Boracay Island, Philippine
Boracay Island is paradise for certified beach and sun-worshippers around the world. Boracay Island has more than a dozen beaches and many coves. The most famous and popular boracay beach is the almost four kilometres long White Beach, which has been named several times as one of the best beaches Tropical Beach in the world in the world.
Most of the foreign tourists who had been here have made Boracay their yearly destination. Others have chosen to live on this island paradise.
Boracay Island is located approximately 350 kilometers south of Manila, Philippines. The island is a short distance off the north-western tip of Panay Island, which is in the western Visayas in the Philippines. Boracay Island is about seven kilometres long and its narrowest point barely 1 kilometer wide, comprising an area of 1,083 hectares.
The island is accessible by air from Manila or Cebu through two principal gateways : Caticlan airport or Kalibo airport.
Bo-ra-cay as said in three syllables, is attributed to the Aklanese or local dialect’s word “Borac” which, when translated to English means Cotton. This is in connection to the colour and texture of the world famous sand of the island.
Boracay has managed to pack its thousand-hectare area with all the elements of a tropical paradise-crystal blue waters, powder white sand, liberal doses of tropical palms and flowering plants, and a healthy marine life underneath the seas.
While the fine white sand beaches and the crystal clear cool waters of Boracay Island provide the main attraction, the possibilities for pleasure and adventure in this enchanting paradise are as seemingly endless. There is a wonderful array of attractions on Boracay Island to keep you busy exploring for days and nights.
The spectacular of boracay island beaches that you can explore
Boracay has more than ten distinctive beaches nestled in the coves surrounding the infamous island. All of them feature the same powdery white sand that has undoubtedly made the island prominent around the world.
On the west coast of the island between the villages of Angol and Balabag, this legendary expanse of white sand remains cool even on the hottest days. This is the most well known beach in Boracay. It is 4 kilometers long and up to 100 meters wide. It undauntedly pervades a diverse atmosphere of resorts, restaurants, bars, discotheques and stores that vibrantly frame the renowned beach. It is also sends out an idyllic setting for sunbathing, people watching or simply lounging with friends over a favorite drink.
Wading and snorkeling are also popular here, as the gentle slope of the sand produces shallows a long way out from the shore. Skimboarding, banana boat ride, glass bottom boat, and Sailing are also popular here.
Puka Shell Beach or Yapak Beach
Situated on the North coast facing Carabao Island, there lies Yapak Beach or as tourists know it, Puka Shell Beach. The second longest in the island, covers half of the northern tip of the island. The mild surf is typical of an island surrounded by fringing reefs. This 800 meter beach was made famous by the shiny white Puka shells adapting to the fashion jewelry rage in the 70`s and early 80`s, wherein these shell became the first source of trade and industry on the island. The beach ends abruptly at the Lapuz-Lapuz cliffs, on the extreme Northern point of the island. This is the most primitive and rugged part of boracay.
To the north of the White Beach is the little village of Din-iwid with its 200 meter long beach. It is in fact part of a private resort and is lesser in size than White Beach. It’s quite accessible from the White Beach especially via a path hewn out of the cliffs. Din-iwid Beach also serves as a picnic and snorkeling ground for the more adventurous and reserved tourists who like to be surrounded by cliffs emanating peace and tranquility without being stranded from the White Beach. There are also isolated resorts built to fit the rising hills, and simple cottages and bamboo houses with individualistic designs, also perched on the rocky hillside.
enclosed by craggy walls of rock, is a romantic hideaway for those who prefer quiet place and solitute. Beach is a hideaway for those who prefer eternal bliss. It is perfect for snorkeling, as further out in the sea is a coral garden that houses an abundance of magnificent underwater life forms. Cottages of the Baling-Hai Resort are scattered on the rock cliff as well as at the top of the cliff above the beach. The resort offers drinks and food delivered to the beach in an unusual way.
To the north of the White Beach, past Balinghai Beach is another secluded strip of white sand called Bunyagan Beach, which is a very short uphill climb north of Punta Bunga. Beyond it stands a wide plot of coconut trees and flat land furnished with bamboo beach beds, ideal for picnics.
At the northeast side of the island, Ilig-Iligan Beach provides coves, caves, and a jungle, all housed by fruit bats hanging in the trees. Inland on Boracay Island is an impressive jungle where giant fruit bats may be seen hanging in the trees. Local Boracay Island boys offer their services as Boracay Tour guides to the Bat Caves, located a 30-minute walk inland from the Ilig Iligan Boracay Beach.
And just like most beaches in Boracay, Ilig-Iligan is ideal for snorkeling, fishing, swimming, picnics. One just has to take a boat, motorbike, tricycle or bicycle depending on the weather due to its tricky rough downward slope, and because the seas are sometimes rough during the northeast season, though calm and clear during the southwest monsoon season, also which at such time, marine life enthusiasts can snorkel or take diving trips farther out to sea.
At the southern end of the island, Cagban Beach provides an official port to the Mainland during the high season. But during the low season, this beach offers quietness and relaxation, away from the bustling action on the White Beach. It is actually a good place for treasure hunting, as Cagban means cave or chest, thereby it is said that several treasure chests still lay buried in the sand or in surrounding caves.
The southernmost beach and village, Manoc-Manoc Beach (translated as Chicken-Chicken) creates a spectacular view of the Caticlan channel, the westernmost tip of Panay Island. This usually deserted and quiet beach is a good place for swimming and photographing images with the dark blue mountains and crystal clear waters materializing into an ultimate surreal panorama. The beach is windy the whole year. Experienced windsurfers and kite surfers can be seen racing with the strong winds and aggressive currents (up to 6 knots) across the channel.
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