Often referred to as the “crown jewel” of the Philippines, Boracay Island has evolved from being an unassuming provincial fishing island in the 1960s to the backpackers’ paradise retreat that it was in the 1980s to the internationally known island resort destination that it is today.
Hailed by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2012 as the world’s best island, Boracay has captured the love and interest of millions of domestic and international tourists. Despite the escalating number of visitors and subsequent structural development, the island’s natural beauty remains beyond compare.
The four-kilometer stretch of White Beach is loved for its clear turquoise waters, gently rolling waves, fine white sand, and a great expanse of sky whose brilliance shines both in clear sunlit blues as well as starry moonlit nights. A row of tall, healthy coconut trees divide the beach from an unpaved footpath that leads to a plethora of accommodations, restaurants, and shops.
Aerial View Of Boracay
In addition to White Beach, the island’s tourist hub, other beaches boast a splendor of their own: Bulabog Beach on the island’s sunrise side is hailed as the best watersports beach in Asia; serene Diniwid Beach offers a more secluded beach with resorts high up on the cliffs or just footsteps from the water; pristine Puka Shell Beach appears to glisten when the sun shines on the puka shells on the sand; Balinghai provides a secluded enclave that offers the visitor a piece of peaceful Boracay.