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, a seven kilometer long island located just off the end of the island of Panay in the central Philippines, has some amazing beaches that remind one of scenes from the movie South Pacific. Boracay is one of the Philippines' top tourist destinations and several top travel publications have voted it as having the best beaches in the world.

Boracay, Philippines

One of the white sand beaches of Boracay

Boracay was long a secret hideway known only to Filipinos and expatriates "in the know". The quiet and undiscovered haven that it was thirty years ago has now long gone and the island has now been developed for international tourism. But even with all the hotels and restaurants that it has today, Boracay remains a tropical paradise.

The main tourist area of Boracay is
White Beach. This famous beach with its fine white sand (with the occasional gleaming, white puka shells scattered about) and its shallow, turquoise- or aquamarine-colored water is still amazing to see, and the sunsets are still magnificent.

Boracay is surrounded by coral reef and is great for diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, kieboarding and other water sports. The main location for these activities is
Bulabog Beach, which is found across the other side of Boracay island from White Beach.

Apart from White Beach and Bulabog Beach, there are dozens of small sandy bays scattered around Boracay island.

An interesting side attraction seen by few is the Yapak Caves.

There are just two seasons in Boracay, which are known by their Tagalog names of Amihan (meaning " a cool northeast wind") and Habagat (meaning "west or southwest monsoon"). The Amihan season (September/October through to May/June) typically sees moderate temperatures, little or even no rainfall, and winds coming from the east. The Habagat season (May/June through to September/October) typically sees hot and humid weather, lots of heavy rain, and winds coming from the east. The tourist season is at its height during the Amihan season.

Looking down from a forest-clad hill to one of Boracay's coasts

Apart from the land used for tourism purposes, the authorities has reserved 400 hectares of Boracay as preserved forestland and 628.96 hectares for agricultural uses.

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