Boracay, the Philippines

After working five business days in Makati City, we flew early Saturday morning to Boracay. Boracay is about 7 km long and 2km wide at its narrowest point. Boracay Island is a well-known tourist spot in the Philippines. If you want to have a beach holiday, this is the place for you.

Boracay has been described as the mythical deserted island to which people fantasize about fleeing when they are stressed at work. The best beach on the island is called White Beach, which is a 4 km stretch of beautiful white sand on the western side of the island. This is one of the few naturally produced white sand beaches in the world.

Asian Spirit took us to the Caticlan airport, and from Caticlan, a boat took us to the Seawind Resort at Boracay’s White Beach. We were greeted with a beaded necklace. The resort was very nice.

Boracay girl

After checking into the bungalow, we went to explore the beach. This was definitely the finest beach we have seen. The sand was so white and tiny, the water was so turquoise blue, and as the sun was out, it was difficult to keep my eyes open without sunglasses. And we did not have sunglasses. But of course, in the normal tourist spot, the sunglasses sellers come to you. We bought two pairs of sunglasses for 200 PHP each, and now we were reasonably equipped.

Because of the monsoon wind blowing from the White Beach side in August, the sea was rough and swimming in the sea was extreme, but we did it. After swimming, we were targets for different beach-sellers. We bought only fruits, but offers ranged from a snorkeling trip to a massage.

After walking on the beach and having a seafood soup for lunch, we went on the island tour by tricycle. The tricycle did not look very new, but it was still an interesting ride. Although our help was needed, once it got stuck in the mud or did not have enough power to head up to the mountain.

The first spot was Mount Luho, the highest point in Boracay. It rises to an altitude of about 100 meters above sea level. The panoramic view from the top makes the demanding climb or ride worthwhile. For our tricycle, the ride was too hard with three people sitting on top, so two of us took a walk.

After beautiful views from the top and saving the tricycle from mud, we were driving ahead to another beach. There was also a tourist market here, where various hand-made souvenirs were made.Locals also made them there, such as by drilling holes in shells and making necklaces.

Kids playing in Boracay

After that, the driver took us to his home in Punta Bunga village. Compared to what we saw in Port Barton, life here was more developed. The house itself was tiny, but for example, electricity was here 24 hours a day.

We also visited Bat Cave and Crystal Cave. The caves were only some 20 meters below, but it was dark, cool, steep, and slippery. We were wearing sandals instead of boots. Our young guide held a light to show us what was in the caves. Then, at the bottom of the cave, we hear the bats squeaking at the top of the cave.

We had a nice evening on the beach, just walking. We also had the famous Filipino massage, which was really good. We had dinner at the resort with some San Miquels. I must say, I like Filipino food. It is not something really special, but well flavored.

The next morning, we visited Talipapa Market—a place where hordes of locals and tourists hang on the streets, where anything can be bought and all prices are haggled. Here you can do one of two things, or both: shop til you drop for beachwear, souvenirs, trinkets, fresh fruits, and whatnot, or just feast your senses on the riot of colors and cacophony of sounds.

Later, we spent time on the beach and pool, enjoying the sun. The wind was really strong that day. Because of that, the banca boat was not able to land on the white beach.

By the evening, we arrived in Makati City at our hotel in order to work another week.

The story continues at Lake Taal

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