The crown jewel of Philippine beaches has experienced a surge in popularity as travel publications rush to add it to their lists of world's top beaches. Of course, Boracay's five kilometre signature White Beach (pictured) has been dropping jaws for decades. While the recent publicity has spurred development, turning Boracay into a big-time party beach, the island remains mellow compared to regional luminaries like Bali’s Kuta Beach or Thailand’s Ko Samui. (Felix Hug/LPI) (Credit: Felix Hug/LPI)

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