I’ll start out by saying it right off the bat.
I’m happy I only spent a week in Boracay.
I landed in the Philippines envisioning those crystal clear lagoons and untouched white sand from the postcard. I did get that, to an extent. However, I also got some of the unsavory and sleazy aspects that Boracay may be known for.
I knew that Boracay would be touristy from other blogs and websites, but I wasn’t quite prepared for the amount of Korean tourists with selfie sticks and masses of people. My friend and I stayed in Boracay for a week. Although we had crazy amounts of fun, it was definitely enough.
I want to return to the Philippines again, and this time do it a little better. I wouldn’t mind hitting some of the untouched pockets of paradise that I know exist somewhere. However, if you are limited in time (as I was) and want a fun island to relax and party on for a week, Boracay is the place to be.
Take A Ride in A Rickshaw
Rickshaw’s are one of the best and most convenient ways to get around the island, and drivers will take you most places for fairly cheap. We took these to get to everywhere around the island. One rickshaw that we took stalled out in the middle of the road and started rolling back down the hill.The driver just laughed as the locals ran to help him push it back up. In addition, you can also hire a motorbike taxi, which are an even cheaper and speedier way to get around!
Mount Luho is the tallest point in Boracay. The hike up to the viewing deck is fairly quick, and you can get there easily by motorbike taxi. However, the entrance fee is 120/pax per person.
White Beach is the most popular beach in Boracay, and it really is truly stunning. We were lucky enough to meet one of the chefs at a nice resort, and he cooked us food while we chilled and admired how the other half live.
Puka Shell Beach
Puka Shell Beach was my favorite beach in Boracay. There are far less beach vendors than on White Beach, and as a result it provides a much more chill vibe. Puka Shell beach is also accessible from any of the stations by motorbike or rickshaw.
Spider House is a hip little bar/resort. This place is perfect to chill out with a beer and watch the sunset. Although it’s possible to take a tricycle here, it’s also a beautiful walk down the beach. Spider House is found on the base of the mountain at the end of Diniwid Beach.
Although Boracay didn’t steal my heart, Manila certainly did. I’ve always had a thing for Asian cities that other people seem to hate. Manila just radiated that exotic vibe that I love in a city, and I wish I had more time to explore. I will definitely be back!
Maybe my next teaching destination?