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Boracay, Philippines

This small island in the Philippines has white sandy beaches to rival those of the Caribbean, and some fantastic diving sites, too.

Why not browse FlipKey’s collection of Boracay vacation rentals to find your dream apartment or beachfront villa with stunning sea views?

About Boracay, Philippines

Considered by many as the ultimate island destination, the tiny island of Boracay may only measure 7km by 500m, but it’s already the Philippines’ top tourist draw. About an hour’s flight from Manila, the island boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, spectacular diving sites and lively nightlife, with beach parties going on until the wee hours.

With dry season running from November to May, the best time to visit Boracay is between December and April, when the water is calm and suitable for swimming.

Visitors come here to relax and unwind on white sandy beaches, but the local cuisine is worth writing home about too. You’ll find some of the freshest, most delicious seafood around, served Filipino style, as well as the ripest and juiciest mangoes on the planet.

What to do in Boracay, Philippines

The beaches are the main attraction here. The most popular, and largest, is White Beach with its 4km of fine white sand. Divided into three sections, most of the action including shops, restaurants and beach parties, happens in section two, whilst the southernmost part (section three) is the least developed.

Other beaches worth visiting include Puka Beach, which is a peaceful place to relax, and Balinghai Beach, a tropical cove where swimming and snorkeling are the most popular activities.

There are dozens of scuba diving centers on the island where you can learn or improve your skills, or even become a certified instructor. You may even see sharks and stingrays on some of the more advanced dives!

Boracay is home to Asia’s number one kitesurfing destination at Bulabog Beach. The season runs from November to April, and you can book lessons at any of the kitesurfing schools.

Top travel tips for Boracay, Philippines

The island’s ATMs often run out of cash, so it’s worth signing up for BoraPay, a cashless payment system with an RFID bracelet (available at most hotels) that you pre-load with your debit or credit card for easy payments.

There are no taxis as such on Boracay. Instead, you’ll find motorized tricycles which can take you from A to B for a fixed fare, depending on the distance. Watch out for drivers trying to rip you off – you can always refuse to pay if the fare is far too high! Other transport options include mountain bikes and scooters.

This tropical island paradise in the Philippines is the perfect place to relax and let your cares float away. Imagine coming home to a beachfront villa or apartment with sea views at the end of a long day - you’re sure to find your perfect vacation rental with FlipKey.