I was extremely excited to head over to the Philippines 6 months into our travels. It seemed to be off the typical Southeast Asia ‘banana pancake’ trail and I’d heard through the grapevine that it had a completely unique vibe. But I had been warned that Boracay, known as the party spot of the Philippines was extremely busy and touristy. So, I mentally prepared myself for the ‘Brits abroad’ type of tourist, or perhaps a similar crowd that frequent Thailand’s full moon parties on a regular basis.
However, I was pleasantly surprised. Sure, Boracay was definitely a tourist hotspot. But, it seemed to be a tourist hotspot for those living in the Philippines and other countries in Asia, which was definitely new to me! So after settling into our hostel (MNL beach hostel – which was pretty good), I was keen to grab a beer and get to know some of the locals.
As we explored the local beach with a throng of new friends we’d met at our hostel (it’s super easy to meet people in Boracay – everyone’s on holiday!), it soon became clear why Boracay was so popular. Even the main beach was absolutely stunning with white sands, towering palm trees and beautiful blue sea. No wonder people flocked from all over Asia to holiday here! We spent a good couple of days relaxing and enjoying the beach and the sea.
We noticed there were tonnes of exciting activities to do, so if you did come here on holiday you definitely wouldn’t get bored easily. From water sports to parasailing, to scuba diving, the list was endless. Rather humorously you could even go ‘mermaid swimming’, where participants are required to wear a mermaid’s fin. One day, one day. As a large group, we opted for an all-day snorkelling trip.
The actual boat trip itself wasn’t too exciting but once we were in the water the beautiful sea views were pretty impressive. I was sure to make use of my new GoPro and got snapping right away!
The sunsets in Boracay were also pretty spectacular. We all crammed into a colourful tuk-tuk and head over to one of the quieter beaches of Boracay. As you can see, the colours were absolutely amazing. I do enjoy a good sunset, it has to be said!
Boracay was a very pleasant surprise for me. The beaches were more beautiful than I thought they’d be, the nightlife a lot more exciting and the tourists so much friendlier. It felt like we were on a holiday whilst travelling (as if we needed a holiday!) and it was a great time to relax from all the activities and moving about that travelling often entails. If (hopefully when!) I return to the Philippines, I’ll definitely be back. See you then, Boracay.