SAIL AWAY WITH US
PARAW WORLD IS A UNIQUE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE THAT COMBINES ART AND BUSINESS TO SUPPORT THE CONSERVATION OF TRADITIONAL PARAW CRAFTSMANSHIP.
Paraw World miniatures are created by local craftsmen and artists from Aklan, each one a unique piece embedded with heritage, stories and memories of the sea from centuries ago. Inspired by life-sized paraws and the imagination of artists, our miniatures are handcrafted by locals who learned the skill of paraw building from their ancestors and hand-painted by talented artists.
Paraw World is a celebration of art and paraws. Our miniatures give locals sustainable work to help uplift their lives and contribute to their happiness. We aim to engage tourists coming to Boracay to learn more about this uniquely Filipino mode of transportation that has been used by generations of people in the Western Visayas.
Paraw World generates money from selling its miniatures and donates 5% of its net profit to paraw conservation projects led by local organizations. We believe that this beautiful tradition of sailing deserves a helping hand regardless of the state of tourism on the island. Paraw World honors this legacy that relies on wind and sea and, most importantly, people.
A Short Story About Paraw World
Like many great ideas, Paraw World started with an image. That image was of the blue sails of paraws gliding gracefully across the horizon as the day was slipping into night, colors changing from yellow to orange and red. Propelled by the wind, the paraws cast a beautiful sight on top of the blue waters of White Beach.
This has always been the image of Boracay on everyone’s mind - these outrigger boats that have the ability to gather speeds between 20 and 30 km per hour and travel long distances.
Tourists love them; their Boracay experience isn’t complete without a relaxing sunset cruise or a picture of the boats sitting prettily across the beach. For locals, it is a source of livelihood today, a quick and practical transportation for goods and people, as it was to their ancestors centuries ago (marauding pirates included, as most island legends go).