May 6, 2020
Written by AVLCI
The coronavirus, or COVID-19, has forced many people to go into quarantine since March 2020. Metro Manila has been under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), and it is not certain when the government will lift it. While many are blessed to be given the opportunity to work from home, one cannot help but crave the feeling of being outdoors.
The first thing that comes to the daydreaming mind is the island of Boracay. You can almost hear its revitalized waters beckoning and its powdery sands inviting you to come and play. While these alone are enough to make you dash for the door, know that it is wise to wait it out and just plan the ultimate vacation adventure for the meantime.
Whether it is your first or nth time visiting Boracay, realize that there will always be a new experience waiting for you. If you are still unconvinced, we hope this list will encourage you to book the first available flight to Aklan once this ECQ program is over!
Boracay is full of activities that are sure to help shed off the weight you gained from all those days of sitting around in your house! As a warm-up, we suggest taking a walk from Astoria Boracay to the famous Boracay Grotto. It is just 550 meters away or roughly a 7-minute walk. If you are feeling energetic and have 30 minutes to spare, why not start at Astoria Current in Station 3 and trek 2 kilometers to Boracay Grotto?
Okay, now that we’ve got the blood pumping, it is time to get the adrenaline going! Parasailing is a sure-fire way to cool off after that long walk and get a fantastic view of Boracay. If you prefer exploring from down under, a good old dive ought to refresh your body and mind. Amazing sights are guaranteed for divers as Boracay is home to tropical reef fishes like parrotfish, angelfish, moray eels, and snappers. If you’re lucky, you can also see grey reef and white tip sharks!
These are but a few of the activities you’ll be able to do in Boracay. If you’re hungry for more, just ask Astoria Boracay or Astoria Current’s friendly receptionists.
Boracay is more alive during the night with people bar hopping and looking for the perfect party spot. This is also a great opportunity to finally mingle with friends and would-be-friends! If you’d like to experience the perfect sundown, we suggest heading up to Astoria Current’s Stratos Bar. You’ll never see a more picturesque setting in Station 3. Just imagine sipping on a delicious glass of chilled margarita while looking at Boracay’s majestic skyline.
If it’s a food trip you are after, then you’ll be glad you ended up in Boracay. This island is surely a foodie’s gastronomic heaven. Restaurants big and small will greet you as you walk from Station 3 to Station 1, and everywhere you look, a new experience beckons. If you like beachfront dining for lunch, you should try out Astoria Current’s Parasol cafe. It boasts of continental flavors that are sure to tickle your palate. To burn those calories off, explore D’Talipapa Seafood Market, also at Station 3, and just scout out the seafood you’d like to try for dinner! Whatever fresh marine catch you buy can be cooked on the spot for you, too, so choose wisely!
There are more than a hundred hotels and resorts in Boracay. And while we know it may be hard to choose, doing your research will surely help. Travel sites like TripAdvisor offer rankings, guest reviews, and photos so you can better decide which hotel to stay at. If you are the chic and adventurous type, check out Astoria Current. It holds the title of #1 hotel in Boracay on TripAdvisor. Need we say more?
If you are more into relaxation and sunset-watching, go for the less crowded Station 1. Behind the finest beaches and palm trees hides Astoria Boracay, which offers a tranquil environment that guarantees perfect ZZZs.
The best part? As an AVLCI member, you have the liberty to choose where to spend your holiday week between these two crowd-favorite resorts! You can also avail of your member-exclusive discount if you’ve already used your entitlement elsewhere!
Boracay has a lot of beautiful things to offer, but its pride lies in its people. The welcoming smiles and open arms of the locals of Aklan outshine even the island’s majestic sunsets. If you are travelling alone, you are bound to make new acquaintances. If you are on vacation with friends, expect to have tons of groufies with other travelers by the end of your Boracay island getaway!
So, there’s your list! We hope that COVID-19 will soon be gone, and a different kind of fever will eventually take over the Philippines – the vacation fever! Make sure you’re part of AVLCI – the country’s leading timeshare ownership company – when that happens! You wouldn’t want to fall into the trap of vacation club scams and miss all the fun! See you in sunny Boracay!
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