Boracay: Sun, sea, sand, sun burn and scuba diving
Trip Start Mar 16, 2012
55Trip End Sep 14, 2012
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Boracay in theory should be somewhere I love to hate. Love the white sandy beach and the crystal blue waters, but hate the touristy, busy nature of the island, but it actually worked for me. Although, the constant calling of 'sunglasses ma'am, buffet ma'am, massage ma'am' did start to wear thin. However, the beach was beautiful and as we were situated in the quieter end the beach it was far less full. There was also a good atmosphere in the day and at night with plenty of places for us to eat really good food.
The following day we set up camp on the beach, even at 8.30am it is so hot, by midday we had both retreated to the shade. It wasn't until later that we realised we had both been badly burnt. It is not surprising as we find out the temperature reached 36 degrees! All I can say is I am English and can't stand the heat, although I was surprised to burn that badly. I don't think my malaria tablets help, as a side effect is sensitivity to the sun
We were planning on heading out on the 26th but we decided as traveling around the Philippines is not as easy or cheap as other places and we love the beach here, why rush on so quickly. So we extended our stay another 2 nights. This meant that we could go scuba diving. It is my third time scuba diving, having previously dived in Australia and Vietnam. We had a great instructor called Al. He took us into the shallow waters as we tried out our masks and breathing equipment, before heading on a boat to crocodile island. Out of the 2 options we had it was by far the best. For one it was quiet and not swarming with other divers. Also, we got to see nemo! There was beautiful fish and coral, which made it worth doing another dive. We then spent the rest of the day and following day in the shade. We had to change hotels on our final night as they did not have any space for us, but we managed to find somewhere around the corner. My bed was covered in bugs, which is never good for the person that gets bitten to death.
By the 28th it was time to ship out. Our next destination was Cebu and we decided we had had enough of flying. But to get to Cebu we had to get a tricycle to the boat, a boat across to Caticlan, then a bus to Iloilo at the bottom of the island
I much prefer the overnight boat to overnight train, not only that it was really a pleasant surprise. I can only really describe walking into a new hostel is that of opening a Christmas present, you may roughly know what you are going to get, but whether you like it or not, or whether it was what you expected is another thing. It is opening the door to see what your money has bought. Sometimes, a pleasant surprise or sometimes it is a case of putting on a smile and saying it could be worse.