The Philippines boasts about the rich beauty of its natural resources, especially the beaches situated across the 7,107 islands in the country. Boracay is probably the most popular among them all.
Boracay, particularly the White Beach, is known for it’s pristine and powdery white sand, beautiful scenery, and hip nightlife. Most of the people I know who has been to Boracay loved it.
It wasn’t at the top of my “Must See” places, but after years of passing up the chance to visit Boracay, I’ve decided, it was time to see for myself what “the fuzz” was all about.
After an hour of plane + 1.5hrs van + ferry + tricycle ride, we finally arrived.
I was a bit overwhelmed. Boracay’s White Beach is a place of abundant beauty, both of nature…
A very tiny island just along the shore where a grotto of Mama Mary resides
… and of people of different cultures.
The beach was very inviting as we walked along the shore.
However, we needed to fuel up first, which is why we spent most of the afternoon sleeping (look who’s getting old-er!). We were a bit tired from our trip and we thought we needed to re-energize.
By night time, the place of serenity has converted into something else.
As serene as it was during daytime, it’s just as alive as it was during nighttime.
There’s a variety of food stalls, shops, restaurants and bars along the coast. The magnificorn was very tempting, we decided to indulge ourselves.
It is also common to get body art (both permanent and temporary) in this kind of environment. My friend opted for the latter.
Boracay nights wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t go out. It was time for us to unwind.
We were drawn to the acoustic set by the beach playing music from the 90’s and the early 2000’s. I loved how I knew almost every song they played, and let me tell you, I love to sing. 🙂 We spent the night with a few drinks, good + relatable kind of music, and moments of thoughts and laughter.
Mornings in Boracay is just as lovely. Who wouldn’t want to spend quality time with the beach and the sun shining up above it?
Of course I had to get a bit of a tan before dipping into the water 😉
I am happy that we finally went out to swim. What I love about this beach is that it doesn’t get very deep even if you’re already a bit far from the shore, and I feel safe even if I’m a bit far.
The water is so blue and yet so clear. It’s impossible to get lost and not be found in this beauty.
We eventually found ourselves at the tiny island where Mama Mary’s grotto is.
It was a time well spent, especially if you get to hangout here.
We went to D’Mall the day before, but it didn’t translate well into pictures. We visited D’Talipapa Market as well to check out a few shops and restaurants. I think it’s good for shopping for souvenirs, clothes and probably a variety of “pasalubong”.
We headed back after our visit to D’Talipapa and I decided to leave my camera in our room to focus on my swimming and tanning when eventually… I saw one of the loveliest sunsets I’ve ever seen!
I sulked in it and then snapped out of it to run for my camera. The sun set quickly and this was the only photo I was able to get hold of.
The night went on the same as yesterday, of food, drinks, and music. I couldn’t wait for the day after to take a quick dip before heading back to the city.
Seeing this after eating breakfast, I thought, why not? I can make it here and I can take a quick shower before getting to our flight. There are a few things that we could not pass up, and this was one of them.
After giving myself the healthy rays of the sun, I joined the club and walked towards the water.
It was my last day (for now) and I really wanted to take a photo with the beach behind me. I befriended Dante who was really nice. He was traveling to Boracay alone and he shared some exciting moments he had while being there.
He was kind enough to take a photo of myself as well.
After an hour or so of swimming, I had to leave. This was the last glimpse of the horizon for this trip.
After hurrying 3 hours before our flight, it was time to go.
It was a great weekend–a good vacation from a vacation to kick start the year of 2013. I truly enjoyed my stay there. Indeed, it’s a place to relax and unwind. Never mind the line of establishments behind the coconut trees along the beach. It’s accessibility provides convenience when in need of food, drinks, and beach-break. The moment you pass through the finest powdery sand to escape to the water, everything becomes crystal clear and you get to savor the beauty of nature with the sun giving you a good shine while you enjoy the bluest and clearest water. It’s a long line of beach-beauty and each visitor could melt in a spot without disturbing others. It’s a place for people to share and enjoy the beauty of mother nature. Although it’s already touched and developed due to commercialization, the beach’s maintenance is upto standards in which it’s prohibited to drink or even set up a bonfire by the beach.
There’s also a place for people to extend the energy by night time in different establishments along the coast, to their own liking.
Overall, it’s just what I needed. I’ve been to a several beaches, and so far, this is one of my favorites. I love how I could be at peace with the sea and at the same time, how I could spread the positive energy as an individual when I wanted to.
It’s a place for everyone.
It’s a place for those who prefer solitude and those who desire to blend in.
It’s a place that I can’t wait to go back to.
Until then, Boracay! 🙂
A few tips for those who want to visit Boracay:
1. You can fly via:
a. Caticlan Airport and ride a ferry to Boracay Island (it’s nearer and is more convenient) or
b. Kalibo Airport and ride a bus or van to the ferry station, then ride a ferry to Boracay Island
2. For a more budget conscious trip, instead of flying to Caticlan or Kalibo, you can take a ferry ride from Batangas to Caticlan via a RoRo. It’s roughly Php 1200 as per my research. I haven’t done this, but the details could be read at wikitravel.org/en/Boracay.
3. There are 3 main Stations to reside in Boracay:
Station 1 – More expensive and exclusive hotels
Station 2 – Budget accommodation to High-end hotels. Most of the bars, shops, and restaurants could also be found here.
*When we stayed in Station 2, the room we got has 2 double beds and paid around Php3000/night for the whole room*
Station 3 – Budget accommodation. Some houses provide are more budget friendly.
4. There are 2 main beaches in Boracay: White Beach and Bulabog Beach. White beach is the more commercial one while Bulabog Beach (I think) is the more “sporty one” where kite and wind surfers enjoy the beach.
5. The beach offers more than the scenery and the clear waters to swim in. Activities such as snorkeling, island hopping, diving, kite and wind surfing are popular here.
6. The Ati-Atihan Festival is celebrated in different towns around the region. Aklan is one of them. For a more exciting trip, it would be nice to take a trip to Boracay via Kalibo in January and join the Ati-Atihan Festival before the unwinding starts. 😉
7. Book your plane tickets ahead of time. I got mine just 2 weeks prior to our getaway, and it isn’t budget friendly.
8. To enjoy the beach with a good amount of crowd, I personally prefer going there off-peak. Peak season is usually during the Holy Week because it’s a holiday in the Philippines. By that time, for sure there’s a surge and an overcrowding of visitors all over.
**This post is a part of my Life’s a Beach! beach-lovin’ series.**