Client: “How was Boracay?” Me: “It was amazing! You can ride an ATV, hop between some of the most beautiful and pristine islands in the world and even become a mermaid for a day.” Client: “Wait, what?!”

Let’s back up a little here.

Boracay is one of the very few places in the world where you can learn how to be a mermaid for a day.

A mermaid instructor from the Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy will teach you everything from mermaid tail care to different mermaid swimming strokes.

The lesson can be done either in the ocean or in your hotel pool and finishes up with a photo shoot on the beach.


Picture this, a group of travel agents flopped on the beach in mermaid, and maybe one merman, costumes.

Now we got some crazy stares from tourists but I’ll ever forget when a little girl came up to us with an awestruck expression on her face believing we were actual mermaids.

Not only did we get some spectacular photos as the sun set over White Beach, in a couple of weeks, we’ll receive a paper certificate in the post from the IMSIA (International Mermaid Swimming Instructors Association).

Something to add to my Linked In profile perhaps?

Hosted by Tourism Philippines and The Lind, our Mega Famil stay in Boracay was fun to say the least.


One day we ventured out island hopping to the brilliant white sands of Puka Beach, cliff dived from the wooden planks on Magic Island and climbed down a wooden spiral staircase for a swim at Cove 1 at Crystal Cove. Aside from our boat breaking down for a short time, the day out island hopping was the perfect way to spend time in this beautiful part of the world.

After a delicious lunch and hotel inspection of the vast property that is the Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa, our famil group went on an ATV adventure through the hilly trails down to a private beach.

We revelled in the sunset drinking coconuts and bobbing in the water before heading back up the hill to reality.

On our final night in Boracay, after being hosted for dinner at Paradise Garden Resort Hotel, we were treated to an entertaining fire-twirling show by a few Ariana Grande-loving lady boys.

Their unique talent for dancing and fire-twirling at the same time showed true finesse.

The lind

The lind

And the best part about the Philippines? The friendly locals. I could say the incredible beaches, the scrumptious lechon or the unique adventure activities but none of these come close.

I have travelled to many places known for their friendly people but none as warm and welcoming as the Filipinos who say Mabuhay wherever you go.

For a destination that is relatively untouched by the Australian market, it makes me wonder, where the bloody hell are you? It really is more fun in the Philippines!

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Have you been to Boracay? What was your experience like?