For those of you planning or wanting to travel to a sunny, tropical, and budget-friendly getaway, you should definitely consider Boracay! In this three-part series (see below for the breakdown of content) of my trip experience to Boracay, Philippines over the Christmas holidays, I will offer some helpful information that will hopefully give you a better snapshot of what to expect on the beautiful island.
Part 1 – Background info on Boracay
Part 2 – Things to do
Part 3 – Helpful tips
Boracay is an island in the Philippines and located about 315 km (196 mi) south of Manila (the capital of the Philippines). It is home to White Beach, known for its powdery white sand; azure waters; a vast array of day activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, kitesurfing, (sunset) sailing, island hopping; and bustling night life coloured with beach front live music, shows, restaurants, and vendors.
Day time scene of Boracay – Station 2:
Boracay was awarded as the second best beach (out of 25) in the world in the “Travelers’ Choice 2011” by TripAdvisor. Boracay ranked fourth in its debut appearance on the Top 10 Islands list in the Travel + Leisure travel magazine World’s Best Awards 2011.
Boracay Island was fairly unknown until tourism began developing in the 1970s, after the movie Too Late the Hero was filmed on location in Boracay and Caticlan (where one of the two main airports to Boracay is located). According to Wikipedia – Boracay, “in the 1980s, Boracay became popular as a budget destination (and still is) for backpackers, and by the 21st century, has grown to become one of the major tourist destinations in the Philippines.”
Beach front vendors and scene and D’Mall at night (Station 2) at night:
The island is approximately seven kilometers long and is dog-bone shaped. Boracay’s two primary tourism beaches are White Beach (where my friends and I stayed at) and Bulabog Beach. The island also has several other beaches.
White Beach is the main tourism beach. It is about four kilometers in length and its sandy beach path is lined with beachfront hotels, resorts, lodging houses, restaurants, bars, vendors, and other tourism-related businesses.
White Beach is divided into 3 stations: Station 1, Station 2, and Station 3. Station 1 is on the northernmost end and has the widest stretch of beach, where high end (and more expensive) resorts are located. It is not as crowded as Station 2 or 3 and therefore, quieter. Station 2 is between Station 1 and 3, also known as the commercial (partying, eating, and shopping) central of Boracay. It is also the most crowded. Station 3 is on the southernmost end and has low end (and the lowest priced) resorts. It is the least developed and quieter than Station 2. All three stations are open to the public, so you can venture wherever you like, regardless of hotel location.