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Just off the northern tip of Panay Island, south of Mindoro is the small island of Boracay.

Famed for its white, powder sand beaches - reputed to be some of the world’s best - Boracay is one of the Philippines’ most famous tourist spots.

The island is also one of the most popular places to learn to dive in the Philippines, with a wide range of dive sites to suit all levels.

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Dive Photo The west of the island has a small barrier reef with numerous good dive sites. Friday’s Rock, Santosan, Baling Hai, Angol Point & Coral Gardens are all easy, enjoyable dive sites that are perfect for beginners, where you can find lovely corals & plenty of life.

More experienced divers may wish to visit Yapak, a deep wall that is sometimes visited by Manta Rays and Hammerheads, plus numerous other Shark species. Punta Bonga & Virgin Drop are also excellent wall dives for more experienced divers.

To the south of Boracay Island, Crocodile Island & Laurel Island sit in a current swept channel, which feeds the beautiful soft corals & attracts plenty of life, including many Sea Snakes. Laurel Island also has a tunnel under the island that acts as a nice swim-through for divers.

To the north, Carabao Island has some colourful sloping reefs and a large open cave known as Cathedral Cave.

On Panay Island itself, Buruanga, Black Rock & Nasog Point are excellent dives with a good chance to spot pelagics, including occasional Manta Rays & Hammerhead Sharks. Maniguin, or Hammerhead Island off to the west is another great spot with plenty of corals, excellent fish-life and the chance of something bigger.

The weather around Boracay is split into two distinct seasons. Amihan is the name for the seaon from October to May that is dicated by a cool north-east wind. Habagat - the south-west monsoon - lasts from June until September. It is possible to dive all year round, with the best months probably from March through to June.

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The dive sites around Boracay are serviced by the many dive shops on Boracay island itself. Dive operators from other parts of the Philippines do not generally venture this far.

Most dive sites are easily reached and diving is inexpensive & popular.
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Boracay is a small island to the north of Panay Island. It is the most northerly point of the Visayas region. Just 7km long and 1km wide, the island attracts thousands of tourists each year who come to have fun and enjoy the island's truly stunning beaches.

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The popularity of diving here is reflected by the number of dive shops. Most of the shops are on White Beach, the island's most popular beach. It is a hugely popular place to learn to dive, with many easy, enjoyable sites nearby, but there are also many sites that experienced divers will enjoy.

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Boracay has the full range of accommodation options, with numerous choices for those seeking a bargain and those after a little luxury. A lot of accommodation is around White Beach, which has a very lively atmosphere. If you are looking for something quieter then head to some of the less well-known beaches. In peak season, many resorts get booked up, so it is better to arrange something in advance.

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Getting to Boracay is fairly straight-forward. There are daily flights to Caticlan on the main Panay Island and from here, there are regular boats to take you to Boracay Island. There is also an airport in Kalibao, further south on Panay Island. For those who prefer to do things slowly, there is a ferry from Manila to Boracay, but it takes around 15 hours.

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There are plenty of other activities on the island. Simply enjoying the stunning beaches keeps many happy, while boat trips & watersports are popular. It is also possible to do a little horse-riding and even rock-climbing. There are many gift shops and also great range of places to eat. The nightlife can be very lively here, especially in peak season.

 
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