“When in Boracay, do as the locals do!,” a middle-aged lady selling souvenirs in Talipapa said this to us in the vernacular. She said that in Boracay, one is free to do what he wishes to do (as long as it’s legal) or wear what suits his taste, and nobody will care about you. That adage, I reckon, yet applies to almost every locality.
During our vacation, I found out that one will never run out of things to do in this island. Most of which are for free. Here is a list of what we did in Boracay:
1. Beach Bum
This is the most logical thing to do here because you are in a beach. We would wake up early and have breakfast, then do nothing but frolic in the water for the whole morning.
2. Take long walks along the beach
What better way to explore this small island than to take long walks along the beach. Walking allowed us to see the island in details – its people, the way of life and the attractions.
From Boracay Regency, we walked all the way to Talipapa Market in Station 3 and from there, to Willy’s Rock near Station 1. On our Second evening, we walked from Discovery shores in Station 1 up to Boracay Regency.
3. Try fruit shakes at Jonah’s
This snack bar has become famous among tourists because of its fruit shakes. I tried the avocado their shake and it was very good. It had a very thick consistency and tasted of rich avocado and milk. It’s a perfect cooler after a long walk under the sun.
4. Eat in a buffet restaurant
My wife and I are fans of buffet restaurants. While we were in Boracay, we saw a lot of restaurants offering buffet but we could not make a decision because the selections were unexceptional. One evening, we passed by Victory Divers Beach Resort and our attention was caught by their sign offering unlimited seafood for around P298. We were already famished from our day-long activity so we decided to check it out. What we saw was a huge spread of clams, mussels, shrimps, pancit, oysters, crabs and tuna. Rice and iced tea are also unlimited. We thought it was a good deal so we decided to try it. It was a good decision because the seafood was very fresh, cooked well and tasted really good. We indulged in the steamed oysters and shrimps.
5. Visit Talipapa Market and D’ Talipapa Market
Head out to Talipapa Market for your souvenirs and pasalubongs. We found out that there is also a D’ Talipapa Market where they sell fresh seafood like crabs, lobsters, clams and fish. There are also numerous stalls here selling native products and knick-knacks. As with many similar marketplaces, always haggle for the lowest price!
6. Go island hopping
Island hopping tour packages are arranged by locals for around P1,000. When we asked one gentlemen offering us a tour, he told us that it was the standard rate among all operators and that it was regulated to ensure fairness. However, when we inquired from Boracay Regency, they offered island hopping tours for only P800 per person. It was a steal so we booked right away. The tour included a one hour stopover at the well-known Crystal Cove, a buffet lunch of crispy shrimps, barbeque and fruits, a visit to Puka Beach and 30 minutes of snorkeling in the open sea.
Crystal Cove Island Resort had a P200 entrance fee but it was well worth it. We explored the tiny island on foot. On its highest peak, you can see for 360 degrees the vast cerulean sea and the ferocious waves crashing against the islands rocky edges. The island is also abundant with small trees and vegetation so the heat from the mid-day sun became somewhat bearable.
On a different note, I like it that the no smoking policy is being strictly implemented and adhered to in Boracay. I heard our island hopping tour guide politely tell an Australian gentleman that smoking was prohibited in the beach and he readily complied.
7. Catch the Boracay sunset
This is probably one of our most favorite thing to do in Boracay. By 4:30 PM, we would nonchalantly slump on the sand with our drinks and wait for the sun to sink over the horizon. Until darkness envelops the beach. Boracay at dusk is just as beautiful as it is during daybreak.
8. Have your photo taken at Willy’s Rock
You cannot say that you have been to Boracay if you have not yet visited Willy’s Rock. This iconic landmark is a rocky islet with a grotto perched on top of it. It is easily accessible by foot during low tide. Take a picture here as proof that you’ve been there.
Up next is my post on Boracay Regency, our home in Boracay, and Discovery Shores where we celebrated our first wedding anniversary dinner.