Boracay was the first island we visited on our first trip through the Philippines.
Early in the morning we headed to the airport of Manila, we did not have a ticket yet, because Cebu Pacific (the airline we wanted to take – cheap one) does only accept Asian credit cards. Well, there we are at the airport, with backpacks, but with no ticket. But luckily there were still some seats on a cheap flight to Kalibo on Panay Island available. We booked a second flight to the next destination Cebu, too. After spending some hours at the airport waiting for our flight, finally we departed into paradise.
We arrived in Kalibo, cos Boracay is such a small island that does not have an airport. The landing was quite rough, the pilot had to brake hard to get the aircraft to stop on the quite short runway. From there we went by bus to Caticlan, from where we took a boat to get to the island of Boracay. Actually we thought we were going on a ferry trip, but instead we found a small typical filipino boat. One puts its luggage on top of the boat and then you sit down on benches and the lifevests are hanging down from the ceiling right in your face.
After a short ride of about 15minutes we arrived on Boracay. It was already dark, cos usually it is always already dark about 6 o’clock. We took a quite expensive tricycle and went to our cottage at Melinda’s Garden.
Melinda’s Garden is a really nice place a little set ack from the beautiful White Beach. And the name is what you get. The beach seems to be endless, kilometres of white sand, crystal clear water and palms all over. Although Boracay is quite touristic the beach is almost empty – there only a few people hanging around – a dream.
But this wonderful island has somehow a bittersweet taste. When one’s walking across the seaside on the sandy boulevards there are a lot of street vendors, people offering massages, people from restaurants etc that are calling after you all the time, what is quite annoying. In the evenings a lot of colorful boats were sailing along the sea into the sunset, which was pretty to see.
It was so wonderful to spend some days there in the sun and at the beach after the busy time in Manila. One day we rent a boat and went to Crocodile Island close to Boracay. There we went snorkelling in some caves that opened to the sea.
Compared to the islands we now have been to, Boracay is relatively expensive, but still quite affordable for rich Europeans like us ;)
On Boracay I saw quite a lot of Ladyboys for the first time in my life. And I can tell, yes, they are really professional. One has to look twice to get the idea, that there might be something wrong. And still I am not sure if I identified all ladyboys. Another weird phenomenon was that there actually were a lot of elderly white men hanging around with really young and beautiful filipinas, one could see a lot of them there. Before I was not aware that this cliche was so true – it was really remarkable.
One day I was walking on my own on the beach to a little chapel on a rock in the sea on White Beach. I guess I walked like one and a half hour, but still the beach did not come to an end. In the distance I already saw the Maria on the rock and some people around to take pictures of the chapel. When they saw me, they actually started to take pictures of me! I was kind of surprised, because there are relatively lots of white people on Boracay. But I guess they never saw a redhead before. When I arrived at the chapel some Koreans asked if they could take some pictures with me. Sure I agreed – who knows where I am to see now on the Internet ^^
After those relaxing days on Boracay we continued our trip to the island of Cebu.