This is not a post-summer escapade or an early summer treat. This is merely having FUN.
When you choose to go to the beach during off-peak season it is because you can save a lot, certainly because there is rain and it was raining gigantic cats and dogs the time we left for Boracay. Boracay though was still in a summer hangover exactly the same time when the recent heavy monsoon rain was striking Manila. It was blistering hot and the sun I’ve been chasing in in the metro was just there all this time. The wind was rather strong, quickly morphing ripples to waves.
I will not share my personal musings on the vacation. I choose to share things that might be helpful to some who are planning to go on a trip to Boracay in this season.
The crowd: It wasn’t jampacked as we expected but the place doesn’t look like it is on its off the peak season. It seems that their resources are just enough to cater the number of people during that time. It made me realize I should avoid Boracay in the summer for a vacation should be easy and relaxing and waiting in a long queue is never in my itinerary.
The majority were foreigners. There were Americans, Iranians, Chinese, Japanese (most were inked with big tattooes and I can’t help not to be reminded of Sandi Fellman’s photos of these Irezumis) and a lot of Koreans. Some greeted us in their native tongue, “Annyeong haseyo” and it felt necessary to answer with the same I we did. But it’s strange that it’s us who needs to cope. I should have said “Kamusta”, my friend then quipped, “Sabi sayo tayo ang turista dito eh.” Well, after learning that the facilities we used in the activities (below) were funded by Japanese investors, bubble thought popped, “Aba, medyo parang ganun nga ah.”
Here are the things we tried in chronological order. We’re lucky we’ve sequenced the activities right—from light to extreme.
The brief briefing. He tackled the ATV controls and safety precautions. There were to routes to take and we chose the Aviary + Ocean Tower trail but with additional cost. The other path is a one-stop ride, straight to Puka beach.
This may be the least extreme but it’s a steep cliff you’re going to roll onto and some edges of the trail have no barriers.
I bumped into these tires and got stuck in between them less than 5 minutes into driving the ATV. My helmet threw in a projectile (just to emphasize the impact haha). Good thing the crew were quick to rescue (sobra naman) but I was even quicker because I was able to take a photo of the view from where I was stuck. And that was our first “epic” stop.
At the aviary
still in the aviary
Ocean Tower, they said that this is the highest spot in Boracay. You can see the island in a bird’s eye view here.
You’ll get inside a big ball, it can accommodate up to three persons. The ball will then be pushed to roll. There’s water inside, so the tendency is for you to swing in obtuse angles.
Tsk tsk, this is long already. To be continued…here.
Fotonotes: Photos were either by me or Richard Mandras, edited (naks) by yours truly using Pixlr-o-matic.