Wish you were here -- White Beach, Boracay
With its crystal clear turquoise waters and white sand beaches, freshly caught seafood and perennial sunshine, the island paradise of Boracay in the Philippines attracts tens of thousands of sun worshipers, foodies and water sports lovers every year from around the world.
As an avid sailor who also appreciates exotic local food, I couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate my birthday last February.
This photo was taken at Boat Station 2 of White Beach, after a morning of island hopping. Island hopping is the best way to see the small islands and beaches, such as Crocodile Island, Carabao Island and Nogas Island, which lie around Boracay Island. A 1.5-hour ride on the sailing boat cost us only Peso 1,600 (US$35), which was a great bargain.
White Beach, Boracay’s most popular tourist area, known for spectacular sunsets and an endless stretch of powdery white sand, is home to several beach-front resorts, restaurants, and spa houses. Water sports enthusiasts should head eastward to the other side of the island to the quieter Bulabog Beach, a kite boarding and windsurfing haven.
How to get to there:
Getting to Boracay was easier than I anticipated -- my partner and I flew from Hong Kong to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Centennial 2 where we boarded a short transit flight to Caticlan. From Caticlan Pier, a 30 minute boat ride took us directly to Boracay Island. The boat dropped us off at White Beach Pier and by the time we arrived at the pier, the limousine from Mandarin Island Hotel was already there waiting for us. Ten minutes later, we were in our hotel room.
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