Saturday, November 12, 2011

Philippines- The Visayas

The Visayas are the large central group of islands between Luzon and Mindanao, comprising Bohol, Cebu, Leyte, Negros, Panay and Samar, six of the Philippines' eleven major land masses, plus innumerable smaller islands, straits and channels.

One of the tourist attraction in Visayas is the Boracay. Boracay is a classic tropical paradise: sun-scorched fine white sand, a turquoise sea and a background of swaying palm trees set against an azure sky. Add a variety of watersports, trekking trails, accommodation of all standards from simple nipa palm huts to air-conditioned de luxe results, a good international variety of restaurants and bars without too many discotheques, and you have the perfect holiday destination for all the family - although sand flies, locally called nik-niks, can be a nuisance after rain.
Lying between the Sibuyan and Sulu Seas, just to the north of Panay Island in the Visayas, Boracay was discovered by backpackers in the early 1970s. Initially its existence was a closely guarded secret, confined mainly to German and Swiss visitors, but slowly the word go out, and the trickle of visitors became a deluge.
As Boracay is only 7km (4 1/2 miles) long and barely more than 1km (0.8 miles) wide, the quiet atmosphere could soon have been ruined, but there has been an active movement to control building development. Few tracks can take vehicles, motorized transport is limited to motorcycles and tricycles, and no vehicles are allowed along the beaches.

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