If you are vacationing in the Philippines, make certain you allow at least a couple of days for a stay at Boracay. Speaking from experience, this is a beautiful spot with white sand beaches and plenty of activities to keep boredom at bay.
The island is a short flight from Manila, about 200 miles south of Manila. Flights are cheap and Boracay is well worth the cost and your time.
The island is small, a little more than 10 square kilometers, dog-bone shaped and just northwest of Panay Island in the Western Visayas. Although the island is small, there are more than 4 kilometers of beach. The two main beaches are White beach and Bulabog beach. White beach is on the western side of the island and Bulabog beach is on the eastern side.
Activities include snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing and kite boarding. There is a world-class golf course too! The windsurfing is excellent here; in fact, Boracay Island is a venue on the Asian Windsurfing Tour. You can also hook-up with local tour guides for cave exploration and rides in native boats. Naturally, there is time to relax and sightsee too!
The place is definitely a tourist destination with all the negatives implied therein. Even though I'm a bit jaded, I truly had a great time there and left feeling that I had gotten my money's worth. From me, that's saying a lot!
There is ample lodging available here in Boracay, including any number of hotels, and lodges. If you want a vacation rental, they're here too.
After only a few minutes of searching the Internet, I found a reasonably priced vacation rental. I'm not suggesting this is the one for you, but I liked it for the following reasons.