, it is still possible to walk on a deserted beach and enjoy peace and solitude and it is more popularly known as Puka beach from the shell that was once endemic to this part of the island.
Accommodations in Boracay
If you have seen pictures of Boracay island, you will realize that a vast range of accommodations is available - from fan rooms to lavish 5 star hotels/resorts. You can take your pick, as there are hotels which provide its guests with the luxurious service that we all want, there are also modern apartments, condos, and villas that are made of native materials that give its guests that closer feels to nature -
for honeymooners, there are cozy single bedroom honeymoon suites that give you privacy and romantic ambiance.
for families and friends, there are also suites and multi-bedroom houses that can accommodate large groups
for those who would love to wake up to the sound of the brushing waves, you can opt to take the beachfront rooms in these locations, you will wake up to the shining seawaters, enjoy breathtaking sunrise and sunset views, and feel the fine texture of the white sand as you step out of your room For the rooms that are in other parts of the island, a fun 5 /10 minutes of healthy walking will bring you to the beach.
The best part of this is you get to explore the rest of the island including the restaurants and boutiques.
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Visitors to Boracay island considered it a haven for almost all sorts of people especially for those who love the beach and its activities. Honeymooners see this place as a perfect site to enjoy each other's company and do fun things together. Families also come here to spend their vacation together as well as friends who would like to reunite and reminisce the old times - people from all walks of life continue to put Boracay at the top of their vacation list because there is just so much to see here including a very lively nightlife at restaurants and bars.
What to see and do in Boracay
with the beaches being the main attraction of Boracay, with the main white beach extending around 4 kilometres which is nearly the entire length of Boracay, not only is this beach the longest in Asia, but is also the most popular beach in the world for locals and tourist seeking to find a beach with its soft powdery sands that are as white as snow.
There are also several activities that you can do apart from just swimming in the worlds no.1 island - for those who are water enthusiasts, you can opt to see the marine life in the shallower part of the water by snorkeling or see the more vivid marine life up close and personal by scuba diving.
There are a lot of Scuba Diving centers that are PADI certified whose diving instructors will be glad to train you and equip you with the necessary skills. They can also rent out their equipment and scuba gears.
Surfing is another popular activity to do on the island.and also watch for the amazingly colorful sails of the Paraw- Sailing, rise up to the top of the waters as tourists explore and feel the gush of wind against their shoulders. If you want to feel the sand in between your toes, you can have a game of frisbee with friends or play beach volleyball with other tourists. These will surely get you some fun and exercise and allow you to meet new people. Sunbathers can also laze in the lounge chairs provided by the resorts, but if the sun seems too intense on this tropical island, palm and coconut trees abound that can provide you shelter and some cool breeze.
Boracay is also home to an 18 hole world class golf course, sign up for the rounds at the clubhouse.
Boracay also boasts of activities that keep its tourists coming for more - tourists have the option to rent a sailboat to see the rest of the island, get a massage by the beach and unite with nature, go shopping at d mall and eat gastronomic delights and sip shakes that are unique to the island, as if these are not enough, people can also explore the following activities.
Activities and Tours on Boracay
Island Hopping Tours to the beaches and sands of Boracay are not the only source of the island s pride, other smaller islands and private resorts abound around Boracay. You can also visit by renting a Bangka,(motorize sea transport of the Philippines) one gets to explore the best natural sites of the place - one can also hop from one island to another by kayaking for an hour.
Mountain biking if one has already seen the best of the beach, mountain biking can be another thrilling experience for tourists - it is a guided trail trip around the forest in covered areas of Boracay.
Snorkeling what fun it would be to see the magnificent world under water. Frisbee and volleyball games for people who are into beach sports, these two are the best activities.
Banana boat rides exploring the vast seas of Boracay on board a bouncy banana boat dragged by a speedboat sounds like a lot of fun.
Windsurfing is increasingly becoming popular on the island with competitions happening during the month of February each year.
Your vacation will never be the same and usual as there is also available equipment for rent and schools where one can learn to windsurf or Paraw-sailing is one of the most popular water sports in Boracay. The paraw sail itself is a sight to behold, a paraw or parao is a small boat that is native to the Philippines. Its single shallow hull is usually made from wood and bamboo, on a paraw's sides are two floaters or logs that act as outriggers or katig to help balance the boat and prevent from capsizing - an average paraw can hold around 4 to 6 passengers.parasailing and paraw sailing is one of the most popular water sports in Boracay.paraw sailing.
even the hardest party person will still want more from Boracay's beach party scene.
You can also just hire a bike or ATV and tour the island yourself, and an amazing adventure awaits you, with friendly local welcomes.
Communicating with Filipinos, are not native English speakers, however, communicating with them is no problem because the Philippines is considered as one of the best English speakers in Asia, even the most common and ordinary people on the island can understand and speak the international language fluently. Their national language is Tagalog or Filipino, depending on where you live. There are over 185 similar different languages in the Philippines, due to its heritage, mainly from the Spanish ancestry, but don t worry, as around 60 speak English and most will understand your wishes.
Its more fun in the Philippines - say Mabuhay, the word for Filipino greeting meaning welcome sir. hello sir. live life in english
Some popular bars, clubs for entertainment and fun on Boracay are;