Best Kept Secret Boracay | Philippines

Boracay is a beautiful island paradise.  Honestly, until recently I had never heard of Boracay.  Now it’s an island I can’t stop talking about.  Boracay is a small island in the Philippines, South East Asia, located approximately 315 km (196 mi) south of Manila. White Beach, voted by TripAdvisor in 2015 as the #1 destination in Boracay and the #1 beach in Asia, is a popular little paradise with some of the softest white sandy beaches, the most amazing crystal clear warm waters, and enough activities to make everyone happy.

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Upon arrival at the Boracay airport my luggage was promptly loaded into a pre-arranged air-conditioned shuttle service.  The driver whisked through the local roads where I was taken to a nearby boating area.  Surprisingly, two gentleman literally made their arms into a chariot and carried me over the water to the ladder.  Now that’s service!

Within minutes of arrival on shore I checked into the Boracay Mandarin Island Hotel. From the moment of arrival until the day of departure the service by the staff was excellent. Every morning was greeted with a smile, the breakfast was plentiful and the Manager made sure everything was in order for a wonderful stay.

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Stations 1, 2, and 3 make up just over 4 kilometers along the Main Road with Station 2 being the center of vibrant island activities.  Vendors can be found up and down the main road, as well as ladies ready to treat you with a traditional Filipino massage.  By twilight, happy hour, live music and firedancers are the crowd favorites.  There’s an abundance of dining options at local restaurants as well as a few chain names for when you’re hungry. Remember Shakey’s?  Yes, there’s a Shakey’s…and the pizza was very good! Starbucks? Yes, they have one at Station 1 for you mug collectors and they had some of the best and friendliest servers of any Starbucks anywhere in the world!

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Some of the popular activities include the Banana Boat, Fly Fishing, Snorkeling, Parasailing, Scuba Diving, Stand Up Paddleboard, Island-hopping, Cliff Diving, Ziplining, or a breathtaking sunset sail.  My personal favorite was the island-hopping tour where we stopped to do a little snorkeling and then cliff diving (from 3, 5, 8 or 15 meters) at Ariel’s Point, a top Boracay attraction. You can do a little or a lot here on Boracay.  You choose.

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On your last day in Boracay, it’s best to relax and enjoy the sun and sand.  Your trip home may be bittersweet but paradise will be waiting for your return.

Boracay Mandarin Island Hotel

It’s More Fun in the Philippines

Philippines Department of Tourism

*This was a non-sponsored trip and all opinions are based on my true and honest experience.

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