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    Great Sand Castle

    by namiewa Written Feb 1, 2006

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    Favorite thing: One of the most amazed thing in this place except the perfect sunset is that the sand castle made by people who are living here. I cant barely imagine that they made a good structure of a sand castle to get visitor's attention and donate some money for them. They made this for whole day and light up in the evening.

    Fondest memory: I was staring of a guy who made this as he seems really fucos of what he've doing while the girl is mixing the sand and water... They have this best talent that im proudly says "you do rock". Even those children here are good of doing this too..

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  • Walk to the end

    by she_bangs Written Nov 25, 2005

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    Favorite thing: White Beach is a long strip of white sand, but a lot of people, foreigners especially, don't know that the quality of the sand gets better as you walk down the beach in the direction of station 1. Most of the hotels are clustered in stations 2 and 3, while the more expensive resorts are in the secluded part of the island in station 1. To maximize your stay on the island, walk over to the end of the beach (near Fridays resort) where the sand is finer and much whiter than it is on the rest of the island. The beach is less crowded too. It may be a long walk from station 2 or 3 but you won't even notice it with the great view all the way.

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    Backpacking in Boracay

    by sirenna Updated Oct 26, 2005

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    Inside a Nipa Hut
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    Favorite thing: If you are looking for budget or backpacker accomodation, head down to the area south of boat station 3 on White Beach.
    Nipa Huts are available for around P500 or less, though facilities are pretty basic. You will be provided with an electric fan and a mosquito net, but there is usually no hot water.
    Ask around to find the best deals - the further south you go, the cheaper it gets.
    This area (known as Angol) has a friendly, laid back atmosphere, some nice little bars and restaurants and a pretty good snorkeling area. There are way less tourists than the middle part of White Beach, and you won't be harrassed by vendors all day. If you arrive on the island without a place to stay, just inquire at the Pirates Pub - they can point you in the direction of the best budget accomodation in the area.

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    Castles on the Beach

    by DJ_Rolo Written Oct 18, 2005

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    Sandcastle Boracay 2005
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    Favorite thing: When the sun starts to set, many of the local kids head out to the beach and start making sandcastles and other designs. These kids are really gifted. These castles turn out great, usually you will see a few castles when taking a stroll on the beach. these children dont make these for the fun of it though, so make sure you give a good tip when taking a look and more if you take a picture.

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    Basking in Boracay Sun

    by noypitek Written Aug 20, 2005

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    Favorite thing: First time in Boracay?
    It is easy to get there. Local flights are available daily to Kalibo. From there, there is a two-hour drive going to the Jetty Port and a 30-minute boat ride to the island. If you want to spare yourself of the hassle, you may try checking out your travel agency.

    Hence for the thrift spender like me coming from Manila, I usually take a boat ride via Negros Navigation. The boat docks at the Station 2 where most of the affordable hotels and cottages are available at very reasonble prices ranging from Php2,500 to Php3,500 per night. Twin, and Quad sharing in hotels are also available.

    There will be no problem finding bars and restaurants. You only need your old reliable pair of legs to enjoy the island. Try the mango-banana shakes, the calamansi ice cream, shop at D'Mall, take the shooters challenge at the Cocomangas or simply don a bikini and bask in the sun, swim or dive. Jetskis and speedboats are for rent. You may kiteboard as well.

    So many things to do....and you'll complain of so little time!

    Fondest memory: I miss everything in Boracay...especially when I am out there having fun with my friends.

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    Basking in Boracay Sun

    by noypitek Written Aug 20, 2005

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    Favorite thing: 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!

    Fondest memory: I love Boracay! I miss everything in it.

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    Away from the Beach

    by Rastarigo Written Jun 26, 2005

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    banyugan beach

    Favorite thing: Scouring beaches! I discovered one pretty beach when we were billeted at Club Panoly Resort. Walk to the rightmost end of Panoly's long beach. There is a trail behind the bushes leading to Banyugan. Nobody was there. Just me. Try Banyugan, a perfect volleyball area.

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    Get a massage!

    by maple_air Written Apr 26, 2005

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    Massage haven

    Favorite thing: For those aching muscles, after a days activity, what soothing remedy can you get more than a relaxing massage right next to the beach. They have this massage areas all over the place for that achy muscles.

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    Walk around 2

    by maple_air Written Apr 26, 2005

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    sand castle

    Favorite thing: Sandcastles and other sand masterpieces are a sight to behold each night. They lined the shores and are usual sights at nightime. Most of them are made by local children. You can always see people posing beside these.

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  • Tourist Center

    by Dreks Updated Feb 25, 2005

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    Favorite thing:
    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.

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  • Beach walk

    by Dreks Updated Feb 25, 2005
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    Favorite thing:
    Walking along the beach barefoot, or otherwise is always a fascinating thing to do. It makes you more relax and gives you more peace of mind and ---- a good exercise too without the thought of actually doing it. But if you do want to exercise consciously, try an early morning jog in the sand where you can play around with the soft sea waves and ends up plunging in the sea for a good swim.

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    Best time to go

    by XTINETOTENGCO Written Dec 22, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The best month to visit Boracay Island is December. It's the coolest time of year in tropical Philippines. It's not as humid as in other times of the year. It's the best time to go for an island holiday but make sure to book well in advance as the island tends to enjoy a lot of visitors during that period.

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    habagat season

    by crazywabbit Updated Aug 27, 2004
    notice the windbreakers

    Favorite thing: Habagat season can be a bummer. Why with all those wind breakers we can't see the beach view from our room. But don't worry yourself too much about that. Just go at the opposite side of the windbreakers and enjoy the view!

    By the way, habagat season is during the lean season of Boracay. It starts at around June until October.

    Fondest memory: Ahh! Waking up with the splashing waves' sound.

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    There's room for everyone

    by cyndayco Written Jun 24, 2004
    I thought it was sugar.

    Favorite thing: There is an amazing range of hotels, cottages and hovels. In Boat Station 3, your money goes a long way (and so will you, because it's a long walk to the better bars and restaurants). Boat Station 2 offers bigger rooms and greater accessibility. But for the true paradise feel, stay in Boat Station 1. Sure, the real estate here is expensive, but at the right time of day, you can have the beach all to yourself.

    Fondest memory: Unlike Bali with its many temples and natural wonders, Boracay's main (and some say, only) attraction is White Beach. It's a stretch of ultra-fine white sand that you can cover in 45 minutes, if you can resist the many bars, cafes, shops and massage touts that line it.

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    Avoid weekends, holidays, and peak seasons

    by thomyorke Written Apr 5, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Try to avoid weekends, holidays, and peak seasons if you're going to boracay. There are just too many boats that you couldn't have a full view of the sea.

    Fondest memory: Boracay is one of the best places to view the sunset. It is right there in front of you and you could see the whole of it if it is on a sunny day. though it's also nice on a cloudy day cos the rays of the sun forms good visuals of the clouds and the sky.

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