This is my 3rd post in a series.
Boracay has its unique Filipino charm. It has the glorious sunrise and the most magnificent sunset. And who can resist its turquoise crystal waters and sublime powdery sands? My family and I are missing it already 😀
Our first morning in this island paradise was truly unforgettable. After a restful night, my wife, Tina, our 5-year-old son, Gabby and I made an effort to rise from our bed few minutes after 5AM to freshen up and hit the waters as early as 6AM.
Mother Nature has this scene to offer every sunny morning during off season at Boat Station 1…Boracay beaches is divided into three boat stations – Boat Station 1 has the finest, pristine white sands comparable to talc. As Boracay first-timers, we can’t help but to get few samples to bring home as a priceless souvenir 😀
Since the area isn’t as busy and is less crowded than Station 2 and 3, the hotels here are too pricey than others but with best amenities and services.
We stayed at ESCONDIDO BEACH RESORT in Station 1; since it’s not a beach front hotel, it’s budget-friendlier but nonetheless, relaxing, safe and with the warmest service too 😀 Few steps from Escondido and after crossing the main street and passing through a sidewalk in between 2 beach front hotels, we’ve an access to the waters already…
That second rectangular hole from the left served as our path to the beach.
Willy’s Rock, named after a beach front resort near it, is one of the attractions in Boat Station 1. It has impressive rock formation near the shores and a grotto of Our Lady.
It’s so amazing to see it on both high tide and low tide.
Breathtaking views of the white beach of Boracay can be best appreciated from the uppermost area of Willy’s Rock, all 360 degrees of it! 😀
I guess anyone can enjoy Boracay at its most quiet moments during off seasons and every sunrise when most tourists and backpackers are still asleep or intoxicated with alcohol from a nightout.
Here’s another view from the top most area of Willy’s Rock …
For people like us who lives in urban areas, this rock formation is a sight to behold…
We just can’t hide the fact that we’re enjoying Willy’s Rock that morning…Wala kasing ganito sa Greenbelt o TriNoma, LOL…
I found this signage very important that I wish everyone in Boracay, tourists or not, should always take into action.
When Tina and Gabby sat on the sand and played with it, I left them for a while to take a short walk from Willy’s Rock to the northern part of Boat Station 1…
Next are my “NOT OUR HOTEL” photos…LOL…
Seriously, you might be interested and consider these beach front hotels on your visit to the island. But then again, you know now what I recommend. 😀Sea Wind Boracay Island Resort
Sur Boracay Resort
Pearl of the Pacific Boracay
Other than those in my photos, the other notable upscale resorts in Boat Station 1 are Discovery Shores, Fridays and the newest addition to them – Shangri La Boracay 😀 If you have the budget to splurge, go ahead, by all means indulge! It’s your vacation anyway! 😀
As I went back to Willy’s Rock, I noticed my family became too busy making sand patterns…
I tried making one, but I just left it with Tina and Gabby 😀
We ate breakfast at the hotel, took showers and headed again to the beach. We walked and walked and walked from Boat Station 1 to 2 where most restaurants, establishments including ATM machines are located (I’ll post about D’mall and our eat outs next on this series).
In the afternoon, Boat station 2 has these sights to boast…
PARAW or sail boats with two outrigger canoes (or for us Pinoys, katig) predominate the shores of Boat Station 2 when winds are present every afternoon… Paraw with boat men are all for rent with price starts from PhP 600 per hour. Did we try it? No. Gabby, Tina (and I) preferred to pig out rather than to sail 😀
Actually, my wife has vertigo making her too anxious of an attack during airplane and boat rides. So we rather dip into the water, eat, savor the wind, sand, and sun than sail or take island hopping… Island hopping which usually takes more than 4 hours going to Puka Beach and Crystal Cove and other isles near Boracay costs about PhP 1,500 and up; some offer snorkeling gears and free snacks and buffet lunch too.
Seeing all these made me realize why Boracay is considered one of the best beaches in the world. Tourism is alive regardless of season in this island. 😀
Other than riding the paraw or sail boats, island hopping or taking glass-bottom boat rides, parasailing and scuba-diving can also be enjoyed. Most people we saw also have henna tattoos on their bodies which are so affordable from PhP 50 up and stays temporarily on the skin for 2 weeks. We never tried it for 2 reasons – we fear of paying damages when sheets at the hotel are stained and it’s not just us to have tattoos, permanent or otherwise. You can also ask and pay some women to braid your hair or get some relaxing massage by the beach or inside their facilities. Other attractions or must-do in Boracay is riding an ATV/all terrain vehicles which costs roughly thousands of pesos depending on the duration of driving. We saw some of these on the main road with the local tricycles and other vehicles. Since ATVs don’t have its own trail, driving it puts anyone to an accident-prone area especially with reckless drivers. For some, it’s part of the thrill. To each his own.
Fantastic is an understatement. Despite the commercialism, we wish Boracay could be maintained as serene and as clean as this so more local and foreign tourists can enjoy Boracay for many years.
It’s a common thing during weekends to spot marvelous sand castles along the shores and in front of those beach front hotels. Pictures may be taken for a voluntary donation of any amount. Before dusk, these sand castles are illuminated by lighted bottles.
Indeed, Boracay is such a fascinating island to explore. It’s so gorgeous that one can easily be lured and seduced by its beauty. It’s too enticing to people who long to leave the busy life even temporarily.
We’re just glad to finally enjoyed it 😀
What’s your best memory of the beaches in Boracay?
Up next : our Boracay food trip!