As tourists and locals alike know, Boracay is the beach capital of the Philippines. A brief, 45-minute plane ride from Manila lands you in either Caticlan, the nearer of two airports that services this summer destination, or Kalibo, farther by a 2-hour land travel into Malay, Aklan (where Boracay beaches are). Due to its high-wattage popularity and accessibility, Boracay can become densely populated during peak seasons, and may pose a little challenge to those who seek some sand and space, as this Instagram photo of the place so vividly shows.
In fact, if it’s sun, sand and solace you seek, you’re better off skipping Boracay altogether in the summer, and head down further south instead, to unexplored parts of Coron and Puerto Princesa in Palawan, or the Zamboangas in Mindanao, say.
Or, you could go in June, just as the noisy summer crowd are packing their bags, ready to jump on the next plane out. Then, you can have Boracay to yourself, and quietly enjoy some awesome sunsets.
“Living on Earth may be expensive, but it includes an annual free trip around the sun.” –Ashleigh Brilliant, 1933-