paradise of Boracay is one of the 7,107 islands that make up the
hundreds of dive sites located throughout the archipelago, this
map shows 27 around Boracay alone! From Cebu City we flew into Kalibo,
then a two hour bus trip to Caticlan, seen on the right side
of the map, where we took a 30 minute water taxi out to the
island of Boracay.
snorkeling, diving and general beachcombing are the delights of
this charming island. We found the perfect sailing vessel, aptly
named Amour, and took several sails and day trips through
the aqua waters.
the sea and is most at home near water. The famous White
Beach is behind him, with the bamboo and plastic windscreens
that are used during the rainy season to keep the
wind and sand from entering the restaurants and shops along the
only the warm tropical breezes to guide us through the crystal
clear water. A very calming and romantic experience.
and rhythmic slapping of the water against the bamboo struts of
this catamaran was hypnotic.
One of our
favorite destinations was Diniwid Beach. We made it a
point to go there almost daily. It was private, clean and had
decent restaurants for lunch. That is the lovely Nami Resort
on the hillside in the background. There is an outside elevator
to take you from your rooms directly to the beach below!
Billy is most at home on the water, Akaisha prefers land! This
stunning beach and sea view at Diniwid combines the best
of both worlds. The island of Panay is in the distant
was a restaurant where we ate many seafood lunches. We'd make
the long trek from our beach chairs, those in the picture, up to our table in the shade
to feast on the fresh catch of the day. The Seafood Pasta was
delectable and unusual with its tangy lime sauce, or the grilled
local fish with toasted garlic, or tiny squid done in coconut
milk served with coconut rice.
One day when
we were especially famished, we ordered the Seafood Pasta and
the baked mussels with garlic and cheese. The pasta arrived but
not the mussels. "One moment, Sir," the waitress promised.
pasta was devoured and our chilled drinks long gone, we see the
chef running back to the kitchen with a bag of seafood fresh
from the market! He had driven his motorcycle 4 kilometers into
town to purchase the ingredients for our lunch!
The two dozen
fresh mussels with crispy garlic and parmesan cheese was worth
the wait. Scrumptious!
We took a
full day sail on Amour to see more of the island from the sea
perspective. This is our captain and crew. When we were in the
open seas, we would be going 19 km per hour as measured by our
The tiller is
controlled by two ropes. Sailing since the age of ten, Refeel
has 16 years of experience and his confidence and
professionalism was apparent. Pristine palm lined beaches surround this
tiny 7 km long island which is only 1 km wide at its narrowest
the plywood haul, the mast, boom, and outrigger struts were all
bamboo. Here, we are on our way to snorkel at the #1 coral reef
of Boracay just off a private beach.
here for snorkeling, and a boatman in uniform came to charge us
P20 each for the privilege of viewing the fish off the private
back onboard, this ice cream
vendor came by with his inventory. Ice cream is very popular
here in the Philippines with vendors carrying or boating their
selections right to where the people are relaxing. After all
that salt water in our mouths, a sweet treat was just the right
snorkeling adventure, we continued on to Puka Beach, famous for
the shiny white seashells called puka. Once we landed, we were
met immediately by women selling pearls and semi-precious stones
as well as restaurant owners trying to get us to eat lunch at their
place. The vendors stuck to us like glue!
particular boats are used for fishing. You can see Amour
in the upper right hand corner.
We chose the
restaurant Noime and ordered a
plate of stuffed squid and these large shrimp done in a local
sauce made of butter, crispy chunky garlic and Sprite!
With a little squeeze of lime it was remarkably tasty. The
garlic was crunchy like nuts and the Sprite had
caramelized with the butter.
This beach is
on the windward side of the island, having a more weather beaten
look. Still, it is postcard perfect!
between islands is short so we also
visited the neighboring island of Panay. After 6 hours of
sailing it was time to go home. The blues were turning to shades
of gray and even though we were passengers, the sun and wind had worn us out.
this sailing we were ready for dinner, so we chose one of the
many restaurants lined up on White Beach to watch the
sunset. Spicy Latin music and Jazz played from the restaurant
behind us creating a dazzling atmosphere.
Our 10 days on Boracay came to an end, and we took a private boat back to
Caticlan where we next caught an air conditioned bus to the Kalibo airport.
called a 'wet landing' for obvious reasons... When you go island
hopping, you can't worry about your clothes getting some salt
water on them. If you have electronic or other precious items,
best to wrap them in plastic!
Boracay in the 'Lean Season' where we were able to negotiate the
costs of day sailing. In High Season, the day boating trip would
have been P3,000. We paid P1,500. We hired a boat for a few
hours for P400.
In all, we
thought it well worth the price!
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