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From Summit to Sea: My First Paraw Sailing Experience

Paraw sails on the crystal clear water along the shores of Boracay Island.
Paraw sails on the crystal clear water along the shores of Boracay Island.

After our seven-day exploration in the mountains of Aklan and Antique, we went to Boracay Island via a sailboat locally known as 'paraw' for free. It was my first paraw experience and definitely, a remarkable one.

Boatmen fixing the sails of Paraw
Boatmen fixing the sails of Paraw

Paraw is a tradional Filipino sailboat commonly found in the Visayas. Before Boracay Island became a famous tourist destination, paraws were used for fishing and transportation. Today, it is considered as a special interest activity by tourists who would like to tour around the island and visit its surrounding islets while enjoying its serenity. A paraw has two outriggers and sails. It's hull is made of wood and the outriggers are made of bamboos and logs. The outriggers help the boat balance and prevent it from capsizing. Powered only by the wind, sailing with paraw is a peaceful and very relaxing experience.

The crew are doing final checks in preparation for the sail.
The crew are doing final checks in preparation for the sail.
Boatman pushing the paraw into the sea to start sailing.
Boatman pushing the paraw into the sea to start sailing.

We left the mainland at past 3:00 PM. The heat was bearable which made it a perfect time for sailing. We sat on the edge of the outriggers so we can have the full view of the island and the marine life underneath the water. We could feel the waves splashing against our feet while our legs are dangling over the waters as we sail further away from the shore. The cool breeze of the ocean blew gently against our faces while we're sailing along the crystal clear waters of Boracay and enjoying the great view of the white sand in the entire stretch of the front beach. It was a very enjoyable trip and unbelivably all for free!

Video: My first Paraw Sailing experience

Video of my first Paraw Sailing experience

You might be wondering why it's free. For the people of the mainland Malay who wish to go to Boracay Island, hitching a ride doesn't cost a cent. It's a privilige.

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