Boracay No. 1 on online Asia’s best beaches list

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Boracay: TripAdvisor’s best beach in Asia in 2013. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Summer has not officially arrived yet but the Philippines, its white-sand beaches and hidden lagoons are already getting much attention from international travel guides.

TripAdvisor, one of the world’s popular online travel guides, placed the island of Boracay at No. 1 in its Travelers’ Choice-Best Beaches in Asia for this year.

In placing Boracay’s White Beach at the top of the list, besting 24 other beaches in Asia, TripAdvisor described the 7-kilometer stretch as a “stunningly beautiful white powder sand beach [with] crystal clear, warm water that you can laze on for days on end.”

Also making it to the list of great beaches in Asia were El Nido, Palawan’s Secret Lagoon, which was placed at No. 9 and Boracay’s Yapak Beach, also known as Puka Shell Beach, at No. 10.

The scenic Secret Lagoon, located on a small island and nestled among towering limestone formations, was cited for its “wonderful view.”

Yapak Beach, a secluded area in the north of Boracay Island, was noted for the myriad of puka shells on the shore “giving one’s feet a rugged feel.”

On its website, TripAdvisor said the Travelers’ Choice Beaches Awards were based on the quality and quantity of traveler reviews and ratings for beaches it has gathered over a 12-month period since the 2012 awards.

Value for money

TripAdvisor is a popular travel website that assists customers in collecting travel information, posting reviews of their latest getaway and engaging in interactive travel forums.

The Philippines also made it to the Lonely Planet Traveller’s Choice 2013, rating it as one of the top 10 popular destinations in the categories of “meeting locals” and “value for money.”

Lonely Planet, considered the largest travel-guide book publisher in the world, placed the Philippines, which is also known for its hospitable and friendly people, at No. 6 in the top 10 popular destinations to go to for meeting locals.

The country ranked eighth in the top 10 “value-for-money” destinations. “According to [Lonely Planet] travelers, Asia provides the best value for money, with seven out of the top 10 budget favorites coming from this continent alone,” Lonely Planet said on its website.

It also said the results were based on the ratings provided by 3,000 respondents on the places they traveled to using 16 criteria, which included adventure, food, cultural sights, nature, travel memories and safety.

“We asked our fans on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Thorn Tree to tell us where they have traveled and then we asked them to rate those destinations by 16 criteria (for example, which was the “best ‘value for money’ destination),” it said.

So thrilled

In a statement Wednesday, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. said the recent distinctions were proof that the country’s marketing efforts under the campaign “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” were generating results.

“We are so thrilled that these accolades keep coming, proof positive that our marketing efforts are paying off, and more and more satisfied travelers are proudly spreading the word about their many fun experiences in our beautiful country,” Jimenez said.

He encouraged Filipinos to take good care of the country’s “jewels” to help boost tourism and enable the Philippines attain an attractive international image.

“In order for us to continue reaping the benefits of development and great publicity, we ought to seriously address the environment challenges. We call on all stakeholders to come as one in preserving our country’s jewels,” Jimenez said.

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  • rosstum

    This is indeed a good news for the Philippines. Let us give our own small share to keep the momentum going. 

  • FORTHE GOOD

    God bless the Philippines.

  • chatlainegrace computercenter

    Buhangin lang ang maganda sa bora.  Malumot sa bora at black and white lang ang color ng mga corals at fish.  Mas maganda pa rin ang beach sa Bohol at sa El Nido.

  • fache

    My family and I were in Boracay on Feb 20, 2012, after a long years of planning where and when to go to the Philippines. We were there for four days and three nights. First thing I observed were the too much of fees we have to pay before we reach Boracay. We landed in Kalebo and took the two hours drive to Caticlan jetty to see the country side. My family were so thrilled, as this was their first time, to see the Philippines. When we reached Caticlan, we have to pay more fees, and the annoying part of dealing with bag handlers ( we didn’t ask for it), they’re a pests if you ask me. The boat ride to Boracay is nice. We arrived at Boracay and to our surprised we have to deal with those tricycles on fees to take us to our hotel. There are signs as to the amount we have to pay accordingly, yet, they won’t follow what the sign says. Boracay and its white sand beaches are nice and great to visit. What I am concerned about are the numerous sight vendors carrying those small colorful cards offering tourist trips to the said areas. I think these should be located at some areas along the way and not to pester them. My family commented about the not so good hotels and areas that needs to be upgraded. If these hotels, restaurants continue to operate as is, in few more years Boracay will deteriorate to another mediocre type of attraction. The tourism office must control these growth of unwanted sights and provide guidance. Take the lessons from other countries like Hawaii, Thailand, Singapore, and others, and see  how their beaches were being handled. Overall, we enjoyed those days, but somewhere along the way we hope it will a better experience next time we visit.

    • japokjackpot

      if you’re a little bit older now, how time flies, you could have savored boracay in the 80s… it’s the best of the best… i agree with your observations. keep on coming… try guian, calico-an or calaguas… it’s better than boracay… no hassles no fees not crowded… just “THE PERFECT WHITE BEACH PARADISE”

    • Sweet Disguised

      Being a filipino, My family and I never liked going on holidays in our beaches. Because its the same experience as what you have stated above. Our parents just takes us to “Maldives”… its 100 times better than Thailand, Hawaii, and Boracay. But i suggest you to really really save up because it’s quite costly but hey.. it’s worthit! and what you pay is 3 times better than what you get. It will be our fith trip this coming month… trust this advice. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BNA6FLOA3ZJAH6IFP2KGLUDCXE bcon

        Yabang

    • sanjuan683

       Well it also happen in some tourist spot in the world too many fees. Business usual

  • go88

    Boracay s.cks ….  No.1 on Asia’s beaches list??
    What a joke …. it’s a big tourist trap …. overpriced, very commercial, chinese owned hotels, overcrowded,  too many tourists esp. the f.gly chinks add to that the bakla crowd  …   

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TDCMHBV524F4FINOKTTQQYEKMA owel

    I’m a Filipino. And forgive for being so forth coming – I’ve been to almost all of the major islands here and for me Palawan or Bohol is better than Bora, And if you’re an adventurer go to camiguin or siquijor, these places will surely give you a good experience. As for the complaints of tourists, I don’t mind getting complains from them, or for them choosing other destinations, because as long as foreign tourists are at a minimum in the philippines so too will be the dangers of aids, pedophilia and prostitution. Just look at Thailand.

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