A Window on Boracay


  The Lookout

Boracay is a small island of the Philippines approximately 315 km south of Manila and 2 km off the northwest tip of Panay Island.

Situated in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines it is geographically part of the Municipality of Malay in the province of Aklan.

Administratively it is under the control of the Philippine Tourism Authority together with the Provincial Government of Aklan.

Myrna and myself intended to go there in late December 2006 but Typhoon Seniang on 9-10 December severely damaged homes and infrastructure. The lodge where we were going to stay was destroyed so that year we did not visit Boracay.

This year (2012) some friends suggested we accompany them to Boracay, and as a result we spent two days there, based at the Sea Wind Resort - White Beach. Two days is insufficient to acquire a reasonable glimpse of Boracay - thus there were many things we were unable to experience.

Our activities were mainly confined to White Beach and Dmall. However we made a boat trip to Crystal Cove Island and around the main island. As part of the trip we did some snorkeling which was most enjoyable.

There appears to be a surfeit of information on Boracay, so I guess I am mainly making a record for myself with this page - but possibly there is one or two photos which may interest casual viewers.


Boracay Artists in Dmall
Boracay Airport terminal building at Caticlan

Cebu Pacific aircraft at Manila Airport
Departing for Boracay at Caticlan Jetty Port
Arrival at Tambisaan Docking Area
Guilly's Island and other restaurants and Bars fronting White Beach
Guilly's Island Restaurant and Bar
Ambassadors Hotel in Paradise
West Cove
Keep Boracay litter free

Along the beach front are numerous signs stating:
* No smoking on the Beach front.
* No Littering.
* No taking out of sand.
   Thus White Beach is very clean but where does all the litter go to?

There are many stalls located along the beach front but the main shopping area for tourists is Dmall.

In Dmall are many gift shops which feature local handicrafts, and fashion stores. There are also many restaurants.

There are numerous dive shops in Boat Station 2 area (includes Dmall) and some of the training is done just off white beach. Thus it appears to be an ideal place for initial training.

Entrance to D'mall
A boy posing in front of a diving suit - D'mall
A Boutique - Dmall area
Diving students waiting for the boat.
Bars at night time in Dmall area
Crystal Cove Island layout diagram

Note: Prepared from a photo of the display board on the Island

Crystal Cove Island Sign
Path to Cove 2

Crystal Cove Island is a good place for picnics but you are generally advised to take your own food and drink.

Cove 1 is reasonably accessible but to get to cove 2 you have to crawl part of the way through a tunnel. As I had relatively recently broken my right arm and fractured my right hip, at first I did not attempt it.

However I noticed that people seemed to be standing up in the tunnel so I gave it a try and made it down to the cove.

As additional attractions there are 'Native' houses and statues to look at.

A 'Cottage' on Crystal Cove Island
A Crystal Cave Island Statue
A walkway at Cove 2
Edna descending into Cove 2
Tunnel to Cove 2
Descending into the pool at cove 1
Rocks at the south end of White Beach
Myrna and the little fishes
Preparing for Parasailing

It looks like Banana Boat Rides - a 15 minute ride on an inflatable raft - are undertaken here. The passengers wear a life jacket in case they fall off while the raft is being towed at high speed.

Traditional Paraws at White Beach

A paraw is a native outrigger sailing boat and their origin can be traced back to the 12th. century.

Scuba divers and a Paraw at White Beach

A Paraw is built of a single wooden hull and flanked with a bamboo outrigger on each side for stability

Willy's Rock & Panay Island

The stairs lead to a grotto at the top, which contains a statue of the Virgin Mary. Panay Island can be seen in the background. Willy's Rock is said to be the most photographed landmark on Boracay.

Willy's Rock
The Bride's Photograph