The best way to Boracay, Philippines
From LAX, Philippine Airlines offers nonstop service to Manila, and All Nippon Airways, JAL, Cathay Pacific, Asiana, Delta, Korean, Hawaiian, Air China, Singapore and Malaysia offer connecting service (change of plane). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $850, including taxes and fees. Philippine Airlines offers connecting service to Caticlan airport. Round-trip fares begin at $147.
You will need transportation to Boracay Island, offered by various boat and ferry services; see http://www.lat.ms/10B6oum.
To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 63 (country code for the Philippines) and the local number.
WHERE TO STAY
Boracay Regency, Station 2, 36-288-6111-117, http://www.boracayregency.com. The 285 rooms — an interesting blend of Mediterranean and island decor — are just steps from the beach. Terrific, helpful staff. Doubles from $166 a night in low season.
Discovery Shores Boracay Island, Station 1, 2-720-8888 or 36-288-4500, http://www.lat.ms/YZbJ4p. Travel & Leisure called it the fourth-best hotel in the world. Beautiful, quiet and very private, at the higher end of the beautiful white sand beach. Doubles from $262 in low season.
WHERE TO EAT
Along the "boardwalk" amid Station 2, seafood stands offer fresh fish that they'll prepare for you on the spot. Main dishes about $10.
Christina's, Boracay Regency (see above). Seafood, pastas and more. Main dishes $8-$53 (lobster thermidor).
Indigo, Discovery Shores Boracay (see above). Seafood in a quiet, beach setting. Good wine list.
TO LEARN MORE
Philippine Department of Tourism, (213) 487-4525, http://www.experiencephilippines.org.
Boracay Travel Guide, http://www.whitebeachboracay.com.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun