Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Top 10 Things You Must Do When You're in Boracay




Even though Boracay has been criticized for its being  overcrowded and being highly commercialized I will never get tired of going back to this wonderful Island.  I have been to a lot of beaches in the Philippines, Asia and Europe.  I am very proud to say that Boracay still has  the finest white Sand and most beautiful beach in the World. I am very proud that it's located in my country.

 Sometimes I am quite thankful of Boracay’s highly commercialism because of that you get to have more choices of hotels, hostels, restaurants to choose from. There are  also more available flights going to and from Kalibo and Caticlan that  also offer so many promo fares.  So I decided to create my top 7 Things Must Things to do when your in Boracay  that every traveller must consider when going to this wonderful island.

1.       Swimming and Sunbathing at the White Sand Beach 

Boracay is famous for its 5 Kilometer long stretch of fine and powdery white sand. By day you can go swimming, sunbathing  and unwind at the beach and by night the island becomes a party zone . It’s one of the only beaches where I just want to walk around with my bare feet because there are no seaweed and rocky  particles at the beach. It’s like walking along baby powder  That's the thing that I love about Boracay it's like your in paradise.

Tips: Try Swimming in Station 1 near Discovery Shores since the beach is cleaner and there are fewer people roaming around this area.
2.       Island Hopping  

Your trip would not be complete without the island hopping experience.  The fun thing about this is that you will also see undeveloped beaches and coral reefs; outside Boracay. This adventure will take you up to 3 to 4 hours with stopover at several beaches where you can go  have lunch, swim and do snorkeling.
Price:  
Small Boat (5 persons)= P1,500;
Medium Boat (10 persons) =P2,500;
Big Boat (20 persons) = P4,500
 *Can be cheaper if you join other groups
*Prices can still be bargained.  

Ariel's Point Cliff Diving Experince
If you’re the type of person who likes some adventure. Ariel’s Point is perfect for you. This is an eco adventure destination. This trip includes, free buffet lunch, unlimited drinks, a cliff diving experience, afternoon snacks, kayaking and snorkeling and a free bracelet. 
Price: P1,500                                                                                                                                   

Dates: Happens Everyday 

 Time: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm                   

 Contact Info: +63 (036) 288 6770 or +63 (036) 288 4853 

 
3.       Food Tripping
Four Cheese Pizza @ Two Seasons
Jonah's Fruit Shake

Boracay has a lot of restaurants to choose from. There are so many cuisines available for every traveler. Whether you want Filipino, Spanish, French Italian or American you can find these all in Boracay.   I have would like to recommend  my top 7 must eats in Boracay. I feel that you should never leave the island without trying all of these.


Must try Foods:
a)       Fruit Shake at Jonah’s  located in Station 1
b)      Four Cheese Pizza  at Two seasons located in Station 1
c)        Chori Burger (Street Food)  stall near Obama Grill
d)      Grilled Seafood in D’ Talipapa located in Station 2
e)      Breakfast  at Real Coffee located in Station 2
f)       Ribs at Hawaiian Barbeque  located in Station 1
g)      Mati Chocolate Cake at  Zuzuni Greek Restaurant located in Station 1
h) Crepe at Red Coconut 

4.       Partying in Boracay

 Partying  in Boracay is really a must whether you want to just chill at the local pub, listen to live bands, watch some fire dancers, or dancing at the clubs. This place has so many varieties of places where you can party.
Boracay PubCrawl
I suggest if you are alone or with your friends, try the Boracay Pub Crawl. This is the perfect way to meet new friends from all over the world. It’s quite cheap since you get a free t-shirt, 5 free shots, 50% discounts on drinks,  free entrances at 5 bars and you can turn these strangers into friends all just for P990. I think everyone must try this at least once in your lifetime.

Date: Happens Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 
Price: P990 for Regular Rate; P590 for Early Bird  Rate ( for the first 50 participants)
Time: 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Includes: Free Entrances at 5 Bars, 5 Free Shots, Free T-Shirt, Free Shot Glass
Contact Info: +639178088433
+63 917 808 84 33
+63 917 808 84 33
Website: http://www.pubcrawl.ph
Tips: Perfect for people who want to party at Night and meet new friends.

I also suggest you to try the MANIC MONKEY Jungle Party Experience. This is perfect for people who want to party all day long. The party starts at 10:30am till 6 in the evening. This is a chance where you can meet a lot of people in different parts of the world. This is a private party inside a Jungle with a pool. An Entrance Fee of P2,000 includes unlimited Drinks, Free Lunch Buffet, Roundtrip Boat Ride and a Free T-Shirt.
Date: Happens Every Saturday and Wednesday  
Price:P 2, 000     
Time: 10:30am to 6pm   
Includes: Unlimited Drinks; Free Lunch and Roundtrip Boat Ride and a Free T-Shirt. 
Contact Info: 09159261095                                            
Tips: Perfect for people who want to party all day  and meet new friends. 
 

Boracay Booze Cruise
I also suggest you to try the Mellow Yellow Sunset Cruise or some call it the Boracay Booze Cruise.   This boat is an amazing place where you can meet people from all over the world, socialize have some drinks , play beer pong and jump off the boat for a little swim. This is so good while listening to good music and seeing the Sunset.  The boat leaves at around 2:30 in the afternoon and gets back to the mainland at around 7 in the evening. After that you will have a choice whether to leave the boat or party all night long.  The entrances costs at P500 per person inclusive with 2 free drinks. The drinks are quite cheap since beer is P80 and mixed drinks are P100.

Time: 2:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Date: Happens Everyday 
Location: Red Pirates Station 3
Price: P500 for the entrance fee; P1500 for unlimited drinks
Contact Info:  +639175046014; +63917841828
Email: mellowyellowcruiseboracay@gmail.com
Instagram: @Mellowyellowsunsetcruise
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mellow-Yellow-Sunset-Cruise/178991475636391
Tips: Perfect for people who want to party in the afternoon  and meet new friends. 

Best time to Party:
LaBoracay which happens every year during Labor Day Weekend from April 28 to May 5.
Halloween is also a good time to party which happens every year during Oct 29 to November 2.

Where to Party:
Exit Bar in Station 2 (Mostly Backpackers, foreigners, Boracay Local's)
Red Pirates in Station 3 (Mostly Foreigners)
Juice is Station 2 (Mostly Gay men)
CocoMangas in Station 1
Epic in Station 2 (Mostly Filipino Tourist's based in Manila)
Summer place in Station 2
Pub Crawl in Station 2
Mellow Yellow Sunset Cruise in Station 3

5.       Paraw Sunset Sailing 

Watersports in Boracay are quite expensive. Some of these watersports like Para Sailing and Banana boat are not worth it because once you have tried it you will not  do it anymore.
The only thing that I suggest is  Paraw Sailing which is truly worth your money. Since you get to chill around while sailing and see Boracay’s Sunset

Price: P100 to 300 per person (Depends on How many of you will ride the Boat)
  
6.       Authentic Filipino Massage

This is a must especially for people who just want to relax. This is the perfect way to end the day, especially for people who travelled from Manila to Boracay. You will get to relax and unwind while having a nice view of the sea.
Massage Therapists are located all over Boracay. You can go to their place; or get a massage by the beach or hire them to go to your room. Remember to give a nice tip :p

Price: P350 per Hour


7.       Getting a Henna Tattoo 

This is a trademark for everyone who goes to Boracay. Henna, is a non-permanent tattoo placed in one’s body. It may last from 1 to 2 weeks. You can choose different types of drawings to be placed in your body. Just be careful, some people have an allergic reaction to the ink, so you should not scratch it when it becomes itchy or else it will have an irritation.  Tourists usually place their henna at back or their shoulders, or hips, or even arms; it’s up to you where you put it.  Remember to have fun in picking designs.

Price: P100-P250 per tattoo depends on the size of the Tattoo. (Prices can still be bargained)

8. Drinks at Solana Bar, Shangrila Boracay 
Experience one of the best sunsets in your life while drinking Sangria with your girlfriends at the Solana Bar, Shangrila, Boracay. You don't have to check-in here anyone can go and have drinks at this bar. You can also have an access to enter in some parts of the resort. A pitcher of Sangria will only cost you P950 which is good for 4 to 5 persons. They will also give you complimentary appetizers for you and your barkada. 

Price: P400 per head

9 Chilling at Spider House Resort
This resort will make you think that you're not in Boracay. This place is tourists free. You can just chill, listen to good music and drink cold beer with your group of friends while looking at Boracay Sunset. Prices of food and rooms can be quite expensive here.  If you want to just chill here then fine, but transportation from this resort to D'Mall can be quite expensive. If you just want get away from the tourist's of Boracay, then this might be the perfect place for you. But if your the type of person who wants convenience then, you can just take a day tirp or  lunch at this place. '
Price: 400 Per Person