Many people flock to Asia to enjoy beautiful beaches. One of Asia’s most beautiful beaches is the stunning White Beach on the tiny island of Boracay.
(photo by: Sharon Gourlay)
Boracay is a small island in the Philippines about 315km south of Manila. It is famous for its white sand beaches, as well as its beautiful resorts, great restaurants and nightlife. The most beautiful and popular beach on Boracay is the gorgeous, 4 kilometre long White Beach.
What to do on White Beach
When not sunbathing or swimming in the beautiful water, the best thing to do on White Beach is to wander up and down the beach path that runs along the edge of the beach. This pedestrian only path takes you past many restaurants, cafes, shops and resorts and is the main thoroughfare on the island. The middle section of this beach is full of people and energy; the ends are more low key.
There are many water activities from White Beach. Boat hire is cheap and there are also island hopping tours, snorkelling, diving, wind surfing and glass bottom boat rides.
There is also an outdoor shopping mall called D’Mall in the central part of White Beach. It is a great place to pick up a bargain, eat some food or have a drink. There is also a small ferris wheel in the middle of this mall.ù
Where to eat on White Beach
There are many good eating options on White Beach. Our favourite restaurant was Dos Mestizos which serves fabulous Spanish cuisine. There are also many good seafood buffet options in the evening right on White Beach.
Where to stay on White Beach
There are many resorts in the White Beach area. I recommend staying in one right on the beach. If you like to be in the centre of the action, pick one in the central Boat station 2 area. If you would prefer a quieter holiday, choose a hotel in station 1 or 3.
Our favourite is the Boracay Regency Beach Resort & Spa – Boracay Island which is in a great location towards the edge of station 2 right on the beach. It has a multiple pools, six restaurants, an onsite spa and a range of room types.
Getting to Boracay
To get to Boracay, there are continuous ferries from Caticlan that are very quick. There are porters at both ends if you need help with luggage. The ferry terminal is next to the Caticlan airport or there are shuttles buses from the bigger Kalibo airport.