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Picture this: White, powder-soft sand running through your toes, sparkling azure waves crashing onto the shore, and sunlight dappling your shoulders. The island of Boracay can be the island paradise you thought only existed in postcards. The tropical island is part of the Philippines, roughly 315 km from Manila and 2 km away from Panay Island. Tourism is the economic engine of this town, so you’ll have your pick of elegant resorts, scuba diving outfits ready to take you out, and plenty of nightlife that will keep your plate and cups filled until the wee hours of the morning.
White Beach is where it’s at on Boracay. This long stretch of dazzling sand is broken up into three sections. Station One offers the widest beachfront and the prime resorts, while Station Two is the commercial heart of the island. Station Three is much quieter and less developed.
Lazing on the beach is a great way to forget your worries, but make sure you add some adventure to your time on Boracay. That means getting into the water. Boracay is renowned for its scuba diving. A dozen different outfits can take you out to excellent dive spots filled with underwater life. On a particular windy day, head over to Bulabog Beach and let the kite surfers wow you with their tricks.
The party doesn’t stop on Boracay, especially around Station Two of White Beach. You’ll find lots of different restaurants catering to tourists and plenty of bars that will keep their doors open all night long!
You won’t have any trouble spoiling yourself on this beautiful island. Boracay accommodation includes exquisite resorts that will make you feel like island royalty. Most of these are right off the beach, so you can practically cartwheel from your front door into the water. Aside from the ocean-front luxury hotels in Boracay, the island is also home to many mid-range hotels and resorts a little further off the beach. Cash strapped travellers can even get a good deal on affordable Boracay beach hotels and hostels. Just book early during the busy season, as rooms fill up fast.
You will need to pass through Caticlan, a town on Panay Island to make it to Boracay. You can make it to the Caticlan jetty through Caticlan Airport of Kalibo International Airport. Caticlan airport only receives small aircraft. If you arrive through Kalibo, you’ll need to take a van, coaster, or bus to the Caticlan jetty for the final leg of your journey to Boracay. It is nearly impossible to get your car to the island. Instead, the main mode of transportation on the island is motorized tricycles. You can rent your own or hire a driver to take you around—just be careful you don’t get charged the “tourist rate.”
The only thing that can make a perfect island getaway even better is saving money in the process. You have many Boracay hotels to choose from, so how can you get the best deal possible? Easy! Visit Expedia.co.nz and quickly compare dozens of rooms to fit your budget. You can even book flights and rental car in Boracay through Expedia. Go explore today.