Boracay: Your Fantasy made Reality

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If there is a particular island in the Philippines, famed for its remarkable beauty and exquisiteness, perhaps Boracay would top the polls. Even CNN, National Geographic, New York Times, and a lot more agencies would always include the island of Boracay in their list. And it’s true, Boracay is indeed beautiful, without a doubt.



My family and I paid a visit to Boracay in July of 2008. I couldn’t believe it. We had perfect weather in Boracay (in the Visayas Island) despite the numerous typhoons which pass by Manila (located in Luzon) during July. Perhaps it was a great consolation since I was only going to stay in Boracay for one night, since I had to fly back immediately due to an Economics exam. Bummer.

But nevertheless, it did not stop me to have the time of my life as I enjoyed the pristine beaches and cool, turquoise waters of Boracay under the scorching heat of the sun. With fine, powdery white sand in between my toes, I would say that I was blessed to have a breakaway from all the school work I’ve left behind in the city. We stayed in Station 1, in Pearl of the Pacific Boracay. And I must say, they delivered premium service as they were able to elicit major satisfaction from us.  

However, contrary to popular opinion, I do not set Boracay on a high pedestal like how other people may do. I am more impressed by the untouched, virgin beaches of the country as opposed to the highly commercialized beaches. Lately, Boracay has been transformed into an intensely commercialized and highly marketed establishment that it somehow negates the ideals of beach getaways. Normal beach escapades would be characterized by serenity, relaxation, and tranquility. In contrast, Boracay is well-famed for its night life and hardcore party scenes. So perhaps, the judgment would always be the prerogative of the visiting tourist. If you’re into partying and more developed accommodations, I guess, Boracay would be perfect beach getaway for you. Nevertheless, developed or undeveloped, Boracay would still deliver the promise of a great communion with nature.

Beautiful Paraws are parked by the shore during low tide
Lots of beach activities are also available as offered by the surrounding beach resorts. Banana boats, Jet skis, Parasailing, Flying fish, Snorkeling, and a lot more water sports are available. All-terrain Vehicles or ATVs are also available for rent if you want to take a look at the bird’s-eye view of Boracay as you view it on top of the mountain.

Banana Boat
Snorkeling
ATV
View overlooking from the peak of Boracay


One of the reasons why Boracay is very popular is because of its priceless sunset. During sunset, the waters recede and there is an incredible low tide. There is not much water and a long stretch of sand that invites eager tourists to indulge in the beauty of the sunset as the sky turns red, orange, purple and then black.

One with the sunset


Skimboarding is also a popular activity in Boracay especially during low tide
After sun down, most tourists would don their party clothes and head to the ubiquitous bars and restaurants around the island. However, if you would like to stroll around the island, various sights may be seen and delectable restaurants offer the wide array of gastronomic specialties.

If you would like to pay a visit to one of the popular tourist destinations here in the Philippines, I would still assure you of a grand adventure that awaits you. For best weather conditions, try to visit during the months of Summer (April-May). 


Budget:
-Depending on which Station you would like to be accommodated in. (Station 3 would offer the cheapest rates, Station 2 would offer average rates, Station 1 would offer the most expensive rates) However, the nicest beach fronts are located in Station 1.
-Excluding air fare, Php 10,000 would be reasonable pocket money for 3-4 days to help you get around and experience spectacular activities around the beach.
-Try getting group coupons for deals and discounts.


Getting There:
-Book a flight to Caticlan 
-Take a ferry transfer from the port of Caticlan
-If you book from a hotel, most hotels have shuttle services going to the island proper
-If not, there are tricycles available to bring you to your respective accommodations.

About Mia G.

Teacher Mia. A Happy Girl. Chaser of dreams. Believer of living out each beautiful dream. A Full-time Preschool Teacher with a part-time job of being a happy traveler and wanderer. Co-founder of Destination Getaways Travel and Tours! A Proud Filipina who wants to travel the world one place at a time, one breathtaking moment at a time. Join the personal accounts of my adventures and misadventures and random experiences in our big and beautiful classroom-- the world. Share my experiences on spontaneity, excitement, adventure, travel, exploration, gastronomic encounters, and everything in between!

2 responses »

  1. Hi miss mia….where do you think is the best beach to visit first, is it palaui or boracay?me and my friends wanna go out next month..we have plans of visiting both islands but we werent sure of what is the best place to go first…anwei,i like all the pictures you have..what is the brand of your camera?

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