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Boracay Island



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HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY

Boracay Island Geography

Boracay is a tropical island located approximately 315km around 200 miles south of Manila and 2km off the northwest tip of the island of Panay in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. Boracay Island is the Philippines most popular tourist destinations next to Palawan.

Boracay island comprises of three barangays Manoc-Manoc, Balabag and Yapak. Boracay Island is located off the northwest corner of the island of Panay, and belongs to the Western Visayas island-group, or Region 6, of the Philippines. The Boracay island is approximately seven kilometers long, shaped like a dog bone with the narrowest spot being less than one kilometer wide. The island has a total land area of 10.32 square kilometers.

South of the island is Cagban Beach where a small strait connects the jetty port to Caticlan on Panay island. The Cagban jetty port serves as Boracay's main entry and exit point during most of the year. When wind and sea conditions dictate, east-facing Tambisaan Beach serves as an alternative entry and exit point.

Boracay's two primary tourism beaches are White Beach and Bulabog Beach. The two beaches are located on opposite sides of the island's central area. White Beach faces westwards and Bulabog Beach faces eastwards. The island also has several other beaches.

White Beach is the main tourism beach. It is around four kilometers long and is lined with resorts, hotels, lodging houses, restaurants and businesses. In the central portion, for about two kilometers, there is a footpath known as the Beachfront Path separating the beach itself from the establishments located along it.

Several roads and paths connect the Beachfront Path with Boracay's Main Road, a vehicular road which runs the length of the island. At the extreme northern end of White Beach, a footpath runs around the headland there and connects White Beach with Diniwid Beach. Across the island from White Beach is Bulabog Beach, a secondary tourism beach and Boracay's main windsurfing and kiteboarding area.

Boracay Island History

Boracay Island was used to be called the "Land of the Atis" because its first settlers, the Negritos or Atis. The Negritos farmed and fished in Boracay for centuries. Boracaynons or the people of Boracay depended largely on fishing and coconut plantation. Copra, the dried meat of coconut, was traded to businessmen from Aklan in exchange for rice, goods and commodities.

In the 1960's and 1970's, Boracay became popular among families from Panay. A German writer published a book about the Philippines in 1978, describing Boracay history and the beautiful island in details, the island was introduced to the world. This mark the beginning of tourist "boom" with tourist. Since then, tourism changed Boracay completely, from a sleepy, sparsely populated island, Boracay was transformed into a major tourist destination.



      


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