Boracay Island, Philippines, May 2007
05.05.2007 - 12.05.2007 35 °C
I had only been living in Taiwan for 4 months when I booked my holiday to the Philippines. My job was driving me mad and I was desperate for some sun, sea, sand and opportunities to meet new people. It took about 12 hours to get from my apartment in Taipei to my hotel in Boracay. It was only 3 hours flying time but a number of different connections and waiting times made it a pretty long journey. From Kalibo airport I travelled for about 2 hours by bus through narrow roads lined with palm trees and small hut-like houses. When I reached the harbour to catch the ferry to Boracay I was met with the first of many amazing sunsets.
People were looking at me a little strangely on the boat because I was obviously travelling alone, but I felt really relaxed about the whole thing. I was looking forward to meeting some people on the island, having some new conversations and hopefully making some friends I could stay in touch with. It was dark by the time I reached the hotel and I didn't venture far that night. I found the internet cafe, looked at some jewelry stalls and booked myself on a boat trip for the following morning.
I woke up early on the first day, had some breakfast and went out for my boat trip. I met two really cool people and the boat trip was great. We went to some caves to snorkle, stopped off at a few random spots in the middle of the sea and bought ice creams from local guys in little boats, who sailed round all the tourist spots with a big cooler box.
I met lots of people in Boracay, from lots of different places. It made travelling alone seem very easy because I always had someone to spend time with in the daytimes and evenings.
Boracay is a great place for beach bars with live music and a variety of reasonably priced food. The hotels are nice and many are very cheap (600 pesos per night). I had only booked two night's accomodation when I arrived but I managed to get a 20% loyalty discount at my original hotel and moved to a fanned room to save more money.
I had a fantastic time in Boracay and I would recommend it to anyone who is travelling in Asia or looking for a holiday on a beautiful island.