BORACAY

The tropical island in the Philippines known for its white sand beaches, and frequently visited by locals and foreigners all-year-round.

Back in 2009, my friend’s travel photos in the Philippines inspired me, so I decided to do my own traveling next annual leave.

For a couple of months, I spent most of my free time building my first ever backpacking trip itinerary. The hardest thing to do while trying to make the itinerary as best as possible was fitting in all the places I wanted to visit on a very short travel period; seven provinces in Visayas and Mindanao in 12 days. It was a tight one so I had to maximize my time in the Philippines.

To on ticket costs, we booked all the flight four months before the trip. Accommodations were booked, and everything was taken care of. All that was waiting was for me to actually start the trip.

The first leg of my 12 days backpacking trip was in Boracay, the tropical island in the Philippines known for its white sand beaches, and frequently visited by locals and foreigners all-year-round.

Boracay-1cUpon arrival at Caticlan Airport, a guy from the beach hotel accompanied me to the jetty port, and took an outrigger boat heading to Boracay Island. I stayed in La Carmela de Boracay in the White Beach. It was a good choice location-wise as this is in Station 2, the busiest of all the three stations in the White Beach. Station 2 is where you can find a lot of restaurants and bars, and boutiques along the beach path. D’Mall is also situated here. If you want to shop for cheaper price, you can take a stroll to Station 3, where the D’Talipapa is located. You’ll find souvenirs, vegetables, meats, and fresh seafood there.

I enjoyed myself driving ATV to Mt. Luho, the highest point in the island. I also visited the Butterfly Farm and was in awe of the bats.

We rode a boat to get to the parasailing site. I felt scared and excited at the same time whilst whisked into the sky. It was roughly a 20-minute gliding in the sky, and worth the price.

Helmet diving was still new at that time. It looks funny when you compare the helmets three years ago and the helmet today. The helmet before was huge like the one used by the astronauts when they landed on the moon.

I had great time feeding the fishes with the bread from the instructor. Fishes of different colors swarmed around me, once they see the bread. It was a day full of fun and experiences.

Boracay has been my first on so many things–first backpacking, first ATV ride, first parasailing experience, first time holding a bat with my bare hands, and first time to be bitten by mosquitoes without a fuss.

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