Gone snorkeling and island hopping around the island, at one snorkeling spot an enterprising local islander paddling in the water on top an old surfboard loaded with more than a dozen young coconuts (locally known as "buko") was making a killing. Tired and a little bit exhausted diving and swimming into the water, snorkelers couldnt help but buy from this i-know-what-you-need-most entrepreneur the young coconuts for that needed recharge.
We paid P100 for 3 pieces - not bad.
Trivia: Being a tropical archipelago, Philippines is the 2nd largest producer of coconut and its products in the whole world.
- Diving and Snorkeling
Do You Want to Catch Some Lobster?
Not all the shores of Boracay are fine sands. A few of them are rocks and crannies where lobsters inhabit. These areas are located opposite the famous 4 kilometer White Beach.
While traveling by boat to the northern part of the Island, we noticed two locals diving for the lobster. I ask our boat captain to come near and observed the process of catching the lobsters.
We were able to come close despite the reluctance of the boat captain. It was there where we did some of our snorkeling and skin diving.
Oh, no, we didnt catch any lobster.
Six feet high sandcastles are built by locals by the White Beach on sunny days. The intricate designs are painstakingly curved and kept intact by continuously spraying water into it otherwise they easily crumble to the drying heat of the sun.
At night, lamps within the sandcastles are lighted giving that warm glow exposing the contours of the work. Daytime or nightime, tourists would find it irresistible to have a picture-op with the sandcastles at the background. A few peso dropped in a nearby donation box would make everybody happy.
- Arts and Culture
Show your true colors!
Boracay is a place where the word inhibition doesn't exist. Probably the alcohol, or the isolation, or both. I don't know. I like the place because of the beautiful people. Most of whom are friendly. The place is awesome and is made more endearing by its people. I was looking at my boracay pictures and i thought I had to post this one. I just find this pic funny.=D
Ati Atihan - Ibajay - The "Original"
Ati Atihan is more than just a religious fiesta - it´s carnival, Maddi grass, food festival, beauty competition, it`s singing, dancing, drinking, fun and more all together at the same time. Most travelers might know only the Ati Atihan in Kalibo, the biggest and most commercial one. But every third weekend in January there is a smaller and more native one in Ibajay, a small settlement around 45 minutes away from Boracay. The local people from Ibajay call there fiesta the "Original Ati Atihan". If you are on Boracay at this time of the year - than it is a " must " to join this happening.
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.
- Budget Travel
Swathed For Your Protection!
All the bottles of drinks you are served are recyclable. Some look in pretty bad shape have even found some that they reused that have big chips out of them on the top ridges! When the drinks are served ,they tightley wrap a napkin around the neck af the bottle. So you can wipe off the dust and rust that is on the top. The tops rust from the cap due to the humidity. It may be wise to bring your own bottle opener as the bottled drinks are not twist caps.
It has become a culture among Boracay kids to build impressive intricate white sand castles on the beach at night. Boracay white sand seems like butter when wet so it is easy to mold a gigantic figure out of the sand.
Buy fresh fish and other seafood
Most guesthouses will allow you to bring your own food and they will cook it any way you want them to for a fee.
This is a great way to save money and eat healthy while you're at the beach because there will be times when you will get tired of wondering where to eat next.
You can either buy your fresh fish, seafood, or other stuff at the market (talipapa) or, if you chance upon the fishermen coming in with their catch early in the morning, you can buy the fish off them, too.
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
Talk - Ilongo
The main language in Panay is Ilongo but, in Boracay, they speak their own language Aklanon, the language of Aklan. Its vocabulary and grammar is a little bit, but not very much, different from Tagalog spoken in Manila.
MMM, a fried banana on a stick covered in brown sugar. So good, so cheap. I'll take two please :)
Available from street vendors everywhere.
Watch the nice touch
Well, the tourist the major economy support on this small island. So, tourist department really try to make the street cover nice here.
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