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Published: June 27th 2014
It was a destination we both looked forward to and it did not disappoint a single bit. People have been raving about this place and to us, the experience left us wanting to return for more.
After spending some days in Cebu (up at the mountain top) and in nearby Bohol, we took an internal flight to Caticlan and went across to Boracay island via a short ferry. It was minimal fuss as we have arranged prior transport with our hotel. In fact, the island has an efficient transport system that brings travellers/tourists to and from the airports, both kalibo n caticlan. We swiftly made our way to the other end of the island, just off Diwinid beach where our hotel is located. We stayed at Spider House
, which sits just above the coast rocks, right next to the seas. An incredibly unique location, especially for travellers wanting to get away from the crowds and looking for tranquility. (http://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Hotel_Review-g294260-d2023414-Reviews-Spider_House_Resort-Boracay_Visayas.html) The sound of crashing waves and the feel of sea breeze simply calms the minds.
One of our favourite activities here has got to be just strolling along the white beach, as we shuffle our feet across the impeccably fine
white sand. It is therapeutic to say the very least, discounting the occasional hagglers trying to sell you activities on the island. We also loved just soaking our feet, and then our bodies into the waters, allowing the waves to crash onto us. A natural playground for water lovers! The beach is convenient too, with no lack of food choices as stations 1-3 are lined with eateries and cafes just off the sand. One of Steph's all-time favourite has got to be Jonah's milkshake
, where we tried the chocolate, tropical and mango flavours. A chilling drink to enjoy under the hot sun 😊 Another recommendation has got to be I love Backyard BBQ
located in D'Mall. We had a sumptuous late lunch there, with smacking good BBQ chic/sticks and burgers after a good day of activities.
Of course, at the back of our minds, we were set on trying out some of the water sports and activities on offer. We bargained for a decent package price with one of the tour guide along the beach walk and started our activities the next morning. Firstly, we tried the Zorb ball
at the Zorb park, where we stuck ourselves into this
mega inflatable ball, as we await what would happen next. The anticipation while the staff prepares to roll the ball down the slope was pretty intense, and before we know it, off we went! We slid down the slope within the ball and the speed was definitely faster than expected. A surprisingly fun (yet not exactly thrilling) ride and we were down in less than 10 seconds! This provides the right impetus for subsequent activities. Next, we got our hands on Helmet Diving
, one that Steph was very much looking forward to. It's also both our first times, and the initial anxiety was quickly allayed as we walked down the ladder into the waters with ease. The helmet that weighs close to 25kg sits comfortably on our shoulders and offers a constant stream of oxygen supply. We took a couple of shots underwater and watched the fishes swim past us nonchalantly. Considering the fact that I've tried actual diving before, this form of 'lazy man diving' is still a refreshingly good experience! A must-try for anyone who wanna have a taste of going under waters. The 3rd activity we did was riding the ATV
. It was pretty much a package
that comes together with sky cycle, entries to trick eye museum and a small animal farm. The ATV was a first for Steph and yet after a while, it definitely didn't feel like it was, as she comfortably rode her away around while taking photos/videos along the way! We rode half an hour up to the viewing point where we could have a bird eye's view of the whole island. Good spot for panoramic views, especially with numerous parasailing chutes dotting the skyline. A must visit for people who love a top-down view of any place, just like myself 😊 A caveat on the ATV ride though, is that perhaps due to safety reasons, we were not allowed to go off roads. The last, but to me the best, activity was Parasailing
. We waited on board a waiting deck on the waters before they loaded us (3 pairs in total) onto the speedboat where we parasailed from. Once out in the open waters, we swiftly put on our harness and the staff clipped us onto the chutes, already prepared before hand. Soon, the lines extended out into the sea and the wind carried us up into the air! An incredibly
comfortable feeling once we've overcame the initial fear of getting pulled high up into the air. We enjoyed the view from the top, some 100m away from our speedboat, taking self shots and videos along the way. The feeling was actually pretty similar to that of paragliding, just that this time, we were above waters. The feeling up and above all is simply fantastic! We stayed in the air for close to 15 minutes before the lines slowly pulled us back onto the boat.
Beyond the activities, we always looked forward to the sunsets. This is a must-see for anyone in the island, especially on the white beach. We were pretty lucky with the weather on the 2nd and 3rd day as the clouds cleared for us to actually witness the sun move beyond the horizon. The striking threads of light lingered in the air after the sun set, reflecting themselves onto the fluffy clouds, creating a majestically warm landscape. The sails bringing tourists on 'sunset sails' in the sea added another dimension to the scene, creating very unique Boracay sunset
photos. We kept snapping shots, 'cos 1 more pic is never enough!
The 3 days spent here
passed in a flash, as we reflected on our memorable stay here back in our room. Listening to the crashing waves, watching the glowing stars lit up the dark night, we slowly set our minds onto the path of tranquility. This is paradise, indeed.
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