Boracay Island, energizing tourism activities in the Philippines tourism industry, best model: Series 1 of 2
By Elmer R. Esplana, Economist Blogger
When it comes to the white fine sand beaches in the Philippines, there is no other beach that can beat the Boracay Island. Boracay is a tropical paradise. It is 4 kilometers long powder white beach and crystal clear turquoise water which has been voted as one of the best beaches in the world.
In Boracay, there are all kinds of activities which you can do such as: island hopping, snorkeling, cliff diving, scuba diving, kiteboarding, windsurfing, parasailing, helmet diving, jet skiing , rubber fly-fishing, banana boating and speed boat riding, feasting and eating delicious seafoods in many of the hotels, resorts, restaurants and other available local food service establishments within the island and in the nearby island in Malay, Aklan. There are also base camp activities which you can do like visiting the Agnaga Falls, Ocean Kayaking, Cave Tours, River Tours, River Trekking, Motag Living Museum Tour, Wild River Tubing, Nagata Waterfall Trekking, etc. Some other activities which could also be done including thrill-seeking adventures, helicopter tours, luxury sailing, land tours, horseback riding, pub crawling, Boracay submarine under the water sea viewing, shooting range, eco-tour, mermaid lesson and many more other things. For those who would like an ultimate spa indulgences, there are packages such as: King and Queen Package, Patassa Spa Package, Romantic Mandala Spa Journey Package, Roseidon Couples Package, Tirta Spa Package, to name some.
If eating is your major hobby, you can eat and taste from the different restaurants available in the island, or in the hotels and resorts about Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Indian, American, Chinese, European, Italian, Greek cuisines and many other kinds of international cuisines which are being served by each food service establishment that you can visit or you want to eat.
During the night, particular activities would include night pool swimming, night pub activities, fire and cultural shows, and eating-all-you-can night feasting in some hotels/resorts serving along the beach front of the Boracay Island, particularly in Station 2. Station 2 in Boracay Island is considered as the Central Business Station of Boracay Island. It is also considered as the most popular station in the island where the so called D*Mall island boutique shops and food service establishments of varied kinds, and D*Talipapa seafoods market could be found. You can even buy your souvenirs at the D*Mall. You can also buy fresh seafoods from lobsters, shrimps, crabs (sometimes, they are still alive), and many kinds of fresh catch mussels, oysters, sea clams, other shell fishes and varieties of small and big fishes that are available in the D*Talipapa market. There are also restaurants within the D*Talipapa where you can just bring the seafoods that you bought, then, you can let them cook for you, the type of cuisine you want for them at a reasonable prices. You can even take-out the food and bring them along with you in the hotel or resort where you are booked. Expenses of doing this in D*Talipapa is cheaper as compared when you are going to order them in the hotel or resort that you are staying.
Depending on your choice, you can use different transportation facilities available from resort to the airport and vice versa which include, standard transfer, first class transfer, private taxi and helicopter transfer. Currently, the popular available airline companies which are flying to Caticlan, Aklan Airport include: Philippine Airlines, and Cebu Pacific Air while for Kalibo, Aklan include: Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, Etihad Airways and Malaysian Airlines. There is also a daily jet servicing airline from Manila to Caticlan and vice versa through the Skyjet Airlines.
So, next time you plan for a vacation, I encourage you to include Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan, as one of your bucket list priorities. One particularly development in Caticlan Airport at the current day is that, they would like to make it an international airport, similar to Kalibo Airport. Caticlan was originally a cargo airport which was only used for transporting food and non-food products for Boracay Island. Current construction is on-going, although, Caticlan Airport is already used as airport for passengers and tourists who are flying from Manila, then, to have a land and sea transfer from Caticlan Airport to Boracay Island and to the different hotel and resort accommodation servicing establishments.
We hope the construction of Caticlan Airport which is soon to be an international airport could be completed as within this year or next year. Mabuhay to all Tourism Industry stakeholders in Boracay Island! “Mabuhay ang bawat isang Filipino that we can travel to Boracay Island, as part of our tourism industry’s champion tourist destination in promoting the beautiful island Philippines.” Go for Vision 2050 Philippines! Go Boracay! It is really true that there are “More fun in the Philippines.”
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