Boracay is an island of the Philippines located approximately 196 miles south of Manila and 1 mile off the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. Boracay Island and its beaches have received awards on more than one occasion. Boracay was awarded in the "Travelers' Choice 2011" by TripAdvisor as the second best beach (out of 25) in the world. Boracay made a debut appearance on the Top 10 Islands list in the Travel + Leisure travel magazine World's Best Awards 2011, ranking fourth.
Boracay Island is located off the northwest corner of Panay Island, and belongs to the Western Visayas island-group, or Region VI, of the Philippines. The island is approximately 4 miles long; with the narrowest spot being less than one mile wide, and has a total land area of 4 square miles. Boracay is made up of three little communities: Yapak in the north, Balabag in the middle, and Manoc-Manoc in the south. Hilly elevations up to 100 meters above sea level characterize Yapak and Manoc-Manoc. Intertwining trails link the small three villages together but sometimes may lead to a lush tropical jungle.
Boracay's two primary tourism beaches, White Beach and Bulabog Beach, are located on opposite sides of the island's narrow central area. White Beach faces westward and Bulabog Beach faces eastward. The island also has several other beaches. Bulabog Beach, across the island from White Beach, is the second most popular tourism beach on the island and Boracay's main windsurfing and kite boarding area.
White Beach is the most popular beach with tourists. It is about one and a half miles long and is lined with resorts, hotels, lodging houses, restaurants, and other tourism-related businesses. In the central portion, for about three quarters of a mile, there is a footpath known as the Beachfront Path separating the beach itself from the establishments located along it.
Boracay Weather and Best Time to Visit
Boracay has a tropical climate, with an average temperate around 88°F and humidity of 75%. The year is divided into two distinct seasons; dry and wet. The rainy season begins around June and ends in late October and the dry season runs from November to May. The hottest months are April and May (just before the start of the rainy season) when midday temperatures can reach 102°F. The coolest period is in December with day time temperatures in the high 20s low 30s on most days and dropping lower in evenings and early mornings.
Boracay's weather tends to dictate the travel agenda for visitors. The high season is in the dry months however Boracay resorts are harder to get in this period, more expensive and the island is busier. A better time to travel therefore is often outside the peak periods. Rain showers tend to be very heavy but they are usually short in duration, often at night or mornings leaving most of the day for getting around. The dry season sees visitors mostly concentrated on White Beach and the opposing Bulabog Beach which, due to the winds has a very large international sporting reputation for kite-boarding and wind-surfing.
The cooler dry season tends to be the most popular time for visitors and advance bookings of Boracay hotels and Boracay tours are recommended during this period. However, for those that don't mind the heat, anytime is a good time to visit our wonderful island paradise.
The beaches of Boracay are great places to enjoy the many watersports that can be enjoyed during your stay in Boracay including Windsurfing, Kite surfing, diving and sailing. Puka Shell Beach is quite an isolated beach and is the ideal beach to head for when you wish to escape from crowds of holiday makers. The white sands and the serene blue sea are enough to capture anyone's heart, but sometimes the sea shows a wilder side when the wind direction changes. Punta Bunga Beach and Balinghai Beach are fairly quiet beaches, but slightly far from Boracay's main area.
Ilig-Iligan Beach is another lonely beach and is located very close to the shell museum. But this beach is not for the casual swimmers, as it tends to have rough waters. Bulabog Beach is located on the eastern side of the island. A coral reef protects it from the high sea tides, creating a shallow, peaceful lagoon. Though it's a little shallow for swimming, you can do great parasailing and windsurfing. Windsurfing lessons and equipment as well as kite-surfing and boarding lessons are offered for beginners.
Diniwid Beach is separated from White Beach by a rocky divide. The beach is secluded and quite small and rocky. It's just walking distance away from White Beach but is a quiet and appealing alternative. The beach has become busier due to recent hotel developments. Manoc-Manoc Beach is a rocky beach where you have to climb and hop over rocks and boulders to reach its white, sandy shores. It's situated at the other end of Boracay.