Boracay is only one of the 7,000 plus exotic islands in the Philippines. But this tiny island is one of the country’s gems. Its picture-perfect white sand beaches have earned Boracay numerous acclaims as “one of the best islands in the world.” For Keith’s very first visit to the Philippines, I thought Boracay would be a perfect first stop to introduce my home country to him.
This is the alluring water of Boracay that keeps seducing me back to the island. This is my third visit to Boracay. The first time was in the late 1980’s when the island was still without electricity and the power at the handful of resorts was battery generated. Today, the island is much more built-up and more commercialized. However, its beauty and charm still remain and hard to resist.
After more that 20 hours of travel from New York – that included 3 flight segments and a boat ride – I was happy to finally arrive in Boracay, but most of all I was excited to reunite with my precious family who came to spend few days on the island with me and Keith.
On our first evening in Boracay, my family, Keith and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner and entertainment at Paradiso Grill. Boracay offers a wide variety of dining option from street food stalls to fine seafood restaurants.
Picnic time on Magic Island! Keith said that these prawns were the freshest and the sweetest he ever ate.
The water to sail to other islands was choppy that day and we decided into sail to calmer water where we could snorkel. Boracay is great for snorkeling. My family enjoyed swimming with schools of fish on this spot.
A floating coconut vendor approached our boat as we were snorkeling.
While the boys were playing on the beach, the girls went to the lively D’Mall for souvenir shopping and for some ice cream. Aside from shops, D’Mall is also lined with huge variety of dining options.
For trinket shopping, we checked out the stalls that lined along the beachfront.
Our last lunch with my family before they left Boracay:( They had to leave early as the kids had to go back to school. Keith and I stayed two more days on the island and reunited with them few days later in our hometown.
Fortunately, the rain went away and the next two days were all sunshine! Keith and I had a great time exploring other parts of the island. For Part 2 of this post, please click here.