Part 2: Boracay through the eyes of a first-timer


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For a while, I thought I was indeed dreaming

We woke up early to catch the Boracay sunshine. We got dressed and immediately headed out to find breakfast. From the multitude of restaurants that dot D’ Mall, we settled for Jammers because there were just a few diners plus it looked affordable. My first breakfast in Boracay was American – two slices of toast, two sunny side up eggs, three strips of bacon, sausage and coffee. My wife, meanwhile, ordered longanisa with egg and rice.

Picture 128We had our first breakfast here

Picture 003My first breakfast in Boracay

After our quick meal, we took a stroll along the beach front. The Boracay in front of me now was much different than the previous night’s milieu. It was more laid back and much more alluring. The bright sunshine further brought out the brilliant turquoise hue of the sea. Now I know why it is still considered as one of the best beaches in the world despite the commercialism. Never mind the green algal bloom, it was still magnificent. The people, meanwhile, were leisurely enjoying the sun and the clear water. Nobody was in a hurry, nor was there anybody who seemed anxious.

Picture 031Never go hungry in Boracay

Picture 151Stopping by to photograph our feet

Picture 268I would rather remove my slippers and feel the fine sand

Picture 016Random shot while walking

Picture 013People enjoying the water despite the green algae

Picture 038The water is a deep turquoise

Picture 040A sign in one of the establishments

The powdery white sand also felt nice under my feet. Thus, most of the time, I would rather walk without my slippers.

We took a long walk towards Station 3 until our feet brought us to Talipapa market. We went around and checked out the different pasalubong and souvenir items being sold – shirts, ref magnets, coin purses and all.

Picture 051Various souvenir items

Picture 085No excuse for not buying pasalubong

Picture 061Shirts and sandals

Picture 083Slippers

After a few minutes of walking around, we went back to Alamo Bay Inn to check out and transfer to Boracay Regency, which will be our home for the next few days.

Once we have checked in at Boracay Regency, we rested for about 30 minutes then headed out. Our first activity for the day, of course, was to take a dip in the aquamarine water. Despite the bright sun, the water was still very cold.

Afterwards, we took a long walk going to the direction of Station 1. What better way to enjoy the sights and sceneries of Boracay, or any place in general, than to travel on foot. Along the way, we tried fresh fruit shakes and isaw from roadside stands.

Picture 201Sandcastle

Picture 135More compact sand on the left, loose sand on the right

Picture 144Sun shining brightly

We saw one of Boracay’s iconic landmarks, Willy’s Rock. It is a small rock formation a few hundred meters from the beach near Station 1. On top of it was a statue of the Virgin Mary. It was already low tide when we got there so we took the opportunity to take photographs near the islet.

Picture 157At Willy’s Rock

Several photographs later, we decided to go back to Station 2 and wait for the sunset. On our way back, we saw the famous Jonah’s, a popular snack bar in the island that is best known for their rich and thick fruit shakes. We thought it best to take advantage of the opportunity to try their shakes. I got my favorite avocado shake with evaporated milk while my wife got a banana-pineapple combination. Indeed, the concoction was thick and tasted generously of fresh fruit. The milk lent this drink with added richness.

Picture 162My bottle of avocado shake from Jonah’s

By mid-afternoon, we could already see a lot colorful sailboats or paraw. A paraw is a small boat with two outriggers and two sails. If one would want to try paraw sailing, there are vessels for rent for 30 minutes. Price is dependent on the size and capacity of the boat.

Picture 133Colorful sailboats or paraw

Not having walked very far, we thought of lounging on the beach and catch the sunset. We took out our sarong, spread it on the white sand and unabashedly slumped. We could already see the sun quickly plummeting in the horizon. This whole spectacle painted the Boracay skyline with hues of yellow orange, slate blue and dark gray. We beheld this mélange of colors as if it were a beautiful work of art.

Picture 272Breathtaking Boracay sunset

By early evening, we were back in our hotel and getting dressed. It was our first wedding anniversary and we were to celebrate it at Fridays Boracay.

Around 7:00 PM, we hailed a tricycle and sked to be dropped off at Fridays in Station 1. Fridays is a 48-room resort, best-known for its nipa-hut inspired accommodations. Unfortunately, the restaurant only offered buffet that evening. We thought buffet was too much for us so we transferred to Discovery Shores. The hotel staff were very accommodating to allow us to have our dinner in one of the tables on the beachfront. In a very romantic fashion, we celebrated our first wedding anniversary dinner on the beachfront.

Picture 182Welcome drink, courtesy of Discovery Shores

After our light dinner, we had another crazy idea of walking all the way back to Boracay Regency. Tired from a day full of activities, we went to bed early excited for what’s in store for us the next day.

Up next, Part 3: What to do in Boracay

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