During our time on Boracay Island, we mainly stuck to area of White Beach near Station 2. We have heard that during peak season, this area of the beach is packed, but fortunately for us, on both occasions that we visited this island, it has been off-peak season. We therefore have received the best views of the beach since it isn’t too crowded, and we never have to worry about finding a place to sit and relax. With a baby, we definitely needed an umbrella and a comfortable spot for him to sleep. We were so spoiled for choice that we found numerous hotels and bars with open beach chairs. This was never a problem during off-peak season, and makes us wonder if we would ever bother going to an island like this during the peak vacation periods.
When we wanted to venture a little further, we would walk down to Station 1 or 3. Our favourite of the two was Station 1 because it was so quiet during the day. All the party-goers were still recovering back in their hotels, and the beach bars were, for the most part, empty during the day. We came across Cocomanga’s Beach Bar while we went walking to see Willy’s Rock. This bar is famous for it’s “Still Standing after 15” drinking challenge. Cocomangas is also well-known for it’s Jam Jars, which are oversized cocktails jars containing various mixes of juice and alcohol, and available in 20 different flavours. Since we are not really into booze and drinking, we tried some of Cocomanga’s non-alcoholis drinks, like the iced coffee shakes and fresh fruit juices. They also have pizza’s baked on homemade dough, at a really great price, and apparently they have a free pizza delivery service available to anywhere on Boracay Island. We had a margarita pizza and enjoyed the upbeat music that was coming from inside the beach bar. In front of us, a group of people were playing volleyball until the sun started to set. The music, jam jars (albeit non-alcoholic ones), great view of the ocean, and friendly service made this a wonderful spot to enjoy.
Little man was feeling a little moody on this particular afternoon. He napped a little on one of the beanbag-type pillows under the umbrellas, but overall he wasn’t enjoying his day. The solution – take him for a swim. Elijah just loves the water, not so much the sun in his eyes part of it all, but he really loves to be in the water!
|Breastfeeding like a pro!|
As hard as we tried, we found no sunglasses to fit little Elijah’s 3 month old face. This meant that we often had to shield his eyes from the sun. The reflection of the sun on the water, and even on the white sand, was just too much for him. We would occasionally take off our sunglasses to see what it was like for him, and if it was even slightly too bright, we would try to keep his facing away from the glare. We had a lot of fun in the water – sometimes being knocked over by the strong waves.
With a number of men playing volleyball right outside the Cocomanga Beach Bar, it was not a good place to try and feed Elijah. We ventured out into the water to do this, and amazingly, it worked perfectly because there were no other people swimming around us. Pro-breastfeeding – level 1000 – reached!
|White beach, 2010 (our first visit to Boracay Island)|
Another cute family vacation picture…
When the sun had almost reached the horizon, we got dressed and walked along the beach to take some pictures of the gorgeous sunset. It seriously never gets boring – sunset after sunset, each unique, and every one of them breathtaking. We are convinced that the sunsets during Boracay’s off-peak season are better than any other time of the year because of the extra clouds in sky during these “winter” months.
Another gorgeous afternoon on Boracay Island.
It’s hard not to love every single moment on this island!