Beautiful beaches such those of the island of Boracay in the Philippines have long been a favorite vacation spot of people looking for some relaxation and recreation time. And although most beaches have been developed in order to attract more tourists, it can’t be denied that these landscapes are still part of the untamed and unpredictable Earth. Having said this, it does pay well to remember a few things to keep you safe at the beach.
First and foremost (and possibly the most obvious tip) you need to protect yourself from the elements. It’s a good practice to put on protection against the sun’s heat. Before going to the beach, do apply some sunscreen to help prevent sunburns. Applying a healthy dose of sun protection can also reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, including the potentially fatal melanoma. It’s also nice to bring protection for your eyes especially during hot and sunny days. A good pair of sunglasses with a proper UV coated lens would help a lot in keeping your eyes free from damage.
Once you’ve got your skin protected from the elements, the next thing you have to worry about are the animals in the beach. Remember that beaches are home to a myriad of different animals including those that have spines, claws and sting like sea urchins and jelly fishes. If you’re planning on taking a dip in the water or doing some water activities such as kayaking, surfing or snorkeling, don’t forget to wear a rash guard to avoid any skin allergies or rashes upon contact with marine fauna.
You also might want to keep a first aid kit in hand just in case you do encounter and get stung by a jellyfish or a sea urchin.
Another thing to take note with islands like Boracay is that they are composed of not just one type of beach. Boracay for instance is usually depicted through White beach, a picturesque portion of the island characterized with calm waters and tourist-filled shops, but there are other beaches in the island like Bulabog and Puka shores that cater to those looking for more “active” adventures or to escape the crowds. If you’re planning to spend your vacation with adrenaline-inducing activities like wind surfing, jet skiing or banana boat riding, do exercise more caution.
You might like to make sure that there’s a life guard in places where you tend to swim – not all beaches on Boracay are patrolled. Even if you know how to swim, it’s still a good practice to ensure that someone in the vicinity can help you in case something unexpected happens. Furthermore, it’s advisable to follow the rules and instructions of tour guides in case you’re going to places you are unfamiliar with.
Lastly, it’s good to always keep in mind that water activities at night and especially during nasty weather should be avoided. Remember that nothing ruins a good vacation more than a trip to the doctor due to an injury or worse, getting into deep trouble.
With these in mind, you can be sure that your travel to the beach will be a few steps safer than usual.