By: Richard R. Cahilig
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.
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.
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