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Boracay Island is the Philippines' top beach destination; internationally renowned for its fine white sand and sparkling blue waters that rival any to be found in the Caribbean or South Pacific. The island is replete with resorts and hotels for all sorts of travelers and offers everything from ultimate relaxation and spa treatments to exciting new water sports and activities such as diving, snorkeling, jet skiing, windsurfing, and cliff diving.
The island's two main beaches are Balubog Beach to the east and White Beach on the west shore. The climate interchanges during the dry season (October to June) and wet seasons (July- September), offering different activities year round.
Restaurants, sailing, a mysterious bat cave on a secluded island, motor biking and watersports will fill your days with sun, fun and pleasure.
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Spend an afternoon strolling on the 3-mile long White Beach, or try some of Boracay's plethora of water sports, from kite surfing and jet-skiing to sea kayaking and sailing.
Sunset Paraw Cruise
Go on a sunset cruise on a paraw, an outrigger sailboat. Sail to the edge of the island to see the thousands of fruit bats that fly out every evening from Boracay’s famous bat cave.
If you're willing to brave the local motor-tricycle traffic, hire your own scooter to zip up the main road to its end at remote Puka Beach, another beautiful stretch of white sand and palm trees where the locals come in the mornings to gather puka shells for jewelry.
Bars & Nightclubs
Boracay is the country's top party beach, and it's obvious from the long line of clubs, bars and seaside lounges on White Beach. Boracay's nightlife scene attracts party people from Manila, Cebu and abroad, especially on long holiday weekends.
Beginning in the bustling capital of Manila and finishing in the relaxing paradise of Boracay, this 13-day itinerary takes you through the Philippine’s must-see spots. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, hike volcanoes, visit numerous UNESCO Heritage Sites and lounge on the beach on this balanced luxury getaway.
Unlike the majority of hotels packed side-by-side on this famous island’s 3-mile stretch of white-sand beach, Shangri-La carved out its own little tranquil retreat. Set on a hillside away from the crowds, this 219-room hotel is in an enclave with its own private beach. Opened in early 2009, the hotel incorporates indigenous materials in its contemporary design. Rooms are decorated with abaca-weave rugs and lamps made of capiz shells. Every room has a balcony with a view of either the resort’s lush tropical gardens or Boracay’s turquoise sea. CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, is a spa village set within the resort, and it features treatments based on Chinese and native Philippine healing concepts. Other leisure amenities include one of the country’s largest free-form swimming pools, outdoor tennis courts, and a fitness center. Dining choices include a cliff-top seafood grill and an intimate Italian restaurant set amidst treetops. The hotel is a 45-minute flight from Manila, plus a 15-minute boat ride from the ferry station beside the Caticlan Airport.