Two2Travel: Boracay White Beach

On the other side of Boracay’s White Beach

Bone-shaped Boracay was not well loved. We have always thought it was a hostile place for the average Pinoy with the hard-earned vacation leave and even more hard-earned vacation money. We’ve had more fun for less in other places.

But we found ourselves staying in this island for a month, partly for work and entirely by choice. The people we had met during this time—people with easy smiles who welcomed practical strangers like old friends—compelled us to look at the island the way they do. And in this respect, Boracay the pricey island was shoved, and in its place came an island that’s easygoing, laidback, and generous. It was generous in its natural beauty, and even more so in its people.

But then again we also had to live with things that lead many to call the island a sh*thole. I won’t be calling anybody’s home that, but this doesn’t make the bad drainage, choking traffic (both vehicular and pedestrian), and many other unpleasant images, mostly at the expense of the environment, any less real. They are.

White Beach itself isn’t as placid as I remember it from two years ago, and the changes in the tides have become drastic. There were days when we could barely walk along White Beach from Diniwid, as crashing waves lent some parts practically impassable with the slightest rains.

Diniwid Beach, Boracay, Philippines - by www.Two2Travel.com

Diniwid Beach is pretty when the sun is out, very pretty indeed.

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Diniwid Beach, Boracay, Philippines - by www.Two2Travel.com
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Diniwid Beach, Boracay, Philippines - by www.Two2Travel.com
There were times, however, when mornings would mean waking up to an avalanche of seaweed washed ashore from the night before.

Diniwid Beach, Boracay, Philippines - by www.Two2Travel.com

The same beach, another day, and a mountain of seaweed.

Diniwid Beach, Boracay, Philippines - by www.Two2Travel.com

Diniwid Beach, Boracay, Philippines - by www.Two2Travel.com

The same beach, a source of food, another day.

We chanced upon this group on a windy Saturday afternoon on the way home. There were two groups on the beach, two young boys to each net, pulling while another one dives into the waters to catch fish. Curious, expecting we’d have to see a big fat one hauled back to shore later on, we asked if they would be selling their catch.

They said no. “Pang-ulam” was one of the boys’ curt answer.

We waited, hoping it would indeed be a big fat fish.

Diniwid Beach, Boracay, Philippines - by www.Two2Travel.com

Not nearly.

Manoc-Manoc Beach, Boracay, Philippines - photo by Two2Travel.com
Another day, another beach. We hopped on our trusty borrowed e-bike and drove to the other side of the island. It was, after all, the weekend. For us who know nothing of the difference between weekends and weekdays back in the city, this–a Sunday–was a guilt-free time to be out, to be in a different place just because. At Manoc-Manoc Beach, on the island’s southern side, we found residents scouring the low-tide beach for sea urchin.

Manoc-Manoc Beach, Boracay, Philippines - photo by Two2Travel.com

Half an ice bag of fresh uni. P40. Sold–and bought–right from the beach.

Boracay man skinning a pufferfish for cooking - Manoc-Manoc Beach, Boracay, Philippines by Owen Ballesteros/Two2Travel.com

Correct us if we are wrong, but we believe this is a puffer fish. This man was skinning it, ready for cooking.

Manoc-Manoc Beach, Boracay, Philippines - photo by Two2Travel.com

These young boys just came ashore with their catch. One of their companions was holding what was unmistakably a sea snake, coiled and probably lifeless inside a net. Again, according to them, on the way to their kitchens.

Lugutan Beach, Boracay, Philippines - www.Two2Travel.com

Other beaches, same day.

If the Boracay map we were consulting was to be trusted, there were 14 beaches in Boracay. We went to about 11 of them. This one’s Lugutan Beach.

Lugutan Beach, Boracay, Philippines - www.Two2Travel.com

Not all, however, are swimmable. Lugutan Beach still.

Tulubhan Beach, Boracay - by www.Two2Travel.com

Tulubhan Beach

Tulubhan Beach, Boracay - by www.Two2Travel.com

Tulubhan Beach

Tulubhan Beach, Boracay - by www.Two2Travel.com

Tulubhan Beach

Diniwid Beach, Boracay, Philippines - by www.Two2Travel.com
We can’t say we’ve seen everything though. This little island, after all, is too complex to comprehend in four weeks. But this is not to say we didn’t get to see something different. We did, and we loved every bit of it. It was like being let in on a secret. We felt like we were seeing everything for the first time–

Diniwid Beach, Boracay - by www.Two2Travel.com
–everything, including the sunset. At this moment, our first sunset in the island for this trip, we saw paraws noiselessly gliding westward. From up the hill, we could hear the faint laughs and mumbles of the sailboat’s passengers, apparently engrossed in what they surely believed was a magical moment. We believed so too, only that, at that moment, we were closer to the heavens than they were.

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Owen Ballesteros & Nikka Corsino are trigger-happy travelers from the Philippines. They both swear by the sharpness of Nikon and almost always carry a packet of instant coffee when traveling. Photography is their bread and butter, their passion, and sometimes the only thing that prevents them from killing each other. If you have offers of work, collaborations, or an endless supply of instant coffee, please drop them a message here.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17816396448975855360 Synz

    I think I found my new favorite blog. Great shots! :D Do you mind me asking what camera you use?

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00779572056259030202 Two2Travel

      Hey Synz, thanks! We use a Nikon D90 :) Happy travels to you! ~Nikka

    • http://www.lakbaydiva.com/ Lakbay Diva

      welcome to two2travel fans club synz. hahahaha…

  • Josh Uy

    Sir, naka filter ba kayo sa mga shots nyo na to? :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00779572056259030202 Two2Travel

      Hi Josh, CPL gamit ko dito. :) ~Owen

  • http://www.lakadpilipinas.com/ Christian | Lakad Pilipinas

    You guys just gave me a fresh perspective on Boracay. Will try and visit soon too :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00779572056259030202 Two2Travel

      Daming subjects dun na maganda. Really worth going back to :)

  • http://www.catswalks.com/ Cathy Fournier

    I love your second photo! Good job!

    • two2travel

      Thanks Cathy!

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  • JanPaul999

    “Boracay the pricey island was shoved, and in its place came an island that’s easygoing, laidback, and generous. It was generous in its natural beauty, and even more so in its people.”

    I always love it when I see people report an experience about Boracay like that. I’ve been living in Boracay since 2011 so I know that’s what Boracay is about. But some people write the place off because of quote: “But then again we also had to live with things that lead many to call the island a sh*thole.” but I think that’s a mistake considering the truth of your first quote.

    Sure Boracay has it’s problems, it’s not perfect, but it’s still a one of a kind place to experience, and it has many things going for it in my opinion.

    Nice article, enjoyed it! :)

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