The beautiful tropical island of Boracay offers some of the finest beaches in the world. Boracay is located 250 miles southeast off Manila - the capital of Philippines - and can be reached within an hour's flight from Manila or Cebu City. The island is a tourist hotspot and is home to hundreds of hotels and resorts, as well as shopping malls, restaurants and outlets.
The history of the Boracay Island dates back to the time when it was inhabited by the Ati tribe, long before the Spaniards landed in Philippines. Its name is believed to translate to the local word for "cotton" which bears close characteristics with the colour of the island's pristine sandy beaches. The most famous beach amongst tourists - the White Beach - stretches across a distance of over 4 kilometres and offers a haven for visitors with its rows of restaurants and accommodation options. Other notable beaches on the island include the Bulabog Beach, Tambisaan Beach and the South-facing Cagban Beach.
Boracay has won countless awards from various tourism publications and agencies around the world. It was also declared the Best Island in the World in 2012 by Travel + Leisure.
There are two islands that are located in the vicinity of Boracay island - the Caticlan or Godofredo P. Ramos Airport and the Kalibo International Airport. A number of vehicles are also available to serve visitors between the two airports. Visitors are advised to check whether their ticket includes the ferry ride to Boracay.
Though Boracay offers an abundance of restaurants and dining options, visitors will need to identify the spots that offer Halal food. Seafood options are plentiful, but it is advisable to check with the restaurant owner as to whether beef and pork are served in their kitchen together with the seafood. There are also a number of restaurants run by Muslim residents of Boracay. Khalil Muslim Food Stall located near D' Talipapa is a famous spot amongst Muslim travellers. A number of restaurants that serve Indian, Pakistani and Middle Eastern cuisine with no pork such as The Kingdom Restaurant & Coffee Shop, Kasbah and True Food are also available.
Boracay is home to one mosque which is mainly visited by the local Muslims living on the island. A few mosques are also located in Kalibo and Aklan, which are in the near vicinity of Boracay. However, most Muslim tourists tend to prefer to make use of the privacy of their hotel room during prayer times.