Boracay, Philippines

For my 29th birthday, I decided that I will spend it in Boracay since I have always wanted to go there but I’d continually find reasons to postpone it. But I was determined this time. In early December last year, I booked the flights. Admittedly, this is my first domestic travel since 2001 when my family left from Cotabato City to Manila. I figured this was the perfect time to explore my country again and what best way to do it but by visiting the world-famous island of Boracay.

I was traveling all on my own yet again. I spent 4 days and 3 nights on the island (January 3-6). The experience didn’t really start on a good note as I arrived on a very gloomy Boracay. And during my first day, the rain poured the whole day, whole night. So I was pretty much stuck in the hotel. What a great way to begin my vacation, right? I just kept praying that the weather cooperates the next day. And sure enough, though slow, the weather got better. And I was more than glad to make the most out of it.

I was able to do some snorkeling, visited a couple of caves, got to do island hopping and reef walking. For the rest of the time, I just lazed around by the beach without a care in the world (as how vacations are supposed to be).

Despite the terrible start and poor weather, Boracay offers breathtaking sceneries. The waters are great, the sands are as fine as they can get and the people provide the right energy that makes the island so alive.

As in most vacations, my birthday vacation was short-lived. But it’s always bittersweet that way. The things you can’t get enough of are usually the ones you don’t get much of. In the end, we savor those rare events of our lives the most. If some thing happens all the time, it becomes mundane. So, I guess it’s best this way.

Oh Boracay, I miss you already.

Some boat at Puka Beach, Boracay
Some boat at Puka Beach, Boracay
The iconic blue sailboat in Boracay
The iconic blue sailboat in Boracay
The waters of Boracay, Philippines
The waters of Boracay, Philippines
Northern-most part of Boracay called Puka Beach
Northern-most part of Boracay called Puka Beach
Bad weather won't keep people from flocking the shore of Boracay
Bad weather won’t keep people from flocking the shore of Boracay
Approaching Diniwid Beach, Boracay
Approaching Diniwid Beach, Boracay
Island hopping on a sunny Boracay
Island hopping on a sunny Boracay
The crowds that bring life to Boracay
The crowds that bring life to Boracay
Prenuptial pictorial at Puka Beach, Boracay
Prenuptial pictorial at Puka Beach, Boracay
The busy shore of Boracay
The busy shore of Boracay
2 beach chairs, 1 umbrella, 1 Boracay
2 beach chairs, 1 umbrella, 1 Boracay
Beachfront lunch at Bamboo Lounge in Boracay
Beachfront lunch at Bamboo Lounge in Boracay
A gloomy weather won't even rid Boracay of its picturesque charm
A gloomy weather won’t even rid Boracay of its picturesque charm
Puka Shell Beach, Boracay
Puka Shell Beach, Boracay
Diniwid Beach, Boracay
Diniwid Beach, Boracay
A lonesome swimmer at Puka Beach, Boracay
A lonesome swimmer at Puka Beach, Boracay
Partly cloudy, partly sunny day at the white beach Boracay
Partly cloudy, partly sunny day at the white beach Boracay
Boats sailing at sunset in Boracay
Boats sailing at sunset in Boracay
Long stretches of white sand and rows of coconut trees in Boracay
Long stretches of white sand and rows of coconut trees in Boracay
Coconut trees really do provide character to Boracay
Coconut trees really do provide character to Boracay
The famous white sands of Boracay, Philippines
The famous white sands of Boracay, Philippines
Footprints in the sands of white beach Boracay
Footprints in the sands of white beach Boracay
Arriving ashore in Station 1, Boracay
Arriving ashore in Station 1, Boracay
The compulsory sunset shot at Boracay
The compulsory sunset shot at Boracay
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15 thoughts on “Boracay, Philippines

    1. True. But I think people have long since forgiven this and just recognize the fact that despite being a heavy-tourist destination, it maintains its waters and shores relatively clean and remain “sleaze”-free (unlike say Phuket). But it’s not to say Boracay is exempt of “issues” of course.

    1. Thanks for the belated greeting! Boracay is indeed a lovely place. If you get the chance, please visit my country too. We have over 7,000 stunning islands to offer! And yes, do watch out for my Siem Reap trip next month as I will eagerly await your upcoming travels as well πŸ™‚

    1. I tried my best, Nadia πŸ™‚ You can only imagine how (extra) beautiful Boracay would be on a really bright, sunny day! You’ve been to the Philippines, I assume? Where did you go?

    1. Hi Jeff. We have seen drastic changes in our seasons here in the Philippines the past few years (clear signs of global warming, anyone?). We get typhoons when it’s supposed to be dry and it gets extremely hot when it’s supposed to be a rainy season. Weather-wise, there’s no telling anymore when’s the “best” time to visit. My advice is to NOT miss going to Boracay when you’re in the country already especially if you have time to spare anyway. It’s beautiful in Boracay even with a bad weather. I look forward to reading about your trip here πŸ™‚

  1. Boracay is on my list. I hope to fit a trip in before June sometime. But I’m torn between there and Palawan. I’d love to do both, but time and money means it will probably have to just be the one.

    1. Boracay is heaving with tourists and locals alike and it is a party island as in it will be loud at night. So not sure if you’re into that kind of vibe. The beaches are pretty amazing though and sands are as fine as the ones in Maldives. But then there’s the “algae” thing happening every now and then which makes the waters less appealing to swim in. So timing is key to truly enjoy the island.

      I’ve never been to Palawan. But from what my sister has told me, it’s more laid back, [very] quiet and definitely lesser tourists.

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