Cliff Diving in Boracay at Ariel’s Point – A Flair Adventure
I never knew Iâ€™d check this activity in my to-do-before-I-die list anytime soon.
I ACTUALLY DID IT YOU GAIIIZ!!!
Okay, so Nic (our friend) arranged for us at Arielâ€™s Resto in Boracay station 1 for this very flair adventure!Â We started off meeting the others at Arielâ€™s at around 11am.Â Then we headed off to the boats docked at Station 1 for a 30 â€“ 40 min (ish) ride.
For a tiny fee, P1,200 (about $27 US Dollars), you get a boat ride from Boracay to Arielâ€™s Point, which is about 30 minutes away. There, you have unlimited drinks, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, along with lunch and of course your boat ride back to Boracay during sunset. Oh, letâ€™s not forget the unlimited number of cliff dives, jumps and (like my friends) belly flops that you can do.
When we got there, I saw the plank that was stretched out of the cliff for everyone to dive on.Â There were different levels.Â The lowest plank was at 5 feet, then I think there was a 10 feet and 30 feet.
Then I saw the 45 feet.Â I was not as overwhelmed as I thought I would be.Â I saw the height (from the boat) and I was like â€œmehhhâ€¦ I think I can do this, it wasnâ€™t as high as I thought it was.â€
Then we head up to the top of the cliff.Â There were tables and chairs for us to hang on.
I think everyone was too busy to take pictures of the people jumping that I couldnâ€™t find pictures of the hangout areaâ€¦ This is the only picture I have with rest of the areaâ€¦ of course, itâ€™s the one with me and Marc Nelson in itâ€¦ *faints*
There was even a hammockâ€¦
*searched for pictures of the hammock but couldnâ€™t find any*
but, I found a picture of a monkeyâ€¦
There you go! The moody monkeyâ€¦ Sometimes heâ€™s shy, sometimes heâ€™s playfulâ€¦ sometimes heâ€™s just acting cool ;p
Oh, and he loves rum coke!
Thatâ€™s why heâ€™s a bit high lol
Everyone settled down first but our friend Oli jumped on the 45 feet plank firstâ€¦ wooot!!!Â I think he was the most excited guy on our group to really cliff dive.
I instantly thought that I must jump already â€“ on the HIGHEST plank, just to get it over and done with.
I am a good swimmer and I am very buoyant (If you know what I mean lol).Â Anyway, kidding aside, I studied the area.Â I studied the cliff and the water where I would fall.Â It looks deep enough.Â It should be!Â I saw Marc Nelson doing his Eagle Swan dive and his brother jumping on the highest plank the same.
Immediately I knew it was safe to jump.
This is just to reassure my mom and my aunts who got so mad seeing my picture jumping off a cliffâ€¦
After Oli jumped and he was okay, he had fun and he said that was just amazing!Â I initially though of jumping second.Â So, I grabbed all the balls I have and went to the stairs, and walked my way (slowly) to the plankâ€¦
I felt like the whole world was in slow motion.Â I was climbing the last stair to the top and I could feel my heart beatâ€¦ both with excitement and I admit, I got scaredâ€¦ That was when I was overwhelmed by the height!!!!!!!
Slowly, I made my way to the edge of the plankâ€¦
I looked downâ€¦
From below, it didnâ€™t look scaryâ€¦
But when youâ€™re on the edge of the plank, and you see the water below youâ€™d shriek with fear!!!
Then, I heard encouraging words from the crowdâ€¦Â My friend Trondz was there too at the stairs of the plank and he was likeâ€¦ â€œkaya mo yanâ€¦ it also took me a while to jump from that plankâ€
I thought to myselfâ€¦ â€œI guess everyone is scared at first, but look at all those who jumpedâ€¦ they now walk with pride knowing they jumped a 45-ft cliffâ€
At this point, my knees weakenedâ€¦ like all of my adrenaline was crumpled into a ball inside my adrenaline gland, not wanting to go out yetâ€¦
I walked back a few steps and I saw my other friend Jake, waiting in line to jump next.
I knew then I wasnâ€™t readyâ€¦
So I asked her to jump first ahead of me.
It took her a little while to grasp the reality that she was standing in the plankâ€¦ but I guess she just wanted to do it and not hold the line so she jumped!!!
Then I heard the splash!!!
It was just quick and so I asked â€œHow was it?â€
â€œMasakit sa pwet pero okay lang, itâ€™s funâ€ To translate she said â€œit hurts the butt but itâ€™s still funâ€
I brain is one nice machine but my body is still weak and frazzled.Â Since logic is telling me that itâ€™s just perfectly fineâ€¦ I managed to grab all the balls I have and convinced my body that it will be okay.
I found myself at the edge of the plank again.Â This time, I heard Trondz voice again â€œDonâ€™t look down while falling, just look at the horizonâ€
â€œThat seems like a helpful tipâ€¦ in fact the horizon looks niceâ€¦ helps me calm downâ€ I thoughtâ€¦
Without thinking next, I let go of the plank and stepped on airâ€¦
The fall lasted for about 3 seconds.
It happened really really quick and my brain processed every emotion per millisecond.Â And the conscious side of my brain is a bit slow to realize that I finally did it and even though I got mixed emotions, the word FUN was still on the top of my mind.
Good thing my memory still captured the feeling, millisecond by millisecond (Iâ€™m exaggerating) and this is why Iâ€™m blogging this right now to make the moment immortal!
00:00:00 just jump hannah
00:00:01 right foot first
00:00:02 left foot still on plank
00:00:03 this is it thereâ€™s no turning back
00:00:04 let go left foot
00:00:05 look at the horizon
00:00:50 PAUSED at 0.5 secondS (HOLY SHITAKE MUSHROOMS I REALLY JUMPED! Iâ€™M ON AIR! Iâ€™M HANGING .. Iâ€™M FLYING
00:00:70 MOTHER FISH PRAWN CRACKERS!!! MY STOMACH FEELS FUNNY!!! (like when I ride roller coasters)
00:01:00 So this is how it feels huhâ€¦ Alright, letâ€™s just enjoy the last 2 seconds on airâ€¦
00:04:00 Whoahâ€¦ my ass hurts!
00:05:00 Ahhâ€¦ so nice to finally touch the waterâ€¦ Itâ€™s perfectâ€¦ I miss the seaâ€¦
00:06:00 emerged up the waterâ€¦ with a smileâ€¦ and I heard Mark Nelson say â€œgood jumpâ€ (or at least I thought it was himâ€¦ or I was just dreaming or knocked unconscious for .05 seconds) **faints**
In normal motion, hit play to see the video of me jumping 🙂
So, there you gooooooooo!!!
I DID IT!!!
I was â€œmayabangâ€ (one proud little kitty) when I went back up.Â Weee I did it!!!
Then I went back to Vince (who was assigned to take my video)â€¦
One thing I would not want is for him to miss my jump and not take a video of itâ€¦
â€œI took your video!â€ he said. â€œYAYE!!! Let me see!â€
and this is itâ€¦ In normal motionâ€¦
To my horror, I did not like the videoâ€¦ Why? It was not zoomed in on me so my face was not recognizableâ€¦ It wasnâ€™t proof enough that I jumpedâ€¦
All the vanity took over me and without anymore thinking, I saidâ€¦ Get the camera ready, Iâ€™ll jump againâ€¦ This time, use the Sony Cybershot TX1 so that you can zoom in and zoom out while recording a video.Â (Other digicams canâ€™t zoom in and out).Â â€œZoom in when Iâ€™m on the plank and about to jumpâ€¦ and Zoom out when I remove my feet off the plankâ€ â€“ I gave him specific instructions 😛
So, there you goâ€¦ Jump number two 😀
Check out these awesome Cliff Diving Videos from WhenInManila.com