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One of the significant shifts in travel involves travelers opting for more solo adventures.
There are many joys to traveling alone, like freely choosing a destination and seeing the world independently. In these times, it’s also a practical thing, with group trips discouraged now that social distancing has become a priority. Solo trips also open travelers’ minds to unique experiences along the way, and what better place is there for lone travelers than Boracay?
Whether you fancy sitting alone at the beach or learning how to kitesurf, there are many spots in Boracay that will relieve you from pandemic-induced stress. As travel picks up again, check out these underrated spots in Boracay that can make you love your own company!
Puka Beach stretches for about 800 meters, having enough space for isolation.
Image: Puka Beach, Boracay Island, Philippines Facebook Page
Located in the northern part of Boracay Island is Puka Beach, an uncrowded beach with more transparent waters perfect for solo travelers who long for a solitary dip. This Boracay tourist spot is also famous for the natural puka shells that abound in it—the reason for its name. Waves can get rough at times, but if you’re an experienced swimmer, Puka Beach is your turf. When the sun goes down, bring a beer, sit on the beach, and enjoy the stillness and glorious view.
Rates:starts at PhP4,262.30 (suitable for four persons)
Looking for a spot to have an adventure? Ilig-Iligan Beach is for the daring spirit.
Ilig-Iligan Beach is relatively unknown to most tourists due to its location. It is one of the farthest beaches from the island’s pier, and getting there via boat depends on the weather and tide. But once you arrive at this underrated beach spot, you will be treated to an incredibly gorgeous view of the unpopulated shore. This place to visit in Boracay is also best for adrenaline junkies who itch to indulge in extreme sports such as surfing and parasailing.
Deluxe Room – starts at PhP14,000 (suitable for four persons)
Suite Seaview – starts at PhP22,750 (suitable for four persons)
Villa with Pool – starts at PhP29,750 (suitable for four persons)
Rent a kayak and paddle along the calm coastline of Balinghai Beach!
If you are looking for a serene retreat during this pandemic, Balinghai Beach is a few minutes away from the tourist-flocked shores. The only sound you will hear in this secluded spot is the sound of the rushing waves. It is like the old Boracay with its unlittered and clear waters, ideal for snorkeling and swimming. There are also rock formations along the shore and a cave under a cliff. Make sure to visit the beach during low tide since it disappears when the waves rise.
Rate:starts at PhP6,696 (suitable for four persons)
Want to improve your kitesurfing skills? The wind at Bulabog Beach is suitable for this activity!
Social distancing is essential to avoid crowded areas. If you wish to go to an uncrowded place in Boracay, Bulabog Beach is for you. Very few tourists venture to Bulabog Beach thanks to its secluded location. It is less developed and usually quieter than the other spots in Boracay. Picking up a new skill during your solo trip is fulfilling and memorable, and this place hosts extreme water activities that you can learn, such as kitesurfing. But if you’d instead relax than sweat, you can sit on the shore and watch kitesurfers from a distance.
Superior Room – starts at PhP3,575 (suitable for two persons)
Deluxe Suite – starts at PhP6,600 (suitable for two persons)
Crystal Cove is only for day tour visits.
Image: Crystal Cove Island Resort Facebook Page
It’s no secret that Boracay Island, Philippines features natural beauty, but some of these beauties are still a secret. Crystal Cove is a short boat ride off the coast, a two-hectare sanctuary that serves uninterrupted panoramic views. If the water conditions allow, you can swim in the pools inside the island’s cave, which opens directly to the sea. Bask in silence inside caves that bear crystal formations or sit on the hill and watch the blue waters of the South China Sea.
If you’re still unable to go to Boracay due to quarantine restrictions, use this time to plan for your future vacation! Solo trips after the lockdown become the practical choice considering the physical distancing measures. But more than that, they’re also meaningful adventures that can help you learn a thing or two about yourself.
Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions wherever you go. Have a great trip!
This article was originally published in Yoorekka on July 21, 2020.
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About Shanice Reyes
Shanice Reyes writes to buy herself good coffee and bike parts. When she's not writing, you can find her playing Ultimate Frisbee, traveling to new places, or hanging out with her dogs and tarantulas. Though she has an irrational fear of heights, she'd love to try sky-diving one day.
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