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Polaroid of the week: Boracay, the Philippines – Paradise found

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Aaah, the Philippines… I don’t even know where to start! So far, I’ve had an amazing time here – much better even than I expected. Not that I wasn’t expecting to like a few weeks of beach and island hopping, but I just didn’t expect these islands to be soooo pretty. Even though I am moving around quite a lot (because as usual, I want to see it all.. but I cut down my itinerary already) I feel relaxed and mellow. There have been frustrations, too (the food! complicated travel planning!), but how can I stay mad for long with picture-perfect tropical beaches like White Beach in Boracay (pictured) or San Juan Beach in Siquijor. After a few days in Manila, Boracay was the perfect introduction to the lazy beach life in the Philippines and I almost didn’t leave because it’s so easy to get sucked into the easy life of playing in the water, working with this dreamy view, sun tanning, watching the sunset with a $1 beer and going out to dance the night away with new friends from the hostel…rinse…repeat…

Luckily I did manage to tear myself away from this island paradise – because there are many more island paradises to be explored…

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26 Comments

  1. I’m so glad you loved Boracay as much as I did! It really is paradise…but I do hear you about the food. Food and transport are two things that are SUPER frustrating about traveling in the Philippines! I’m really excited that you added Siquijor to your itinerary. I didn’t make it there during my trip and I’m still bummed about that. I can’t wait to hear what you thought about it!

    1. Oh you have to put it on the itinerary for your next visit! It’s soooo pretty. Heard it’s like what Boracay used to be 20 years ago. So many untouched beaches. Few hotels. Gorgeous island! And Apo Island is a MUST too! Just went there today.

    1. You’ll have to, Amanda! Boracay was amazing. I am planning my return already – hopefully at the end of the year / early 2016!! 🙂

    1. Paula – no worries about being lonely. I’ve met people everywhere I went.. there are tons of backpackers everywhere in the Philippines. I had a hard time finding some time for myself, to be honest! I’d be happy to share my favorite hostels with you if you need recommendations, but I’ll mention them in my upcoming Philippines posts anyway 🙂

  2. Fascinating islands indeed! 🙂 I like much more than sights instead islands 🙂 Thanks & keep it up writing Dani!

    Best regards,
    Saiful

    1. Mike – I wonder how it compares now to 2009!! It was crazy busy when I was there. Well worth a visit though! And yes, those $1 beers are amazing!! 🙂

      1. We are going to be spending most of our time around Boracay and Palawan (mainly El Nido!). I love your instagram account, it’s making me even more excited 🙂

        1. Thanks, Lauren! 🙂 I loved El Nido, too – ended my trip there and the island hopping tours.. just WOW! So beautiful. I am sure you’ll love the Philippines 🙂

    1. White Beach is definitely the most stunning beach I’ve seen anywhere in the Philippines – but the island is much more touristy than other islands I’ve been to (I can see why though). Definitely worth visiting though!

  3. Boracay was beautiful, but I was surprised just how tourist-driven it really is! We were just there for a couple of days though on our last trip (and spent several days in Manila, so it was a nice beach getaway!) I’m glad you got to see so many different places of a very beautiful country!

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