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For a glorious stretch of white sand that is often shortlisted as one of the worlds most beautiful beaches. Fine white sand, great swimming and snorkeling and sunsets to die for -- what more do you want in an island?
March to May is the best, driest season.
GETTING THERE AND AROUND
Fly to Borocay via Kalibo or Caticlan from the Manila Domestic Airport.
Fly to Kalibo with Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines. From Kalibo Airport you need to catch a bus (right outside the airport) to the pier in Caticlan (approx. 1.5 hours).
Pacific Air and Asian Spirit fly direct to the Caticlan Airport, which is a 15-minute drive from the pier. But be warned: these planes are smaller and the airfares are more expensive!
Laurel Island can be reached by a 30-minute boat ride from the main island. The island features Crystal Cove Park, which has two caves for snorkeling, exploration and trekking.
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Alternatively, arrange a day of snorkeling with a picnic lunch on an isolated strip of sand. Choose from and bargain with a number of beachfront outfits.
Or better still, bring your own champagne, grab some glasses and hire an outrigger for a romantic trip at sunset.
Stay in the Rock House or the Tree House nestled on the steep hillside. Pull back the mosquito net each morning and enjoy the magnificent views of the lime green water below. Tiny pathways lead to your first swim of the day!
Theres also the Bat House, the Hut, the Big House and the Hill House to choose from.
Prices range from US$25-95. Most definitely worth it. Book ahead.
Sit on the beach and enjoy a late afternoon swim. Order a gin and tonic and some pre-dinner snacks, and your order will be delivered in a basket from the kitchen above via a pulley system! You may choose to stay on the beach and dine, but the clifftop restaurant also oozes ambience. Rent a scooter to get there or arrange a boat for the return trip from White Beach
But, if you must shop for stuff, go to Talippapa Market, White Beach. Shell chimes, island style clothing, tattoos, colorful placemats, it's all there.
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