Photo Essay

Boracay 101: The Philippine island paradise

Sunset in Boracay Philippines

Boracay is one of the 7,107 islands in the Philippines and part of the central group of islands in the country. The Philippines is an archipelago in Southeast Asia comprising of 3 major groups of islands: Luzon (north), Visayas (central) and Mindanao (south) and out of 7,107 islands, only 4000 are inhabited. The Philippines is blessed with beautiful forests and beaches.

Recently, the Philippines is in the headline again after the unexpected hostage drama in Manila City when 8 Chinese nationals from Hongkong were killed in the incident. It is anticipated that this will affect the tourism industry of the country, consequently will bring a big impact to Boracay as one of the popular beach destinations of foreign visitors from neighbouring countries, including China and Hongkong.

Honestly, when I visited the island in April 2010, I observed that the majority are local tourists and there are so many things to explore in the area. I have been here in several occasions but only this recent visit that I really enjoyed and travelled around the island together with foreign friends. Aside from feeding Nemo and his friends during our snorkelling, we also did the island hopping and visited some underground caves. We did the reef walk, as if strolling under water with a helmet. The accommodation is affordable, including a selection of excellent water rides, food and entertainment.

A morning plunge in the sea and strolling in the beach while watching the sunset are just one of the things you could enjoy in the island. Did you know that Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino boxer owns a beach resort in the island?

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6 responses

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (10 Sep 2010):

    Of course this is a great photo series. I went there in 2005. Stay at Merlyn's place. Fantastic time we had!

  • Zahirul Alwan

    Zahirul Alwan said (11 Sep 2010):


  • Julien Maury

    Julien Maury gave props (30 Sep 2010):

    my vote mate. and congrat.!

  • Rey mos

    Rey mos gave props (1 Oct 2010):

    Wow, Im happy to find out that this story was chosen by JPG as Story of the Week: Week 39. Thank you very much for this opportunity to share my story about Boracay - one of the finest beach destinations in the Philippines. It meant alot to me - to continually inspired more to share my travel journals with the rest of JPG readers. More power to JPG staff and management

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (2 Oct 2010):

    Congratulations, Rey! So happy and proud of you.Thank you for showing the beautiful Philippine Island.

  • Rey mos

    Rey mos said (2 Oct 2010):

    Hello, thanks for the comments...I will write more often...

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