A Paradise Called Boracay

white sands and blue water of Boracay
white sands and blue water of Boracay

Boracay

Boracay island Philippines is one place that grows on you. Once you have been there, you can’t help but come back again and again and again.

If you are a sun worshiper with a taste for the beach, white sands and gentle breeze, then this is the place for you. But these are not the only things that Boracay has to offer although they are the major reasons tourists flock to this paradise.

Barefoot on the beach

The first thing I usually do when I get to Boracay is to walk barefoot on the sand. You can do this no matter what time of the day. The white, powdery sand remains cool even at noon, so it’s really fun to walk barefoot along the beach. I also read somewhere that it is good for one’s heart and circulation to walk barefoot on the sand.

Sand is made for walking

two men walking along the beach
two men walking along the beach

Swim and play

Swimming is the favorite activity of visitors to this place. The best times to swim are before 10am and after 4pm. Why am I saying this? Well, it’s because the clear, blue water of Boracay is so inviting such that you tend to forget doctors’ admonition about the ill effects of too much sun.

If you are a sports enthusiast, then you should try jet skiing, boating, sailing, diving, snorkeling and other water sports. Don’t forget to also take a boat tour of the island. The tour goes around the island and will take you to some less frequented spots where you might find some “treasures” like a rare crab or a butterfly farm.

swimming in Boracay
swimming in Boracay
sailing in Boracay
sailing in Boracay

Sunset in Boracay

Take a photo

Sunset in Boracay is spectacular especially during the months of April to July. As the sun sets, restaurants along the beach bring out their tables and chairs so you can have a drink or two as you wait for the sun to color the sky. Don’t forget your camera too. I have taken so many sunset photos of Boracay but I still keep on shooting more every time I go back for another visit.  Every sunset is different from another.  


Fire dancing
Fire dancing

Dance and Party

In the evening, the beach is alive with activity. The various restaurants and hotels have their own shows and there is always a party going on.  Graceful dancers also perform “fire dancing” and the dancers are always willing to give you a lesson or two about fire dancing. However, the best way to start the lesson is to first dance without the fire. The dancers usually conduct free lessons in the afternoon using pieces of cloth, so that by nighttime you can dance with the real thing (hopefully).

You should try the food in any of the restaurants along the beach. Everything is fresh and you can choose any seafood that you want grilled or cooked any other way. It is always so refreshing to feel the warm breeze caressing your hair as you sip young coconut juice and eat fresh crabs and shrimps with your bare hands. You could of course use a spoon and fork, but it’s so much more fun to eat with bare hands. Somehow it seems appropriate for beachside eating.

trinkets galore
trinkets galore

Shopping

Boracay is also a haven for shoppers. There is a mall with many little shops as well as many other small stores along the beach. If one knows how to bargain and speak the language one can practically get all sorts of trinkets and souvenirs for a song.

Where to stay

There are many hotels in Boracay. There is always one that will fit your budget. The type of accommodation can range from 5 star hotels to a friendly neighbor who has a room to spare. The rates however can go up during the peak season, meaning the summer months and during the Christmas break.

There are many other things you can do in Boracay but I will leave that to you to discover when you decide to visit.

As for me, I’m sure I will still keep on going back to Boracay, it’s my island paradise.

Hotels

a beachfront hotel
a beachfront hotel
a hilltop hotel with access to the beach
a hilltop hotel with access to the beach

Comments 56 comments

coffeesnob 7 years ago

Jill,

I think the Phillipines is a beautiful place. I didn't get to see the beaches, but the Myon volvano sure took my breath away. Love the people too :)


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thank you Coffeesnob. You mean you have visited the Philippines? That's great! You should really see Boracay if you get a chance to visit again.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Wonderful Hub Page about a place I had not heard about before. I want to go there now as a result of your Hub! Thanks!


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi James,

Thank you for dropping by.

Please do visit if you have a chance for a vacation. I assure you, Boracay is truly a beautiful place. It simply grows on you. I never tire of the place.


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jadecircles 7 years ago from USA

I like this hub about Boracay.. haven't been there but planning to go there with my family when we visit Philippines in the near future.. regarding your question if I am Filipino, yes I am.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Jadecircles,

If you do visit the Philippines sometime soon, put Boracay on top of your list of places to visit. I assure you, you will enjoy it!


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dawei888 7 years ago

Boracay is the nicest beach I've ever been to in my life! Great hub and many thanks! dawei888


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Dawei888,

I couldn't agree more! It's really my favorite beach and I'm going there again this August.

Thank you very much for your generous comment.


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zylla3philippines 7 years ago from Anaheim, CA

Hi Jill...beautiful sunset! My sister and nieces loved their trip to Boracay. However, anyone who's there should proceed to Palawan. My brother can't get over his trip to El Nido. I intend to write about it...one day when I'm not overwhelmed by mundane things.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi zylla3philippines,

Thank you very much for dropping by and leaving a comment.

Yes, I'm planning to visit Palawan one of these days. I'd like to see the undeground river.


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cgull8m 7 years ago from North Carolina

Would love to visit this place, beautiful. All beaches look beautiful :)


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi cgull8m,

Yes, do visit Boracay if you ever get the chance to come to the Philippines. I assure you, you will fall in love with the place.

Thank you for dropping by.


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Boracay is a beautiful getaway. :-) The last time I've been there was (let me see) several years ago when we brought our teachers for a team building seminar. :-) Lovely hub!


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi ripplemaker,

You are right, Boracay is beautiful! I'm going back there this August. What about you? We might even chance upon each other there. Who knows?

Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment.


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puppascott 7 years ago from Michigan (As far as you know...)

A great break from the day, with beautiful pictures.

One of my goals is to become self-sustaining as a writer and plant myself somewhere in the south Pacific. Good bye rat-race.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Go for it puppascott! Once you've achieved your goal, do try Boracay. I'm sure you will love it.


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rainshadow 7 years ago

I have been here in my travels for work. Oe of my fondest memories of all time.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello rainshadow,

That's good to know.

I'm going back there next week. I simply can't get enough of the place.


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Cygnus76 7 years ago from ON

Tropical places always make me home sick. XD

i was born in malaysia, and i would to go visit all the southeast tropic countries someday. great hub, i'd be sure to add Boracay to my list. :)


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Cygnus,

Nice of you to drop by and leave a comment. Thank you very much.

Why, where are you living now?

Yes, I would encourage you to visit Boracay once you get a chance. You will love the place, I guarantee!


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Leop 7 years ago

I love your hubs, this sounds like an exciting place to visit one day. Great information, well documented. Thank you for writing.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Leop,

Thank you very much. Yes, do visit if you are planning a vacation. I promise you will enjoy the place.


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junv 6 years ago from Iloilo City, Philippines

Hi there! Nice hub! been in Boracay once last Dec. 31, 2003! That was New Year's Eve! ;)

Glad to see a kababayan here, Happy New Year! ^^


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi junv,

Thank you for the visit!

That's great! I love Boracay and try my best to visit at least once a year.

Happy to see another Filipino here!

Happy New Year too.


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

I so enjoyed your hub about Boracay. It looks so beautiful and the light looks unusual. I love beaches, the sand and the sea. And I certainly enjoyed looking at this today after shoveling out 30 inches of snow!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Dolores - I'm happy that you enjoyed this hub. Boracay is such a lovely place I go there at least once a year.

Yes, I read in the news about the 30 inches snow there in some parts of the US. I hope and pray that you will have good weather soon.

It's nice to see you here. Thanks for the visit and beautiful comment.


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digitalexplorer 6 years ago from United Kingdom

Im looking forward to visiting this place again next month. My last visit was in Holy Week 2005 via Iloilo. This time, I will be touring with my 2 Irish friends from my hometown, Sibuyan Island and then travel to Boracay by pump boat which takes 5 hours. Beautiful shots that really showcasing our country's best beaches. Despite the negative media hype, Boracay is still attracts more local and international tourists.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi digitalexplorer,

That's great!

I visit Boracay at least once a year. I just came from there last February of this year. It's still as beautiful as ever. Maybe a little crowded now, but still beautiful.

I have never been to Sibuyan Island. How do you get there if you are coming from Manila?

Hope you and your Irish friends will have a good time.

Thanks for the visit and wonderful comment.


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digitalexplorer 6 years ago from United Kingdom

Starting this month, there is a ship from Manila Pier 8 directly go to Sibuyan Island. I don't know if this will be a permanent route, but for regular trips, we normally take ferries from Batangas port (where you also take ferries going to Puerto Galera). It is a 10-hour night trip!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks for coming back and answering my question DE. That's good to know.

Will the trip encounter rough seas or is it mostly smooth sailing? I hope it's the latter because I get seasick during long trips. My equilibrium cells are too sensitive. Ha ha.

Thanks again for revisiting!


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digitalexplorer 6 years ago from United Kingdom

Summer is the best time to travel, not only going to my hometown but to the rest of the Philippine islands. It is smooth sailing but I did experience before (long time ago) a rough travel during December time, and until now, I don't dare to go home during Xmas season coz of this bad experience! It was like a "Perfect Storm" movie situation - every body was already praying. Thanked God Im still alive! Speaking of disaster, Princess of the Sea is near my hometown and is becoming a local attraction. Until now the unrecoverd bodies are still inside the ship! I cant wait to do some video clips of the sunken ship and had its last voyage in June 2008.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi DE - thanks for the reminder about summer as the best time to travel. Yes, that's true.

I also had one really bad experience about traveling by sea during December. I have never repeated traveling long distances by boat after that.

Oh, so that Princess of the Sea thing was near your place? Now I'm really having second thoughts about visiting Sibuyan!

Thanks for visiting again DE!


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

I see what you mean about the similarities to the Caribbean Islands; I wouldn't mind spending a week here; thanks for bringing this hub to my attention :)


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Coolmom - nice to see you again!

Yes, isn't the similarity amazing? I guess all islands have a certain common quality.

Thanks again for visiting!


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dhawkins11 6 years ago

I want to go to boracay so bad!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi dhawkins,

Thanks for the visit and wonderful comment.

All I can say is - GO! It's gonna be worth it. I promise you. Best time to go is between Jan and June. These are the times when weather is good.


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dennisamata 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

The place is so great. Though I wasn't able to step on its seashore because I just saw it when we passed by through a ferry boat to Caticlan, I could still see how nice the place is. Hope to visit Bora soon.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Dennis,

You should really put Boracay at the top of your list of places to visit. I assure you you will love it there. I myself cannot seem to get enough of Bora. I go back every year!

Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. Hope to see you around!

God bless!


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yalenova 6 years ago

That is wonderful place, i want it

Thanks for advice


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello yalenova,

Why don't you come and visit? I'm sure you will enjoy it!

God bless!


analyn paraguso 6 years ago

i am a filipina but never been in this fantastic place,,, until now i'm earning much money so that i can spend months in this lovely place...hopefully soon...


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wawies 6 years ago from Indonesia

hello, Jill. Great Hub for a great place. I hope i could go there someday. Could you share more about how much the cost to go there for foreigner like me.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Analyn,

Thank you for dropping by and leaving a wonderful comment.

That's really great to know. You must come and visit soon. It's one place that all Filipinos should visit I think. I just keep on going back there every year. I can't get it out of my system.

Thanks again and I hope to bump into you there one these days.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Wawies,

Thank you very much.

Ok, I will add some more information to this hub or maybe write another one wherein I'll talk about getting there and the cost.

Thanks again for dropping by and showing an interest in the place. It's is really one place I highly recommend.

All the best!


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emma.bradley 6 years ago from The Bahamas

Beautiful place to go to in summer next year. I'd like to visit this place soon!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Emma,

Yes, it's a beautiful place to visit especially during summer. Do visit soon. I'm sure you will love it.

Who knows, we might see each other there.

Thanks for dropping by and leaving a wonderful comment.

God bless!


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

I have been to Boracay and I know some brits who are planning winter holidays there. The sand is amazing, the food is fantastic, the whole place is affordable, and the people are friendly. And it's hot. All the more reason to jump in that beautiful water. Sports there is great as well. Rating this up cos I like this hub, and love Boracay and Aklan.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Cheeky Girl,

That's great!

I have another Boracay hub here. Boracay is really my favorite island here in the Philippines and it's always fun and relaxing to visit.

I'm sure your friends will enjoy it there. You are absolutely right about everything you said about Boracay. I just heard that there is a new sport added - not a water sport (of which there are several), but ziplining. I don't know if I will be able to try it when I go back there this month.

Thanks again Cheeky Girl!

See you around!


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Deni Edwards 6 years ago from california

Great hub! Never heard of Boracay. Thanks for the info!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Deni,

Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

Now that you know about the place, I hope you come and visit.

God bless!


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ashleyyoung 6 years ago from United States

Wow! Pristine beaches and a very romantic sunset in a famously tropical climate! I'd love to visit Boracay with my partner one day! (drools)

Great share Jill! :)


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Ashley,

Yes, Boracay is a great place for romance. You should really visit it with your partner. Hahaha, I can imagine your expression as you droll!

Thanks very much for the visit and wonderful comment!

God bless!


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debugs 5 years ago from Odessey777, Umbris

Nothing beats Bora... its the best and there is always action no matter what time is it! Boracay is uniquely distinct and there is no place like it in this planet!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Debugs,

How true! I can't stop going back every year! It is simply my island paradise!

Thanks very much for your visit and lovely comment!

God bless!


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tastiger04 3 years ago

This DOES look like a paradise! I hope I get to take my own photos there someday, yours are fantastic. Voted up and beautiful :)


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jill of alltrades 3 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks very much tastiger! I do hope you will be able to visit! Tell me if you will. Thanks especially for the votes up and beautiful!

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