Boracay, PHILIPPINES HIGHLIGHTS

Facebook's "On This Day" feature just reminded me that it has been a year since I've traveled to the Philippines! Since I don't have anything else exciting going on in my life (as you can tell from my lack of posts), I figured I would rehash parts of my trip.

I traveled to the Philippines with my parents (both native Filipinos) February 2015 for 10 days. First things first: ten days is not enough time to spend in the Philippines. Period. Or maybe we were a bit too ambitious with what we wanted to do especially while also visiting family. Either way, It would be a dream if I could spend a month in the Philippines, but I took what vacation days I had and did the best I can!

Out of those ten days, we spent two nights in Boracay. I know - definitely not enough time, but I'm glad I was able to get a small taste of this place. Even though we only really had a day and a half of free time, we got to experience some great parts of Boracay. Here are some of the highlights from my trip:

 

The Beauty of Boracay

First of all, let's talk about the white sand beach and clear blue water. Whether or not you're just hanging at the beach or island hopping on a pump boat - its easy to enjoy the beauty of the island. The main beach is literally called "White Beach" which is on the south side of the island and is lined with resorts, bars, restaurants, water activities, and shops. You could probably spend the majority of your trip here and be satisfied. 

 

Plus, this sunset is probably one of the prettiest I've seen in my travels: 

 

Island Hopping Tour

During the day, if you're bored of getting your tan on, try some of the activities offered. We were a huge group (kids and parents) so we did an island hopping tour so everyone could enjoy (the moms and dads weren't about to do any scuba diving or cliff diving, thats for sure). We were able to get a personal boat for all of us which took us to Crystal Cove Island as well as around to see the private residences and luxury resorts of Boracay. It was about a 4 hour trip with great photo ops and beautiful views.

 
 
 
 

 

D'Talipapa

For food, there is a ton alongside the beach path - but if you're looking for something different, head over to D'Talipapa. This is the Boracay wet market where you can buy fresh seafood. After buying what you want, you walk over to one of the cooking services (Paluto) and they will cook everything however you like (plus provide rice and drinks). It's a bit intimidating, but completely worth it if you're a big seafood fan (like me!).

 
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Fish Spa

You may have heard of this bizarre foot treatment where you put your feet into a tank of doctor fish and they chew off your dead skin. My boyfriend jokes that my feet are "monkey paws" because they're so rough (sorry, this chica cannot afford a pedicure) so when we saw My Fish Spa right next to the bar we were at... I had to do it. I could not stop laughing when I put my feet in at first but... IT WORKS! As you can see in the picture below, the fish REALLY enjoyed my feet.

 

 

Nightlife

At night, Boracay thrives. Let's start with the fact that beer (San Miguel!) was 58 PHP (a little over a $1) and Johnnie Walker Black (Dad's/My fave) was about 200 PHP (less than $5). Yeah, it doesn't get better than that. Oh wait, you're drinking on the beach... so yeah, it does get better than that.

But besides the price points, all of White Beach is not only lined with bars but with a ton of entertainment and live music. We stopped to watch some fire dancers for a while but I swear next to them someone was singing classic rock and next to them someone was singing Lil Jon and next to them there was a DJ playing house music and next to them was someone singing Jewel. Really, there's really something there for everyone (as long as you don't mind all the music with a touch of a Filipino accent).

 

 

Now that I've gone down memory, I'm itching to go back! Like I said, the 2 nights there was not enough especially when you want to relax between activities (I didn't even have time to tan!). So I'm definitely planning another trip over there ASAP and hoping to bring everyone I know to experience it.

Also, I should mention that if you're planning a trip to Boracay, don't expect a secluded beach vacation, I mean it. Boracay is a tourist spot and there's no doubt about that. As long as you don't mind some traffic, you'll definitely enjoy it!