Story By Michelle KARAMAN-JONES
Photos By Sebastian SERGI
Life is full of difficult decisions, but every so often we get thrown a simple one to make. Would we like to escape to the beautiful Philippines? Without hesitation we jumped on a flight and found ourselves in paradise with a smile. This time to Boracay – a very long stretch of beach better known as ‘White Beach’ and being one of the world’s top destinations for relaxation.
Almost every traveller, no matter where they are in the world has to have a dream of lazing in an idyllic tropical island resort, one with coconut palms swaying in a warm breeze and an azure blue ocean shimmering into the distance … and an icy cocktail waiting to be sipped! Well Boracay embodies this dream.
Unfortunately, many would just have to wake up and get on with life, but not those lucky enough to visit Discovery Shores Resort in Boracay. It’s an award-winning top destination for relaxation, tranquil azure water, and luxury paradise as I was lucky enough to be able to experience recently.
Discovery Shores Resort in Boracay is without doubt a dream fulfilled, an untouched paradise with turquoise waters at its heart, a place of unimaginable beauty and tranquillity.
If you just want to chill out and relax, Discovery Shores Boracay is the most perfect resort in Boracay to do that. At the same time, its location is still close enough to Stations Two and Three if you want to get to the heart of Boracay’s restaurant and bar areas. The resort offers a free shuttle service for those who do not feel like walking along the long stretchy white beach. The service of Discovery Shores Resort is impeccable!
Boracay might be a small island, but it offers a large variety of activities, whether you just want swim in crystal clear blue water or take a long walk watching the sunset down ‘White Beach’ and Boracay caters for all. Nearly every corner or beach front stall, will have locals offering you endless activities, trying to get you to book one. Most water-sports activities include; scuba diving, helmet diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, kite-boarding, cliff diving, parasailing and list goes on…
There’s no way you can get lost in this tiny island with longest stretchy beaches. If you do, just ask someone for the station you are staying at. I try to go on a lost tour but I end up not far from where I’m staying at Discover Shores Resort located at Station One. Or you can run away and find yourself in one of the nightclubs dotted along the Station Two or to the hidden beaches in this tiny island.
On one of my escapades I asked a local where the naming of the stations along the main beach came from? The reply I got is, “before Boracay became a popular tourist destination, the boats came to shore with passengers and they identified to areas of the beach as stations so they knew where to drop the guests off.” Now the stations demarcate not only the area of the island your on but the quality of the accommodation. Now station One is classified as luxury accommodation including five star resorts and restaurants, and Station Two is for budget accommodation, bars and clubs.
Our experience at Discovery Shores Boracay exceeded all expectations – The friendly staff, their service, and the beauty of the resort is astounding. Our only regret was not staying longer. I guess that leaves a room for revisit and we will definitely be returning in the future.
How to get to Boracay?
Flying in from Sydney, we had a night stop over in Manila, a place we didn’t do much other than shopping and relaxing at Dusit Thani Manila located in the hub of business district Makati. Great way to spend a stopover in Manila before we continue the rest of our Philippines journey.
From Manila, a 1 hour flight, flying Cebu Pacific, into Kalibo, a town that is about 1.5 hours from Caticlan, the port where you transfer into a boat to Boracay island. It works out to be a cheaper option to fly into Kalibo and get a van up – otherwise you can fly direct into Caticlan (depending on the flight schedules).
Once we exited the Kalibo International Airport, there’s no shortage of taxis or vans waiting for transfer to Caticlan Jetty Port to go on a boat ride to Boracay Island.
Arriving at Caticlan Jetty Port, then you will be transferred to Boracay where the paradise waits for you.
FOR MORE INFORMATION;
Discovery Shores Boracay Resort & Spa is located at Station One Boracay island. For bookings visit www.discoveryshoresboracay.com
Philippines Tourism is located at 1101/92 Pitt Street Sydney NSW or contact +61 9279 3380 or visit www.tourismphilippines.com.au
The Sydney to Manila route is the first service Cebu Pacific has offered to the Australian market. Cebu Pacific has seen great demand in the region and sees Australia as a key long-haul market.
The flights run every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (peak season), departing Sydney at 11:35 and arriving into Manila at 17:30. Flights from Manila to Sydney will take place on the same days, departing Manila at 00:15 and arriving into Sydney at 10:05.
Cebu Pacific is the leading Philippine LCC, flying to 34 domestic destinations and 30 destinations outside of the Philippines.