Spending summer in Philippines is simply awesome. If you love the beach, one of the famous islands worth visiting is Boracay. Famous for its white sand, Boracay is a small island in the Philippines located off the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. Boracay Island and its beaches have received awards from numerous travel publications and agencies because apart from its white sand beaches, Boracay is also famous for being one of the world’s top destinations for relaxation. It is also emerging as among the top destinations for tranquility and nightlife. Also, the locals are very friendly and hospitable.
As of 2010, Boracay has in excess of 350 beach resorts offering more than 2,000 rooms ranging in quality from five-star to budget accommodation. In 2012, Boracay was awarded as the best island in the world from the international travel magazine. Leisure activities available on or near Boracay include scuba diving, helmet diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, kiteboarding, cliff diving, golfing, and beach relaxation. In addition, Boracay offers a wide range of restaurants, bars, pubs, and nightclubs. There are countless beach bars and nightclubs serving drinks that stay open until very late at night until the wee hours of the morning.
Origin of the Name “Boracay”
The name Boracay is attributed to different origins. One story says that it is derived from the local word “borac” which means white cotton with characteristics close to the color and texture of Boracay’s white sugary and powdery sand. Another credits the name to local words “bora,” meaning bubbles, and “bocay,” meaning white. Yet another version dating back to the Spanish era says the name is derived from “sagay,” the word for shell, and “boray,” the word for seed. Every summer, thousands of foreigners and locals go to Boracay and enjoy the sun, the beach, and the food.