A Paradise Called Boracay
Boracay island Philippines is one place that grows on you. Once you have been there, you can’t help but come back again and again and again.
If you are a sun worshiper with a taste for the beach, white sands and gentle breeze, then this is the place for you. But these are not the only things that Boracay has to offer although they are the major reasons tourists flock to this paradise.
Barefoot on the beach
The first thing I usually do when I get to Boracay is to walk barefoot on the sand. You can do this no matter what time of the day. The white, powdery sand remains cool even at noon, so it’s really fun to walk barefoot along the beach. I also read somewhere that it is good for one’s heart and circulation to walk barefoot on the sand.
Sand is made for walking
Swim and play
Swimming is the favorite activity of visitors to this place. The best times to swim are before 10am and after 4pm. Why am I saying this? Well, it’s because the clear, blue water of Boracay is so inviting such that you tend to forget doctors’ admonition about the ill effects of too much sun.
If you are a sports enthusiast, then you should try jet skiing, boating, sailing, diving, snorkeling and other water sports. Don’t forget to also take a boat tour of the island. The tour goes around the island and will take you to some less frequented spots where you might find some “treasures” like a rare crab or a butterfly farm.
Sunset in Boracay
Take a photo
Sunset in Boracay is spectacular especially during the months of April to July. As the sun sets, restaurants along the beach bring out their tables and chairs so you can have a drink or two as you wait for the sun to color the sky. Don’t forget your camera too. I have taken so many sunset photos of Boracay but I still keep on shooting more every time I go back for another visit. Every sunset is different from another.
Dance and Party
In the evening, the beach is alive with activity. The various restaurants and hotels have their own shows and there is always a party going on. Graceful dancers also perform “fire dancing” and the dancers are always willing to give you a lesson or two about fire dancing. However, the best way to start the lesson is to first dance without the fire. The dancers usually conduct free lessons in the afternoon using pieces of cloth, so that by nighttime you can dance with the real thing (hopefully).
You should try the food in any of the restaurants along the beach. Everything is fresh and you can choose any seafood that you want grilled or cooked any other way. It is always so refreshing to feel the warm breeze caressing your hair as you sip young coconut juice and eat fresh crabs and shrimps with your bare hands. You could of course use a spoon and fork, but it’s so much more fun to eat with bare hands. Somehow it seems appropriate for beachside eating.
Boracay is also a haven for shoppers. There is a mall with many little shops as well as many other small stores along the beach. If one knows how to bargain and speak the language one can practically get all sorts of trinkets and souvenirs for a song.
Where to stay
There are many hotels in Boracay. There is always one that will fit your budget. The type of accommodation can range from 5 star hotels to a friendly neighbor who has a room to spare. The rates however can go up during the peak season, meaning the summer months and during the Christmas break.
There are many other things you can do in Boracay but I will leave that to you to discover when you decide to visit.
As for me, I’m sure I will still keep on going back to Boracay, it’s my island paradise.