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"Island Life" Top 5 Page for this destination Boracay Island by sirenna

Boracay Island Travel Guide: 1,686 reviews and 4,907 photos

Some of the Best Sunsets in the World!

"If we go on as we are, we will destroy in the next century everything that the poets have been singing about for the past two thousand years."
-- Fred Bodsworth.

I've been living here in Boracay for a few years now, and I'd like to share some of my experiences of life on the island. Unfortunately many of the guide-books and websites contain inacurate information about Boracay, so I'll try to be as up-to-date as possible. I originally came here to visit some friends for a few months, but fell in love with the place (and a local guy) and ended up moving here permanantly!

Secluded beaches

Take a boat trip around the island and you'll discover many beautiful beaches. Bring a picnic and spend the day lazing in the sunshine, swimming, snorkeling or just enjoying the peace and quiet. There's a common misconception that Boracay is spoilt and over-developed, and that is certainly true of White Beach, but as you can see from this picture, there are still plenty of unspoilt places left.

View from the Air

Boracay Island is about 7 K's long, and shaped a bit like a bone. It's narrowest point in the centre. It boasts many beautiful beaches, of which White Beach is the most popular (and developed).
The most peaceful part of White Beach is at the southern end, in the area known as Angol.
To learn some useful Filipino words and phrases, click here

News, Views and Events

This section will include news and information about all sorts of topics in Boracay, from parties and sporting events to conservation issues and problems.

Boracay - Environment

"It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment."
-Ansel Adams-

I recently found a quote on the internet that sums up the situation -

"...just as the foolish and greedy king killed the goose that laid the golden egg thinking he would get a basket of eggs, he ended up with nothing. That's the reality in Boracay and many other environmental wonderlands. The greedy developers can't wait to get the profits and in the process destroy the source of revenue in their mad stampede for riches. That is how blind they are." - Father Shay Cullen SSC
"The Rape of Paradise"

"Boracay Needs Master Plan" (Philippine Headline News Online).

Garbage (Terradaily)

Boracay's road to ruin

Eco-Tourism in the Philippines

"Crying Over Boracay" - Manila Times.

The Battle for Boracay - The Sassy Lawyer's Journal

Sept 17 2005:
"As far as the Mayor is concerned he allowed last week complete destruction of the native vegetation and trees on the Ayala land near Fridays. There is not a single tree left there! Unbelievable! They even allowed the hill to be bulldozed and flattened! What other concrete monstrosity/bunker are they going to build there? This is the beginning of the north beach destruction and in a few years it will be as bad as station 2 and 3! "
Quoted from Trip Adviser Forum

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Amusing Photos from the Philippines

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* 3rd week of January - Ati-Atihan festival in Kalibo.

* 23 - 28 January 2006 - International Funboard Cup (windsurfing).

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Boracay is a lovely laid back place that really seems to have something for everyone - beautiful beaches, lively night-life, good food and plenty of activities.
  • Cons:Unfortunately, the local authorities don't seem to be regulating the development here at all - there are new hotels and buildings springing up all over the place!
  • In a nutshell:Come and see this beautiful island now, because in a few years it will probably be spoilt.
  • Intro Updated Aug 19, 2006
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  • TrendsetterME's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Helpful tips w amazing photos ... :)

  • sirenna's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    No, I didn't miss it. I attended the first night big BBQ but not the fancy dinner!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    stunning photos - looks like you missed joining the big VT meet held this month but thanks for your lovely photos and info!

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:37 AM

    This is really an excellent page!! I have saved so many of your restaurant tips that would make me busy for much longer than I am suppose to stay there :) Thanks also for your kind replies on the other forum! After a long consideration I have decided to book in Blue Coral. It seems very quiet, and best of all, no payment of the deposit through the bank accounts is required. Btw, are you going to attend the VT meet in Boracay? It would be nice to see you there :)

  • Sep 19, 2010 at 4:27 AM

    how much is usually the budget in going to another side of the island? hope for your quick response because me and my mom will go there on october 2, 2010. thanks! can you pls shoot me an email on my email account.. thanks!

  • hash09's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2009 at 8:56 PM

    sirenna, i make use lots of info from your boracay travel tips... i'll be there in less than 2 weeks...

  • cyndymc's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2009 at 6:28 AM

    Your Boracay Travel Guide is fantastic; you got it all covered. You can make a coffee table book from your wonderful tips. Thank you for sharing :-)

  • junecorlett's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2009 at 2:39 AM

    Fridays Boracay looks nice. We are looking for a destination for July.

  • planxty's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    Hi sirenna, I hope to be able to visit your country soon, and these pages are certainly making me hungry! Fergy.

  • marsirap's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2009 at 7:38 AM

    how about the accomodation here? is it good, i was trying to get in touch with them for their budget friendly rooms but i cant contact them so i booked some place else.

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