Boracay Island Off The Beaten Path

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    Barazula Beach

    by sirenna Updated Jul 30, 2008

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    Escape the Crowds
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    This is a tiny little beach at the South end of the island. Not usually frequented by daytrippers, it's a nice place to go for a picnic. There are no bars, restaurants or facilities there - even the little hut in the picture doesn't exist any more. Bring everything you need, and be sure to take all your trash home with you. There is some pretty good snorkeling in this area too.
    UPDATE - this area has sadly (and some would say illegally) been privatised.

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    Native Style Beach Bars

    by sirenna Updated Oct 22, 2005

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    Kiwi Phil's Bar
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    This little place is almost at the end of the White Beach. This part of the beach is much less crowded than the rest of the White Beach, and there is a good snorkeling area. Don't expect to be served cocktails though - their drinks menu is quite limited!
    There are also native style beach-front cottages for rent (P500 per night).
    ..............UPDATE! This place, along with several neighbouring properties, is the latest of Boracay's beauty spots to fall victim to the relentless developers. The land has just been sold to a Korean corporation, who are planning to build another concrete carbuncle on it. Phil's Bar and Sababi have been torn down and a barbed wire fence now stands in their place. If you are planning to visit Boracay, better make it soon..............12/10/15

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    Boracay offers 32 beaches and little coves

    by boracayinformation Written Nov 14, 2005

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    Boracay - Ilig Iligan beach
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    Discover the beaches and secluded coves around Boracay Island: There are 32 of them !
    Even " White Beach" is the number one for most visitors it worth to discover the other beaches. Some can be reached by trekking or mountain bike, on the back of and horse or by tricycles other can be reached only by boat and the best thing to do so is by boat tour around the Island.

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    Waking up to beautiful views of the water

    by syllybabe Written Feb 25, 2003

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    We were in search for the perfect spot up in the hills and cliffs overlooking the water and stumbled into this property for sale above Diniwid beach.
    We spent the day with the owners, an Aussie and his Filipina wife, and ended up having a barbecue up at their place.

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    Carabao

    by sirenna Updated Jul 30, 2008

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    Carabao
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    The carabao (Asian Water Buffalo) is supposed to be the national animal of the Philippines, and if you or hiking or biking around the island you may come across one wallowing around in a muddy field.
    They are commonly used in farming - as draught animals in rice fields - and are sometimes eaten.

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    Bike to the TOP!

    by litekimchi Updated Oct 29, 2006

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    It's the highest peak in all of Boracay, everybody should visit Mount Luho. It gives you a sweeping view of Boracay. The good thing is that not a lot of tourists know about this place, so you're most likely to enjoy unobstructed views.

    There are monkeys on Mount Luho. They're friendly, and they don't bite. But if you're afraid of them, you need not worry as they're on a leash. Some are let loose, though---they're the friendly ones.

    And don't worry if you get thirsty on your hike up---they sell water at the top.

    There's an entrance fee, though. It's cheap at PhP50/person (about a USD1).

    You can get there by riding an ATV for quite a hefty hourly fee. But if you're adventurous like I am, you may opt to take the difficult climb up and ride a bike. The trail is rocky and difficult, steep in other areas. Many times I had to drag my bike up the trail because I just couldn't do it! (I haven't been on a bike in years, and I've never biked for more than an hour---on a paved road) But if you think getting up there is difficult, imagine going down hill on the same terrain. It was the ride of my life.

    You can hire a mountain bike for PhP150/hour (about USD3). If you want a local guide, just ask any of the tour operators. We just paid for our guide's bike rental and gave him a tip.

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    Go to Puka Beach!

    by mojacko Written May 12, 2006

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    same sand and water, only cleaner and more peacefu
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    I have some friends who never went out of White beach but there's a whole island to explore! Do go to Puka beach and discover a vast beach all your own. There's no algae or pollution here, just some puka shell vendors. I wish i had stayed here the longest. It's included in the island boat tour but they say you can also go there by tricycle.
    Enjoy it while it lasts! Locals say Shangri-la is planning to make a huge hotel here.

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    "Into The Bat Cave"

    by bike_packer Written Jul 21, 2006

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    Rocky Trail to the Cave
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    Gone exploring caves at the northern end of the island is another one of our "What's more there other than White Beach?" experience in Boracay.

    Getting there was by renting a motorcycle (P500 for 2 hours) and following directional signs with the help of a map. Along the road at the crossing leading to the Bat Cave via a single track trail are children from the local community to guide us for a minimal fee. The motorcycle was good for the hilly single track trail that we stopped just a few meters away from the cave for the final trek.

    The place within the vicinity of the cave are limestone formations with lush vegetations all around . Into the cave, a few bats were flying and the smell of guano is in the air (not that stinky that i thought). The steps are slippery and we made sure earlier to wear our aquashoes. The prize - amazing stalactites and stalagmites formations.

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    Travel by bike!

    by bek_estanislao Written Nov 10, 2005

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    Try biking! Mountain bikes can be rented for US$1.5 per hour. It's a nice way to explore the whole island of boracay. Just make sure that you have company or if you are alone, bring a phone, just in case problems may come along. When going north, make sure that you go inside Fairways & blue water. They have a nice beach there and a butterfly farm.

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    Beat the 50+20 pesos Environmental & Terminal Fee

    by edwinic Updated Jul 2, 2007

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    It seems to me that the entire Boracay manager wish to do is to drain us of our hard-earned money. From environmental fee, to terminal fee down to the snorkeling fee, hundred of thousands of pesos are trickling to their ‘pocket’

    Well last May 2007 I run around the island and ended up not paying the environmental and terminal fee, and here’s how;

    From Caticlan Port I took a motorized banca to Hambil, Carabao Island. It was a 45 minute ride and cost 60 pesos. I went to Carabao Island for a Nostalgia visit. In the past, I was able to go there from Tablas Island of Romblon.

    With the popularity of Boracay, Carabao Island is now very accessible as many of its resident work in Boracay.

    I stayed there for a day and the next morning took the same boat that will take some people to Boracay.

    It feels good to enter Boracay without the usual hassle of paying the 90 pesos fee – and I keep sneering at the direction of Caticlan port.

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    Crazy Monkeys at the Mt. Luho

    by pres_16 Written Jun 24, 2007

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    I saw three monkeys at the Mt. Luho, watch out for them if you go there. On my first attempt to take pictures of those monkeys, two of them jumped to my body, one of them scratched my head....it scared me a lot, I couldn't move.

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    Tirol Museum

    by joysweet Written Feb 19, 2006

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    The Tirol museum is dedicated to one of the founding families in Boracay. Most of their descendants are active in the development/tourism area in the island. Seawind is owned by one of the grandchildren i think

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  • Rent a "Bangka"!

    by mathildag Written Nov 16, 2005

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    One of the best way to feel like a local is rent a "bangka" or fishing boat. Get a small one (ask your hotel or make friends with the kids that go fishing everyday). We managed to befriend a nice 10-year-old who rented the boat to us for 250 pesos for the entire afternoon. We paddled our way through the beach. At one point, we even asked the boy to take us to the areas where he goes fishing. The boy's an expert with a fishing spear! It was quite an experience!

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    Highest Point in the Island

    by ORoldan Written Mar 24, 2005

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    Mount Luho View Deck

    Get up to Mount Luho early morning or late afternoon for a different view of Boracay. Also great for getting a proper geographical orientation of the island.
    Bring change for an entrance fee, though.
    Moderate hike from White Beach possible with proper footwear.
    Also reachable by motorcycle or on horseback (check out the Boracay Horsebackriding Stables) or tricycle -- but the latter 2 options would usually require going around the island.

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    Henna Tattoos

    by iclee Written Jul 14, 2004

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    Henna Tattooing along White Beach

    Showing you a sample of how artistic these Boracay guys can be. You'll choose from at least 5 albums of pictures ranging from simple flowers to devilish creatures. A small creation (about two inches) can cost you PHP80-100. While those large and elaborate ones cost as high as PHP200. Painting time range from 5 - 10 minutes. These guys are really fast! Henna ink can last about two weeks. My daughters chose to have theirs done on their legs. Mighty cool stuff. Its advisable to have this done at night when its cooler. Sweating with wet henne ink smudges the design. Its dries in about 30 minutes so endure to be cool!!!! You'll fnd these dudes everywhere along the White Beach stretch.

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