Photo of the day: Boracay paddlers at sundown

Paddler training starts in January for Boracay's 10th Dragonboat festival, set on April 21-23 next year. Book your tickets now to witness one of the island's biggest events

Photo by Josh Cruz

Dragon Boat rowing, a sport where a crew of 22 pull together, paddling a large boat, is perfect at sunset in Boracay. Training for Boracay rowers starts every January and lasts for three months, leading up to the annual Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival, scheduled next year on April 21-23. During the training period, athletes wake up early every day, jog, go on land training for a couple of hours, and then push the boats out to sea and row until close to midday. Training intensifies closer to the competition date.

The Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival is on its 10th year next year. The festival is an annual event organized by the Boracay Island Paddlers Association (BIPA) in coorperation with the municipality of Malay. 

Cebu Pacific Air, AirAsia, and Philippine Airlines fly from Manila to Kalibo daily. From the Kalibo airport, ride a van for about two hours to the Caticlan Jetty Port, and from there, take a 15-minute boat ride to Boracay Island. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines also fly to Caticlan directly.

Published December 2015