About a year ago, together with cousins who had a three-week vacation in the country and a list of friends paid a visit to Boracay, the Philippines' top summer–tourist destination.
Planned in the second week of July, set for 3 days and 2 nights, 'twas our first trip to the so–called dream paradise. The group booked an afternoon flight from Clark International Airport in Pampanga to Kalibo, Caticlan that lasted for about an hour.
|A group shot taken at the Clark Freeport Zone's aviation center.|
|Caticlan Jetty Port Terminal|
Boracay Island is composed of three stations with beautiful beaches surrounded by coconut trees, mountains with lush–green vegetation and several stone formations.
|A rover posed along the famous white coastline–stretch of Boracay.|
With a bowl of rice and ton of great tasting seafood in our table, we sure enjoyed the feast while greeting new acquaintances with huge–sweet smiles and having a bite of the good old days.
|Banquet in Mesa|
|D'ya want a postcard sent straight from the Island of Boracay?|
As early as 8:00 in the morning, we tried first the popular helmet diving as queued for our barkada package. I considered the activity cool, extreme and scary. Wearing a head gear too heavy for you to have the weight and stay-still under the water for 15 minutes or so, aided by only a limited amount of air and the feeling of isolation, the experience was indeed nerve-wracking but then it was fun seeing those lovely and multi-colored fish while we feed them and playing gleefully in a scenic draft of corals.
|Panoramic view of the Boracay beachfront.|
Included as well in our itinerary was the ATV or buggy car where we had a pretty good journey from the island's towering hill to its peak view on Mount Luho; the fact that my cart encountered a problem all through our drive, it made the experience more thrilling. To wrap up the half–day adventure, the group tried the Sky Cycle and dropped by the entertaining Trick Art Museum and Buttterfly Gallery in Happy Dreamland.
|Lovely exhibit at the Butterfly Museum of Happy Dreamland.|
|Boracay ― Island Hopping & Tour|
Boracay experience wouldn't be complete unless you try out the island tour where you will see yourself its stunning natural resource. Our boat stopped by a diving site where we geared up for snorkeling and again feeding a school of fish, not to mention, the weird–black sea urchins scattered off the sea floor.
Boracay is bordered by picturesque reserve, from its ample marine life to deep–rooted trees that live for centuries in the foothills; it's also bounded by scenic white beaches.
Before the sun sets, our boatman dropped us at our last break for the island tour ― the Puka Beach. Not like in the three sections with a powdery coastline, the beach is famous with its pebbly white sand. There we had a wonderful time enjoying the lovely sunset while leaving our foot prints in the sand, soaking in the saltwater and playing our digital camera through a couple of group shots. Indeed, the beach is picture–perfect for epic jump shots especially since it's pristine and untouched, no commercial establishments but just a number of nipa cottages.
|Boracay ― Puka Beach|
On day three, though the weather was not in our favor, we still managed to stop–by some shops in D'Talipapa. Key chains, fridge magnets, hand–made abaca bags and souvenir shirts were just some of the pasalubongs we've purchased during our visit in the well–known marketplace.
|Souvenir mugs sold at D'Talipapa.|
Round the clock, may it by day or night, activities and events in the island of Boracay are endless. With great menus of food serving everywhere, non-stop entertainment, high-class accommodations, warm smiling people and the island itself; is what Boracay differ from any other tourist sites and known by the world today.
Boracay, I promise that we will see you again very soon!
Travel Tips: If you plan to have a one of a kind and fun–filled getaway in Boracay, you have to search or at least read a lot of info through the Internet and better consider the season for you to have a worry free vacation. Also, travel in group ‘coz I assure you it's more fun and exciting most especially if you're with friends, loved ones and family.
*Some of the photographs posted herein are credited to my cousins Kheii and Shamiii.