Boracay Island, Philippines Known far and wide as an island paradise. Boracay has charmed vacationers with its powder white sand, crystal blue waters and purposely laid-back pace.
Located at the norther tip of Panay province, Boracay is about three hours away from Manila.
Sun worshippers from all over the world visit Boracay yearly, and some have even made it their second home.
It is no wonder therefore, that French, German, Spanish and English can be heard spoken in the Island.
The culinary fare is equally exciting featuring a wide range from Thai and Austrian to Belgian and Filipino.
Numerous water sport facilities, including dive shops are on hand as well as a sprinkling of bars and discos.
Most visitors, however prefer to sit back and enjoy the sun.
For many certified sun-worshippers the world over, paradise goes by the name Boracay;
For indeed, many visitors have come back to Boracay year after year. Some have even chosen to live in this paradise island. Sheltered from the fierce easterly typhoons, Boracay can be found at the Northwestern tip of Panay, in the West Visayan region,off the Sibuyan Sea.
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 under the seas.
Boracay is made up of three little communities:
Yapak in the north, Balabag in the middle, Manocmanoc in the south. Hilly elevations up to 100 meters above sea level characterize Yapk and Manocmanoc. Interwining trails link the small villages but many sometimes lead to lush tropical jungles.
Electricity and public transportaion remain relatively scarce. Boracay would have remained a national secret if not for a few foreign travellers who accidentally stumbled upon the place.
Some say it was a movie crew which spread word about Boracay to other sun worshippers.
Other swear it was German traveler Jens Peter's book, which included rave reviews about Boracay, that sent tourists on their way.
Whichever tale is true, Boracay has become a melting pot for beach lovers. At any point in the islands, visitors can hear English, German and French spoken fluently.
More importantly, visitors respect the serene quality of the place, and pay tribute to native Boracaynons by behaving to local behavioral codes- which means no nudity, no fighting, and no loud commotions. Not surprisingly, the culinary fare at Boracay is as diverse as the nationalities of its visitors.
French, Australian, Belgian, German, Spanish and Thai- they're all here side by side the native cuisine. Lending ample support to this virtual rainbow of gastrnomic pickings are Boracay's famous selection of fruit shakes: from sweet yellow mango, green tart mango, to pineapple, coconut milk, cantaloupe and banana. Don't go home without a sip.
The most famous part of Boracay is its 4 kilometer stretch of the finest, most pristine white sand beaches, White Beach, where the color of the sea blends with that of the sky during the day and the white sands glimmer at night.
So awesome is the Island that the best descriptions cannot give justice to Boracay's natural beauty. Boracay's attractions do not stop at its natural beauty. A wide range of accommodation serving every visitor's lifestyles is available on the Island.
To satisfy every palate and for night-lovers, Boracay's beachfront is lined with varied international restaurants, open-air bars, karaokes bars and discos.
In addition to relaxing and lazing by the beach, Boracay also offers countless activities for water sport lovers, e.g. scuba diving (diving lessons taught in German, French and other languages), snorkeling, wind surfing, sailing, parasailing, water skiing, banana riding, and many others.
For golf-lovers, Boracay also offers an 18-hole golf course.
Currency used in the Island, like in the rest of the Philippines, is the Philippine peso. Foreign exchange services are available on the Island.
Power supply is 220 volts/60 cycles.
Basic medical care is offered by a small hospital on the Island equipped for minor illnesses only.
In addition to Tagalog and other local dialects, English is widely spoken.
The best way to travel in the Island is on foot, especially while exploring the white beach. If you need to go inland and/or travel some distance, tricycle rides are available at around US$ 0.25 per head.
The religion in the Philippines, including Boracay, is predominantly Roman Catholic. Church services are conducted regularly by the Boracay parish priest.