Want to experience nature at its finest? Travelers say it’s hard to find nowadays of an ultimate spot to unwind and relax far away from the action-packed white beach of Boracay Island.
Walking through the three stations, one gets an answer for only 400 meters from the busy and crowded main beach is a romantic hideaway.
Owners and developers, Dr. Adrian and Architect Lara Arac Salaver call the place, Kingfisher Farm. In 1997, they developed the fishpond with a vision of providing an unconventional accommodation distinct and separate from hustle and bustle of the island.
Since then, the Kingfisher Farm has been tagged as the “other side of Boracay” for physically, it is found within the area of Sitio Lugotan, Barangay Manoc-Manoc. Said portion is believed to be the narrowest point of the island it being the opposite of Boat Station 3 and just a ten minute walk from the main road.
It’s great place where the family can spend dining together, according to the folks who had the rare chance to pass by the farm. The place is ideal for kids and children. Others believe it’s more than just a picnic area perfect for bonding of friends. The lively surroundings of mangroves give a fresh feeling of spending relaxing time with your special someone.
An enchanting inlet vaulted with coves and mangroves, the farm tender an ambience in harmony with nature. It is surrounded by saltwater fishpond and lush garden with collection of wide variety of tropical plants and flowers, tropical fish and birds.
Lara, who is known for her consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture, makes sure proper upkeep is in placed to maintain the green lush gardens that harbor the growth of tropical flowers and plants with hopping birds to enjoy watching.
“It’s our mission to preserve Kingfisher not for business sake alone. We feel we should be responsible for securing its admired value for the benefit of the next generation … for them to enjoy what we fought and strived for,” Salaver stressed, adding that every Boracaynon must endeavor to promote biodiversity conservation.
The Salaver couple is proud to have preserved an extensive variety of bonsai collection, another inimitable allure. Today, Kingfisher holds the distinction as the only theme park featuring a tropical Filipino fish farm in the tropical island. With the success of the farm, the couple has created a positive, long-lasting environmental and artistic impact.
Nature lovers will surely spend an enjoyable stay at the farm watching many birds and the constantly jumping bangus (milk fish) and the tilapia while hanging out in one of the cabanas and bonsai garden.
“If you wish to feel more revitalized and relaxed as the wind softly blows your hair while enjoying sumptuous meal and drinks or if you are interested to try a special kind of bonding moments with one another, the answer is Kingfisher Farm,” said Lara.
The combined simplicity and elegance offered by Kingfisher Farm is a precious gem to behold. The farm provides the guests with a good night sleep in three studios to three bedroom units available in apartment and cottage types which are all furnished with kitchen and bedroom appliances. The rate ranges from $35 to $100 on a daily basis. One gets discount for apartment rental for a month stay for $700 to $2,000.
Undoubtedly, tourists may enjoy a classic experience in the country’s foremost tourist destination known the world over for its powdery white sand beach.
The farm charges an entrance fee of $2 per head. For info on what the entire place has to offer, please call (036) 288-6321 or fax (036) 288-3699.– Migrant Pen
THE BLOGGER. Ulysses Espartero is a journalist, speechwriter and publicist who traces his roots from two Philippine jewels – Laguna and Antique. While in Dubai, he enjoyed his expat life documenting the struggles and victories of migrant workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council states. In 2014, he released Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold, the first and only coffee table book about Filipino achievers in the United Arab Emirates. Connect with him on facebook.