Off the northeastern tip of Panay is the world-famous Boracay Island. Shaped like a slender butterfly drawn in power-fine white sand, Boracay has become a fabled paradise for travelers. The scenery is nothing but spectacular: a gentle aquamarine sea, the whitest of white beaches, tall palms swaying in breeze. It is hard to take a less than stunning photo here.
Bicycles are available for exploring the tiny island, which is only 7 km long and 3 km wide. Yapak Village, located on the northern end of the island, is where everyone heads to find Puka shells, although you are more likely to find them at a tourist shop than on the beach! There are also endless choices of water sports, such as jet skiing, snorkeling, parasailing and scuba diving.
Boracay dining, which was once simple and based on good island fare, now ranges from haute Filipino to haute French, with Indonesian, Thai, Italian, Chinese, Swiss, and English available. Some restaurants offer dancing on the beach beneath the stars.