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Published: September 16th 2015
5 years ago, my family and my godmother together with her husband, went to Boracay. It was a marvelous trip filled with a lot of enjoyable experiences. This Boracay trip was my 2nd time to ride an airplane. The moment that the plane was stable on the air, it felt like that I was on top of the world. Especially when you look outside where you'll see the clouds and the tiny city below you. I took photos of what it looked like outside while inside it. Hello there fluffy clouds! (Pardon the bad-looking photos, my photography skills were not yet exercised haha) After an hour or so, we landed on Kalibo airport. But.. Boracay isn't here yet. We took another ride that they called as "jetty". It was like a small RORO ship which took us from the airport going to the island of Boracay. When we arrived on the island, we took another ride. (A lot of transpo riding I knowww, haha!) We rode a shuttle which will take us to our respective hotel. And finally, the main BORACAY!!
As far as I can remember, we arrived at our hotel by lunch time. Our hotel was not as
Hello there fluffy clouds!
big as the other hotels there but it was not that small either. It was just the type that makes you feel cozy. The hotel has a lounge slash bar (which is my favorite part of the hotel by the way). We stayed in there until we got our rooms settled. Then, we checked in our rooms, rested for a while and went down again to have our lunch. For the first day of our trip, we familiarized ourselves with the area. We strolled around the beach and went to the D Mall. D Mall, as the name implies, is I think the only mall there in Boracay. There were a lot of stores in which a few of them can be found here in Manila. There were fresh markets too and of course, why is a tourist spot called as a tourist spot if there are no souvenir shops? I went into some of them and found a lot of goodies to buy but let's save that for the last day. We didn't do much because first, we had only arrived and second, we were tired from the trip. Yes! Even if we were just sitting the whole time,
it was tiring!
Our plans for the second day: snorkeling
and island hopping
. The boatmen brought us where the water is 25 feet deep. One of the boatmen dipped a long, thick wood and it was a proof that the water in that area was that deep. It was fun but scary at the same time. It was fun looking down in the water where you'll see lots of corals, some fishes and starfishes, and those big rocks. Yep, even those big rocks fascinated me because of their weird and incredible structures. But, it was scary too. I thought that I might drown (even though I was wearing a life vest) or the tides might get high or some underwater current might pull me down. Overthinking strikes
. After the snorkeling activity, we stopped on an island and ate. What's for lunch? Seafood!! This is probably one of the best parts of this trip, where you get to eat fresh seafood. Those big sweet and spicy prawns, a large fish and some skewered pork chops. Of course a good meal means a good price too. That's the only downside when you go on a vacation in a tourist spot,
prices of goods and services are 2, 3 or maybe even 4 times higher than the original price. Talking about taking advantage of the foreigners and tourists. Well anyway. Not only was the food great, but also the place. Think about having lunch in a nipa hut-like cottage while hearing the crashing of the waves by the shore and feeling the mixture of warm and cold breeze. Peaceful. After eating, we swam a little on the beach. It was quite startling to swim in that area because the depth of water suddenly becomes deep. They said it was because of the quarrying of sand. Poor island, even its wondrous sand is being slowly destroyed. Despite the suddenness depth, we still enjoyed staying there. A middle-aged man dived in the middle of the sea and got us starfishes. I was kind of scared to hold them at first for they might sting me or whatever but I still did because they were just a bunch of harmless, stone-like sea creatures. We went on with our island hopping. We discovered that there are 3 main stations in Boracay, namely Stations 1,2, and 3. The first and third stations are peaceful and quiet
compared to station 2. Because station 2 is like the center of the island. It is where you'll find most stores, bars and most likely, where nightlifes happen. After a long day of island hopping, we decided to spend the rest of the night in the hotel's lounge.
Third day: banana boat ride
, helmet diving
. The first thing we did on this day was the helmet diving. Even though I did not go diving. Well, I tried but I cannot do it. Or was I just afraid? Meh. Since it was diving, you need to balance the pressure inside your body with the outside and in order for you to do it, you need to blow your nose while pinching it so your ears would pop. I cannot do it so I immediately told the diver to bring me up. Wasted chance, eh? Well, at least my godmother and her husband got to experience it and we got to see what's under the sea through their video, haha! In the afternoon, we had our banana boat ride. This one was freaking awesome! We rode on a banana-shaped boat and the ride was going crazy fast! There were other people
My favorite part of the lounge hehe
on the boat too. Since the boat was on high speed, the water splashes in your face like you're taking a shower. My mother didn't get to try this but if it wasn't for her, we wouldn't have any pictures haha! Thanks mom! When night fell, we had our dinner in an Italian resto and had some pastas and pizzas *yum* and we decided to stroll around. This strolling part is my fave too. I really liked strolling at night because there were lots of lights around which I really love. As we passed by station 2, we watched a group of people doing the fire dance. It was a great show to watch. What a fun-filled day.
Fourth day: ATV riding
. This one was awesome too. We rode a vehicle called an ATV (I don't know what it stands for though). I and my mother and my godmother and her husband has the same type of vehicle while my dad's was different. His was like a small military-like jeepney. All in all those ATV's were like go karts. We went trailing through different places. I remember we stopped by on an unfinished hotel. We were permitted to go
up to their terrace. The scenery was grand. It was like you'll be able to see the whole island up there. And yes, the hotel was on a high point. There was a telescope built on that terrace and you'll need to drop a peso coin to make it function. The hotel's terrace was to cozy to leave. We also went to a mini-zoo where there were live bats of different sizes and butterflies. The ATV ride was definitely a good one. Too bad, I was not allowed to drive it. To end the day, we watched the sunset by the beach. Watching the sun set was absolutely breathtaking
. I saw the sun slowly setting with my own two eyes. Who doesn't love that? We had our seafood dinner escapade again and after eating, we went back to our hotel. Did we sleep immediately? NO. We cherished the last night there in Boracay. We swam in the hotel's swimming pool, ordered and drank some shakes by the pool, and just enjoyed the night. It was a long but short night. You get what I mean?
Sadly, that was our last day but as I looked back in the past
days, it was definitely a thrilling and one of a kind trip. Hope to be back here in Bora!
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