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Boracay


Intro:



Boracay is a tiny tropical island located off the northwestern tip of Panay Island in the Western Visayas and is only a one-hour flight from Manila. It ranks highly as one of The Philippines’ top tourist spots. It is a tropical island that is only a one-hour flight from Manila. Voted the world's best beach by the Sun Herald, Australia and Harper's, Boracay is the perfect island getaway, with its warm blue waters, powder-fine white sand, and a palm fringed 4-kilometer beach.

Boracay is made up of three little communities: Yapak in the north, Balabag in the middle, and Manoc-manoc in the south. Hilly elevations up to 100 meters above sea level characterize Yapak and Manoc-manoc. Intertwining trails link the small villages together but may sometimes lead to lush tropical jungles.

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Must See/Activities:


Sites:

The white beach..the powdery white sand..the sea breeze..the picture perfect beach scenes
           
The sunset. It may come everyday but it somehow looks and feels different each time.
    
don't dare miss the puka beach...
   
watch kids build their sand lanterns
   
early morning stroll at the beach - this is my favorite,favorite activity when i'm at the beach.... what i did at boracay was i woke up at 6am and since it's a lil rainy, brought an umbrella and i walked from boatstation 2 to 1...i did it alone, sarap ng feeling!
   


Activities
snorkelling:
      you need to hire a boat. usually 1,000 for 6 persons.
      snorkelling gear is around 100.00
      crocodile island and ilig-iligan island will charge you 20.00 each for snorkelling


swimming

volleyball

hiking - try visiting the mt. labo and get the view of the island from the hill top.

pig out:
      i was on a diet before we went to boracay but when i got there the food is sooo tempting i just threw all diet cautions to the wind.

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Restaurants:
the famous tonton's at the puka beach


but we ate at tesebel's instead and the food is good too!
the place isn't anything fancy but the food is GREAT! see that buttered garlic prawn? that's one food i miss in boracay!     

for Php20-30 each...try the longganisa bbque


if you got hungry during the wee hours this is the place to be
i like their garlic shrimp and chicken cordon bleu


red coconut - try their crepes


but i like the crepes from cafe breizh (formerly gorio's) instead


for Php150 you can have the pink patio chicken (good for 2) at the Pink Patio.


try el toro's (a resto at boracay gold crowne) gelatto...if you can't decide which flavor to order they'll give you this small wooden spoon and they'll ask you to taste everything so that you can decide which flavor you like best
for Php100 you'll get 2 scoops...1 scoop will cost you Php 60


they have good pancakes


another high recommended resto along 'd mall...


try their buffet...they also have a mongolian grill buffet


their shakes are addicting! well, for me it is..
we ordered banana choco peanut, banana choco vanilla, mango avocado, banana mango, pineapple lemon, banana pineapple
my fave is the banana choco vanilla and mango avocado
the price ranges from Php80-100


another resto to check out..


i haven't tried this resto but if you're into indian food this is definitely a must...a lot of people give this resto a thumbs up!



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Hotel and Accomodations
boracay plaza at boatstation 1, beach front


crystal sand - this is where we stayed...we booked the Superior room w/c is 50% of the regular rate that time because it's the low season that time
the resort is built in meditteranean style w/ 17 rooms equipped w/ a/c, cable tv, telephone, hot/cold shower, ref (suite and superior rooms), porch/verandah facing the beach   Room Rates: Per Room Per Night basis (Single or Double/Twin Occupancy)
  Peak season (valid from nov. 1, 2003 to june 15, 2004 except super peak season)
  Standard Room --- Php 3,400
  Superior Room --- Php 4,250
  Suite Room --- Php 5,550

  Super Peak season (valid from dec. 1, 2003, jan 3, week of chinese new year & holy week
  Standard Room --- Php 4,400
  Superior Room --- Php 4,250
  Suite Room --- Php 6,550

  Low season (valid from dec. 1, 2003, jan 3, week of chinese new year & holy week
  Standard Room --- Php 1,700
  Superior Room --- Php 2,125
  Suite Room --- Php 2,775

Triple sharing: Maximum room occupancy is 3 persons w/ the 3rd perosn on extra mattress
Extra Mattress: Php 300/mattress/night
    
red coconut - very nice place


sand castles - the resort looks nice too



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NightLife


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Off the Beaten Path


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Tourist Traps


Warnings or Dangers


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Getting There and Around
Terminal fee: 100.00 (to kalibo) 20.00 (to manila)


tricycle 15 pesos around the island..75 from balabag to the jetty port


Boat used for beach hopping or snorkelling varies from 350/person to 1,000 for the whole boat...it would be best if you have companions so you'll just split the price for the boat rental



Travel Time:
    from manila to kalibo (by air) - 45 mins to 1 hour
    from kalibo airport to caticlan port (by land) - 2 hrs
    from caticlan port to boracay (by boat) - 20 mins


Fare:     manila to kalibo via philippine airlines - Php6,000++ round trip
    kalibo to caticlan (and vice versa) land transfer - Php 175/person
    caticlan to boracay boat transfer - P17.50/person


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Culture


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Packing List
your two-piece
snorkelling gear
goggles
life vest
sunblock
your favorite shades
flip flops
sarong or malong
hair conditioner
body moisturizer
after sun lotion/moisturizer/etc
camera
memory/CF card/rolls of film

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Shopping
you can find different kinds of bead accessories there at cheap prices
  

these colorful thingies costs only 3 for Php50.00 for small sized-lanters or 3 for Php100 for large ones... nice for adding drama to your porch or you can even use this as christmas lanterns


i suggest you buy from them..


for pasalubongs you can get them at the palengke/talipapa...costs Php35/pack


souvenir t-shirts/sandos can be also bought at the palenke/talipapa...prices ranges from Php80-150
  


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General Tips:
Going to boracay during the habagat season can be a little frustrating because some of the sites can't be reached because of the big waves (like in our case the crystal cove) but the good thing is being in boracay during the off peak season is like booking the whole island to yourself...simply relaxing!

Visit this links if you plan to go to boracay:
     http://www.boracayisland.org
    http://www.boracay.com


for more boracay pictures you can visit my gallery:
    marlin's boracay gallery


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