2016 • 06 • 04
Have you ever wondered what’s it like to be in Boracay before it emerged as a prime tourist destination, a time when this small island in Aklan was all sea and sand instead of a developed center for nightlife and pub crawls?
Though it hasn’t lost its prestige as a beach of immaculate status, there is no denying Boracay will not be rid of the many establishments marring its natural splendor any time soon; thus, this is all we can do: wonder. But if we shift that wonder, say, a little over to Negros Occidental, then we may have the closest thing to experiencing Boracay pre-modernization.
Enter Sipalay, a relatively unknown paradise whose beaches boast of sand so fine it evokes powdered creamer and waters so clear that when they sparkle in the light of day, little firecrackers seem to come out and dance on the surface of the sea. Thanks to its picturesque nature and pristine surroundings, it has merited the moniker “New Boracay.”
Sipalay’s shores are barren of shops and restaurants. What it offers instead are surrounding islets whose foliage reveals a vibrant, vegetative green. It is laid-back and solitary that personal adventures could find fulfillment in a boat, and perhaps a hammock. Lest activities in Sipalay be dismissed as humdrum endeavors, it is also known as an ideal spot for snorkeling and diving.
Shot by Jasper Ivan Iturriaga using a DJI Phantom 3 Advanced, Sony A7II, and Sony A6000 (10-18mm – 28-70mm), the video above gives a sneak peek of how splendidly scenic Sipalay is.