Boracay proves that good things come in small packages.
While only 7km tall and 500m wide, tiny Boracay has rapidly become the Philippines' top tourist draw. In fact in 2013 the readers of Travel & Leisure voted it the second-best island destination. The centre of the action is dreamy White Beach, with its postcard-perfect stretch of sand lined from one end to the other with hotels, restaurants, bars, and dive shops now several blocks deep. The beach path is typically awash with visitors, including large groups of package tourists drawn from all over Asia. The ocean is full of romantic sailboat giving rides. After perfect sunsets, live music breaks out, and firedancers twirl their batons. Just imagine sipping on cocktail while sinking into your waterfront beanbag chair and just marvelling at the spectacle of it all. It's clear that paradise really is a place on Earth.
Beyond White Beach, the island continues to undergo unchecked growth. New multimillion-dollar properties rub shoulders with tin shacks. If you're looking for authenticity, however, you can still find it. Head north to peaceful Diniwid Beach for a break in the action, or east to Bulabog Beach, home to the local watersports crowd, with its welcoming community vibe.