Boracay Island is a small strip of land in the province of Aklan. It has long been regarded as the best beach in the country, and for consecutive years, is on the list of the world’s top destinations. The foamy exchange of the waves and the fine sand is by itself enough invitation to stroll the beach.
Bora, as it is fondly called, is a long stretch of beach divided in what locals call Stations (1-3). The morning is usually for water sports and adventures, or simply a relaxation by the shore. One can try the popular banana boat, fly fish, para-sailing and helmet diving. The place comes to life by night time with fire dancers, music, liquor and a lot of partying. It’s tranquil by day and trancing by night!
For those wanting to escape the noise, rent a boat to bring you to Puka Beach, a relatively empty place perfect for bathing and chatting with friends, while still enjoying the white sand and the azure waters of Boracay.
Good food is all over the place. Whether you are on budget or just simply want to splurge, you will always find that big bite for your appetite. Places for you to lodge is also from the relatively cheap to jaw-dropping expensive. Take time to really plan things out before you pack your bags. You can try Eurotel or a humble inn you or your friends know of. Jaypee, my awesome travel buddy, and I stayed at Ellen’s Apartelle. It was cheaper but the accommodation was fine (aircon room, private shower, and clean bed) coupled with a plated breakfast. Breakfasts are a must for us when we travel. We don’t want to wake up every morning worrying about what and where to eat. Remember to always be true to yourself and what you can only afford. You wouldn’t want to come home broke, or worse, buried in debt.
The island has it’s own international airport so tourists can have direct access to the place from wherever they are. Flights directly to Caticlan is expensive (from the perspective of a budget traveler like me). The airport, however, needs a lot of upgrade and something has to be done with the extremely long lines outside and in the check-in counters. I personally had to line up from ten in the evening to make it to my two in the morning flight. Imagine that!
For those wanting a bit of adventure and short on flight budget, you may opt to book a flight to Kalibo, the capital of the province of Aklan. It’s cheaper but will take you a little longer to experience the white sands. There are buses that ferry passengers to Sabang Port. That’s a two – hour drive add-on to your travel time.
Finally, visit Boracay with an open mind. The place may be quite liberated, but still deserving of our respect, the same respect we give to any great beach in the country. Boracay will remain on the A-list for years, and it would be great to help keep it that way. =)