This easy to find tourist center is a complete 1 stop shop for Boracay tourists. It houses internet cafes, souvenir shops and gift items, convenience store, money exchange, books, postcards and magazines stalls, and flights information, reservation and booking.
Travel Light But Protected
Backpack, beltbag, dry gear bag bikini/swimsuit; mix & match shorts & tops; light, cotton beach clothes; sarong; hat/beach scarf; beach/all weather sandals; shades maintence medicnes like antihypertensive meds & anti-asthma meds or inhaler, etc;1 or 2 of band-aid, antihistamine, antidiarrheal meds, antacid & paracetamol (there is a drugstore at D Mall where you can buy other meds you might need) digital camera/videocam, tripod, extra charged batteries, extra cleared memory cards Sunblock, shampoo & conditioner in sachets, toothbrush & toothpaste, ultrahealing/ moisturizing body lotion; insect repellant
Skim boarding, Dude!
Looks really easy, hurts like hell when you try it. Yup our bodies ached on all places just trying to learn how to skim board.
Skim boarding is using what looks like a surf board (only shorter) to glide on a couple of inches of water along the shore of the beach.
One VERY IMPORTANT insider tip – do it when the tide is low, and water along the shore is calm. This is the time that you will riiiiide baby! I learned this on our second day of skim boarding. During our first day, the waves coming along the shore are rough and we can not stay on the board, even if our lives depend on it. We would just tumble and roll on the sand. But late afternoon on the second day, the tide was low and the shore would have a few feet across of calm 2-inch water. This is perfect and I was able to ride for a much longer time without falling.
Skim boarding is the last remaining water activity in Boracay that is not govern by the tourism department. This is run by locals – locals who love to skim board themselves and would do it everyday! They would rent their boards for P200 per hour which includes lessons, or P150 per hour for the board alone.
Look for Kuya BJ. He is a nice guy and has been skim boarding all his life. He would probably have a silver surfboard for a necklace. I would know, I gave it to him. :) You may also buy a locally-made skim board in Station 2. They cost around P1000 - P1500.
Only in the Philippines 3
Ah, ok, you had your buko juice already, but, you still feel really dry and thirsty, after all , its in the middle of the day, and your are out in the sea, it couldn't get hotter than this!...so you want something colder than a buko juice. Fret not again!.....the ice-cream man is here!....yes, indeed....he goes paddling from one boat to another, selling that yummy ice-cream or ice-drop that we all like....what more could we ask for...ahhhh
These are the most ideal as pasalubongs for friends and officemates. You can buy them in bulk and yet take not so much of your baggage. There are a lot of designs to choose from, so just take your pick and it wouldn't hurt if you try to haggle for bulk orders. In d'Talipapa, they sell for 7 pcs for P100, but in d'Mall and some shops in d'Talipapa, they're at 6 pcs for P100.