TRAVEL / April 28, 2014

BORACAY- PLAN PHILIPPINE’S PARTY BEACH FOR YOUR NEW YEAR’S EVE

Boracay is Asia’s version of Miami Beach and I mean that in the best way possible. Stunning White Sand beaches, fun party scene, cute restaurants and buzzing with people on vacation looking to chill and have a good time.

It is great for families, friends and couples with something to offer everyone. There are dozens of water sport activities, spas, restaurants and bars and of course one of the most beautiful and magnificent beaches in the WORLD; White Beach. The fine icing sugar-like sand will make you fall in love with this magical island. The weather is tropical and since this area was not affected by the Typhoon it’s good to go and support the Philippine economy after the disaster in Cebu.

GETTING THERE:

Fly to Manila (no need to stay in Manila as its pretty uninteresting) and take a quick flight to Caticlan (30 mins away by boat) or Kalibo (1 1/2 hours away driving and boat). They have a strict 10kg luggage restriction so minimize what you bring. Swimwear, sarong, a few nice things for dinners, flip flops. Easy beach packing 😉

TO DO: 

Sunbathe, swim, jog and explore on stunning White Beach, with its diverse different stations (they used to be ferry drop off points):

Station 1– hippy dippy, eco huts, bars and cafes are meant to be the original Boracay before it got commercialized. Great organic, shipwrecked eco-vibe like Tulum, Mexico.

Station 2- The busiest most commercial area with lots of Korean and Japanese restaurants (catering to those tourists), loud bars and vibrant day and night. D’Mall is a big outdoor mall with lots of fun shopping and handicrafts for souvenirs and fun casual restaurants. Late night there are many nightclubs and beach bars, just walk by and see which is happening that night.

Station 3- A little more upmarket hotels and quieter since its a little further up the beach with beautiful white sand.

Take a ride on a Paraw; traditional sailing boat at sunset along White Beach. Go around 5pm year round for a relaxing hammock-like ride skimming over the water and watching all the liveliness on the beach at sunset.

Get a massage on White Beach either at your hotel sunbeds or at the massage beds on the beach in Station 2. Best $10 spent for an hour of massage overlooking the pretty beach!

Walk around the rocks at the north of White Beach to Diniwid Beach which is where the cool kids hang out. Great less touristy vibe, pretty beach restaurants and bars. Heaven.

Go for a lazy lunch or a sunset drink at Spiderhouse and enjoy a cool-off by climbing down the ladder to the perfect turquoise water and swim to the floating pontoon to sunbathe. Great sunsets with an awesome DJ and fresh sashimi. This is my favorite place in Boracay by far! 

RESTAURANTS: 

The reason you haven’t really seen or heard of Filipino restaurants in other parts of the world is… well.. because the food is pretty awful. Adobo is the main preparation of fish to chicken to meat and its basically cooking the ingredients in a sweet vinegar sauce. We got food poisoning several times and never had street food, only ate in restaurants, so be careful and bring a medical kit with electrolytes and pain relievers.

When researching restaurants for Boracay you will see many foreign cuisines and rightly so, just stick to fresh seafood and the recommended restaurants We are pretty adventurous eaters and we definitely paid the price on this trip:

Recommended restaurants in Boracay:

Talipapa Fish Market- Choose from a huge variety of fresh fish and shellfish from the market. It’s not cheap so make sure you bargain, shop around and get the freshest looking items. Then get fresh veges from the vege stands and take your findings to the cookshops right next to the market which will cook your food however you wish. Make sure you try Squid Adobo with its black ink and vinegar sauce. Fun and very tasty.

Nami– Walk around the rocks at the north of White Beach to the north end of Diniwid Beach and take the bamboo elevator up to Nami hotel’s restaurant for a stunning panoramic view over the picturesque bay. The food here is like 90s European food but have a glass of wine, enjoy the view and you will have one of the most memorable lunches of your life.

Cyma- A great greek restaurant tucked in a corner of D’Mall with meat and seafood platters and Greek Salads. Sit outside under the canopy

Kasbah- A Moroccan restaurant in Station 3 with modest tagines, a decent chicken pie and lots of sexy ambience under the big tent with lanterns and colored lights. Go at low tide because this part of the beach can flood a little in high tide.

So let’s see the pics….

Massages on the beach US$10 per hour

Massages on the beach US$10 per hour

Hawkers selling Hats

Hawkers selling Hats

Sunbathing on sugar fine Boracay sand

Sunbathing on sugar fine Boracay sand

Fresh tropical fruit!

Fresh tropical fruit!

Talipapa fish market

Talipapa fish market

Talipapa fish market

Talipapa fish market

Talipapa fish market

Talipapa fish market- buy whatever seem freshest and on lots of ice

Talipapa fish market

Talipapa fish market

Talipapa fish market

Talipapa fish market

Limes at Talipapa fish market

Limes at Talipapa fish market

Talipapa fish market

Talipapa fish market

Vege stand at Talipapa fish market

Teresa pondering over the Vege stand at Talipapa fish market

Buy the ingredients and get them cooked like this Squid Adobo - so delicious Talipapa fish market

Buy the ingredients and get them cooked like this Squid Adobo – so delicious Talipapa fish market

Water Spinach and tomato stirfry. Buy the ingredients and get them cooked- so delicious Talipapa fish market

Water Spinach and tomato stirfry. Buy the ingredients and get them cooked- so delicious Talipapa fish market

Grilled Shrimp: Buy the ingredients and get them cooked so delicious atTalipapa fish market

Grilled Shrimp: Buy the ingredients and get them cooked so delicious atTalipapa fish market

Massages at the beach.. again

Massages at the beach.. again

Sunsets at White Beach with the Paraw

Sunsets at White Beach with the Paraw

Red Pirate in Station 1 is a very low key and ecofriendly cool vibe. Think asian Bob Marley Pirates

Red Pirate in Station 1 is a very low key and ecofriendly cool vibe. Think asian Bob Marley Pirates in a sandy beach garden. MUST VISIT

Red Pirate in Station 1 is a very low key and ecofriendly cool vibe. Think asian Bob Marley Pirates

Red Pirate in Station 1 is a very low key and ecofriendly cool vibe. Think asian Bob Marley Pirates

Red Pirate in Station 1 is a very low key and ecofriendly cool vibe. Think asian Bob Marley Pirates

Red Pirate in Station 1 is a very low key and ecofriendly cool vibe. Think asian Bob Marley Pirates

White sand and easy surf

White sand and easy surf

Walking around the rocks from White Beach to Diniwid Beach

Walking around the rocks from White Beach to Diniwid Beach

Walking around the rocks from White Beach to Diniwid Beach

Walking around the rocks from White Beach to Diniwid Beach

Spiderhouse is the coolest daytime hangout in Boracay

Spiderhouse is the coolest daytime hangout in Boracay

Spiderhouse is the coolest daytime hangout in Boracay, climb down the ladder and swim in the bay

Spiderhouse is the coolest daytime hangout in Boracay, climb down the ladder and swim in the bay

Spiderhouse is the coolest daytime hangout in Boracay: Raft sunbathing

Spiderhouse is the coolest daytime hangout in Boracay: Raft sunbathing

Chicken Curry Wrap at Spiderhouse

Chicken Curry Wrap at Spiderhouse

Sauteed Vege at Spiderhouse

Sauteed Vege at Spiderhouse

Spiderhouse is the coolest daytime hangout in Boracay

Spiderhouse is the coolest daytime hangout in Boracay

Spiderhouse is the coolest daytime hangout in Boracay

Spiderhouse is the coolest daytime hangout in Boracay

Seafood for our dinner on Station 2 Beach

Seafood for our dinner on Station 2 Beach

Seafood for our dinner on Station 2 Beach

Seafood for our dinner on Station 2 Beach

Waitress showing Seafood for our dinner on Station 2 Beach

Waitress showing Seafood for our dinner on Station 2 Beach

Fire Dancers

Fire Dancers to top 40 hits… ummm a bit loud and tacky

Crowd at Station 2, a little bit insane with tourists!

Crowd at Station 2, a little bit insane with tourists!

Garlic Butter Prawns

Garlic Butter Prawns

Sauteed Veges

Sauteed Veges

Jumbo Crab with Black Pepper Sauce

Jumbo Crab with Black Pepper Sauce is delicious and not spicy but full of flavor

Jumbo Crab with Black Pepper Sauce

Jumbo Crab with Black Pepper Sauce

Whole grilled Snapper

Whole grilled Snapper with peanut and green chilies

Grilled aubergine with a divine Miso paste

Grilled aubergine with a divine Miso paste

Drinking down at Mint Bar

Drinking down at Mint Bar with the Kiwis

Wahine in Diniwid bay gets a cool foreign crowd

Wahine in Diniwid bay gets a cool foreign crowd

Wahine in Diniwid bay gets a cool foreign crowd

Wahine in Diniwid bay gets a cool foreign crowd

The "secret" Diniwid bay with the magical restaurant and hotel at the north of the bay with views.

The “secret” Diniwid bay with the magical restaurant and hotel at the north of the bay with views.

Bamboo elevator going up to Nami hotel and Restaurant

Bamboo elevator going up to Nami hotel and Restaurant

View from Nami Restaurant

View from Nami Restaurant

View from Nami Restaurant

View from Nami Restaurant is unbeatable! You have to go for lunch and see the gorgeous bay. The food wont amaze but the view will last a lifetime

Samosas--- meh

Samosas— meh

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Beef wrapped in bacon with mashed potatoes and a red wine reduction.. a little 90s style.

Beef wrapped in bacon with mashed potatoes and a red wine reduction.. a little 90s style.

Teeny Mango Snapper.. We want more!

Teeny Mango Snapper.. We want more!

Spiderhouse architecture

Spiderhouse architecture

Relaxing in the lounge in Spiderhouse

Relaxing in the lounge in Spiderhouse

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Sunset at Spiderhouse pulls a cool crowd- very fashion- and serves great drinks, wine and snacks.

Sunset at Spiderhouse pulls a cool crowd- very fashion- and serves great drinks, wine and snacks.

Sunset with the Paraw boats sailing in Boracay

Sunset with the Paraw boats sailing in Boracay

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New Years eve fireworks on White Beach

New Years eve fireworks on White Beach

Happy New Year in the rain

Happy New Year in the rain

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Its all parties, swimming and dancing on a rainy Boracay New Years Eve.

Its all parties, swimming and dancing on a rainy Boracay New Years Eve.

Kasbah Morrocan restaurant sets the mood

Kasbah Morrocan restaurant sets the mood

Freshly engaged!

Freshly engaged!

Teresa and her new ring

We got engaged! Teresa and her new ring

Lamb Tagine

Lamb Tagine

Lamb Tagine

Lamb Tagine was rich and not spicy enough for me.. bring the chili sauce please!

Kasbah Ambience- nice under the lit tent

Kasbah Ambience- nice under the lit tent

Vegetable and Beef Tagine.  Very underwhelming

Vegetable and Beef Tagine. Very underwhelming

Pigeon - actually chicken pie.. a favorite Moroccan Dish

Pigeon – actually chicken pie.. a favorite Moroccan Dish

Climbing through the rocks

Climbing through the rocks at the north end of the beach. What a great adventure to Boracay!

Thank you Boracay for a truly amazing vacation! Enjoy!

Boracay is Asia’s version of Miami Beach and I mean that in the best way possible. Stunning White Sand beaches, fun party scene, cute restaurants and buzzing with people on vacation looking to chill and have a good time. It is great for families, friends and couples with something to offer everyone. There are dozens of […]





COMMENTS
Carlye
Apr 29, 2014

Teresa!! This is FANTASTIC! You are so talented. As someone who loves to read travel and foodie things you stack up with the best. Great job! Can’t wait for more posts

Xx

    Teresa Moore
    May 15, 2014

    Thanks so much Carlye! Glad you enjoyed the post and I hope it was useful for you. Many more adventures to come
    Singapore, Nantucket, Miami…. stay tuned!!
    xx

Vanessa
May 22, 2014

OMG! The picture of the sandy beach is solo beautiful.
And all the food looks mouthwatering. Love your pictures Teresa. What camera do you use?

Jen
Jul 10, 2014

Great blog and photos. Just a heads up, you have stations one and 3 mixed up. The laid back area with the authentic vibe is station 3, where Red Pirates is. Station 1 (where Kasbah is located) is the more expensive area. 🙂

    Teresa Moore
    Aug 01, 2014

    OMG! thats what happens when you write a review a month after the trip!!
    Thanks so much for the edit Jen!! Any other tips for Boracay?
    Heaven on earth!!!

Juliana
Jul 08, 2015

Hi, may I please ask how long did you spend in Boracay? And how long do you recommend for a first time visitor?

    Teresa Moore
    Nov 23, 2015

    We stayed there for 4 days which I thought was great. If you have spare time a week would still be really fun and relaxing. There is so much there to offer.

Kimberly
Jul 20, 2015

I did not stop myself from surfing in the internet about Boracay, I read a lot of article and few of them says good things about the place including you and it seems you really enjoyed while staying there. Thank you for sharing your experience, and hope I will also enjoyed the moment when I get the chance to visit the place.

Stacey
Aug 27, 2016

Great write up. I’ll definitely be making use of this for the itinerary for my upcoming New Years trip. Do you have any recommendations for nice beach front restaurants for NYE please? Something a little bit special maybe?



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