Boracay and El Nido join TripAdvisor’s List of Best Beaches in Asia

Posted on February 27, 2018

Booking and travel review site TripAdvisor recently named White Beach in Boracay and Nacpan Beach in El Nido as two of the ten best beaches in Asia in its 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards. White Beach in Boracay took the second spot while Nacpan Beach in El Nido was at number eight. The winners were determined based on the quantity and quality of traveler reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor, gathered over a course of 12 months. According to TripAdvisor,Read More

The top three best islands in the world are from the Philippines

Posted on February 27, 2018

Luxury and lifestyle travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler named Boracay, Cebu, and Palawan as the top three best islands in the world. The winners were determined via a survey done for the Readers’ Choice Awards in 2017 where 30,000 travelers from all over the world participated in. According to Conde Nast Traveler, the 30th annual Reader’s Choice Awards survey set another new record with millions of ratings and hundreds of thousands of comments submitted by travelers that served as votesRead More

DENR bares teeth to reinforce responsible tourism

Posted on February 21, 2018

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently called the attention of establishments and individuals to practice responsible tourism as it brought to light the state of Boracay Island, Panglao Island in Bohol, and the Puerto Princes Subterranean River – all major tourist destinations in the Philippines. In its latest reports and statements, the government agency said that it has identified a significant number of establishments to be violating environmental laws in the said locations. Earlier this month, DENRRead More

Third time’s the charm in Boracay

Posted on November 4, 2017

We went to Boracay for the third time exactly a day after it made headlines for being hailed as the best island in the world by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine for the second year in a row. Earlier in July this year, it was included by Travel + Leisure magazine in its list of the top islands in the world. Both results were based on polls conducted by the said publications on travelers from all over the world. Boracay, theRead More

Island-Hopping in Boracay

Posted on June 21, 2017

Aside from lounging leisurely at the beach and partying at night, what else can you do in Boracay? If you are looking for activities beyond helmet diving, banana boat riding and paragliding, then island-hopping might be for you. Yes, there’s much more to see in Boracay aside from the stretch of white beach along Stations 1 to 3. Getting an island-hopping tour requires no effort at all as boatmen will approach just about anybody on the beach without caution. Alternatively,Read More

Boracay, Lovelier the Second Time Around

Posted on February 12, 2017

Our trip to Boracay some months ago was a very spur-of-the-moment decision. While we would always have travel plans for my birthday, we didn’t make any arrangement that time because of the inclement weather. However, on a quick whim, we decided to still push through with our weekend trip. It was Friday and already close to midnight but, even so, we were hoping to work something out. Boracay 2016: Our Quick Boracay Getaway from Ivan Jose on Vimeo. We choseRead More

Romantic dinner by the beach at Discovery Shores Boracay

Posted on August 4, 2015

We celebrated our first wedding anniversary in a very romantic fashion at Discovery Shores Boracay — dinner by the beachfront. We were initially told by the hotel staff that al fresco dining was for their semi-fine dinner set only but they eventually allowed us outside when we told them that we were celebrating a special occasion. The soft lights, the cool sea breeze blowing and the waves gently pattering added all the more to the romantic vibe of the place.Read More

Our Unforgettable Stay at Boracay Regency Hotel

Posted on August 3, 2015

We spent our first wedding anniversary in Boracay last April 2015. Since we were there for a special occasion, we wanted to splurge a little and not scrimp on accommodation. After much searching and deliberation, we finally found that special place which will be our home during our vacation – Boracay Regency Hotel. We immediately fell in love with it when we stumbled upon its website. It looked quaint and very welcoming. It did not disappoint us. When we arrived,Read More

Part 3: The many things that you can do in Boracay

Posted on July 29, 2015

“When in Boracay, do as the locals do!,” a middle-aged lady selling souvenirs in Talipapa said this to us in the vernacular. She said that in Boracay, one is free to do what he wishes to do (as long as it’s legal) or wear what suits his taste, and nobody will care about you. That adage, I reckon, yet applies to almost every locality. During our vacation, I found out that one will never run out of things to doRead More

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

Posted on July 27, 2015

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. After our quick meal,Read More

Part 1: Our road going to Boracay to celebrate our first anniversary

Posted on July 25, 2015

I came to Boracay without much expectation because of the many negative things I keep on hearing about it. Oftentimes, adjectives like commercialized, overcrowded and polluted seem to abound when people talk about Boracay. But I had to go because I felt it was obligatory; everybody’s been there except me. I wouldn’t want to be left out during conversations about this famed island. Weeks before we went there, I was pondering why I haven’t been to Boracay. I could thinkRead More

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