Boracay’s Charm

To borrow Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s words, ‘The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choice-less as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.”

Why don’t you try to visit Boracay in January. Make it a part of your itinerary should you plan to witness Kalibo’s Ati-atihan Festival or Iloilo’s Dinagyang. Boracay, an island paradise boasts of its glorious white beach, numerous hotels, restaurants and water-activity options, has always been the pride of the Philippines.

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Boracay was hailed by Travel & Leisure as 2013’s second-best island destination in the world. The long stretch of white beach paired with a marvelous sunset offers the perfect postcard / instagram-worthy photos. The entire length of the beach is paralleled by rows of either hotels, restaurants or shops of all types.

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Sections of the White Beach are popularly called as Stations. Stations they were called because back in the days before the local government decided to integrate all trips from Caticlan to Boracay thru the construction of the island jetty, boats transported visitors from the port of Caticlan to the three boat stations of Boracay’s White Beach.

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The trip from Caticlan to any of the boat stations was the most scenic way to reach Boracay’s White Beach. Now, all travelers must have to take a boat ride from the Caticlan jetty to the port of Cagban in Boracay Island then take a tricycle or muti-cab (jeepney) ride to White Beach.

Sections of the White Beach are popularly called as Stations.

Station I: Is where most of the high-end resort hotels are located. Willy’s Rock serves as a marker for this station. Willy’s Rock is said to be a volcanic rock-formation, oddly-shaped like a fortress or castle. Willy’s Rock cannot be missed as this is the only natural formation that pierced the otherwise continuous stretch of white sand.
On top of one of the rock-forms nearest to the beach, is a grotto. The rock got its name from a nearby resort, Willy’s Beach Club Hotel.

Station II: Is the section which is generally busy because most of the hotels, restaurants, bars and shops are located here. D’Mall and D’Talipapa (Market) are also found here. This is the shopping and dining center and the entertainment heart of the island. Station 2 being at the mid-section of White Beach is the most accessible of the boat stations.

Station III: For the budget-conscious traveler or for those who want to visit Boracay on a tight budget, Station III hosts most of the cheaper and budget-friendly hotels. It is also relatively quieter and compared to Station 2. But at daytime, it can get a bit busy because all operators of water-activities are located here. This station serves as a jump-off point for those who want to try parasailing, island-hopping, snorkel & diving etc. Most of the time, the view is often shared with the paraws and boats that are anchored nearby.

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So, plan your best getaway by choosing Boracay as your ultimate travel destination for the summer. Choose Philippines. Choose Boracay. The sunset view from Boracay’s White Beach may just be the gift from the sea that you’ve been waiting for.

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