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Punta Bunga Beach

Punta Bunga Beach

Boracay Island combines crystal clear waters, sugary beaches  and lush landscapes into an idyllic tourist haven that is guaranteed to fascinate and lull visitors into tranquil harmony with its simplistic beauty. Travellers commonly refer to Boracay as a heart stomping, unbelievably magical Island in the middle of the Philippines. A paradise set in the South China Sea.

The small island, only seven kilometers long and one kilometer wide at its narrowest point, is located just off the northern tip of  Panay Island. The northern and southern parts of the island rise  with elevations of 100 meters above sea level. The Island has numerous scattered villages interconnected by a maze of intriguing jungle pathways.

Boracay boasts the world's finest beaches - a broad 3.5 kilometer stretch of sun-drenched sand, washed by perpetually turquoise-ish water, a nature worshipper's heaven on earth. 

White Beach runs almost the entire length of the western side of the island. During the peak season (December till July) White Beach is ideal for day frolics in its warm water, to cool off from those sweaty summer's tropical heat. During this period the opposite, eastern side, forms the windward shore, with almost continuous onshore winds and protective reef that are ideal for both the Scuba divers and Surfers. The eastern shore also contains numerous shelter homes, rewarding the ardent student-backpackers with many great scenic spots.

The main beaches are dotted with water sports outlets, offering the latest equipment for rental and expert instruction at reasonable prices for Scuba Diving, Wind Surfing. Boracay is becoming Asia's most popular to-go area with good shallow coral dives and nightlife within easy reach.

For more leisurely pursuits, many local hotels and holiday resorts offer all-day around the island trips by motorized  bangkas and paraws (native sailing boats), with stop-offs at the northern caves, near Yapak, home of Boracay's giant fruit bats, locally called "Flying Foxes" and the 'Kar-tir' Sea Shell Museum with Filipino  shells on displays in Ilig-Iligan.

The island's center extends a natural invitation to hike or mountain bike its many trails, criss-crossing its gently hilly slopes, while offering occasional glimpses of far-off sandy coves, fringed by palm trees....really...it sounds so exciting, I could come in there right now.

Your hike could extend to Puka Shell Beach, located on the Island's northern tip, facing Carabao Island. Puka Beach is the home of Boracay's famous and at one time plentiful Puka shells.

At sunset, a walk along the length of White Beach attracts many early evening walkers, before the serenity of the ocean views are over-taken by the awakening of Boracay's night life, offering numerous economically priced restaurants, discos, and  bars that add an international affair to the evening.

At the end of the day, watch the spectacular sunsets from the  beachfront bars which offer expertly mixed tropical cocktails to titillate your early evening loins.

Boracay offers an ideal escape from civilised civilization, but if one needs to remain in contact with the rest of the world, international phone, fax and e-mail services are always available.

Boracay is on the brink of a worldwide epidemic, which within the next five years will probably convert its current tranquillity into the hub-bub of a major commercialized  venue. Current development projects include the Boracay Shangri-la and other large scale developments.

If you're looking to visit, you can search for Boracay Packages which will give you a better deal than trying to find a resort last minute. Many resorts are fully sold out during high season (mid October through June) and it's near impossible to get a room during Christmas or New Years.

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: MANILA

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