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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.
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 😉
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!
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….
Thank you Boracay for a truly amazing vacation! Enjoy!