Overlooking the Sulu Sea, Malay is a municipality that provides the best of island beaches and tranquillity along with access to the natural spoils of Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park. Malay is the main gateway to the island of Boracay, where you can leave behind the rest of the world for white-sand beaches, oceanfront bars and swaying palm trees.
Things to do
Most people who visit Malay do so to reach Boracay, an idyllic island escape world famous for its luxury resorts, outdoor activities and pristine white-sand beaches. Head to White Beach for cocktail-blue waters, gentle waves, sugary sand and shady palm trees.
If you’re looking for unforgettable views of Malay and the surrounding Sulu Sea, trek up to the top of Mount Luho, which has an observation deck and panoramic vistas. Located on the east coast of Boracay, Bulabog Beach is Malay’s water sports hub, with windsurfing, wakeboarding, banana boats and parasailing excursions on offer.
Back on the mainland, nature lovers will enjoy experiencing the sprawling landscapes of Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park. Here you can see a range of native wildlife, including leopard cats, Visayan warty pigs, spotted deer and blue-naped parrots. Afterwards, discover the ancient traditions of Philippine farmers at the Motag Living Museum, which showcases traditional farming techniques, equipment and living arrangements.
You’ll find a range of Philippine and international dining opportunities in Malay, particularly around Cagban Beach, which also has gift shops. Alternatively, head to Boracay Surfside Resort and Spa to rent scuba diving or snorkelling equipment, indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments or dine on fresh seafood.
Malay is easily reached by flying into Godofredo P. Ramos Airport, also called “Boracay Airport”, or Kalibo International Airport. You’ll need to rent a car to get around or use ferries from Caticlan Jetty Port to reach nearby Boracay.