20 Favorite Boat Shots: Philippine Travel Stories

The Philippines is an archipelago consisting of 7,000+ islands. The primary mode of transportation between islands is the boat. It can be called by different names: banca or paraw, and, to the less fortunate, speedboat, ship or yacht. But we’re not having this list to feature the most expensive boats. We looked at the photos and observed that there’s just so many lovely VisitPinas-tagged shots of boats, with the beautiful Philippine scenery in full display.

1. Paraw Regatta

We start, of course, with the Grand Winner of the 2018 Paraw Regatta Photo Contest. The festival is held every year at the Villa de Arevalo district, Iloilo City.

Photo by: Rolly Jamero (check his Instagram account, @thearch_bishope, for more photos). Also courtesy of the festival’s organizing team.

[See also: Winning Photo of the 2018 Iloilo Paraw Regatta Photo Contest; The Boatman in Paradise]

2. Chilling

Photo: Kilometer Zero PH (check its Instagram account, @kilometerzeroph, for more photos), which says that “as stewards of responsible and sustainable ecotourism, we have the best tours in Balabac, Palawan and Masungi Georserve.” Photo snapped by @igramer.

Location: Balabac, Palawan, Philippines.

3. Refuge

Photo by: Bien Orellana Bacarra, Jr. (check his Instagram account, @bienbacarra, for more photos). Bien captioned this as “Guimaras Port”.

4. Bud Bongao

Photo by: lostincompass (check his Instagram account, @lostincompass, for more photos).

Location: View of Bud Bongao from Sanguisiapo Island, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines.

According lostincompass: “Tawi-Tawi is the southern most province in the Philippines with roughly 300 surrounding beautiful islands in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Although I was only able to visit a few of these islands, from what I saw, this is an almost untouched paradise.”

5. Aquaphobia

Photo by: The Photographer (check his Instagram account, @kenpntg, for more photos).

Location: Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao Oriental, Philippines.

Some boats are too afraid of water, they appear to fly off it.

Photo by: The Island Boy (check his Instagram acount, @theislandboyy, for more awesome photos).

Location: Virgin Island, known as Sillion Island among the locals, located in the northern part of Cebu province and sandwiched between the islands of Bantayan and Daanbantayan.

6. Stranded

Photo by: Mary Ann Burac (check her Instagram account, @marianggala, for more photos).

Location: Siargao Island, Surigao, Philippines.

7. Beached

Photo by: Loie Adrian Fernandez (check his Instagram account, @kaloifernandez, for more photos).

Location: Twin Beach, Nacpan, Palawan, Philippines.

8. Skill

Photo by: Denmark Alejandro (check his Instagram account, @thenmarked, for more photos). Denmark captioned this “Artist’s Stroke”.

Location: Boracay Island, Aklan, Philippines.

There should be debate why this photo, of an artist painting a group of colorful paraw, should be here. Art imitates life, and, in many cases, life imitates art.

We started with six photos of boats in a Philippine setting. We could have stopped at our 10 most favorite shots, but we’re almost sure, as is the case in previous instances, that a small number is never enough to accommodate the wonderful photos of anything immersed in Philippine scenery.

9. Lookout

Photo by: Cris Bordon (check his @bordlove, for more photos).

Location: Sambawan, Biliran.

10. Serene

Photo by: Kevin Flavier (check his Instagram account, @kevnfullbuster, for more photos).

Location: Manila Yacht Club, Manila Bay, Philippines.

Here’s another version of “Serene.”

Photo by: chi a (check her Instagram account, @tsi_a_, for more photos).

Location: Laiya, Batangas, Philippines.

11. Frenzy

Photo by: Forth Pangilinan (check his Instagram account, @carlosquatro, for more photos).

Location: Virgin Island, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines.

12. Underwater

Photo by: freediveph (check its Instagram account, @freediveph, for more photos). A shipwreck is a good place to dive and explore. This is freediving at Apo Reef Adventure.

13. Blockade

Photo by: Jhe Rizada (check his Instagram account, @jheography, for more photos).

Location: Calaguas Paradise Island, Vinzons, Camarines Norte, Philippines.

If the blockade in the previous photo consists of foamy waves, the blockade in the photo below is more formidable — rock walls.

Photo by: rOn (check his Instagram account, @marley.rdf, for more photos).

Location: Matinloc Island, El Nido, Coron, Philippines.

14. Secure

Photo by: Paul Labiste (check his Instagram account, @wander_paul, for more photos).

Location: Mahatao Shelter Port, Batanes, Philippines.

Photo by: Budz Felipe, a Quezon City-based photographer (check his Instagram account, @budz.felipe, for more photos).

Location: Mariveles, Bataan, Philippines.

15. Waiting

Photo by: Shelly (check her Instagram account, @shelligot, for more photos).

Location: Islandfront Hotel, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines.

16. Groufie

Photo by: Wander with Pinay Kuripot (check her Instagram account, @pinaykuripotwanderer, for more photos).

Location: El Nido Bacuit, Palawan, Philippines.

17. Solo

Photo by: Z (check his Instagram account, @cytampoya, for more photos).

Location: Coron, Palawan, Philippines.

A variation of being solo is the hide-and-seek, like in this photo:

Photo by: BEACHCRAZY (check her Instagram account, @angelaachavez, for more photos, and to see her passion about artisanal bags).

Location: Calatrava (formerly Andagao), Romblon, Philippines.

18. Fiery

Photo by: Teddy, a London-based Pinoy with really awesome photographs (check his Instagram account, @mutyyyaaa, for more photos).

Location: Sunken Cemetery, Camiguin Island, Philippines.

Speaking of fiery sunsets, it’s impossible to miss this kind of view:

Photo by: Patrick Labelle (check his Instagram account, @patricklabelle, for more photos). “The only kind of sunset that I don’t like are the ones that I missed.” We couldn’t agree more, Patrick.

Location: Boracay Island, Aklan, Philippines.

[Tag us with your best boat shots. We will select and include them in the revisions.]

[Photos reproduced with permission (thanks). Tag your Philippine travel photos with #visitpinas so we can track it down. Photos will be featured in this blog’s photo of the day and in instagram/VisitPinas, facebook/VisitPinas, twitter/VisitPinas.]

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