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    BORACAY BEACHES

    by LoriPori Updated Feb 4, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Boracay Island has 12 Beaches. WHITE BEACH is the most famous and where the action is - accommodations - restaurants and shopping,

    BULABOG BEACH is the 2.5 Km long water sports beach of Boracay and is located on the east side of the Island. Here you will find windsurfing, kite boarding, Jet Skis and parasailing. There are some resorts here as well. The beach is protected by an offshore coral reef.

    PUKA SHELL BEACH is where our Red Pirates Sailing Tour took us and it is a quiet beach.

    You can access nearly all the beaches by a series of paved or gravel roads or by sea.

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    Petrol Stations

    by sirenna Updated Jul 27, 2008

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    I don't think they sell kettle chips!

    Favorite thing: If you have rented a motorbike or quad, it's good to know where to top up the gas. There are quite a few of these little petrol stations are located along the main road, but you could easily drive past them if you don't know what to look out for. They sell the petrol in old coke, rum or cooking oil bottles.

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    Magical Castles of Sand

    by sirenna Updated Jul 27, 2008

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    Sandcastle

    Favorite thing: If you are strolling on White Beach in the evening, you'll come across these lovely sand sculptures. Boracay's children start building their fairytale castles in the late afternoon, and after dark they light them up with little candles.
    If you want to take a picture, be sure to give them a few pesos, especially as some of these kids are homeless.

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    Coconut Man

    by sirenna Updated Jul 27, 2008

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    The Coconut Man
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    Favorite thing: Boracay locals are such resourceful people - if there is something to be sold, you can sure that there will be someone to sell it, even if the customers are out in the middle of the ocean! This friendly local guy has found his niche selling coconuts to people on boat trips. He loads them onto his little paddle boat and tours around the areas where people have stopped to swim and snorkel. Once he has cut the coconut open with his bolo knife, you can insert a straw and drink the syrupy juice inside.

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    • Diving and Snorkeling
    • Beaches

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    Backpacking in Boracay

    by sirenna Updated Oct 26, 2005

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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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    Tourist Center

    by sirenna Updated Jul 27, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Boracay Tourist Center is located on White Beach, between boat stations 2 and 3. As well as booking/confirming flights, changing travellers cheques and money (beware of the steep charges for these services), and withdrawing cash, the tourist center offers a postal service, internet cafe, photo lab and safety deposit boxes.
    There is also a shop selling overpriced clothing, souvenirs, imported cigarettes, grocery items, refrigerated goods and beer/wines. You can buy shampoos, mosquito repellant and sun screen here, but you'll find these items much more reasonably priced elsewhere on the island.

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    ATM Machines

    by sirenna Updated Jul 27, 2008

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    ATM in D'Mall

    Favorite thing: There are now at least two ATM machines in Boracay which accept Visa, Mastercard, Cirrus & Maestro. One is located in D'Mall, close to Jude's bar, and there is another at the Metrobank on the main road near the back entrance of the Mall.
    Don't wait until your pockets are empty to withdraw cash from these machines, as they are frequently offline or empty, especially at the weekends when you need them most!
    You can also use your Visa card to withdraw money from the Tourist Centre, but this is only advisable as a last resort, as they charge you 7% for the privilege!

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    Puka Beach

    by sirenna Updated Jul 27, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Puka Beach was named after the famous Puka Shells which were popular as jewelry in the 60's and 70's. Such large numbers of them were collected from the beach that sadly there are hardly any left now.
    This is a nice place to spend an afternoon - much more peaceful than White Beach. There are a few bead sellers around, and sometimes even an ice-cream vendor, but generally you'll be left in peace. You'll need to bring snacks or a picnic, some cold drinks, and snorkel gear. Look out for the cave too.
    Be aware that there can be strong currents here, and the beach drops off quite sharply into the sea. Don't swim or snorkel too far out if you are not a confident swimmer.

    Fondest memory: We sailed to Puka Beach with Captain Joey from Red Pirates. We had a BBQ on the beach and a cooler full of beer - everything we needed really! Be sure to bring your camera to catch the sunset as you sail back.

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    Geckos

    by sirenna Updated Jul 27, 2008

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    Favorite thing: You are bound to see these creatures if you visit Boracay. They are totally harmless, and quite useful too, as they eat flies, moths and mosquitos. Geckos are most active at night, and you'll spot them scurrying across the walls and clustered around lightbulbs, catching insects. They are very timid, and usually run for cover when you approach them.
    The larger variety come in some unusual colours - I've seen green ones with orange and yellow spots, and even a blue one. They make a noise which sounds a little like the word 'gecko', which is how they got their name. Locals call them 'Tuko', also after the sound they make.

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    Buko Juice

    by sirenna Updated Jul 27, 2008

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    Favorite thing: The juice of the young green coconut (buko) is a natural remedy for stomach upsets, diarrhea, food poisoning, hangovers etc (and it tastes really good on a hot day). Apparently it has anti-bacterial properties, and has a cleansing effect on the body. After you've finished the juice, have someone cut it open for you and you can enjoy the white 'flesh' inside. They are actually not that easy to get hold of - sometimes you'll see some on sale in the market, otherwise you'll need to ask a local to find you one. The juice is clear, sweet and slightly syrupy. Watching a guy shimmy up a coconut tree to cut one down for you is quite entertaining too. Expect to pay around P20-P30.

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    During the monsoon season

    by syllybabe Written Apr 16, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Most people avoid Boracay during the rainy months but I've discovered that this is probably one of the best times to go if you're looking for real chill time.
    Even when it rains a lot, rare are the days when you don't get any sun.
    This photo was taken right after really heavy rain last August before they came to clean the beach...still beautiful...and look...the sun's out! :-)

    Fondest memory: Walking in the rain on the beach...no experience quite like it!

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    Sand Art

    by syllybabe Written Feb 28, 2003

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    Sand Art

    Favorite thing: Sandcastles and other sand art are a common sight on the beach. I was seated next to this unusual lamp in the sand. My idiot camera at that time couldn't capture the green glow of the light from underneath the glass, but imagine what it would have looked like if done with slow exposure...

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    Slide those glass doors open and see this...

    by syllybabe Written Mar 6, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Waking up in the morning to the sound of the waves is always something to look forward to in Boracay.
    In July, when it rains a lot, you may wake up to what may look like a dark, dreary day but be patient and wait a couple of hours and you'll get clear blue skies again.

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    There's always something to do...

    by Jimmytravel Updated Aug 19, 2003

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    Favorite thing: There's always something to do or watch in Boracay. This is the ultimate paradise in the Philippines. I golfed, scuba dived, danced, ate and enjoyed this place!
    The nice thing is that you won't meet your neighbour on the beach. There's a mix of people from all over the world, even though this is not a big island.

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    Watch the sun go down

    by syllybabe Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Happy Hour at Charlh's Bar

    Favorite thing: We usually stay in resorts up in station 1 so by around 4pm, we would start our slow walk on the white beach, stopping to browse at the shops or for a swim. By 5 we'd be sitting comfortably in beach chairs in front of Charl's bar waiting for the sun to set with happy hour drinks on the table. It's the best place to watch the sunset...I don't know if it's because people just have a tendency to congregate here at this hour or if it really does have the best view. Either way, sunsets here have always been great...and interesting...and always the start of a fun, fun night.

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