It's been ages since I spent Valentine's Day single and more than a number of years since I last went to Boracay. Since its rehabilitation, the island's natural state have been restored to how it is originally known for - endless stretch of powder-white sand and crystal blue waters fringed with palm tree-lined shores.
And it just keeps getting better! I noticed that the route from the airport to the island has changed. It's now more organised as the government port to the other side of the island. For easier transportation from the airport to your resort, I recommend booking this in advance to save you the hassle of organising it on the same day. I recommend Island Star Express because it's very affordable and very convenient. The have several other options to choose from but I got the roundtrip service from the airport to my hotel for just Php1,075 all-in.
Personally, I'd put Boracay on top of my favorite beach list, especially after its rehabilitation. I think that it was what the island needed at that time and indeed, allowed it to naturally restore. I think it's also more sustainable now because of the support that it gets from the government now. The beach is so much cleaner because of certain rules set up such as: no smoking, no food/drinks allowed, etc. This just shows how we can all work together in order to create a better place for us to live or enjoy in.
I went here February 2019 (Valentine's Day) with my friends who were also curious as to how it changed since its rehabilitation. Getting around the island is such a breeze since tricycles are available almost everywhere.
Here are some activities and food that we've had throughout our trip. Some photos missing just because we were too hungry to take a photo lol Explore and don't be afraid to try these out:
It's refreshing, delicious, and healthy! Perfect in combatting the island's humid air. One serving is just Php120. They are located in Boracay's D'Mall Palengke and Station X.
barLO Restaurant in Two Seasons:
Ah, the infamous four-cheese pizza (topped with a creamy layer of blue, mozzarella, parmesan, and thick cheddar cheese), best topped with honey which now costs Php100. We also ordered their Two Seasons salad and oyster sisig, which are all equally good. This restaurant can be found in Boracay's station 1.
Always a classic but a bit overhyped. It's now located a the back of Station 1. Nonetheless, it's still refreshing.
Just like good old days, Kasbah is stunningly situated in Boracay Station 1 and serves mouthwatering Moroccan dishes. I love their open-faced lamb pita appetiser as it gives a hint of sweetness at the end. Other dishes to try are the: Kasbah Hummus, Lamb Tagine, and Gambas Morocain.
Streetmarket Station X:
I simply adore their food hall because of the food choices you can indulge in - from Mexican, Italian, to South East Asian staples such as Indonesian and Japanese cuisine, there's surely something for anyone's palette. Plus, the place is insta-worthy! Station X has cute picnic tables and colorful bean bags on faux grass.
I had the yakitori sticks and bowls in Poketo.
But if this isn't for you, you can also try the tacos, burritos, guacamole and chips, and many more in Santo Peligrosa.
Go to Fat Rice for Southeast Asian staples, such as Indonesia’s flavorful rice dish Nasi Goreng or Hanoi’s classic Cha Ca La Vong, made of fish chunks with dill, fish paste, and nuts, served on noodles.
Meanwhile, Diavolo has Neapolitan-style brick-oven pizzas and slow-cooked porchetta for those with more discerning palates who don’t want to burn a hole through their wallets.
Little Wave Coffee serves both strong brews and freshly-made pastas (try their creamy Mushroom Pasta with truffle oil).
Hit Percy for seafood specials like poke bowls and ceviche; and Winner Winner for deep-fried buttermilk and honey butter fried chicken (for dinner, yeah?).
Finally, cool down with a bowl of icy bingsu at Sugar Cloud for dessert.
Meet some of my friends who joined me in this trip. I love how I can just unwind and enjoy happy hour, which usually starts at 1pm. Then this goes on until wee-hours at night.
But if you're just like me who likes to chill by the beach, I recommend meditating or jogging in the morning, or watching the sunset during happy hour. You cannot miss this as Boracay is known also for its amazing picturesque purple and red sky. Make sure to catch this as the sun seems to set quite fast. Well, I guess time does go so quickly when you're enjoying (the view).
As majestic as it seems, I'd love to go back to this island. 'Til next time, Boracay!