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Measuring just nine kilometres long by one wide, Boracay is the Philippines' best-known tourist site. Since 1980, visitor numbers have increased and the small island has around 664 hotels and resorts to accommodate the 264,000 annual visitors. The three small communities Yapak in the north, Balabag in the centre and Manoc-Manoc in the south are united by twisting trails.
Boracay is at the northern tip of Panay Island, and Fridays Resort is at the northern tip of Boracay on the best section of four kilometres of powdery, white sand.
Fridays has 33 native cottage-style rooms with verandahs. All are air-conditioned and have mini-bar, cable television, white bathrobes and thick white towels.
Its restaurant is the largest on the island and offers authentic Filipino dishes as well as Asian, European, American and a famous fresh seafood grill. Each week there is a Filipino buffet and presentation by local dancers.
The Beach Bar has an extensive range of international wines and its award winning bartenders will create a cocktail for you to enjoy at the 5-7pm sunset happy hour.
Activities are wide and varied. There is scuba diving, snorkelling, paddling, swimming, jet skiing, boating and fishing trips, pool table, table tennis, beach badminton, volleyball and you can arrange a well-deserved massage to relax after all the exercise.
The Sun Village Beachfront Resort is right on Barocay Beach and where the action is. It has 24 air-conditioned rooms with private hot and cold water bath and shower, as well as toilet. Rooms range from Garden VIP to Cottage with three types in between.
SunCafe serves locally-inspired food and SunBar is the place to meet over a cool drink or two. The area has plenty of restaurants and nightclubs if the daytime activities haven't exhausted you.
You can take a two-hour horse ride along non-vehicle access to the Crystal Caves, Bat Caves and Puka Beach. You can go around the island by ox-drawn cart or rented bicycle.
A rule of Boracay is no nudity, no fighting and no loud commotion. If you stick with this you should have a most enjoyable holiday.
One hour flight south of Manila in the Philippines.
Classic Oriental Tours has four-night packages to Boracay staying at Fridays Resort, starting at $750 per person, or at Sun Village Beach Resort starting at $689. Prices include accommodation and return flights from Manila.
Qantas flies four times a week to Manila with return economy fares starting at $922 from Brisbane; $939 from Sydney; $962 from Melbourne; $1348 from Adelaide; $1852 from Perth via Singapore and $2153 from Darwin via Singapore, per person. For travel until September 18, 2002 and between October 9 and November 13, 2002. Prices include charges/taxes and are current at time of recording but may vary at time of booking.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.
Philippine Department of Tourism
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Classic Oriental Tours
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