Boracay then and now

The first time I went to Boracay was in March 2005. It was also the first time my friends and I went on a long holiday together, and the first time I flew with Seair. That trip was easily one of the most memorable trips I ever had. The first views of the island from the air, the balmy sea air and the bright sunshine that welcomed us in Caticlan, the chori burgers, the D’Mall palengke, the Tekken tournaments, the steak night, the long walks from Station 1 to Station 3, the Holy Week parties, the aftermath of the Holy Week parties, the firedancers and the copious amounts of alcohol.

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Boracay White Beach March 2005

As beautiful as the white beach (Balabag) is, we found it hard to appreciate it because of the layer of seaweeds that line the shore, and the trash that is left after all the parties. Since we lived halfway between the front beach and the back beach, one afternoon we walked through the narrow path and emerged in Bulabog beach.

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Boracay White Beach December 2008

Bulabog is parallel to the white beach, though shorter. The wind here is much more fierce, making it the perfect spot for windsurfing and kite surfing. The sand in this beach is as fine, but unlike the white beach, the rubbish you see here are the ones that fall from the trees that line the shore.

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Boracay Bulabog Beach March 2005

Seeing Balabag and Bulabog in December 2008, more than three years after my first visit, there’s still that sense of wonder and amazement. Sure, the D’mall has become extremely commercialized, but the beach remains as beautiful as ever. There are no seaweeds in the front beach yet, and there are more kite surfers in the back beach.

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Boracay Bulabog Beach December 2008

Though my companions are getting sick of Boracay, I still find myself enamored with the island. Maybe it’s because it was only my second time back whereas they’ve been to the island more than twice already. Sure, we’ve seen other spectacular beaches, but for me, Boracay still has its own charm. I know I’ll always go back to Bora.

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Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 4 Comments
  1. dong ho says:

    i agree. though it was my first time there, yet i dont see anything so negative about the beach. i was lucky to have seen it during the off peak season. less people, no seaweeds and cheap rates. ill be there next year.

  2. Anna D. says:

    I don’t think I’ll *ever* tire of Boracay. *swoon*

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