Boracay Island is off the northwestern
tip of Panay Island in the Visayan Region, Boracay is about 300kms
south of the Capitol of Manila. Travelers from all over the globe
come to see the world's most beautiful beach-"White Sands Beach".
Boracay is shaped like a dumb-bell, it is 7.25
km. long and the narrowest spot is nearly 1 km. wide. Land area
is approximately 1, 098 hectares with about 6,085 locals. The Island
belongs to the municipality of Malay in Aklan province and consists
of three communities locally called "barangay".
Yapak in the northern barangay, Balabag in the
central barangay and Manoc-Manoc in the southern barangay. There
is 30+ beaches and coves, but the king of them all is White Beach,
a 3.7km ribbon of powder white sand and gentle, warm water. The
water is shallow and its sand brighter and finer than most beaches
in the archipelago.
Boracay would have remained a
national secret if not far a few foreign travelers whom accidentally
stumbled upon the place. Some say it was a movie crew, which spread
word about Boracay to other sun worshippers. Other swear it was
German traveler Jens Peters' book, which included rare reviews about
Boracay, that sent tourists on their way.
Whichever tale is true, Boracay has become a melting
pot for beach loceers. At any point in the islands, visitors can
hear English, German and French spoken fluently. More importantly,
visitors respect the serene quality of the place, and pay tribute
to native Boracaynons by behaving according to local behavioral
codes-which means no nudity, no fighting, and no loud commotion's.
Not surprisingly, the culinary fare at Boracay
is as diverse as the nationalities of its visitors. French, Australian,
Belgian, German, Spanish and Thai-they're all here side by side
the native cuisine. Lending ample support to this virtual rainbow
of fruit shakes: from sweet yellow mango, greenstart.