After having limited power in our apartment for the two weeks prior, we were more than ready for a long weekend away. We decided to head to Boracay, known for it’s gorgeous sandy white beaches, and it’s only an hour flight from Manila!
The other thing Boracay is known for: it’s party scene. However, it seems many people don’t travel during the rainy season here with the risk of bad weather, the beach was practically deserted!
To get to Boracay, we took the quick flight and then a short boat trip to the island. Once on the island, we were greeted by hotel staff and a golf cart for a 15 minute trip to the resort. We were then greeted by several members of the hotel staff with a fruity drink and pooka shells, such a warm welcome!
Luckily, someone was looking out for us and we enjoyed gorgeous weather the entire weekend. Ok, it got pretty smoking hot during the day, but still beautiful. The staff at various restaurants told us several times that it had been raining for over a week, so we are glad that the sun decided to come out for our trip. Sparkling turquoise ocean and white sandy beaches, just perfect!
Breakfast was included in our hotel stay, but for other meals we explored other restaurants along the beach. My favorite foods included the fried oysters the first night, the Christmas tree nachos (as I called them, since they were stacked in a tree shape with toppings in between the chips) and then the alfredo oysters the last night. Yum!
No planned excursions on this vacation, but we did spend an afternoon at D-Mall, which has plenty of shops and restaurants to explore. We picked up a couple of souvenirs, and I finally got to experience riding a trike back to the hotel!
The sunsets in Boracay were honestly some of the most beautiful I have seen. It was nice to grab a drink and watch the sun set over the ocean. Especially when that drink is a goblet of white wine!
If you go by TripAdvisor, we did visit one other attraction in Boracay- Willy’s Rock. This is actually one of the most most photographed places in Boracay, and has a statue of the Virgin Mary on top of the rock.
And below, just some other fun memories of Boracay, including getting massages in a treehouse, furry friends on the beach (the dog came over to let me pet him, the cat did not), sand art, and Erik coming out of retirement to play a little sand soccer! Oh, and did you know the President took some time out of his schedule to open a restaurant in Boracay?
Although we don’t typically like to vacation the same place twice, Boracay could be the exception for another quick weekend trip. We are excited that our next vacation will most likely be outside of the Philippines to explore more of Asia.
The only thing to note if you visit, there are vendors always walking the beach trying to sell you anything from pearls to hats to excursions everywhere you go. We got used to it, but it was kind of obnoxious. We would be eating breakfast at the resort and if you even so much as glanced up (you know, to look out at the ocean!) they would try to catch your eye and start calling to you from the beach. I ignored them, Erik told them no thank you, and that easily ended it.
Until next time! :)