BORACAY— Island of the Bests (Travel Guide)

https://youtu.be/b7LSsKsJGHY Any beach-lover would have Boracay on their bucket list. Boracay remains to hold the title of the best island in the world and has continued to enthrall visitors with its famed powdery white sands, pristine waters, calming luxury resorts, and of course, the welcoming Pinoy hospitality. Here’s our comprehensive guide on where to relax, eat, party, and enjoy the many fun activities under the sun… coverbest WHERE TO STAY: 1). Discovery Shores Boracay Discovery Shores Boracay Discovery Shores Boracay is a five-star resort situated in one of the world’s most celebrated beaches–Boracay Island, Philippines. Located in the exclusive White Beach Station 1, the beachfront hotel offers guests privacy and a quiet environment that is different from the other resorts in Boracay. The award-winning, 88-suite hotel is consistently listed in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Hotels and is a 2017 winner of the World Luxury Hotel Awards and Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence 2018 in the Best for Families – Asia category.   Discovery Shores Boracay We love Discovery Shores Boracay! Staying here doesn’t feel like your a tourist at all. You’re treated as a VIP in a hospitable Filipino’s home. It’s a timeless masterpiece along the pristine white sand beaches of Boracay. The food choices, rooms, amenities, excellent service, quiet beachfront, and fantastic view of the sunset are the reasons we keep coming back. Although there will be new hotels coming in with better amenities, Discovery Shores Boracay will always have the best service–genuine Filipino hospitality that is the signature of their brand. Read more: The DISCOVERY SHORES Boracay Difference! (Photo Essay)   DISCOVERY SHORES BORACAY Station 1, Balabag, Boracay Island 5608, Malay, Aklan, Philippines Contact: +632 720-8888 Mobile: +63917 625-8507 Email: reservations@dsb.discovery.com.ph Facebook: Discovery Shores Boracay Instagram: @discoveryshoresboracay Twitter: @DiscoveryShores Website: www.discoveryshoresboracay.com     2). The Lind Boracay  Lind Boracay Hotel-20.jpg THE LIND BORACAY is a Philippine-born 5-star coastal luxury resort in the exclusive part of White Beach in Station 1, offering great food, an elevated infinity pool experience, sea view rooms, and excellent massage services. It is equipped with 119 rooms, 3 restaurants and a bar, and a signature ballroom overlooking the sunset vista.   Lind Boracay Hotel-28.jpg We all agree that The Lind is the best luxury resort experience along the pristine White Beach area of Boracay. Everything from the food choices, rooms, and amenities, down to the fantastic view of the sunset and the excellent service really made it an awesome stay for us. Read more: THE LIND BORACAY: The Best Luxury Resort Experience along White Beach?!   THE LIND BORACAY Station 1, Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan Telephone: +632 835-8888 local 8621, 8622 Email: reservations@thelindhotels.com Twitter: @thelindhotels Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLindBoracay Instagram: @thelindhotels Website: http://www.thelindhotels.com/     3). Henann Prime Beach Resort  henanncover Henann Prime Beach Resort is a world-class resort located in Boracay’s famous upscale Station 1. The beachfront resort gives guests access to the famed white sand beaches that have constantly won Boracay the title of the worlds best island. Perfect for families and friends who want to experience Boracay from the more laidback atmosphere of station 1. Henann Prime continues the brands’ tradition of excellence and first class service.  It’s competitive room rates make it a perfect stay for your next trip to Boracay Island. Read More: HENANN PRIME Boracay Resort in Station 1, White Beach!   HENANN PRIME BEACH RESORT Station 1, Malay, Aklan, Boracay Island Telephone: +63 (36) 288-9200 to 03 Manila Office: +632 247-0000 to 02 Email: reservations.hpb@henann.com, manila.hpb@henann.com Facebook: @henannprimebeach Instagram: henannprimebeach Website: www.henann.com/henannprimebeach/     WHERE TO EAT: Cha Cha's Discover the best Island in the world—beyond its famed powdery white sands, pristine waters, calming luxury resorts, and of course, the welcoming Filipino hospitality—through the taste of it’s local and international fares that makes Boracay an ideal tropical paradise for both beach-lovers and foodies. We rounded-up the new restaurants you should try to complete your awesome Boracay experience… 10 Most Awesome New Restaurants on Boracay Island! 1). PRANA: #1 Sustainable Healthy Restaurant in Boracay! @Mandala_Boracay 2). NONIE’S: Seriously Delicious Healthy Food in Boracay! (A Review) 3). BORACAY STREET MARKET: What to eat at Boracay’s first Food Hall?! 4). DOS MESTIZOS Boracay: Is this Spanish-Filipino Heritage Restaurant Still Good? 5). SUNNY SIDE CAFÉ BORACAY: Best All-Day Breakfast on the Island?! 6). CHA CHA’s Boracay: The Best Breakfast Buffet in Boracay?! 7). LANTERNA Boracay: Private Home Dining with the Island’s Best Italian Chef! (REVIEW) 8). The DISCOVERY SHORES Boracay Difference! (Photo Essay) 9). SUBO BORACAY: Have you tried Reconstructed Filipino Food by Chef Jian Sacdalan?! 10). MASALA MOE’S: Craving for Authentic Indian Food in Boracay?   WHAT TO DO? (New Activities) 1). Freestyle Academy – Kitesurfing School

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Boracay is renowned for its fine white sandy beaches, sunny weather all year round, and crazy nightlife. But did you know that on the other side of the island lies a special treat?

Bulabog beach in Boracay is perfect for kitesurfing! It’s a paradise with the ideal wind and water conditions, which is great for learning and practicing kitesurfing.

Kitesurfing is a surface water sport that combines wakeboarding, windsurfing, and paragliding into one extreme sport. In short, it’s like riding a surfboard while being towed by a huge kite.

Tip: Be sure to go there early to catch the big winds. Preferably weekdays as Bulabog beach can get really crowded on the weekends.

Read more: BORACAY KITESURFING: Fly and Surf with Freestyle Academy!

FREESTYLE ACADEMY – KITESURFING SCHOOL Bulabog Beach, Boracay, Philippines Website: www.freestyle-boracay.com Facebook: Freestyle Boracay Instagram: @freestyleacademy Email: info@freestyle-boracay.com Contact: +63 36 288 9254 / +63 9155593080

2).  Greenheli

Green Heli Let this helicopter tour experience take you up in the air to see the famous beach of Boracay like never before! Fly low over the stunning island filled with coconut trees, white sand beaches, and turquoise waters and witness nature in all its glory. GreenHeli is the Helicopter Branch of Asian Aerospace Corporation, operating nationwide in the Philippines. It has bases in Manila, Boracay, Cebu, and Clark. Read more: GreenHeli: The Boracay Helicopter Tour Experience! (Photo Essay)

GREENHELI Asian Aerospace Helipad, Station 2, Barangay Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island Facebook: GreenHeli Contact: +63 (36) 288-1000 Website: http://greenheli.ph/

Note: BORACAY ISLAND TOUR – P4,500/passenger, 10 minutes

3. Philippines Mermaid Swimming Academy

0 You’ve probably seen it before while strolling along the coast of Boracay–girls wearing flashy and colorful fins posing in front of the camera. Did you know you could actually be a real life mermaid for a day? Overall, we loved the experience because it was safe and fun, and it allowed us to meet and interact with other adventurous aspiring mermaids while keeping fit. The whole activity isn’t just enjoyable, it’s a full body workout. Boracay never seizes to amaze me despite all the negative things I keep hearing about it. It’s still the same old Boracay I know but with better and more offerings. Read more: BORACAY MERMAID: What it feels like to be a Mermaid?  

PHILIPPINES MERMAID SWIMMING ACADEMY Fisheye Divers, Station 1, White Beach (beside Starbucks) Website:www.philippinemermaidswimmingacademy.com Facebook: Philippines Mermaid Swimming Academy Instagram:@boracaymermaids Email: mermaidphilippines@gmail.com Contact:+63 917 324 39 47

HOW TO GET THERE: Discovery Shores Boracay The most popular means of traveling to Boracay is by plane. Two airports (Kalibo VS Caticlan) are serving Boracay-bound passengers both with its pros and cons. Manila -> Kalibo You can take Manila to Kalibo which offers cheaper flights because of the bigger planes and runways but requires 1.5 to 2 hours by car travel time. Kalibo International Airport (KLO) – in the capital city of Aklan. (Airfare P1300 to P3000 if booked early) -Travel times requires a 1.5 to 2-hour van/ bus ride to Caticlan. (Bus P200/person, P1000-1500/ whole car). -Short tricycle ride to Jetty Port.(P50) -Then 15 minutes by ferry/boat to Boracay. (Boat ticket P25, Environmental Fee ticket P75 pesos, terminal fee ticket P100)     Tip: Ask your hotel is there’s a free boat transfer. Manila -> Caticlan Caticlan is the fastest route but tickets can get too pricey especially during peak seasons. Godofredo P. Ramos Airport (MPH) also known as Caticlan Airport – the closest to Boracay Island. (Airfare is from P2500 is early to as much as P10,000!) -Short tricycle ride to Jetty Port. (P50) -Then 15 minutes by ferry/boat to Boracay. (Boat ticket P25, Environmental Fee ticket P75 pesos, terminal fee ticket P100) Tip: Ask your hotel is there’s a free boat transfer.   Live an Awesome Life,

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ABI of Team Our Awesome Planet Disclosure: We wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. P.S. Check out the best sunset at Spider House Boracay:

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Spider House Boracay used to be one of the island’s best-kept secrets, but through word-of-mouth, the place has become very popular. It used to be just a family residence, but tourists kept stumbling upon the place, so the owners decided to open it to the public. The resort is located at Diniwid Beach, a 30-minute walk from White Beach. It is a far cry from the busy Station 1 of Boracay; this place is meant for relaxation. Most vacationers come here to enjoy a different view of the Boracay sunset. Read More: The SPIDER HOUSE Boracay Sunset Session!   SPIDER HOUSE BORACAY Sitio Diniwid, Boracay Operating Hours: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM Telephone: +63 (36) 288 2350 Email: booking@spiderhouseresort.com Facebook: Spider House Website: http://www.spiderhouseresort.com

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