Boracay, You Sexy Beach!

I was reading through some old posts earlier on this week, and I stumbled across a post from 2014 in which I listed the ‘Top 10 Places I’d Like to Visit‘. Whilst I’m far from completing even half of the list, I can proudly say that I have now visited Amsterdam and now, finally, after many years, I’ve visited Boracay. How do I even begin to explain Boracay? That magical little island famous for its white sand beaches and is honestly one of the most relaxing places on Earth. If you’re looking for paradise, well look no further…

Day 1

I realised that at this point I had been up early everyday since I arrived in the Philippines. I don’t ever remember actually having a lie-in. Nevertheless, it was probably a good thing because we managed to get more done during the day that way. Anyway, the morning we flew to Boracay my mother and I were up at 4AM. We were staying at my Tita’s in Manila, so we had to drop off my cousin and Tita to school before my Tito drove us to the airport. Traffic in Manila is something else, I tell ya. I remember when I was in the Philippines a few years back and the traffic then, but I swear it’s gotten worse. God forbid I ever use public transport there (I know I sound like a snob, heh). 

Our flight was at 10AM and we arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport with plenty of time to spare. We walked around a bit before deciding to head to Jollibee for breakfast because who denies fried chicken for breakfast? Not me, that’s for sure. I love how they have a special breakfast set, which is basically just Chickenjoy but with a fried egg and fried rice instead of normal rice. Ang sarap, though.

Because of course Filipinos are generally a late people (I try not to stereotype, but it’s true), our flight was delayed by an hour (or perhaps it was 2 hours) and it was ages before we arrived at Kalibo airport. Side note: We were standing near the conveyor belt waiting for our luggage when I overhead this guy mentioning that he’d been living in the Philippines for almost 5 years and that he had recently visited “Say-boo”. 5 years in the Philippines and you can’t even pronounce Cebu correctly? OKAY.

Heading to Kalibo was only the first part of our long journey to Boracay. My cousin had booked us transport to Caticlan Jetty Port, so it was a 2 hour bus journey to there in which I obviously fell asleep during the whole ride. Once we arrived at the port, it was a 15 minute boat ride to Boracay! We all got ferried onto this rickety little boat and I was holding on for dear life just trying to board. I genuinely thought I was gonna drop off the side, but thankfully I made it.

In the little rickety boat with our sexy life jackets on

Once we finally arrived on the island, it was another short journey to La Carmela de Boracay Resort Hotel. The hotel itself was lovely. Our package included breakfast, so that was a bonus and whilst you had to pay for wifi per day in your room there was free wifi in the lobby so it wasn’t too bad. Also, you get fresh juice drink upon arrival which was lovely.

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Our first day was spent literally walking the most of the beach on the island. Like I mentioned previously Boracay is famous for its white sand beaches, and goddamn it is so fucking beautiful. No words to describe the sense of peace I felt whilst strolling alongside the ocean. I’ll mention briefly that before I went away, I wasn’t in a great place but that moment, on that beach, 1000 miles away from all my problems, I was at peace. It was what I needed to get myself out of my stupor.

So in love

It’s like a dream

We visited the activities area where we booked island hopping and scuba diving for the next day. The island hopping promised a delicious looking buffet, which I was looking forward to. We also witnessed a wedding, which made my icy heart melt โค๏ธ

We were meant to go out to dinner that evening after we got back to the hotel, but it had honestly been such a long day that we slept all the way until the next morning. ๐Ÿ˜†

Day 2

We had breakfast at the hotel, which consisted of the usual: fried rice, spam, scrambled and fried egg, corned beef. They also had toast with butter, pancakes, fruit, mango and pineapple juice, and coffee and tea. It was quite a selection. I had enough to feed a small army (you think I’m joking). After breakfast, we on a morning beach walk, which is something I could do everyday to start my day. I know for sure that my days would definitely be better starting that way.

Morning beach walks, FTW

We then headed to the meeting point for the boat for island hopping. You know I said previously Filipinos are generally a late people… yeah, it showed again that morning. The boat was meant to arrive at 9… it did not arrive until 10.30 ๐Ÿ˜’ We also basically had to swim in the ocean before we could even board the boat, so my playsuit was hella wet once I was seated. It was quite hot that day, anyway so I dried quickly. I was planning on wearing my swimsuit underneath but decided against it – had to wait until we got to Crystal Cove Island to change into it, so missed out on the snorkelling the first time around.

The boat was basically in the middle of the ocean ๐Ÿ˜†

Mummy’s bighead

Our first stop was Crystal Cove Island located about 10-15 minutes away from White Beach, Boracay. There are various pathways that will lead you all around the island – there is quite a lot to discover from museums to the sea coves. You have to climb down quite deep to get into the caves and I was the only one brave enough to do so, but it was so worth it. I didn’t want to risk my phone whilst down there because the waves were crashing pretty high, so I left it with my mum whilst I was exploring. It was spectacular, though! I did manage to get some other pictures, though, including one of me desperately looking for bae. ๐Ÿ˜†

Views from Crystal Cove

Living that mermaid life

After exploring Crystal Cove (which actually got pretty exhausting because there just SO much to explore. Great workout, though), we headed over to a different island for lunch. We had to wait fucking ages, though, because they only had one bus when we arrived so they took one batch over to the lunch area first and then we had to wait for it to come back and take us. The food wasn’t even anything to write home about, anyway, which sucked. We didn’t even get the prawns we wanted, which were advertised as part of the buffet ๐Ÿ˜’ Definitely wasn’t happy with that part of the island hopping.

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Before heading to Puka Shell Beach, we stopped for some snorkelling. I had changed into my swimsuit at that point, so I happily donned a snorkelled and jumped into the clear blue sea. I’ve never snorkel before that, so it was an amazing experience and something I would not have passed up despite nearly ruining my wig ๐Ÿ˜† It was so worth seeing all the corals and fish in the sea – made me wish I had a GoPro so I could have documented it all. Thankfully, some hair oil I bought in 7/11 saved my wig and it actually put some bounce back in it! Thank God.

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Our last stop was Puka Shell Beach, also known as Yapak. This is definitely one of the quieter islands, as there are no hotels or anything on the beach. It seems so untouched and is probably the best place to be alone with your thoughts. You can walk for miles and not encounter anybody. It is so peaceful. We stumbled across a man offering to take our photo in front of his Puka Beach sandcastle in exchange for a few pesos. It was for his family, so we couldn’t resist. Also, the sandcastle was hella awesome! I can barely make a normal sandcastle let alone that amazing sculpture.

I was also totally feeling myself in my new red swimsuit from Pretty Little Thing and made my mum do an impromptu photoshoot on a secluded part of the beach ๐Ÿ˜†

I’ve officially become that person who takes picture like this โ˜๐Ÿพ

Cheesing

Unfortunately, the island hopping literally took the whole day and so by the time we got back, it was too late to do the scuba diving. We got our money back, but my cousin and my mum let the lady who sold us the activity HAVE IT. Naturally, the island hopping was great but the service was abysmal. Will definitely not be using D’Chosen Fun Tours again.

After heading back to the hotel for a quick shower and rest, we headed out for dinner. We ended up in Victory Divers Resto-Bar where there was a buffet, which was much better than the one we had on the tour! We also had a jug of iced tea, so refreshing. Just outside the restaurant, there was a coconut water seller. There are quite a few of them on the strip, but this is only one I saw that sold fresh coconut water mixed with THREE shots of rum. Yeah, that’s right THREE. You can view this video and hear my mother voice her obvious disgust, lol.

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I, for obvious reasons, was feeling like a hot mess after finishing my drink. The coconut itself is actually really heavy! Also, there was tons of water in there. The urge to go toilet was strong after a while. Nevertheless, I carried this heavy ass coconut whilst we went around D’Talipapa Market. I managed to get a shot glass for my collection and a personalised keyring. My mum bought a shit ton of dried mango to bring back home, haha.

After exploring, we wondered back onto the main strip. We managed to catch the fire dancers that were actually dancing outside the hotel we were staying at. There were a few others at another restaurant. It was so cool! I also got henna done; I let the guy freestyle his design and it turned out so pretty. It’s been ages since I’ve had henna done on my hand. My cousin also got me to try Isaw ng Manok (grilled chicken intestine) and Inihaw na Isaw ng Baboy (BBQ pork intestine), which was actually tastier than I thought it would be! I mean intestines, amirite? I was feeling pretty tired at this point (also slightly drunk) and so we decided to head back to the hotel.

Day 3

My cousin had arranged for a bus to pick us up from our hotel to take us back to the port at 1PM, so we had some time to kill. After breakfast and check out, we decided to head back to D’Talipapa Market to pick a few more gifts for family and friends. We actually spent quite a bit of time there, so by the time we got back to the hotel we were hungry. We ended up at the Hangover Kitchen, which was located quite near the hotel, and I had some delicious chicken inasal. We also had sizzling pork sisig, which was equally delicious. I love Filipino food ๐Ÿ˜ I also spotted this awesome sign which resonates so much with me. Tell ’em!

After eating we chilled out in the hotel lobby whilst we waited for our bus to come pick us up and to start the loooooong journey back to Manila. Once we arrived in Manila, we stayed at my cousins house and in the morning we took the coach back to Tarlac ๐Ÿ˜Š

Overall, Boracay was an amazing experience and I am just dying to go back and experience it all over again. Everything from the beaches, sunshine, to the food and stunning views, everything about that island is freaking perfect. Boracay is breathtaking and I know I will be back. Fo’sho.

bye, boracay. you’ve been breathtaking; i’ll be back ๐Ÿ’•

8 Comments

  1. December 15, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    In my head, this is what paradise looks like! The water is so clear and inviting. Just wow!

    I find being close to the sea so relaxing. If ever I have any worries I take a walk along the beach and I feel so much better.

    It’s a shame that the service on the island hopping trip was so bad, but fair play to your mum and cousin for making them aware of it. Regardless of the service it looks like such an amazing adventure.

    Your mum is so funny in that video. “Lord have mercy” haha!!!

  2. December 16, 2016 / 4:51 pm

    Wow, Boracay looks amazing! Always so jealous of your travels – swear you’re never in the UK anymore! All the photos look so beautiful, and I love your photo of you on the beach.

    Sorry that the buffet wasn’t great. At least you made up for it afterwards! Can’t believe you tried intestines though. I’d never be that daring haha.

    Glad to hear you had a lovely time!

    By the way, I was literally crying with laughter at your comment on my blog. Sometimes a Christmas tree just needs a bit of a fluff. You know, to get them in the “spirit” and that…

  3. December 17, 2016 / 9:37 am

    Oh, my goodness, Chynna! Those photos of the beaches are stunning! I am not really into these sort of beaches (or the tropical weather, just no thanks!!!), but you’re making me want to visit Boracay XD Not sure if it is a place I’d travel alone, though. I think there are some places that are great for solo travelling, but for places like Boracay, I think it’s better to go with others ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m glad you had a good time! It’s great you were able to scratch off couple of places off your dream destinations list ^^ I am no wondering where you’ll travel to next in 2017! I’m sure you have some places planned out ๐Ÿ˜€

    Thanks for sharing your adventures of Boracay. It, indeed, is a sexy beach, hahaha! ^_^

  4. December 17, 2016 / 11:02 am

    So it’s official…visiting the Philippines is now on my Bucket List – a list that never seems to get shorter. But anyhow, I am so happy to hear that you had a nice time, and I love all of your pictures.

  5. December 18, 2016 / 10:14 am

    It must have been amazing visiting Boracay after all those years! I know I always feel accomplished when I look back at my goals for a month or even a year and manage to tick stuff off! ๐Ÿ˜›

    This whole post has made me so envious! I know a lot of my Filipino friends are off back to Philippines this time of year, it’s always been a dream to go back especially when it’s grey, rainy and cold in Sheffield ๐Ÿ˜› It looks like you had a great time, I’ve never been so tired that I miss a meal though – I’ve fallen asleep before when I was super tired but my hungry tummy woke me up ahaha! xD

    HAHAH SAY-BOO THAT WILL GET ME EVERYTIME HAHA! xD

    I love your photos and don’t worry girl, the beach, with my back as the main focus is my typical holiday pic ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hahaha!

  6. December 18, 2016 / 11:19 am

    Traffic in Indonesia must be pretty similar to that of the Philippines. ๐Ÿ˜† Itโ€™s intense, and you spend ages trying to get to some place where you believe you could literally walk faster to. Not to mention, because of that, itโ€™s embedded in the culture that people are fashionably late and they donโ€™t try to do anything about it. Horrendous. And I feel like you understand me on this. ๐Ÿ˜›

    I have never been to the Philippines but I have friends from the Philippines and I definitely know donโ€™t pronounce Cebu as โ€˜say-booโ€™. LOL. That guy fails.

    Boracay sounds and looks beautiful. When you mentioned the white sand it reminded me of the white sand in the north-eastern part of Australia. Iโ€™ve been to one of the areas up there once and the sand is white silicone or something, and it exfoliates your feet and makes a squeaky sound. You can even clean your jewellery in it (which I did with my silver rings) and it comes up super shiny. No idea if the sand in Boracay is similar or not but I would assume so… ๐Ÿ™‚

    The spam and rice and corned beef sounds like something weโ€™d have in Indonesia too! I guess there are similarities with some Asian foods ๐Ÿ™‚

    LOL AT THE DRIED MANGO. I used to work for a company that had an office in the Philippines and when people from the Manila office came to visit there would ALWAYS be dried mango. YUM. THANKS. ๐Ÿ˜„

  7. December 18, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    To be honest, I don’t feel like going to Boracay because it’s getting mainstream but when I read your post, there are so many islands that I have yet to explore. Sorry about the Filipino time thing haha. Well, I have to agree with you, services here are always late. When we went to Bicol, our supposed flight should be 9AM but it came not until 12PM. My goodness.

    I’m glad you took some time to de stress. It’s really important to see the beach once in a while. When I went to Ilocos, the beach literally calmed the storms in me lol. BTW you look stunning in your red swimsuit!

    I love pork sisig or anything sisig. It’s one of the best in town!!

  8. December 19, 2016 / 5:48 am

    It’s awesome that you got to cross off Boracay from your to-visit list ;). Oh man, I’m not a fan of traffic in Asia! People do whatever they wand and still survive the craziness! Haha, I try to have people pronounce towns before I stay it out loud XD. What if I learn from the wrong people?! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    The view you had on the coast looks amazing. I love how people are just relaxing and having some fun. Haha, your heart is not icy!!!! I would think mine is XD. Oh man, people love to be late out there. I can imagine them lacking the sense of promptness because there’s no real rush? Oohoooohoo the view looks amazing. I love the walkway on the sides. The sea is so clear!!!! I’m glad that your mom and cousin didn’t let the scuba diving lady slide! LOL, my mom would probably be the same if I ordered the same thing.

    Mmmmm the food that you mentioned sounds delish. Hope to hear about your next adventure back in the near future ๐Ÿ˜‰

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