THE HABAGAT SEASON DAY IN BORACAY

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ONE DAY IN BORACAY DURING HABAGAT SEASON

There are times that long weekends are intended for staying at home, watch downloaded movies and TV series and sleep inasmuch as you want as a complete rest.  But intentions can be made into shattered pieces when your brother is booking the entire family for a long weekend at Boracay Island.

Off-peak season it is, we were booked on a cheap flight to Boracay Island a week before intended stay.  Visiting the island during these times is not new to me but for most of those times in my party-goer past, the days were for slumber and nights for partying.  No other itinerary.

This time is quite different. 
ONE DAY IN BORACAY DURING HABAGAT SEASON
THE LOW TIDE
Weather in Boracay is divided into two seasonal patterns known as Amihan or Habagat season.  During the latter, the weather is hot and humid with expected frequent heavy rainfall and a prevailing wind from the west.  Despite the season, I was surprised of how infinite of possibilities can be made while at the island.

Watersports at Bulabog Beach

Bulabog Beach was our first destination for the day.  The banana boat ride (PhP200.00/head negotiated from PhP300.00) was the family’s first choice.  Lifejackets are provided as a safety precaution and the ride took 30 minutes. 

ONE DAY IN BORACAY DURING HABAGAT SEASON
THE BANANA BOAT RIDE
ONE DAY IN BORACAY DURING HABAGAT SEASON
BULABOG BEACH ON MIDDAY
There are a lot of tourists flocked by varied tour operators.  Offerings are quite a number of watersport activities to choose from apart from banana boat ranging from fly fish, diving, glass bottom boat, island hopping and helmet diving (PhP400.00/head). My siblings tried the helmet diving accompanied by my parents on the boat while I lounge on one of the nearby bars waiting for them.

For these watersport activities, expect rates could initially be costly, thus, make the bargaining skills put into use.

Sail in a Paraw and Kitesurf

ONE DAY IN BORACAY DURING HABAGAT SEASON
A DIFFERENT KIND OF LANDSCAPE
ONE DAY IN BORACAY DURING HABAGAT SEASON
THE KITE AMIDST THE WINDMILLS
One afternoon made me discover a different landscape of Boracay as I swim in the waters of Station 1.  For the many times I’ve been to Boracay, I was surprised of the panoramic aligned windmills composing the mountain landscape on one side.  This is the first time they have come to my senses. 

ONE DAY IN BORACAY DURING HABAGAT SEASON
THE KITE SURFERS
ONE DAY IN BORACAY DURING HABAGAT SEASON
PARAW SAILING
 The double outrigger sailboats (Paraw) were a constant sight as it hurdles over the waves.  As the boat glides over the crystal clear waters of Boracay, visitors of the island can feel the excitement of wandering while on the waters.  The extreme sport of kitesurfing is also best during the Habagat season as participants strap their feet onto a surfboard and tie-up one’s body to a 15-foot kite which direction is caused by the movement and strength of the wind. 

These activities are dependent on wind directions which makes them a popular and constant sight during the Habagat season.

Snack on Chori Burger and Milk Shakes of Jonah’s

The grilled chorizo on a burger bun (chori burger) is a simple cuisine that every visitor is curious about.  They are peddled just everywhere, mostly from stalls near the beachfront of Station 1 and 2.  During an evening stroll or after a drinking session, they come in number which at times is my way of recovering hangover.

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ONE DAY IN BORACAY DURING HABAGAT SEASON
THE SCENE INFRONT OF JONAH'S MILKSHAKES
Jonah’s Milkshake is perhaps the most visited refreshment store along the shoreline of Boracay.  Milk shakes come in a variety of flavors. 

Habagat season or not, these two are what they say “you-haven’t- been-to-Boracay-if-you-haven’t-tried” statements that makes you wondering how special this could be.

Sandcastles

ONE DAY IN BORACAY DURING HABAGAT SEASON
THE BUILDER
The innovative and skilled local children of Boracay make sandcastles as part of the beachfront hotels’ façade.  Others are even commissioned by hotels particularly at Station 3 to form part of its attraction at night where candles are placed for a pleasant view and for the hopeless romantics to feast and dwell on.

ONE DAY IN BORACAY DURING HABAGAT SEASON
THE FINISHED PRODUCT - WELCOME!
ONE DAY IN BORACAY DURING HABAGAT SEASON
THE CRAFT MADE OF SAND
Most of these children are studying and donations given by the tourists when one takes a picture taken with their craft are used for their daily provision.  Without necessarily asking for donations, the loose coins that we have can go a long way.

The Willy’s Rock and the Bamboo Fence at Station 1

ONE DAY IN BORACAY DURING HABAGAT SEASON
BORACAY'S LANDMARK
The iconic landmark of Boracay is a volcanic rock formation that sits in the middle of the beach at Station 1 where concrete stairs leading to a grotto (image of Virgin Mary) is likewise displayed.  High tide or low tide, this imposing and dominating feature of the seascape of the island is picturesque, known to all as the Willy’s Rock but whoever Willy is… I don’t know.

ONE DAY IN BORACAY DURING HABAGAT SEASON
BAMBOO FENCE ALONG THE SHORES OF STATION 1
ONE DAY IN BORACAY DURING HABAGAT SEASON
HABAGAT SEASON FACADE
ONE DAY IN BORACAY DURING HABAGAT SEASON
ON A HIGH TIDE
Noticeable also are the bamboo-made fences that aligns the shores of Station 1.  My mother said it’s for soil erosion control purposes.  I totally had no idea what these are for, but functional or pure aesthetics, they serve a purpose I suppose.

ONE DAY IN BORACAY DURING HABAGAT SEASON
WHITE BEACH BORACAY ON A LOW TIDE
Peddlers, Souvenir Items and Massage

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ONE DAY IN BORACAY DURING HABAGAT SEASON
THE HAPPY HOUR
Everything is relatively cheap in Boracay during Habagat season.  All merchandise are on sale and even the souvenir items peddled anywhere. While making a stroll at the White Beach, starting from Station 3 to Station 1 in quite a long walk, usual souvenir items came in display.  Establishments may have changed but the vibe and the island offerings remain.

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Deck chairs topped with foam and even a simple mat are manned by masseuses.  They come as a package and an inevitable façade of the White Beach.

The Sunset

ONE DAY IN BORACAY DURING HABAGAT SEASON

ONE DAY IN BORACAY DURING HABAGAT SEASON
LEVITATE
Boracay Island has the best vantage of a sunset they so declare.

Sailing a paraw at sunset is one of the most popular activities in the island.  I have been accustomed to waiting for the sunset as I drink vodka in one of the beach front hotels at Station 1.  This time, we waited for the perfect sunset that I have been longing for amidst a fiery red sky where the visible setting of the sun is apparent.  But it didn’t happen.

ONE DAY IN BORACAY DURING HABAGAT SEASON
THE BLUE HOUR
The blue hour and the certain glow of the skies on a sunset despite the gloomy skies on one Habagat season still produces a landscape worthy to be immortalized on photos.

ONE DAY IN BORACAY DURING HABAGAT SEASON
TO EACH HIS OWN WHILE WAITING FOR THE SUNSET
ONE DAY IN BORACAY DURING HABAGAT SEASON
TOURIST MODE ON A SUNSET
The Nightlife

I haven’t experienced the so-called pub-crawl.  My friends mostly in the travel circle highly recommended such.  I must be missing something on that note.  But with a morning flight the following day and airport still in Kalibo, it becomes impossible for my “one night only” short-lived Boracay affair.

Participants of the pub crawl come in groups, all in minion-inspired yellow shirts.  I bumped into them all the time when going back to the hotel but I just can’t at the moment.  And this is another “I’ll-get-back-to-you” moment I usually experience when visiting any place.

Dinner with a view of the famed Boracay fire dance was the end of this Habagat season affair.

ONE DAY IN BORACAY DURING HABAGAT SEASON
THE FIRE DANCERS OF BORACAY

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