Boracay Island, Philippines

Boracay Island, PhilippinesBoracay is a small tropical island surrounded by crystal clear water and powder soft white sand beaches, and is located in the western Visayas region of the Philippines, just off the coast of Panay Island.

Backpackers and adventure tourist have been coming to Boracay Island since the mid-1970's, at a time when the island did not have either electricity or phone service. Even back then when the island had no amenities, hotels or even a restaurant, people came to Boracay because of it's beautiful white sand beaches, especially it's 2.5 mile long white beach that stretches out along the western side of the island.

Today, as of 2012 Boracay Island receives over 1.5 million tourist each year, with people coming from many different countries, from all around the world. What is the main attraction to the hottest beach destination here in the Philippines? Well, the beach offers beach goers white sand the is powder soft, it's not like sand found on most other beaches in the Philippines, or even the world. The white sand found here on Boracay Island is created from organisms that eat decaying coral, the deposits they leave behind becomes the sand. This is why when you stand on the beachfront, with your feet together and move side-to-side you will sink into the sand to about ankle depth, which feels just incredible on your bare feet. 

13 White Sand Beaches

What most tourist coming to Boracay for their first time may not realize is that the island offers over 13 beautiful white beaches, again the main Boracay attraction is the main beach on the western side of the island. However, on the east side of Boracay Island you have the second most popular beach, which is Bulabog Beach, made famous by the large number of kite boarders and wind surfers that come here each year to compete in local competitions.

There is also Puka Shell beach, the third largest beach, that rest quietly on the most northern end of Boracay, here there are no hotels or resorts, just a small snack shop, however most tourist that come here to Puka Shell beach are just amazed at it's splendor and beauty, completely untouched by development, so it can be experienced today just as it was in the early 1970's.

Puka Shell Beach got it's name from the many Puka Shells that were once found here, however due to the large amount of tourism brought to Boracay, the Puka Shells are getting harder to find, however if you are diligent with your search, and patient, you may still find some.

Other Boracay beaches consist of Diniwid Beach, Baling-hai Beach, Banyugan Beach, Punta Bunga Beach, Lapuz-Lapuz Beach, Cagban Beach, Tulubhan Beach, Ilig-Iligan Beach, Tambisaan Beach, Manoc-Manoc Beach, Bulabog Beach, Puka Shell Beach and the main Boracay White Beach.

Boracay Activities

Tourist wanting to visit Boracay often ask about the activities available here, well there are many fantastic Boracay activities available for everyone, including children. As an example, located in D Boracay Mall area, which is located at the center of the island in boat station 2 you will find a small Ferris Wheel, that has enclosed capsules, perfect for young children who are sure to enjoy this fun amusement ride. Also located here in D' Mall is a Rock-Wall-Climbing setup, test your skills on climbing to the top and ring the bell.

As you tour around the island of Boracay you will find many other fun activities such as, ATV (All Terrain Vehicles, Horseback Riding, Jet-Ski, Para-Sailing, Snorkeling, Island Hopping, Wind Surfing, Kite Boarding, Banana Boat, Fly Fish, Zip-Line, Zorb, Sunbathing, Paraw Sailing, Yacht Sailing, Sand Castle Building, and there is so much more.

Boracay Attractions

Like we said earlier, the main attraction for Boracay Island is the main white sand beach, however there are a couple of other Boracay attractions that are worth noting, like Willy's Rock located on the beachfront in boat station 1. Willy's Rock is a large, uniquely shaped lava rock that's thousands of years old, and provides the perfect backdrop for many tourist looking for a unique and special Boracay souvenir.

Another unique attraction for Boracay are the Flying Foxes, these are large fruit eating bats that live in trees located on the northern end of the island. The Flying Foxes are native to Boracay and are already endangered, due to their natural habitat being encroached on by developers building more hotels and resorts.

Scuba Diving Spots Around Boracay

For both professional and novice scuba divers, Boracay offers something really special, it's around this small tropical island that you can experience over 30 fantastic diving spots, with each diving spot offering something different and fascinating. The water around Boracay is filled with adventure, see all types of species of fish and other interesting sea creatures like the Pawikan Turtle, Barracuda and many more species.

Boracay Today!

Today you will find that Boracay has become very commercialized, providing over 300 Boracay Hotels and Resorts for tourist to choose from, you will find everything here from simple backpacker hotels to luxury beachfront resorts offering the most opulent amenities and over the top services. The main Boracay Beach located on the western shore also offers exciting beach bars and ocean view restaurants, where you can enjoy a fantastic evening dinner or cocktails as you enjoy the nice conversation with family and friends, and with the added bonus of a beautiful Boracay sunset.