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Boracay sizzles hot on summer

Boracay, Philippines, beach, tourist attractions, summer, boracay sizzles

Sun. Beach. Fun. Paradise. Romance. Lovers. Vibrant. International. Hedonistic. Naughty. Getaway. Refuge. No other island among the more than 7,000 islands of the Philippines evokes such an eclectic myriad of images and appeal than Boracay.

Indeed, the key-shaped island is throbbing with passion for the good things in life that any visitor will find it easy to fall inlove with the place upon setting foot on it. Boracay beckons to everybody all year round (It’s during summertime though that the island really explodes with activities.) But what the heck, any time is a good time once those feet itch for a great travel destination! Like schools of multi-colored fishes, people from here and abroad flock to Boracay to experience what the buzz is all about.

Boracay is located at the northwestern tip of Aklan, Panay, off the Sibuyan Sea. Just lying across Palawan, it is the westernmost island of the Western Visayas, bordering Mindoro on the northwest and Romblon on the north. Yapak, Balabag and Manoc-manoc are the island’s three communities which are home to more than 30 beaches, 10 of which are outstanding. The most popular is the White Beach, a 4-kilometer stretch of white pristine sand and crystal blue waters, so strikingly beautiful that it has already become legendary among frequent Boracay visitors. Just walking along the shore—digging your feet in the powdery sand—is already an unforgettable experience.

Scattered along these many beaches are various establishments catering to all tastes and pocket sizes (read: budget) and offering different services and activities. If you’re in a hurry to see what the best of the island can offer, you can rent an outrigger boat from your resort and go around too see for yourself. Don’t miss the Carabao Island which is home to skilled artisans who mastered the construction and sailing of colorful paraws (small, fast outrigger sailboats).

Or you can just go straight to a diving trip and witness the underwater spectacle of exotic fishes flitting in an out of fantastic coral formations. Some of the country’s best diving spots are in Boracay like “The Wall” in Yapak, a coral formation rising to 30 to 50 feet. If lucky you can spot a sleek Mantra ray or an ominous Hammerhead shark. Your kids too can enjoy the seascape with a tamer snorkelling. Laurel Island offers a unique attraction for inexperienced snorkellers with its partly flooded cave which opens to the sea. Windsurfing is another fun-filled activity. You can catch sustained winds at Bulabog Beach at the eastern coast and feel like you’re flying above the waters.

If you get tired of watersports, get your feet on the ground and enjoy some land-based activities. And whatever sports you’re into, the island has no shortage of available traditional and mainstream sports. There’s a 19-hole world-class fairway which any aspiring Woods and Palmers out there can find a great challenge. For volleyball enthusiasts, there are always amateur games organized by resorts and held right on the beach front amidst cheering spectators.

For nature-lovers, Boracay has definitely something in store for you. Naturalists, photographers, spelunkers (cave explorers) and brave souls have long been drawn to the numerous bat caves. Giant bats with wingspan reaching up to four feet have been sighted. Or you can climb Mount Luho, which is the island’s highest elevation (100 meters above sea level). Upon reaching the top, there’s a little kiosk waiting that serves refreshing drinks or you can just rest on the hammocks between the trees with your lover slowly rocking you to a relaxing state as you watch the sun set on the horizon.

When you stomach rumbles, hold on to your belt as there are bars and restaurants offering sumptuous menus and the collection is delightful: American, German, Belgian, Swiss, French, Spanish, Indian, Thai, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and of course our very own local dishes. Culinary seafood delights abound (of course, it’s a tropical island!) so much so that you’ll find it hard not to resist the likes of grilled shrimps, broiled crabs, fish fillets in oyster sauce…yum, yum! And the booze is overflowing too with all local and international brands of beers, wines and spirits being served to partygoers.

To burn the extra calories you induced, try walking it off by looking around the interesting shops and markets open to all curious buyers. The most important shopping item to buy if you’re in Boracay is beach apparel like Batik shirts and sandals as there’s nothing more unsightly than a newbie walking under the warm sun in baggy jeans and nylon shirt. Get your hands too on souvenir merchandise like exquisite woodcarvings, antique furniture, little trinkets, and native lamps.

As darkness fall, the island gives way to a different scene much touted by “night people” as truly enjoyable. Tricycles (motorcycles with passenger sidecars) can swing your around as you scout for the vibe you desire. Just enter any bar you fancy and just flow along with the current surge of energy. Who knows you might find yourself in a round of hot and sexy Tequila body shots or you might also hook up with a charismatic stranger from some Eastern European country?

Itching now to go to Boracay? Pack your bags and fly to the Philippines’ ultimate tourist destination. The country’s major airlines like the Philippine Airlines fly regularly to Kalibo, Aklan. From there, you can take an air-conditioned bus to Caticlan, the jump-off point from where you will take a boat to Boracay. Asian Spirit and SeaAir, however, have direct flights from Manila to Caticlan airport three times a week. If you’re coming from Cebu, you can also take a direct flight to Caticlan. For those traveling by sea, there are shipping lines that ply the Manila-Caticlan route or Manila-Dumaguit (which is only half hour east of Kalibo).

So what are you waiting for? No matter what your heart’s desire is, Boracay can fulfill it beyond your wildest imaginations. Upon arriving there, all you have to do is prepare yourself for the next best days of your life.
Published: 2006-04-29
Author: Royce Ambrocio

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The author has been writing professionally for 10 years now across various industries: TV, print, advertising, and online commerce. He has done scripts for TV, feature articles in magazines and newspapers and copywriting for consumer, tranport and service companies.

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