French author and Nobel Prize laureate André Gide once said that “man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” For seasoned travelers, moving is like breathing. There’s nothing like setting foot in an unknown land, with all the possibilities within your grasp.
Seasoned traveler or not, your travel destination should include the stunning beaches in the Philippines. The Southeast Asian country is home to the world’s most beautiful islands—Boracay, Cebu and Palawan. Condé Nast Traveler named Boracay as the top island in the world, with Palawan on the 2nd spot and Cebu on the 5th. “The aptly named White Beach is Boracay’s main draw, with powdery white sand and shallow azure water ideal for swimming and snorkeling,” according to the international travel magazine.
For your next travel to the Philippines, book a flight to Aklan province and be surprised by these six unexpected experiences in Boracay.
Sand, sea, and fruits galore
If you’re after a laid-back Boracay experience, it’s advisable to plan your trip during the off-peak season. The off-peak season is during the rainy months of June to September. Tourists, local and foreign, flock to the island in the summer months of March to May, and the long weekends of October to December.
Enjoy quiet moments under Boracay’s blue skies, away from the stressors of your busy city life. Read a good book or listen to your summer playlist while savoring fresh mangoes, pineapples, and different varieties of bananas. These local produce are available at (very) affordable prices—you can have fruit salad as often as you want. Ditch the beer for a refreshing glass of watermelon shake.
A food escapade like no other
Your travel guide to Boracay should devote a whole section for gastronomic delights. Province of Aklan prides itself of its specialty dishes best enjoyed with white rice. Try the famous Chicken Inuburan, or chicken cooked with the banana trunk’s pith. Inigpit, or broiled tuna cooked in between bamboo sticks, and Tinu-om, or native chicken steamed with lemongrass, tomatoes and spices, are local delicacies you should try. Your Boracay food trip is incomplete without a buffet of seafood delights. Feast on grilled freshwater fish, squid, shrimps, and crabs. You should also try the local favorite jellyfish salad. There’s a wide array of restaurants and diners in Boracay, you’ll never run out of choices.
Explore neighboring islands
Every first-timer’s guide to Boracay includes recommended outdoor activities. The Philippines is composed of more than 7,100 islands, with sizes ranging from 100 square kilometers to one no bigger than your kitchen. Island hopping is a top activity in Boracay. You can either sign up for island hopping packages, which usually includes day tours in four islands, or rent for a boat and a guide’s services instead. Marvel at the natural beauty of Puka Beach, Crocodile Island, Tambisaan Beach, and Laurel Island. Laurel Island is home to two coves with pockets of water forms. The secluded Ilig-Iligan beach will feed your hunger for adventure. Explore the inland caves, bat caves, and rich marine life.
Water sports under the sun
Water sports make up the best Boracay experiences. The Crocodile Island is a recommended snorkeling site. Ilig-Iligan Beach is also perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. Fly over Bulabog Beach via a parasailing. You can also rent a paraw, a double trigger traditional sailboat in the Philippines, and sail over blue waters of Boracay during sunset. Other outdoor sports you can engage into are standup paddling, cliff diving, and beach volleyball.
Turn into a mermaid princess
Another unexpected experience in Boracay waiting for you is mermaid swimming. You can inquire about monofin swimming lessons through the Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy. Mermaid swimming is not just for kids. In fact, it’s a good workout for adults. A two-hour lesson, including fishtail rental, ranges from $30 to $50.
A wild nightlife
There’s something energizing about Boracay’s atmosphere at night. The island transforms into a pulsating outdoor club with loud music, light effects, fire dancers and overflowing alcohol. The party goes on from dusk ‘till dawn so make sure you pack lots of power with you. Dance, sing, and socialize!
The Philippines is a regarded as the Pearl of the Orient. It’s thousands of islands, surrounded by majestic waters, offer wonders that surprise even the locals. Don’t miss out on the world’s most beautiful island, Boracay, on your next trip to Asia.