A super happy intro pic to kick start my Boracay travelogue. :)
My 6D5N trip to Boracay, Philippines trip took place last year November. The trip was special to me because it was one with my secondary school besties. 2017 was the 10th year we became friends and the trip was to celebrate this priceless friendship we happened to forge a decade ago. And Lester's birthday falls in the month of November so it was his birthday trip too!
Here's a picture of the 10-year trio. :)
I would think my posts for Boracay come quite untimely as Boracay has recently been shut down for a maximum of 6 months beginning April 2018. However, this announcement does not in anyway diminish how beautiful Boracay was to me and the memories I had while I was there! Boracay island will be back in operation in October 2018 and I hope my posts here will encourage you guys to make Boracay your next tropical vacation destination!
And since Boracay is a seaside paradise a day of water activities is a must! On the first full day on the island we paid our guide 800PHP (~RM60) for 4 activities for the day. We just strolled along the beach and found a random tour person to bring us. The packages, which you can mix and match different activities according to your preference, were mostly around the same price so fear not about getting ripped off but do shop around for the best value!
Given the fact that I love driving and I love driving fast, ATV was surprisingly difficult for me! The track was rocky the whole way and I couldn't seem to figure out how much power I should push onto the pedal lol. I kept rolling down the hill backwards and my ATV engine kept dying on me that I ended up using the guide's ATV lol.. That said, it was still much fun!
We stopped for pictures at the lookout point. Just look at that view!
We then made our way down hill to the private beach that could only be accessed via the ATV route and took a break with a refreshing coconut drink for 50PHP (~RM4).
There was a designated cameraman that pops up randomly and helped us take pictures along the way. So we had a little photoshoot on the beach lol. Too bad the pictures were all overexposed and I am no good at colour correction so yea, pardon the awful quality!
During lunch break we had sisig with rice, a must have Filipino dish recommended by a new found local friend! It is a pork dish seasoned with lime and topped with pork lard. It's salty and savoury and so goodddd.
Then we were off to sea for water activities!
2. Underwater Helmet Diving
We were sent to this platform filled with people and these 25kg underwater helmets to wait for our turn there. While we waited, our diver taught us some hand signs so we were able to communicate under water.
It was my first time trying underwater helmet diving and it was really fun. Have always been afraid of deep waters but the location we went the waters were clear and not too deep that we get to dive to the bottom and interact with the fishes. You would hear the bubbling from your helmet and your own breathing but other than that it was peaceful and quiet.
Our diver taught us how to make water rings and walk on the seabed. We also got to lift our helmets for a picture, which was quite cool! The pictures turned out lovely and I'm glad we got to capture the experience. :)
We went parasailing when the sun was setting. Parasailing was relaxing and not as scary as I imagined. When you are cruising in the air, just take your time to enjoy the sea breeze and the view of Boracay Island.
It would've been a more relaxing ride if Ivelyn wouldn't constantly complain to me her need to go to the toilet which really killed the chilled vibe LOL. And LOL at Lester's landing pineapple hairstyle!
4. Flying Fish
Lastly we played Flying Fish, an activity for the thrill seekers. And what a way to end the day!
We were seated on a float pulled by a boat and the captain would make turns to try to throw us off. The float would fly almost vertically and we definitely gave our all not to be thrown off! But one travel mate fell off the first round. And I fell off the second round. LOL just look at that poor being stranded in the sea. And since it was already the end of the day, climbing back onto the float was the most difficult part lol... But it was so much fun and I would do it all again! We even contemplated to come back another day for a second round haha.
And that was our first day at Boracay! Till the next one. :)
With all the love,