One of the World’s Best Islands – Boracay, Philippines
I don’t know, but I believe everyone has a dream, a dream house, dream car, dream partner and, of course, a dream holiday destination. Philippines’ top holiday destination, one of the World’s Best Islands as awarded by some international travel magazines is Boracay.
I went to Boracay in 2017, before its closure for the major renovation. I believe it’s much more clean and impressive this time because of all the improvements undertaken. I can’t imagine how I felt the first time I set my eyes on the island. I saw photos of Boracay before but I wasn’t prepared of what I would see once I get my feet to this place.
Boracay is something a Filipino would always be proud of. The beach, the sea, and the vibe of a a top holiday destination are all captured by the Island, that I’m sure, you’ll have a nostalgic feeling once you leave the place.
I was mesmerized by the sights. I wondered how could this paradise turns out exactly what’s on the postcards. I bent down to touch the sand and frankly speaking, the beach is so fine, almost like a powder. I sat down and gazed at the horizon and the surroundings. I saw colorful sails, people swimming, sailing and windsurfing, children building sand castle by the beach with their parents, and some who just lie down on a beach towel, taking a nap. All of these have been in my head when I dreamt of my own holiday.
How to come to Boracay?
I booked a flight from Manila to Caticlan (Boracay) for PhP6,000.00 fare which is around $120-125.00. From Caticlan (Boracay) airport, I headed to the seaport which is just nearby. When I arrive at the seaport, I paid an environmental fee, a banca ticket going to Boracay Island, and a local fee, all at PhP175.00 or about $4.00. The banca ride is short from the seaport to Boracay which took only 15-20 minutes. Then, I took a tricycle at PhP25.00 fare, less than a dollar, if you’re alone, you’ll pay PhP150.00 or $3.00 for a special trip. I got to our hotel after some 15 mins.
Should you like to spend less, you can take a bus from Pasay to Batangas Pier, then take a ferryboat, which minimum fare is PhP1,500 or around $30.00. If there would be changes on the fees and fares, it would be minimal, I guess.
For your accommodation, it is best to book online in advance through booking apps (I relied on Agoda.com many times) for quality and affordable hotels and/or lodging houses. There are a lot of restaurants and shops around to buy your stuff, so don’t worry if you forgot a thing.
What to do in Boracay?
It is best to swim or just stroll around the beach early morning for the sunrise or in the afternoon at 4 pm to 6 pm to watch the sunset.
There are a lot of activities that you can do aside from just strolling on the beach and swimming, try scuba diving, boat tours, and kite boarding. You may also write a journal to record your day-to-day activities, a souvenir of all your memories in Boracay. Just enjoy!