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Boracay - one of the best beaches in the world!

Almost all visitors arrive to Boracay by flying into Caticlan airport which is tiny and on Panay island; you then take a trike to the ferry for the 15 minute bangka crossing and then another trike to your Boracay hotel

Almost all visitors arrive to Boracay by flying into Caticlan airport which is tiny and on Panay island; you then take a trike to the ferry for the 15 minute bangka crossing and then another trike to your Boracay hotel

Boracay is the top tourist destination in the Philippines with more than 2 million visitors a year; the magazine Travel   Leisure has ranked Boracay the best island in the world

Boracay is the top tourist destination in the Philippines with more than 2 million visitors a year; the magazine Travel + Leisure has ranked Boracay the best island in the world

Definitely one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen; fortunately, the Philippine government is working hard to improve the island and keep it a fantastic destination

Definitely one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen; fortunately, the Philippine government is working hard to improve the island and keep it a fantastic destination

Willy's Rock is one of the most photographed spots on Boracay; it's a tidal island with a statue of the Virgin Mary atop steps carved into the volcanic rock

Willy's Rock is one of the most photographed spots on Boracay; it's a tidal island with a statue of the Virgin Mary atop steps carved into the volcanic rock

Typical scene along the main road in Boracay; I think the island needs to halt new hotel construction until it's infrastructure can catch up with all of the growth

Typical scene along the main road in Boracay; I think the island needs to halt new hotel construction until it's infrastructure can catch up with all of the growth

Wonderful shaded path past all of the establishments facing the sea; it's great that there is no road (and no traffic and noise) near the beach

Wonderful shaded path past all of the establishments facing the sea; it's great that there is no road (and no traffic and noise) near the beach

The island is only 4 sq miles yet handles millions of tourists and is also home to 33,000 locals; almost all of the visitors I saw were Asian with just a handful of Aussies

The island is only 4 sq miles yet handles millions of tourists and is also home to 33,000 locals; almost all of the visitors I saw were Asian with just a handful of Aussies

Typical alley that goes from beach to main road; you have to traverse dirt stretches like this even to reach the nicest resorts that are oceanfront since there is no road along the water

Typical alley that goes from beach to main road; you have to traverse dirt stretches like this even to reach the nicest resorts that are oceanfront since there is no road along the water

With perfect sand, clear waters and great weather, Boracay is an ideal family beach getaway; the island is incredibly photogenic to the point where it seemed more people were taking photos than enjoying the beach

With perfect sand, clear waters and great weather, Boracay is an ideal family beach getaway; the island is incredibly photogenic to the point where it seemed more people were taking photos than enjoying the beach

February is the ideal month to visit before it gets too hot; the dry season is limited to February-May while even then brief showers can occur

February is the ideal month to visit before it gets too hot; the dry season is limited to February-May while even then brief showers can occur

The nicest thing about Puka Beach is that it is free of development; that doesn't keep tons of boats from visiting but it helps

The nicest thing about Puka Beach is that it is free of development; that doesn't keep tons of boats from visiting but it helps

Puka Beach; after the island reopened to tourists in October 2018 not all business establishments were allowed to reopen and tourist influx is still being controlled

Puka Beach; after the island reopened to tourists in October 2018 not all business establishments were allowed to reopen and tourist influx is still being controlled

The first day I did an island hopping cruise but the islands typically visited were still closed for clean-up so we went to Puka Beach, 2 crowded and forgettable snorkel spots and to an overcrowded and trash-filled beach on Panay for lunch

The first day I did an island hopping cruise but the islands typically visited were still closed for clean-up so we went to Puka Beach, 2 crowded and forgettable snorkel spots and to an overcrowded and trash-filled beach on Panay for lunch

I only spent 4 nights on Boracay and would have enjoyed staying longer to explore less crowded parts of the island; away from White Beach, there are relatively quiet areas to escape the crowds

I only spent 4 nights on Boracay and would have enjoyed staying longer to explore less crowded parts of the island; away from White Beach, there are relatively quiet areas to escape the crowds

View from my very nice hotel; like everywhere I've been in the Philippines, you have upscale properties squeezed together with locals living in very primitive conditions

View from my very nice hotel; like everywhere I've been in the Philippines, you have upscale properties squeezed together with locals living in very primitive conditions

The average low temperature never drops below 80 degrees; in the dry season that doesn't feel too bad because of the lower relative humidity

The average low temperature never drops below 80 degrees; in the dry season that doesn't feel too bad because of the lower relative humidity

I saw how crowded the dive boats were and opted to pass; with sandy beaches I wondered if the diving would be worth the time involved

I saw how crowded the dive boats were and opted to pass; with sandy beaches I wondered if the diving would be worth the time involved

The flat, wide beaches of Boracay are great for long walks or runs; the sand is super fine and there are trash patrols who try to keep the beaches clean

The flat, wide beaches of Boracay are great for long walks or runs; the sand is super fine and there are trash patrols who try to keep the beaches clean

Puka Beach gets its name from the shells that used to be harvested here; now they are virtually gone but women still sell the shells along the beach

Puka Beach gets its name from the shells that used to be harvested here; now they are virtually gone but women still sell the shells along the beach

Puka Beach; this beach is on the north side of the island and is supposedly quieter than White Beach except when dozens of island hopping boats all arrive at the same time

Puka Beach; this beach is on the north side of the island and is supposedly quieter than White Beach except when dozens of island hopping boats all arrive at the same time

The island is pronounced with a long i at the end (rhymes with high); the sun is fierce here which is why many Asians have long sleeves and/or tights on

The island is pronounced with a long i at the end (rhymes with high); the sun is fierce here which is why many Asians have long sleeves and/or tights on

Black-banded sea krait; the island has extremely limited grocery stores with few fresh items and the only cereal being Corn Flakes

Black-banded sea krait; the island has extremely limited grocery stores with few fresh items and the only cereal being Corn Flakes

There are plenty of posh resorts on the island, away from the masses, which often have their own private beaches; before taking a bangka or ferry to the island you have to go through a security screening

There are plenty of posh resorts on the island, away from the masses, which often have their own private beaches; before taking a bangka or ferry to the island you have to go through a security screening

This is Crocodile Island which lies just off the southeast coast of Boracay; it does look like the profile of a crocodile but the island was closed when I visited still undergoing clean-up

This is Crocodile Island which lies just off the southeast coast of Boracay; it does look like the profile of a crocodile but the island was closed when I visited still undergoing clean-up

The wide beach that runs the length of the west side of the island is called White Beach; to help with where things are along White Beach (there are no addresses since there are no roads), there are 3 numbered boat stations

The wide beach that runs the length of the west side of the island is called White Beach; to help with where things are along White Beach (there are no addresses since there are no roads), there are 3 numbered boat stations

Note the name of this nice restaurant!; sorry Donald, but I never saw anywhere on the island with your name on it

Note the name of this nice restaurant!; sorry Donald, but I never saw anywhere on the island with your name on it

The island hopping tours all seemed to stop at the same spots to snorkel so you were constantly having to move for boat traffic; the water was deep and there wasn't much to see

The island hopping tours all seemed to stop at the same spots to snorkel so you were constantly having to move for boat traffic; the water was deep and there wasn't much to see

Tourists have destroyed virtually all of the nearshore coral but supposedly efforts are underway to repair some of the damage; even the coral in deeper waters wasn't impressive

Tourists have destroyed virtually all of the nearshore coral but supposedly efforts are underway to repair some of the damage; even the coral in deeper waters wasn't impressive

There are quiet beaches on the island such as Diniwid Beach; it looks more upscale and may not even have roosters!

There are quiet beaches on the island such as Diniwid Beach; it looks more upscale and may not even have roosters!

This was one of the island's more popular hotels which burned down last year; given traffic congestion on the island, I wouldn't expect great response time from fire or ambulance services

This was one of the island's more popular hotels which burned down last year; given traffic congestion on the island, I wouldn't expect great response time from fire or ambulance services

During peak season (Dec-May) the winds blow from the east and White Beach is smooth as glass while windsurfing is popular on the east side of the island; during rainy season the situation is reversed

During peak season (Dec-May) the winds blow from the east and White Beach is smooth as glass while windsurfing is popular on the east side of the island; during rainy season the situation is reversed

Six bar wrasse; like the rest of the Philippines, there are roosters everywhere (and they are constantly loud) and a cockfighting arena (what is the attraction?)

Six bar wrasse; like the rest of the Philippines, there are roosters everywhere (and they are constantly loud) and a cockfighting arena (what is the attraction?)

Crystal Cove is normally a stop on the island hopping tours but was still off limits; I feel like I should be able to distinguish which Asian country people are from but I'm still struggling

Crystal Cove is normally a stop on the island hopping tours but was still off limits; I feel like I should be able to distinguish which Asian country people are from but I'm still struggling

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