An island resort just off the northwestern tip of Panay Island 195 mi/315 km southeast of Manila, Boracay, Philippines, is a fast-growing beach destination.
Boracay boasts white-sand beaches and offers a range of accommodations from simple bamboo huts to resorts. Some say it's growing too fast—in the past, there have been problems with waste disposal that made the water unsafe for swimming.
With the clean-up complete, travelers can now enjoy sailing, windsurfing and snorkeling (the area has fabulous coral formations and reef fish) in the surrounding sea. Along with the influx of tourists and Manila jet-setters, Boracay also sees its fair share of glittering nights and beach parties.
Visitors can reach the island in a few hours from Manila by flying to Kalibo on Panay and continuing by bus and banca (local fishing craft).
The high season in Boracay is October-January and April-May, especially during Holy Week.
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