Boracay – Asia’s beautiful pearl island

(#wanderlusttips #Boracay #Philippines) Located 315 kilometres from the capital city of Manila, Boracay is a small island and has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines thanks to its charming natural beauty and its high-class tourism infrastructure.

Boracay is loved by many as everyone can find a spot or an activity that suits their interests. If you love nature explore the white sand beach or scuba dive to visit coral reefs. But if you are after a thrill, play a beach sport and hit the exciting nightlife.

Wanderlust Tips Magazine | Boracay - Asia's beautiful pearl island

Boracay has many beautiful beaches and they all share a common trait: white sand and clear blue water. White Beach is the most popular. With its 4 kilometres length and 100 metred width it is an ideal location to sunbathe, relax in the shade, snorkel or kayak in a glass bottom boat. Puka beach is located on the north cape of the island. Here thousands of seashells and pieces of corals can be collected and taken home souvenirs. If time allows explore some other beautiful beaches like Diniwid, Balinghai, Ilig-Iligan and Manoc Manoc.

Despite the island’s small size, Boracay offers many adventure beach sports. Explore all aspects of nature while fly boarding, jet skiing, parasailing, riding inflatable boats, walking under water or riding a helicopter. These activities are quite costly with fly boarding at about 2 million Vietnamese Dong for 20 minutes. Tourists should consider an option suitable for their budget and health.

A cheaper option is touring nearby islands, which costs about 500,000VND per person. If you are a large group (six or more people) you can rent an entire boat to be more comfortable and save money. The boat will take you to visit many beaches and islands like Crystal and you will have an opportunity to snorkel and see coral reefs and marine animals. Rent a sailboat to watch the sunset on the ocean. At night, Boracay is full of life with its many beach parties, fire dancers, and numerous party activities for young people.

Wanderlust Tips Magazine | Boracay - Asia's beautiful pearl island

Restaurants in Boracay are mainly located along the beach and around the D’Mall. Good restaurants with affordable prices like the grill at I Love Backyard, juices at Jonah’s, Mang Inasal, Mesa or Smoke Resto. Visit D’Talipapa fish market to buy fresh seafood and ask a restaurant to prepare the seafood for you. Another option is a seafood buffet with prices starting from 200,000VND/person. Accommodation in Boracay is expensive. A beachfront hotel can cost 20 – 50USD/night, and luxury options can cost up to 70 – 100USD/night.

To reach Boracay from Vietnam fly to the capital city of Manila or to Cebu. From there you can fly with a domestic airline to Caticlan or Kalibo the nearest airports to Boracay. The second option is to fly directly to one of these two airports with flights offered by Philippines Airlines, Air Asia or Cebu Pacific. From Caticlan airport you can reach the seaport in 5 minutes from there it is a 15-minute boat ride to Boracay. From Kalibo it will take an hour to reach Caticlan seaport. There are two kinds of boats: hydrofoils and wooden boats. You will need to go through security and scan your baggage before getting on the boat, so you should pack accordingly.

Hoang Linh | Wanderlust Tips | Cinet

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