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Boracay, The Best Beach in the Southeast Asia Side of the World

Updated on June 21, 2012

Have you ever dreamed of getting away from it all and finding your own island paradise where you can commune with nature all day and yet can have all the amenities of modern life anytime you choose to have them?

Notice that the operational words here are "commune with nature" and "choose to have them". In other words, this beach is the embodiment of the proverbial "you can have your cake and eat it too"!

Well your dream is about to come true because I have found the perfect island paradise for you. It’s Boracay, a paradise island in the Philippines in Southeast Asia.

Aerial Views of Boracay

Notice the long beaches both on the eastern and western sides of the island
Notice the long beaches both on the eastern and western sides of the island
A closer view of the island from the plane
A closer view of the island from the plane

Why Boracay is the Place to Be

Boracay is famous for its beaches of white powdery sand that remain cool even during the hottest time of the day. Yes, you can walk on the sand even at noon!


The island is shaped like a dumbbell such that it has a long and wide beach front both on its western and eastern sides. The white beach in the western side is perfect for swimming, walking, sailing and playing while the western side is perfect for surfing and snorkeling.


During high tide, the whole beach area may be submerged in water. When the tide recedes however, it exposes a very wide expanse of white sandy beach that becomes a giant playground for everybody.


After having been to several beaches in this side of the world, I have come to the conclusion that Boracay is the best beach in Southeast Asia. Below are 15 plus reasons why.

15 Plus Reasons Why Boracay is the Best Beach This Side of Southeast Asia

There are 15 plus reasons why Boracay is the best beach in this side of the world.

In Boracay you can do almost anything that your heart desires without breaking the bank.

1. You can just be a beach bum and laze around all day

just soak in the sun
just soak in the sun

2. You can go on your honeymoon in your own private beach if you stay in one of those luxury hotels, or you can still enjoy your honeymoon even in the public beach because people will give you enough space and privacy

honeymooners being given space by the people in the beach
honeymooners being given space by the people in the beach
a private beach
a private beach

3. You can swim and play

4. You can enjoy all sorts of water sports from sailing to diving, to snorkeling and kiteboarding.

sailing
sailing
banana boat ride
banana boat ride
snorkeling
snorkeling

5. You can just go people watching and maybe connect with your muses to complete your novel.

6. You can enjoy the best sunset or sunrise and take all the photos you like

7. You can unwind with your favourite food or drink while on the beach. There are many restos, bars, and of course hotels along the beach where you can get fresh seafood anytime. There are also several restaurants in “D’Mall” which is found along the beach too.

8.  You can party on the beach if you are a party lover

fire dancing
fire dancing
beach party
beach party

9. You can connect with friends, family and pets, and just have fun together

10. You can even go religious and pray

11. You can search for treasures along the beach

12.  You can go jog or do your regular exercise

13. You can shop till you drop because everything is reasonably priced, (dirt cheap even especially if you know how to bargain) in Boracay

14. You can just walk along the beach and do some hotel hopping or food tripping. There is nowhere else in the world where you can check out so many different hotels just by walking along the beach

15.  You can build your castle and your dreams

16.  You can even leave your own imprint in Boracay

How to Get to Boracay

Boracay is a small island in the Visayas part of the Philippines. It is found at the tip of the island of Panay and it can be reached by a combination of air, land and sea travel.

A markerBoracay Island Philippines -
Boracay Island, Boracay Batcave Beach Rd, Malay 5608, Philippines
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From Manila, the main travel hub that connects with many parts of the world, you can take a plane going to Caticlan airport. From the airport, get a tricycle to the ferry port and then take a ferry boat to Boracay.

Another way is to take a plane going to Kalibo International Airport, and then take a van or bus to Caticlan, then a ferry boat to Boracay.

If there are just a few people in your party, then the direct route to Caticlan airport then Boracay will be best. However, if there are more than 5 of you in your party, I would advice you to take the plane to Kalibo and then a van to Caticlan and then Boracay. Why so?

Well, the difference in plane fare between Caticlan and Kalibo is about a P1000. A shuttle from Kalibo to Caticlan is only P1500. So, if there are several of you, you will save a sizable amount if you are not that in a hurry to reach Boracay or if your budget is on the tight side.

It’s about an hour drive from Kalibo to Caticlan. The road is good and you will even pass a scenic route on the way.

By the way, aside from the ferry boat fee, you also have to pay an "Environmental fee" at the Caticlan Port. These fees are all standardized and you only need to pay less than P100 for both fees.

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A markerBoracay -
Boracay Island, Boracay Batcave Beach Rd, Malay 5608, Philippines
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B markerKalibo -
Kalibo 5600, Philippines
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C markerCaticlan -
Caticlan, 5608, Philippines
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Where to Stay in Boracay

There are so many places to stay in Boracay. There is one that will fit whatever budget you have. The choice can range from the super luxurious resorts like “Shangrila’s Boracay Resort, Discovery Shores, Boracay Regency, or Fairways and Blue Waters, to medium range hotels like Monaco Suites , Fridays, to small hotels like Boracay Beach Club, Escondido, Jony’s, Sea Wind or your friendly family hotel like Hannah’s Hotel.

All of these hotels are either right along the beach or are just a few steps away from the beach.

Jony's also owns a beachfront restaurant and it serves the best shakes in the island.

Check out the following websites for more information. You can book right on the internet for most of these hotels.

http://www.agoda.com/asia/philippines/boracay.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g294260-Boracay_Visayas-Hotels.html

Getting Around in Boracay

Once you reach the jetty port of Boracay, the tricycle can take you anywhere in Boracay for a reasonable fee. If there are several of you in the party, then take the jeepney which you can hire for P250 - P300 to bring you to your hotel. 

You can arrange with your hotel however for  a free pick-up from the jetty port. Some big hotels like the Shangrila even have their own boats and will bring you straight from Caticlan right down to the doorsteps of your hotel.

source of map:http://joal-valerie.com/images/MapBoracay.jpg
source of map:http://joal-valerie.com/images/MapBoracay.jpg

Now that you know how to get to Boracay, get there soon and discover why it is the best beach in this side of the world. You can use the 15 plus reasons I listed, but I am sure you will have your own reasons for visiting or even staying in this island paradise.

I have other hubs about Boracay:

A-Paradise-Called-Boracay

Why-People-Love-Boracay

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    • Peter Dickinson profile image

      Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia

      I never got to Boracay yet but you make it sound tempting. Palawan was special but I imagine Boracay fills a different niche. Thanks for writing.

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      De Greek 6 years ago from UK

      Well done, Young Jill :-) - I used to live in the Philippines and I love the people and the country :-)

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      Loves To Read 6 years ago

      What an amazingly beautiful place. It is just like a small slice of Heaven. If i were ever able to travel abroad i would certainly check it out. Thanks for sharing.

      Love and Hugs

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Those are some pretty convincing reasons! I'm sold!

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      Hillary 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      This one is bookmarked! I've started dreaming about it. I love all the photo's too Jill but especially #16!

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      Smar 6 years ago

      Boracay truly is beautiful :) the picture with the dog is adorable too!

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      Alexander A. Villarasa 6 years ago from Palm Springs

      As usual.. stunning visuals. Lucid prose.

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Peter,

      Thanks for being the first here!

      If you have not yet been to Boracay, then I suggest you really go. It's a totally different experience. I have been to Palawan and love it there too. However, there truly is no beach like Boracay. You are right, it fills a totally different niche.

      Thank you very much for visiting and leaving an upbeat comment!

      God bless!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hello De Greek,

      Nice to see you here!

      Thank you very much for dropping by and leaving a wonderful comment about our country and people. I am happy that you had a beautiful experience here and I hope you can come back someday.

      See you around!

      God bless!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hello Loves To Read,

      Thank you very much for your beautiful words! You said it right, it's a "small slice of heaven". I really hope you can visit someday.

      God bless!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Simone,

      It's nice to see you!

      Well, now that I've convinced you, come on over! I promise you will love it!

      Thank you very much!

      God bless!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hello Green Lotus,

      You always make me happy with your visits and your lovely comments. You simply make my heart sing!

      I certainly hope you can make it to Boracay. Please tell me if you do decide to come.

      Thank you very much dear GL!

      God bless!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hello Smar,

      It's great to see you!

      I am happy that you also enjoy Boracay.

      Thank you very much for your wonderful comment.

      By the way, I love your blog!

      God bless!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hello Kababayan,

      Thanks very much! I really appreciate your visit and upbeat comment.

      See you around!

      God bless!

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Jill, i was here yesterday but had to rush off. So, here I am, back to comment. I love your pictures--you make Boracay a paradise I would like to visit. You have great suggestions too. Now, two of us need to vacay in Baracay, so we can write a book together! Rated beautiful!

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      tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

      Jill you are tempting me to just pack my bags and take off ! My Boss might get a little peeved. Ohhh , who cares ? Your milkshake is on me !

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Anglnwu,

      Great to see you my friend!

      Well, Boracay is really a paradise! That's a great idea, writing a book together! I love that! Just say when!

      Thanks very much for the beautiful rating!

      God bless!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Tony,

      That's great! Hahaha, your boss might hate me! But, just tell me when you are really tempted!

      I'll take you up on that milkshake offer when you get here!

      Thanks my friend!

      God bless!

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      heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

      Also have never been to boracay.....like you said it is b-e-a-u-t-f-u-l:) It is so hard to believe the land looks so flat, to have buildings and homes built there right in the middle of the ocean? Great Job!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hello heart,

      Oh, if you do find the time, I highly recommend that you visit it. You will not regret it, promise!

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving an upbeat comment!

      See you around!

      God bless!

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      Rose Kolowinski 6 years ago

      Gorgeous place - I want to pack, grab my camera and come right now. But it will have to wait, so on my list it goes. Fantastic photos...just like all your photos! Great hub, Jill!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Rose,

      Nice to see you!

      Yes, place it on your list and then tell me when you are coming. I already met with one RedGager in Boracay. So I hope to see you there too!

      Thanks very much for your wonderful comment.

      God bless!

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      Louis Fourie 6 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

      sTUNNING I've started dreaming about this place, it must be stunning to stay there!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hello Louisxfourie,

      Nice to see you!

      I'm sure it's stunning to stay there. I usually visit at least once a year. If given the chance, I'd love to stay there too!

      Come over for a visit first, then you can decide to stay later.

      Thanks for the wonderful comment!

      God bless!

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      Skinipedia 6 years ago from San Diego

      Ahh... this is so painful, to watch such a beauty in front of the computer. Maybe Expedia has a promotion, let me check LOL.

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      Steve 3.0 6 years ago from Cornwall UK

      Nice photos, looks like a great place, hope I will see it one day.

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hello Skinipedia,

      Thanks very much for your visit and wonderful comment! I hope you will find a way to not just look at this in a computer but to actually experience the whole place. What is Expedia?

      Thanks again!

      God bless!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Steve,

      Nice to see you again!

      Well, as they say "hope springs eternal", so I also hope you will really be able to visit it one day! Please tell me when you can. Who knows, we might bump into each other there.

      Thank you very much for your lovely comment.

      God bless!

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      coffeesnob 6 years ago

      "ave you ever dreamed of getting away from it all and finding your own island paradise where you can commune with nature all day and yet can have all the amenities of modern life anytime you choose to have them?" YES! YES! YES! LOL

      I think this is a good place to meet up with friends...someday - maybe?

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Coffeesnob,

      Nice to see you!

      Yes, it would be a great place to meet up with friends. Just tell me when!

      God bless!

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      mioluna 6 years ago

      This place look like Paradise! Very beautiful pictures!

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      hubpageswriter 6 years ago

      Beautiful beaches there.:)

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hello Mioluna,

      Nice to see you!

      It is paradise for me!

      Thank you very much for the compliment. I really appreciate it.

      God bless!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hello HPwriter,

      Nice to see you again!

      Yes, the beaches are really terrific! Thank you very much!

      See you around!

      God bless!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Although I live in Southeast country but I never seen this beach before. But I am glad you want to share this beach. Boracay also the beautiful beach in Philippines, I really enjoy all the pictures you gave to us. Vote up.

      Prasetio

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hello Prasetio,

      Thank you very much for visiting and leaving a wonderful comment.

      If you ever have a chance to visit the Philippines, I suggest that you include Boracay in you list of places to visit. It is really beautiful there!

      See you around!

      All the best!

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      Ladybird33 6 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Wow, I had no idea! How beautiful! I have been to the Philippines only one time and didn't see these beautiful beaches! Thank you for sharing!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Ladybird,

      It's nice to see you!

      Oh, you have been here? Where did you stay? You should come again and visit Boracay this time! I promise, you will enjoy it!

      Thanks for the visit and wonderful comment.

      God bless!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Great info and fantastic photos! You convinced me!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hello GmaGoldie,

      Great to see you! Thanks for the visit and lovely comment!

      Come on over then!

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      jtrader 6 years ago

      I like the pictures that go with your hub. Borocay looks so relaxing.

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hello jtrader,

      You are right, Boracay is really relaxing. When you are there, you just want to enjoy the beach. Nobody hurries, everybody just sits back and relaxes.

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment!

      God bless!

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      toyboyclip 6 years ago from India

      beautiful place

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi toyboyclip,

      It really is a beautiful place.

      Thanks for the visit and lovely comment!

      God bless!

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      Brian Stephens 6 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Looks like a fabulous beach, I can see why you chose it as the best. Nice to meet you on HubPages as well.

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hello Brian,

      Yes, it sure is a fabulous beach that's why I cannot get enough of it. Hope you can visit someday!

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

      God bless!

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      Marie Giunta 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      What a beautiful place you have written about Jill, thank you. Boracay is definitely a place I'd like to visit some time soon. It reminds me a little of Fiji and I loved it there.

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi MPG,

      Nice to see you!

      Well, Boracay and Fiji are both islands so they share similarities. If you enjoyed Fiji, then I am sure you will enjoy Boracay as well. Get there as soon as you can.

      Thanks very much for visiting and leaving a wonderful comment.

      God bless!

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      timonweller 6 years ago

      Hey Jill, Beautiful beach pics of Boracay. The water is so nice and light blue. Is the water still cool (not warm) even though it is so hot in Phils?

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Timonweller,

      Thanks very much for your wonderful comment.

      The water in Boracay is just right - not too cool, not too warm, so you just feel like staying in the water "forever".

      Thanks for dropping by!

      God bless!

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      Edwin Clark 6 years ago from Thailand by way of New York

      Beautifully well shot photos, made me feel like I wa there, thank you for sharing info about Boracay.

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Edwin,

      Thanks very for your visit and wonderful comment. I have 2 more hubs about Boracay in case you are interested.

      God bless!

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      jamila sahar 5 years ago

      fabulous i pinned this onto my pinterest in wanderlust voted up and beautiful thanks for sharing

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      jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines

      Hello Jamila,

      Thank you very much for dropping by and leaving a wonderful comment!

      Thanks most especially for the voted up and beautiful plus the pinterest! I really appreciate it! Hope to see you in Boracay someday!

      God bless!

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      livingabroad 5 years ago from Wales, UK

      I'm liking this post a lot! I've just traveled to the Philippines but did not make it to Boracay. There are so many places to visit in the Philippines!! I will definitely make my way there next time on my short trip from Bangkok ;) Nice post. rated up

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      jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines

      Hello livingabroad,

      Thanks very much for dropping by and leaving a comment. Oh, this is really one place that you should visit here. I promise you will really love it! So please don't miss it the next time you are around.

      Thanks for the rate up!

      God bless!

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      jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines

      Hello foysal,

      That's great to know. I'm happy that you enjoyed it. By the way, you might be interested to know that Boracay has just been voted by an international travel magazine as the best beach in the world for 2012! The name of the magazine escapes me right now though. I read it 3 days ago.

      I have other travel hubs in case you are interested.

      God bless!

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      Luchie Suzara 4 years ago

      My daughter & I love Boracay, we've been there 2 times last year, & once in 1994. The only thing I was not so happy about last year is, since it has become famous it's now crowded especially during peak season. But I'm telling you that the sand there is so white & fine sugar. Go to Station 1 for the whitest sand & lesser people.

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      jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines

      Hello Luchie,

      I'm happy to meet another Boracay lover! You are right about the place getting crowded during peak season. It can become a little too noisy then. However, it's still worth visiting. To avoid the big crowd, I usually go there during August.

      Thanks very much for dropping by!

      God bless!

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      travelholidays 4 years ago from India

      Excellent Hub. My favorite beach is here . Great images and article. You have done a wonderful job. Thanks for sharing:) Voted up

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      jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines

      Hello travelholidays,

      Thank you very much for dropping by and leaving a wonderful comment! Thanks especially for voting up!

      All the best!

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Extremely beautiful pics and you do justice to this exquisitely beautiful beach. I have been there and also to Cebu some 11 years or so ago. Things would have changed now. Excellent Hub!

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      jill of alltrades 2 years ago from Philippines

      Hello manatita44,

      Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving a wonderful comment. You are one of the few who have been to the place. It is still as beautiful as you probably saw it 11 years ago. It has become rather crowded now.

      Hope you can come back for another visit.

      See you around! God bless!

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      jill of alltrades 6 months ago from Philippines

      Thanks Ramwah. I hope you visit Boracay one of these days. It's really worth it!

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