Boracay Island - Philippines

After being shut for tourism for six months on grounds of environmental rehabilitation, the tiny yet most popular island city of Philippines, Boracay Island reopened for visitors a few weeks ago. Spread across just seven kilometres, it is known for its sugary white sands, clear blue waters, and energetic nightlife. For decades Boracay has been the most popular island in Philippines and was being visited by twice the number of people going to Manila, the capital city of Philippines. The beautiful city is no longer off-limits, however there is a restriction on the number of people that can be on the island each day; 19,000 to be precise. So if you’re one of the lucky ones, be ready to be awestruck.

Boracay is the perfect combination of sun, sand, and sea and the island offers almost all water and beach activities available. From snorkeling and diving to parasailing and windsurfing, it has it all! Owing to its small size, getting around in Boracay is fairly easy. You can take the public transport or rent a motorcycle. Come sunset and the island turns romantic, with paraws or the local sailboats giving rides to you and your loved one.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Boracay is in the transition months of the dry and wet seasons. November is when tourism increases in Boracay.

How to get there: There are no direct flights into Boracay; all visitors must fly to either Caticlan (the closest airport) or Kalibo, take a vehicle to Caticlan Jetty Port, and then take a boat from Caticlan Jetty Port, where there is a short boat ride to Boracay.