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Location

Boracay Island is located just off the north-western tip of the large island of Panay, AKLAN.  The island is about 7km long, and only 1km wide at its narrow midriff.   The White beach is 5 km long. Cagban  is the main drop-off point from Caticlan on Panay.

How to get there...

There are three ways to reach Boracay, by air, sea or land.   But the easiest way to get to Boracay from  Manila,  Cebu, Clark/Angeles and Puerto Princesa is by air via Caticlan or Kalibo.   Flights usually take about an hour.

By air  Caticlan, which is part of mainland Panay,  is a small village that has an airstrip suitable for turbo prop small jet aircraft.   Southeast Asian Airlines (SEAIR), AirPhil Express and Cebu Pacific have daily direct flights to Caticlan.   SEAIR has non stop service Angeles - Caticlan - Angeles. AirPhil Express and Cebu Pacific fly Cebu - Caticlan - Cebu.

Kalibo, which is the capital of Aklan province, has an airport that can accommodate jet aircraft.  Philippine Airlines (PAL),  Zest Airways, AirPhil Express and Cebu Pacific maintain daily flights to Kalibo from Manila.

By sea   Travel time usually takes about 14 hours.  RORO  has small ferry ships that travel Caticlan - Mindoro - Caticlan which connect to Manila. The trip takes around 13 hours o/w.  There are 7 - 10 daily departures either way. 

By land  Boracay may be reached through overland transportation from Kalibo to Caticlan.  Southwest Tours ply the route from Kalibo airport to Caticlan using air-conditioned buses.  Trips take about one-and-a-half hour from Kalibo.

The boat ride to Boracay takes about 15 - 20 minutes.

Activities

There are  many establishments that offer the following daily activities :

Diving Boracay is surrounded by a coral reef, which acts as a haven for a rich variety of colorful marine life.  Many famous diving establishments are located on the island and can cater to beginners as well as the most experienced divers.  There are  over 40 PADI dive shops located on the "white beach" to select from.

Boating  Trips can be arranged  thru private pump boats (from 10am to 4pm) for Php 700 per head, barbecue lunch, drinks and snorkel/mask  included.

Sports enthusiasts can choose from a variety of water or land base activities.  Tennis, golf, bowling, beach volleyball, windsurfing, parasailing, jet skis, banana-boat rides, horse riding, and  massage services  are all on offer.

Dining and Entertainment

Boracay abounds with discos, bars and other entertainment venues.  Many of the bars and discos are located right beside the ocean along the beach path between Station 2 and 1.  There is a wide variety of European and Asian restaurants, with choices including German, Greek, Italian, Indian, Mongolian BBQ, Thai, Japanese, Spanish,  Korean and French cuisine.   Set-meals and  buffets (from Php 100 to around 250 per person).  But many of them are forced to keep their restaurant prices relatively low due to the highly competitive market. 

Most bar places offer "happy hour" drinks starting at 4 pm and finishing at 8 or even 9 pm.  Some discos offer live band music and the  latest dance music and also karaoke.  Fun starts around 10 pm and ends up til 4 am or til you "drop".