Boracay – Best Tropical Island in the World

White Beach BoracayWhite Beach BoracayBoracay is a paradise island in the Philippines with a beach voted the best in the world*.  Four-miles of powdery sand surrounded by aqua blue sea.

Following the dramatic sunsets from White Beach, the seafood restaurants come alive with fire dancers, singers and buffets.  Although more developed than it once was, there’s still no cars on the path between the main beach and hotels.

What’s There?
Boracay White Beach CocktailSnorkelling in BoracayBoracay MonkeyThere’s not much if you don’t like to eat, drink, lounge, swim, dive, snorkel, jet-ski or ride quad-bikes. Although you could always lay on the beach well-oiled getting fried or massaged.  Cocktails are the cheapest anywhere. Not surprising when a bottle of run or gin is just £1.

If you take a quad-bike up to the highest point, don’t go too close to  the caged monkeys. One of the little buggers stole my sunglasses while I held them behind my back!

Quadbike on BoracayWhen to Visit
Best is March to June – July to November is monsoon season.

Where to Stay
Our latest trip was in the expensive season. We booked Bianca’s Garden Apartment online – great place, big rooms for £35, but 15-minutes walk from the beach. However, a replacement was hard to find. After a rubbish beachfront place a couple of nights and walking the entire length of White Beach, we found the brilliant Alice In Wonderland Beach Hotel.  Excellent location by the Tourist Office, Station Two, only £30.

Getting There
Boracay FerryFrom Hong Kong, flights to the Philippines cost a little more than a round of drinks.

Fly to Manila or Cebu and change for Caticlan or (slightly further) Kalibo. Air Asia and Cebu Air run extremely cheap internal flights. A bus and ferry connects from the airport.  Kalibo Airport to Boracay takes under 3-hours including the ferry.

Best Dining Bargains
Seafood buffet at Victory Divers, only £3.80. However, places change – over the years, I find the cheaper options diminishing.

Boracay FishBoracay LobstersRoast Pig  For more choice, follow the path from the beach to the seafood market and haggle for lobsters, crab, king prawns and red snapper. The large green-lipped mussels are a bargain. Then take everything to be cooked in the nearby open-air restaurants. Watch the cooking fees though – this can be more than the food. Everything, with beer, cost us about £30 for two.

*International travel magazine, Travel & Leisure 2012.

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