Boracay waters @ high tide
I was heating up under the tropical sun and all too suddenly catching sight of the world famous white, powdery coral-sand, Im finally here again at Boracay Island! I easily forgot how long the last 5 hours were, when i step foot ot the island's wharf. Me, my boyfriend's 10 year old brother, and my 8 year old son, were all restless trying to entertain each other all the way from Iloilo City, apparently my boyfriends car stereo is still the obsolete cassette player and we didnt want to listen to Hanson's and Guns and Roses the whole way. This trip wasnt exactly the 'romantic getaway' as originally planned, but since June 9 was declared a national holiday, Joeram and I thought of tagging the kids along before classes officially start next week.
The sun was high as it was almost 12nn when we arrived the Boracay wharf, and I could almost taste the turquoise blue waters on the beach front.
Just 2 years ago, pumpboats from Caticlan would dock right on the different beach stations (Station 1, 2, and 3) to drop off and pick up passengers from Caticlan, but due to environmental reasons, have now moved all entrance and exits to and from Boracay at just 1 wharf, now located at the island's end (closer route to Caticlan). We all rode the tricycle (the only means of transportation for the general public in Bora) to our hotel at station 1 and paid 100 pesos for the special trip. We were lucky to get free accomodations at a station 1 inn courtesy of Joeram's friend, and after retiring for a few minutes there, hit off to get us all shakes at Jonah's Fruit Shakes at station 1.
Your tropical paradise!
The tide was high and although none of the infamous white sand was in sight yet, the crystal clear water looked more inviting than ever.
Always free of sharks as well as jellyfishes, the warm waters of Boracay never cease to attract divers and snorkeling enthusiasts from over the whole world. Most areas are also famous for its diving spots because of the rich and diverse coral varieties in the area. We finished up our banana-peanut shakes and headed back to the inn where we took our naps and waited for 4 pm for our much awaited swim.
Wedding Pictures on the Beach.. Fancy!
A favorite late-afternoon occupation is to stroll along White Beach. The long 4 km stretch of the white beach not greeted us when we got on the front.
We all swam like crazy on the warm twentyish water temperature, dunking the kids, making sand castles on the shore. I left the 3 of them to grab my camera from the inn to await the infamous Boracay sunset. As I walked up north looking for a good spot to start shooting, I noticed a bunch of twentyish people by the shore practicing their skim boarding and decided to take more pics. Water sport activities are all too familiar in this island paradise as just a few hundred meters from the shore is a jet ski and parasail jump off point. There was even a wedding reception going on at Sea Wind, and i just thought i'd join the photo taking session. :) (Aw, beach weddings are just romantic!) Anyway, I finally found a perfect spot at the near end of station 1, and endlessly took pictures of the 5 minute sunset i've came here for. Great pics eh? He he. When I've finally had my fill of sunset photos, I headed back to the kids and wasn't surprised they were still in the water.
I jumped in again, now in the cooler waters, with the fading crimson sky right above us.
The infamous Boracay Sunset
At 7:30pm we headed to D'Mall for dinner. D'Mall is Boracay Island's ultimate shopping place. It is located at Station 2 and is where most all of the shops, restaurants and happenings are. Five star restaurants to the side walk 1 dollar meals are available for any beach bum whether on a splurge fancy or a tight budget. Clothing shops, souvinier shops, specialty desserts, and beach accessory stores lined the identical looking stalls, all lit up at night by the beach posts.