Paraw Sailing at Sunset in Boracay, Philippines

By Mridula Dwivedi November 16, 2016 32 Comments , , ,

I first read paraw sailing and thought it was a misprint for parasailing. But they are two distinct activities and both were there on my Boracay itinerary. Paraw Sailing at sunset in Boracay is a lot of fun. It was a first for me too.

Our guide Jun made a lot of hue and cry at the hotel about keeping keeping our cameras in polythene bags. I could not understand why. I used to think I am the only idiot who carried a heavy shoulder bag and so many gadgets. But it was reassuring that everyone in our group carried a lot of camera gear. I anyway carry a polythene for a rainy day, my cameras quickly go inside it. I don’t think we took  Jun’s advice seriously.

Paraw Sailing at Sunset in Boracay

A paraw is a local sailboat with two sails and two outriggers. The boat has a really narrow body. The guests sit on the outriggers and get splashed all the while. The captain of the boat sits in the middle. Traditionally the boats were used for fishing and transport.

Within five minutes of the paraw ride, I understood why Jun was fussing over keeping our cameras dry! In the picture above notice where people are sitting. All paraws have similar seating arrangements.

Our boat was pre-booked for us. However you just need to turn up at the the White Beach Station 3 and bargain around. I was told that on a shared boat you can go for 300 pesos. You may get the whole paraw for 3K pesos for one hour sunset sail. You can bargain in Philippines. You are expected to bargain actually.

Pawar Sailing at Boracay, Philippines

I took out my polythene to carry my cell phones, SLR and Gopro, someone pointed out that the polythene had small holes in it! Jun took out a brand new polythene for me and I carried all my stuff in it. Believe me, you need a polythene or a dry bag to carry your photography stuff on a paraw. Otherwise there is a probability that whatever is not water-proof might get spoiled.

That is How You Sit on a Paraw!

We went out to the sea for an hour at the sunset. To get on to the boat we waded in knee deep water. When I reached near the boat the outrigger as too high. The boatman asked me to put my foot on his thigh first and then to climb. I hesitated for a second but there was no other way to go up. Even after getting the leg up, I barely manged to crawl onto the platform.

Paraws at Sunset, Boracay, Philippines

But it was a lot of fun after that! We all were given life jackets in case we fell out of the boat. None of us managed to achieve that feat. After a few minutes I was itching to take out my cameras. I took out my cell phone, SLR and of course Gopro at various points. The safest was the Gopro because of the waterproof casing. But I was new to it. With hindsight I can say it is not too wise to use cell phone or SLR because one unexpected drench can cause damage to them. I was lucky nothing happened to my gear.

Paraw Sailing

The paraw sailing at sunset in Boracay is a popular activity. The sea is dotted with sails running in all directions at the sunset. When we got the first big splash of water, it was a surprise. Then it became the norm. I actually took out the SLR and cell phone in a calm stretch. And they went back to the safety of polythene quickly. The next day I bought a dry bag for my stuff!

Paraw Sailing is a fun activity in Boracay, Philippines. You should try it out. To enjoy it thoroughly take a waterproof camera and leave the rest, or at least take everything in a dry bag. I want to do it again because the first time around I was just too dazed! I am sure second time will be more fun!

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32 thoughts on “Paraw Sailing at Sunset in Boracay, Philippines”

    1. We were so caught up in the experience that I didn’t notice the steering much! But I agree, the crew was a skillful bunch!

    1. Mansi thank you so much. But even I would say हज़ारों ख्वाहिशें ऐसी …

  1. Nice to see a post dedicated to Paraw sailing in Boracay Mridula. I love sailing myself, you can do wind and kitesurfing also on the east side of Boracay, named Bulabog beach (it’s a shallow bay where you can easily stand during low to mid tide). There you can be the captain and sail on your own @Shrinidhi Hande 🙂

    1. Thank you Paul for stopping by. You have such a detailed website. I think the kite surfing happens near the Lind Hotel? I stayed there for the first 2 nights and saw the kite surfers!

      1. Hi Mridula, the main area for kitesurfing is at the beach that’s on the opposite side of White Beach, named Bulabog Beach. During rainy season (probably the time you saw kite surfers near the lind hotel) the kitesurfing happens on White Beach, but there’s much less surfers during that time. When you visit Bulabog beach during high season you’ll see many kitesurfers there.

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I am Mridula Dwivedi, I love to travel! I started my travel blog in 2005. I have been going places since! For more details do check out my media kit! In another life I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur. I was a professor when I quit my job in 2015.

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