My Sunset View
Another day...another sunset...
It's such a waste to be there and not take the time to soak up the remaining rays of the sun before you welcome the night for another dose of partying. It may come everyday but it somehow looks and feels different each time...
Fashion or Comfort? Swimwear
Waterproof beach sling bag for valuables while strolling on the beach. Or ziploc bags to stash them. Thong like footwear. Cotton slip ons, sarongs, and lots of shorts. Basic travel kit: Paracetamol, Loperamide (for bum stomach), Betadine (for cuts while walking barefoot), BandAid, Hydrite (for rehydration in case of bum stomach). It is normal for me to bring an effective point and shoot (KodakV1253) and a DSLR (Canon 400D). The Kodak gives very clear videos too. We borrowed beach towels from our hotels when we ventured out for our boating-camping tour. Pots and pans for cooking can be rented from the nearby island adminitration. Check my previous Bora post. Our boatman, Mang Totong, brought his own set of rice cooker "kaldero", cooked rice for us and we shared our meal with him. I bought native swimwear in Bora just to look "in Bora vacation" part. :)
I brought my standard city bought Speedo. Bought this in the Speedo outlet of Paseo de Sta Rosa Mall. It's cheaper (about 20-50%) there if you happen to be passing thru going to Tagaytay. I do not count on you going there just to buy because gas and toll fees will equalize the price (between Manila and Paseo de Sta Rosa). Most big malls (Megamall, Shangrila, Robinson's Galleria, The Podium, Rockwell, Glorietta and Greenhills) carry this in their department stores while some have actual brand outlet in their malls. Same logic for branded boardshorts.
I cant guarantee that Volcom or other international brands that are made in the Philippines are priced lower here. I think it has something to do with protecting the base price of in the international market. If you do find Speedo, Arena, Billabong, etc at rock bottom prices, inspect them carefully if they are the real thing. There are very good knock-off items sold in Manila. I've seen very nice local beach footwear around so try to see if they are your type.
Getting Started with Scuba Diving
A handful of dive shops dot the stretch of White Beach offering down from the basic beginner PADI-accredited courses just by the shore and/or up to the adventurous professional dives at nearby dive spots dotting the water around Boracay.
Around Boracay and the surrounding islands/islets are well recommended dive spots. It is no problem to find and rent scuba equipment in the island which the shops have a-plenty to offer that suits anybody's preference.
Who said Boracay is spoilt?! Could this be the next White Beach? So far there is only one hotel on this beautiful stretch of sand, and not too many people around. Take a sailboat trip and bring a picnic. You can buy drinks at the hotel bar but the prices are absolutely ridiculous. Bring your own, and ask the boatman to stop off at the far end of the beach.
This beach (and neighbouring Punta Bunga beach) is currently being utterly destroyed by the Shangri-La hotel development. What a shame. (5/18/2005)
This is probably the most expensive place to shop in Boracay. You can find the same stuff for a lot cheaper at the D*Talipapa, or even at the D*Mall.
But it's fairly convenient because you find everything here. There's a photo shop, an internet shop, the post office, a convenient store, a money exchange and a craft store. It's near Station 2, so it's in the middle of all the action.