Last month, my wife and I went to Boracay and spent five days there to celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary and to attend to a friend’s wedding. It’s my second time there and I can say that it is truly one of the most beautiful islands in the world.
We flew via Cebu Pacific from Manila at 6 a.m. and an hour later we arrived at Caticlan, Aklan. From there, we rode via speedboat to our hotel, Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa. The speedboat ride care of Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa was smooth and allowed beautiful sight-seeing.
Upon arriving at our hotel, we had breakfast at Vintana Cafe, a fine-dining restaurant typical of five-star hotels here and abroad. Afterwards, we rested and slept at our spacious and luxurious room. The comfort room was elegant and the balcony was equally spacious. The wifi internet was also very fast.
In the afternoon, we attended my friend’s wedding. The wedding was at a garden in the resort and the reception was at the Punta Bunga Beach. It was a truly beautiful wedding with acoustic music, fire dancers, good food and over-flowing drinks.
The next day, we had breakfast again at Vintana Cafe. I then went snorkeling while my wife lounged at the Banyungan Beach. There was not much to see underwater, and so I just went swimming instead. Since the Banyungan Beach was exclusive to the guests of Sangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa, we almost had the beach to ourselves. We then ate pizza at Alon and lounged at the beach. In the afternoon, we attended an assisted stretching class (a blend of yoga and thai massage), went sailing via Hobie Cat, and attended a tai chi class. Sailing via Hobie Cat was truly a remarkable experience. It was exhilarating, relaxing and scary all at the same time.
In the evening, we transferred to Nigi Nigi Too Beach Resort, at Station 1. It was definitely not as luxurious as Sangri-La Boracay Resort and Spa and the wifi internet was practically non-existent, but I liked the place more. It had soul.
For dinner, we ate at True Food, a beachfront restaurant which served mostly Indian cuisine. We ate chicken tikala masala, chapati, paneer, among others, and the food was excellent.
The following day, we ate brunch at Nigi Nigi Too Beach Resort. We had a nice view of the beach while we ate. The other guests, mostly Russians, were also in front of us sun-bathing. Food was just ok.
We then went parasailing and helmet diving. These were truly memorable experiences for me and my wife. We flew like birds while parasailing (and suffered motion-sickness because of the strong winds). Afterwards, we walked with fishes while helmet diving. I am not a good swimmer so helmet diving was really an adventure for me.
After an adventurous and tiring afternoon, we had dinner Mamita’s Grill. Since I conquered a lot fears that afternoon, I decided to add one more, and sang in front of the public for the first time in many years with the band. The grilled liempo we ate for dinner was also one of the best meals during the whole trip.
The following day, we had breakfast at Nigi Nigi Too Beach Resort and ate liempo again. We then went to Station 1 to enjoy the beach. The sand was perfect!!!! It was soft, white, and powdery. It is truly remarkable that a perfect beach like that could be so close to so many establishments. This is probably one of the reasons why Boracay is one of the most islands in the world.
I also did a little bit of paddle boating and then I went swimming with my wife. Paddle boating was not as easy as I thought and I had a hard time staying on the paddle boat. Swimming in Boracay however was a lot of fun. The shore descended very gradually and consistently and the sea was like a big swimming pool with its clear water.
For lunch, we ate at Real Coffee & Tea Cafe. We ate sandwiches, a cookie, and a calamansi muffin. The food was ok but I felt the place was over-hyped and expensive. During the afternoon, we lounged at Station 1 and read books. We then had dinner at Red Coconut Beach Hotel. Aside from excellent food and drinks, we enjoyed wonderful performances from fire dancers and acoustic singers. This was truly one of best nights as we had fine dining under the stars by the beach with performers to entertain us.
On our last day, we went strolling around the beach and had breakfast and lunch at Nigi Nigi Too Beach Resort and Mamita’s Grill, respectively. We also went back Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa to play a little of bit of ping pong and to chill, while we wait for our speedboat road back to Caticlan, Aklan.
Indeed, I can truly say that it’s more fun in Boracay!
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