Many new summer spots are gaining popularity these days, but Boracay Island is still the premier island holiday destination in the Philippines. Its fine white sands is just an hour-long flight from Manila and a short ferry ride once you land in Caticlan.
The island is divided into three stations; Station 1 is where all the exclusive Boracay Station 1 hotels are found while Station 2 is the party and shopping central. Lastly, Station 3 is where tourists go for budget-friendly Boracay beach hotels and grub.
Book a stay at Willy’s Beach Resort and laze around its beachfront lounge until sundown.
Hire local sailors offering around-the-island tours on colorful paraw boats, then grill up burgers and skewers for a barbecue on the sand.
Ask your concierge about traditional hilot treatment—a traditional form of massage that incorporates oils and scents at the privacy of your room or a private hut.
The best sunset perch, with a mango cocktail in hand, is on the island’s famous Jonah’s Fruitshake & Snack Bar.
For dinner it’s back to the White Beach, where Kasbah restaurant offers up dishes with distinct Moroccan dishes.
Feeling extra adventurous? Go calypso diving! The people handling it are PADI-certified and multilingual. These master divers will lead excursions ranging from shallow reef dives to wreck explorations—and even night dives.
Here’s a tip! Boracay is known as an affordable destination, but if you visit from June to November when thunderstorms are frequent, average Boracay accommodation rates are lower than usual—and package deals can get you up to 30 percent off standard peak rates.