Could still be the best Philippine beach, but...
Boracay Travel Blog› entry 28 of 31 › view all entries
It was low season in Boracay, but it didnâ€™t seem like it. Except for the vacant room signs and the discounted prices, there were still a lot of tourists. The habagat was also late, which meant bad news for those who chase the wind (e.g. kite boarders). We had perfect beach weather, which was good news for all the Korean package summer tours that had descended on the island. Korean signs could be seen everywhere, next to English signs. I distinguished between the â€śbeen there, done thatâ€ť and â€śfresh-off-the-boatâ€ť Korean women by their footwear. I really donâ€™t get why they had to wear heels on the beach. I mean câ€™mon! Especially with a Korean couple, the girl would consistently be wearing heels.
I felt a little better just having girl talk over drinks then breakfast the next day with my friend Rita (her treat) who manages her familyâ€™s resort there. I couldâ€™ve stayed at her resort, but the ownerâ€™s rate (one given to friends), was still way too expensive for me. I found another place that was at least half the price. By then Boracay had become the most expensive place that Iâ€™d been to on my trip, just for the accommodations alone. I didnâ€™t really care that much, since I was at the end of my trip. Rita was very busy though, and was leaving the next day for a business trip en-route to a month-long vacation. So I was left on my own the rest of my stay. If ever I go back to Boracay, Iâ€™d rather not be alone.
Being alone meant taking in the acoustic music at Bom-Bom Bar nightly, using the internet, walking the length of the beach, and swimming. Boracay, as it turned out, still had the best beach (the best sand!) that I had been on. Especially in the mornings, when there would be fewer people on the beach. I was a little troubled though that the tide could be so low at dusk, and the shoreline seemed to have receded a little. I hoped that this didnâ€™t mean that the beach had begun to deteriorate. I also didnâ€™t like it that theyâ€™d begun to hire cover bands to play on the beach for some hotels. I was amazed though when one sang a Korean love song! Just to be fair they said, because theyâ€™d covered English and Filipino too.
On my last evening, I treated myself to a sunset cruise on a paraw, which was always my favorite thing. Paraws, once used by fishermen, only sail with the wind, and not to be missed when youâ€™re in Boracay. From the boat, I looked on to shore and bid goodbye to the last island on my Visayas tour. The next day Iâ€™d be on my way back to