Basking in Boracay Sun
To me, Boracay is the BEST beach in the world. It has talcum-like sand, cystal-blue waters and great people. The island is infested with water activities, bars, restaurants, and goodies.
The best place to shop was in the talipapa. But since a fire destroyed the market early this year, D'Mall is the second best alternative where one can shop for beaded accessories, native crafts, swimwears, shirts and other island souvenirs like keychains, fridge magnets and trinkets.
Restaurants and bars dot the island forming an unbreakable line from the island's end to end. Affordable buffet dinners are served for a little over Php200. But for the thrift spender, there are affordable meals along the beachfront.
The best bars for me are the Club Paraw, Cocomangas (where you can try their 'own' original mixes), and Summerplace (where reggae music is at its best). There is also bombom for the ethnic feel and clubbing at hey jude. Bagaberde presents top acoustic artists.
Watersports include diving, snorkeling, banana-boat ride, kiteboarding for the dare-devils and a whole lot more. Jetskis and sppedboats may be rented.
Sometimes, all you have to do is lie on your sarong neatly placed in the sand, a tall glass of mango-banana shake, your two-piece bikini and eyeglasses....serene and relaxing! I love Boracay! I miss everything in it.
if you wish to experience local cooked food from adobong baboy, giniling, or fried fish and you are tight on a budget, try eating at the carinderia.
when i arrived boracay it was past 1:00 PM. i was starving, so as i settled in the hotel (i was staying at patio pacific, formerly pink patio), i asked mr. jonah (he works there as the guest relations manager) where can i eat carinderia food. he accompanied me to a small carinderia just a few meters away from patio pacific, at the back of the local telephone company. a rice and adobong baboy and mineral water cost not more than $2. the next night, we had carinderia food at the back of d mall. the place is ok, though you have to wait to be seated as there are only 6 stools and 2 tables. the price again is less than $2 for rice and pork mix or fish or chopsuey. very very cheap...
lastly, fruit shake stalls... are all over the island. choose the one that suits you.
Skimboarding is a sport similar to surfing which takes place near the shore. The skimboarder wait for that wave that would bring at least 3-inch deep spread of the water over the flat sand surface. When a perfect wave breaks, the skimmer run towards it with the skimboard still in hand. Planing the board on the water surface upon dropping it, the skimmer jump onto it as quickly as possible. Once on the board, the skimmer must remain as stable as possible and balance as the board speeds in parallel with the sea shore.
Skilfull variations are like when the skimmer then glides out into the ocean toward the oncoming wave, banks off of it, and rides it back into shore. I even saw somebody doing a hand-stand skimming. There are many possibilities for riding the waves and this is where skimboarding gets really fun and interesting. Locally-made skimboards are sold at P1000+ by the white beach area. Shaped like surf boards but smaller in size of 1meter long by half meter wide, these boards are made of marine-type plywood and finished with polished painted surface. Artwork designs on the board are expressive of the freestyle and thrill of the sport.
walk at night
Walk the stretch of the white beach area. Not near the shores but just near the shops/resto....Then stop infront of the Boracay Regency...Seat anywhere near the trees and enjoy the live acoustic guitar music. That way it won't cost you anything.
Visit the market
Many shops along this small street market. you can choose from local crafts/souvenirs, clothing, food and drinks. Boracay has so many souvenir shops, don't forget to bring back home at least 1 or 2 or as many as you want, lots of choices.