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Boracay, Philippines Adventure Travel Guide


Boracay, Philippines


Boracay is an island in the central eastern Philippines, about 315 km south of Manila.

Closest Town/City/Village

Boracay is a small island covered to a large extent by tourist facilities, so one is never far from amenities here.

Climate and Geography

Boracay is a small narrow island 7 km long and in places less than 1 km wide. It’s located in the central eastern Philippines, and is part of the Western Visayas island group. The island has 400 hectares of preserved forestland and one fairly impressive cave. The two most appealing parts of Boracay’s geography, however, are the white-sand beaches and the wind. The Amihan wind blows across the island from November to April at speeds of 10 – 30 knots. December and January are the best months for wind sports on Boracay.

Boracay has two main seasonal patterns: Amihan and Habagat. The Amihan season generally begins in early fall and ends in late spring, and the Habagat season stretches from late spring to early fall. The Amihan season is characterized by wind from the east, moderate temperatures (25 – 32°C), and little rainfall. The Habagat season, in contrast, sees wind from the west, higher temperatures (28 – 38°C), frequent heavy rains, and occasional typhoons.


People who are looking for travel deals and cheap Boracay hotels for their beach holidays, but still want to be served their drinks in coconut shells on world-class white sand beaches are looking for Boracay. Voted one of the best beach destinations in the world the BMW Tropical Beach Handbook, and the world’s best tropical beach by TV Quick, Boracay is the place to go if you want to relax on the beach on a budget.

Boracay also has plenty of activities to satisfy wind and water sport lovers. With strong winds year-round Boracay is a brilliant destination for windsurfing, kiteboarding, and sailing. For this reason the Asian Windsurfing Tour usually stops here, and Boracay also hosts the Boracay International Funboard Cup every year in January. Those who prefer to delve below the surface of the ocean will find abundant diving and snorkeling facilities around the island.


  • Diving (reefs, cave, wreck)
  • Snorkeling
  • Windsurfing
  • Kiteboarding
  • Skimboarding
  • Sailing
  • Cliff jumping

On a Budget?

  • Beds in shared dormitories can be found for less than $5 USD per person per night and private rooms can be found for less than $20 USD per night.
  • Food on Boracay tends to be more expensive than other places in the Philippines, with many tourist-oriented restaurants serving meals for upwards of $5-10 USD. However, if you look around, you will be able to find all your meals for just a few dollars each.


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Photos courtesy of (in order of appearance) Anthony Alger, Eric Lindholm, Anthony Alger, and Anthony Alger from Wikipedia, and The Wandering Angel, Flair Candy, and Hulivili on Flickr.


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7 Responses to Boracay, Philippines Adventure Travel Guide

  1. travel pod March 17, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    Boracay is really a nice place. It is one of the top 10 best tourist spots in the Philippines.

  2. Micamyx|Senyorita November 29, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    I miss Boracay! I’ve been there four times and never get tired of it. Woot, i see Hannah’s reef walking pic there 😀

    • Matt Gibson November 30, 2011 at 1:39 am #

      Yeah. I’m headed to the Philippines with Nomadic Chick today! I see that you’re also there. What island are you on?

  3. flymyself December 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    Great info there! Boracay is always on my top must visit list ! nothing beats the amazing beautiful Boracay!

  4. Grace Jeffreys February 11, 2013 at 2:45 am #

    We had our wedding anniversary there and we are so enjoy together, especially of the night life party. You feel holiday every day and night when you are in boracay!

  5. Jonathan Lopeneza August 16, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    Absolutely romantic, this is a beautiful place especially date with your love one.

  6. Boracay deals Philippines September 24, 2013 at 3:33 am #

    Thanks for sharing these useful tips! It might help us on our vacation trip to Boracay next month. We’ve been thinking about our budget, because we thought that it would be costly, nice to know that there’s also a cheap hotel that can be found near the beach. And also the list of activities that we want to do, we’re gonna organize it sooner to save more time in making decisions when we get there, ’cause we already what activity to do first.

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