I’ve published my Top Ten Lists on a variety of topics from Champagne to Adventures Requiring Liquid Courage. I never put together a top list of beaches because it would take an eternity to setup the parameters for what makes one beach better than another. If I did put that list together, Boracay would be at or near the top. This assumes that the disgusting sewage problem which has resulted in the island’s closure to tourists is resolved. Instead of focusing on that mess, I would like to take this opportunity to write a happy review of the island from my pre-blogging days.
The year was 2009. I was living in Shanghai as part of earning my MBA. Thanks to tactful scheduling, my semester ended the first week of November, leaving me with nothing to do but travel. For Thanksgiving, I decided to go to the Philippines for the first time. To get to Boracay, I flew Cebu Pacific to Manila, arrived early in the morning, and caught the connecting flight to Kalibo. From there, I had to take the hell bus to the water and take a trusty paraw to Boracay, followed by a tuk tuk ride. Here is that journey in pictures:
With no points, I stayed at a small hostel in a private room near White Beach, an appropriate name for a beach that was just that. With no friends, I went on a tour of the island which included snorkeling and a cave straight out of Baywatch.
The Beautiful Beach
When you’re in the ocean, focus on the horizon and the immaculately clear water. Do not look at the shore which has destroyed the beauty of the beach. Small shops, restaurants, and bars contaminate what was once an unspoiled paradise. Instead of being upset by the disregard of nature by mankind, enjoy the peaceful bath water experience. There are no waves to bother you, and there are no rocks, seaweed, or coral to mangle your feet.
Interfering With Nature
Everyone appreciates a cup of coffee, but there doesn’t have to be a Starbucks literally on every corner.
The Island Tour
I am never excited to go snorkeling until I actually go snorkeling. If you’re in Boracay, snorkeling is a must. Just be sure that no one photobombs your picture.
Other highlights of the island tour were the caves where the water would rush in, and everyone would hold on until it rushed back out.
The Sunset Cruise
Be sure to get out early enough for a cruise to see the sun go down. The harbor is full of boats and tourists trying to catch one last glimpse of the sun. This is not to be missed.
The nightlife in Boracay is timid. There are a few bars on the beach. They are comparable to what you would find in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
Boracay, get your ‘ish together, literally. Don’t ruin heaven on earth.