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Boracay Chronicles 2016: Around the Island

The runner in me kicked in on our third and final full day in Boracay.  And this is also the day we got to see the entire island, and more!

My day started with this view from our room 🙂

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Boracay Adventures: Realization (Day 3)

Coming to the third day of our Boracay trip I realized something—three days are not enough! There’s just so many things you can do in this lovely island that three days are simply not enough.

Third day in Boracay, time to say goodbye (for now)

Our return flight to Manila takes us to the Kalibo International Airport about an hour and a half away from the island so we had no choice but to leave fairly early.  Travelling from Caticlan Port to Kalibo was my least favorite part of the travel as the long winding road was rough despite being paved, and it was in fact longer time-wise than our flight to Manila.  Good thing I brought along some sleep to help pass the time.

Kalibo International Airport

With so many things to do in so little time I was glad to be able to at least have a taste on why tourists flock this lovely island.  Aside from having one of the finest beaches in the world, Boracay is also one of the most tourist-friendly locations in the country.  The people are friendly, there are so many good food to choose from, and everyone’s bound to find something they’d like in the island.

Caving in Crystal Cove

Banana Boating

Personally I really loved all the activities we did particularly reef walking as for a short moment in time I was in another world—makes you feel like an astronaut (aside from looking like one!).  It was a truly different perspective seeing marine life go about from the sea floor.

Visitor from the above water world

Thank God for giving the Philippines a truly wonderful gift that is Boracay.  I hope that the island remains the same for a long time and for us tourist we too are part of the effort to maintain its natural beauty.  I’ve seen quite a handful of litter in some areas of the beach that obviously are due to man’s activity and can easily be avoided by simply throwing your trash in the right places.  I’ve never found a perfect place for me to run barefoot and I don’t want to lose it to trash.  And I sure hope that the island’s rapid development won’t sacrifice nature.

Boracay Skyline 🙂

Crystal Cove

Paraws of Boracay


Now that I saw the island I’m craving for more!  I promised myself that I’d be back soon to take “revenge” on some activities I wasn’t able to do.  Among these are parasailing, skimboarding, bar-hopping, touring via ATV, etc.  Of course next time around I’ll be sure to run White Beach edge to edge, barefoot of course.  I can’t wait to return to your shores, Boracay!

I ♥ Boracay


Boracay Adventures: Exploration (Day 2)

After our team-building activities on the morning of our second day (facilitated by Patio Pacific) we were again set for more adventures the island offers.  What’s the most typical sight you see on popular beaches?  Banana boats!

Because of the size of our group we used the bigger banana boat (photo by Lea Batino)

Believe it or not it was my first time to ride a banana boat because I wasn’t too much motivated before to ride one, and apparently it’s a great way to have to mini tour of the island.  You can see the island from different angles and distances, nice!  It was a good thing that groups are allowed to have a photographer on the speed boat that pulls the banana boat so we have some pictures to boast!

Enjoying the fine beach of Boracay

Since the banana boat only covered a small area of Tablas Strait (the body of water in front of White Beach) and not all of us were able to do so, we were off for a more “in depth” tour of Boracay.

The picturesque Crystal Cove

Inside cave 1

Entering Cave 2

Crystal clear waters

A day earlier we were viewing the underwater world from the sea floor with reef walking, this time around from the surface by snorkeling.  We were brought to this great snorkeling sight and how I wished I had an underwater camera to share the wonderful sights we saw.

Ice cream being sold in the middle of the sea! There was even another one that was selling coconuts. (Courtesy Patrick Oliveros)

Greeted by lots and lots of bats on our way back to Boracay (courtesy Patrick Oliveros)

Pit stop at Puka Shell Beach (courtesy Lea Batino)

As we were gradually moving back to Station 2 (making a complete loop of Boracay Island) we were presented with one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen.  My camera unfortunately ran out of batteries so I can only sigh and marvel at nature’s beauty.

A beautiful day concluded upon us but of course being our last night in Boracay we didn’t let the night pass without exploring the night life (what happened in Boracay stays in Boracay :)).  I was glad that I was able to get running out of my system on our first day so the runner in me wasn’t as guilty with the pleasures the island offered.

What?! (A sign beside a pool)

Up next is our last day in Boracay together with some tips I learned with this memorable trip to paradise.

Next: Realization

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