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South Asia - Boracay

Boracay is located at tip of Panay Island in Western Visayas region of the Philippines. The island is popularly known for its white sand beaches and endless fun and leisure. Having received many awards from different associations; Boracay have always been one of the best destinations in the world to enjoy the summer vacation, to relax and unwind, and to get sun-kissed tan.

The beach is categorized in three stations.

First station is where the big shots come in. It has the most expensive and best hotels and resorts. Travelers or visitors usually invest in this station to enjoy the maximum experience in relaxation and leisure Boracay can give but don't get this wrong that if you are in a budget you can't enjoy Boracay Island. There are so many alternatives that you can do separately to bring out the best of Boracay.

Second Station. This is the food, party, night life, shop central. Since Boracay is a international destination where different people visit, everything that your taste finds appealing is available. From American, French, Italian, Mexican, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, local and etc., cuisine is at the palm of your hands. So if you're a foodie, it's your chance to get your hands dirty.

Now for the Third Station. Are you on a budget or do you want a more quieter place to get you tan on? Then the Third Station is for you. Offering traveler wise accommodations and a more intact with nature. As mentioned above, don't think of it as a downside of the Island. There is so much to experience and discover at the Island that you can do separately and by separately, means doing it individually. The Third Station is where inexpensive hotels and resorts are located but you don't need to worry as the hotels and resorts in this station are safe and clean as in the first station.

On the eastern side of the Island, Bulabog Beach that is considered as Asia's top kitesurf destination is where it has large waves and strong winds all year round, so it is famous for windsurfing and kiteboarding.

Whatever side of the Island, it has a spot for fun and adventure. So Boracay is a one stop Island for everything you need for a travel experience or Island experience in the Philippines.

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Since there are no direct fights to Boracay. What you can do is fly to the nearest airport which is in Caticlan or Kalibo and from there take a vehicle to Caticlan Jetty Port and then take a boat from the Caticlan Jetty Port. The boat ride is about 10-20 minutes.

From Manila:

By plane you can choose from different carriers to Caticlan Airport or Kalibo Airport which is a 1 hour or 45 minutes flight. Caticlan Airport is the nearest so it will only take 15-20 minutes from the airport to the port while at the Kalibo Aiport the travel time can take up to 1-2 hours.

By land, the journey is about 12 hours. Buses are available at the Philtranco terminal in Cubao and Pasay City in Manila.

By boat. It can take up to 12-16 hours.

From Cebu:

There are daily flights from Cebu Airport to Caticlan or Kalibo.

From Iloilo:

There are air-conditioned buses and vans that provides transportation to or from Caticlan and Kalibo.

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History: The first settlers of Boracay in Panay are called Negritos or Atis. Panay are then called "Land of the Atis" These Negritos are the indeginuous people of the Philippines and they farmed and fished in Boracay for centuries.

During the 1940s and 1950s, the Boracaynons or the people of boracay, depended largely on fishing and coconut plantation. Copra, the dried meat of coconut, was traded to businessmen from Aklan in exchange for rice and other goods and commodities.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Boracay became popular among families from Panay. When a German writer published a book about the Philippines in 1978, describingboracay history and the beautiful island in details, the island was introduced to the world. This mark the beginning of tourist "boom" with tourist.

Since then, The onset of tourism changed Boracay completely. As word of its exceptional beauty--specifically the immaculate white sands of White Beach spread, tourists began arriving. Suddenly, from a sleepy, sparsely populated island, Boracay Island Island was transformed into a major destination on the international travel circuit. Whether the change was for the better or worse is an open question, but it was certainly a turning point in the history of Boracay Island.

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Weather: The weather is generally divided into two seasons, Amihan and Habagat seasons. The Amihan season is characterized by moderate temperatures, little or no rainfall, and a prevailing wind from the northeast. The Habagat season is characterized by hot and humid weather, frequent heavy rainfall, and a prevailing wind from the west.

The peak season is Amihan season that begins sometime in September or October and ends in May or June, where the waters are crystal clear and smooth as a glass.

Currency: Philippine Peso

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