Twin Attractions – Boracay and Metro Iloilo Part I

Photo: shangri-la.com

Photo: shangri-la.com

Yes, the world-famous island beach with white powder sand and crystal clear, warm water is just a few hours away from here. In 2012, online magazine Travel + Leisure adjudged Boracay as the best island in the world.

For foreign tourists, Boracay is a grand getaway destination, appropriately so, since it’s considered as one of the best locations on the planet.

Going there’s a travel experience that, for most, is worth coming back for even if it means flying half way around the world! The feel of the white powdery sand while soaking in its waters for days on end is truly amazing!

It’s the proximity of that island paradise to Metro Iloilo that attracts many foreign real estate buyers and investors here, as well as locals working abroad called OFW, under the Pabahay para sa OFW.

For those planning to discover this part of the world soon, first, let me share to you a bit more about that wonderful spot – Boracay, a part of the Western Visayas region.

Boracay in a nutshell

Boracay is an island richly endowed by nature, making it such a hit tourist attraction. Over the years, several Hollywood celebrities have been spotted relaxing on the island.

Besides beach relaxation and massage, leisure activities in Boracay that attract water sports enthusiasts include snorkeling, boating, kiteboarding, windsurfing, scuba diving and cliff diving.

Professional and amateur golfers can practice their golf swing in between dips on the beach or pool at the 18-hole, par 72 golf course designed by former golf tour champion, Graham Marsh.

Where to stay? The island is lined with hundreds of beachfront hotels from five-star hotels to budget inns, and a dizzying range of restaurants, pubs, bars and nightclubs. Find all these in the click of a mouse online.

Boracay is especially abuzz during summer season. It’s the venue for festivities and annual sports events such the Boracay International Funboard Cup and Ati-Atihan Festival, both usually held in January; dragon boat races in April or May; PBDF International Club Crew Challenge every late April; Boracay Open Asian Beach Ultimate Tournament in frisbee in March or April of the year, and many other organizational and corporate events.

In late November this year, Boracay will host the 100th Asian Games Centennial Festival, a special multi-sport event. The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has awarded the hosting of the100th anniversary of Far Eastern Championship Games to the Philippines. In conjunction with the festival, the 32nd OCA General Assembly will also be held in Boracay island.

For travelers and tourists from the far ends of the globe, I hope you find my brief description of Boracay island interesting enough for you to plan and book your next vacation to this exotic part of Asia. Von voyage!

In my next post, I will feature Metro Iloilo as Part II of this story.

To learn more about Boracay Island and other tourist destinations in Western Visayas, drop by at the Department of Tourism, Region VI Office along Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City or call +63 33 3375411 and +63 33 5093550. Send an email to deptour6@mozcom.com or like its Facebook Page: DOT Region VI.

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