the very basics
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: it's always warm here, and very few occasions call for formal wear. Swimsuits, shorts and flip flops are the norm, so you can pack lightly.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: sunblock and bug repellent are essential here.
Photo Equipment: of course, bring a camera, this is a truly beautiful spot
Travel Light But Protected
Luggage and bags: Backpack, beltbag, dry gear bag
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: bikini/swimsuit; mix & match shorts & tops; light, cotton beach clothes; sarong; hat/beach scarf; beach/all weather sandals; shades
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: 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)
Photo Equipment: digital camera/videocam, tripod, extra charged batteries, extra cleared memory cards
Miscellaneous: Sunblock, shampoo & conditioner in sachets, toothbrush & toothpaste, ultrahealing/ moisturizing body lotion; insect repellant
Fashion or Comfort? Swimwear
Luggage and bags: Waterproof beach sling bag for valuables while strolling on the beach. Or ziploc bags to stash them.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Thong like footwear. Cotton slip ons, sarongs, and lots of shorts.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Basic travel kit: Paracetamol, Loperamide (for bum stomach), Betadine (for cuts while walking barefoot), BandAid, Hydrite (for rehydration in case of bum stomach).
Photo Equipment: It is normal for me to bring an effective point and shoot (KodakV1253) and a DSLR (Canon 400D). The Kodak gives very clear videos too.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: We borrowed beach towels from our hotels when we ventured out for our boating-camping tour. Pots and pans for cooking can be rented from the nearby island adminitration. Check my previous Bora post. Our boatman, Mang Totong, brought his own set of rice cooker "kaldero", cooked rice for us and we shared our meal with him.
Miscellaneous: I bought native swimwear in Bora just to look "in Bora vacation" part. :)
I brought my standard city bought Speedo. Bought this in the Speedo outlet of Paseo de Sta Rosa Mall. It's cheaper (about 20-50%) there if you happen to be passing thru going to Tagaytay. I do not count on you going there just to buy because gas and toll fees will equalize the price (between Manila and Paseo de Sta Rosa). Most big malls (Megamall, Shangrila, Robinson's Galleria, The Podium, Rockwell, Glorietta and Greenhills) carry this in their department stores while some have actual brand outlet in their malls. Same logic for branded boardshorts.
I cant guarantee that Volcom or other international brands that are made in the Philippines are priced lower here. I think it has something to do with protecting the base price of in the international market. If you do find Speedo, Arena, Billabong, etc at rock bottom prices, inspect them carefully if they are the real thing. There are very good knock-off items sold in Manila. I've seen very nice local beach footwear around so try to see if they are your type.
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Cros, bring it or buy it there
Luggage and bags: A Cros is good to bring to the beach, if you forgot bring it, you can find one shop over the shopping street in Stage 2.
Photo Equipment: Waterproof camera is not a bad choice if you want to take a picture to the fishy.
Camera for precious moments
Luggage and bags: As much as possible travel light going to Bora so that you can have extra space for pasalubongs and souvenirs.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Short shorts, swimsuit,if your a daring type two piece. Sunblock lotion, slippers
Bora is a place where people dont mind anything you wear.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring loperamide and pain killers.
Photo Equipment: You can bring a tripod so that everyone can join the picture taking.
And its safer too because you dont have to put your camera down and fear of getting it wet
Travelling light? - What you DON'T need to bring.
Luggage and bags: There are plenty of shops in Boracay selling bags - they make good presents or souvenirs. Small rucksacks and sports bags are available, as are hand luggage type bags. There are a few shops selling evening bags, though usually the quality is not good, and fake designer labels abound. There is a great selection of beach bags though, so there is no need to bring those.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: There are many shops selling a wide variety of footwear, from sandals and slippers to dressy shoes. Kaycee Shoes (located in D'Mall) will even let you create your own!
If you are planning on hiking or biking, be sure to have comfortable walking shoes or well fitting sandals. Otherwise thongs/flip flops will be fine for every day. For days on the beach, no shoes are necessary.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are several well stocked pharmacies here, a couple of medical clinics and a hospital. You don't need to bring things like paracetamol or anti diarrea medication as they are readily available here.
Photo Equipment: There are several shops here selling photo equipment, batteries and film. They also develop. Some places also have the facility to transfer digital photos onto a disk - if the photo lab can't do it, inquire at the nearest internet cafe.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Hats, towels, sunglasses etc can all be purchased on the island if you didn't bring your own. There is no need to bring mosquito repellent as there are plenty of shops here that sell it. The same goes for sun screen - many good brands are now available.
Miscellaneous: The Tourist Center has an air-conditioned shop selling toiletries, grocery items, beachwear, wines and spirits, dairy products and more.
You can change money and travelers cheques there, book/confirm flights and use the internet. The tourist center tends to charge the highest prices though, and there are a variety of little shops along the beach selling the same or similar goods at cheaper prices.
You'll also be able to find most things you need in D'Mall, close to boat station 2, or in Crafts Department store.
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Bare is all
Luggage and bags: backpack, NOT trolley bag. hey unless you imagine it eas to lug your trolley across soft powdery sands
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: just flip-flops is all you need
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: basic. bring your prescription drugs (esp with all the gourmet available on the island)
Photo Equipment: 2-flat prong plugs are available at 220V. keep your camera charged all times. power outage occurs at least once a day
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: sunblock, wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, several bathing suits and cover-ups. for island hopping you may need your snorkeling or diving gear
Miscellaneous: insect repellant, sunburn cooling gel, your ipod, a good book. water bottle at all times. the heat is delicious!
everything is more expensive in Boracay
Luggage and bags: If you're taking Cebu Pacific going to Boracay, I suggest you buy one of their travel pouches that you can hang on your neck. It can carry your cash, card and cellphone. I assure you you'll find it very useful. This costs around P80 (US$ 2).
If you're not travelling via Cebu Pacific, you can also find similar pouches in D'mall but it's more expensive. Average price is P150 (US$4).
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Do not forget your toothbrush! A P35 (US$ 1) Oral-B toothbrush in Manila cost me P80 (US$ 2)!
Photo Equipment: Do not forget your camera, of course. You can take a lot of beautiful pictures in the island! Buy your batteries in Manila as it can get expensive there.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Good if you can bring a beach mat, otherwise, you can always use the huge towels from the resort! ;)
Miscellaneous: Water is very expensive in Boracay. I suggest you contact Agua Vida (288-3754) to have water delivered to your doorstep. You can use the hotel's landline. What we usually do is rent their 5-gal container with faucet. You pay P500 (US$12.50) outright. It's P80 (US$2) per 5-gal water, P70 (US$1.75) for the rental of the container, then you get P350 (US$8.75) back when you return the container. It's cheaper that way.
Everything is more expensive in Boracay. If you're on a budget, bring staple food like bread and canned goods. A loaf of Gardenia bread costs around P80 (US$2) when it's just P40 (US$1) here in Manila.
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Always be with you
Luggage and bags: Any luggage you want as long as it could carry all the things you'll need. don't forget a beach bag! it's nice to have your things with you while wandering 'round white beach, it's a long stretch white sand, so better you have your enough money & celfone with you in case you need it.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light clothes,
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: of course you basic needs (you knew it more than others),
Photo Equipment: camera of any kind, video-cam, tri-pod (for group pix) :)
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: of course your pretty two-piece swimsuit! Shades! slippers!
Miscellaneous: money, atm cards, credit/debit cards, map,
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: generally sandals if near the beach
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: lots of mosquitoes at night especially.
Photo Equipment: plenty of photo opps such as sunrises & sunsets, professionally done sand castles, fire throwers, beautiful resorts, sailboats, etc. bring your camera!
Money changers in Boracay
Miscellaneous: Euros pack high in Bora! Where a bank in Manila bought Euros for 61:1, we saw money changers off at station 3 that gives 62-62.50:1, same day. But while the bank buys USD at 44:1, it was 43:1 in Bora.
If you are concerned with having local currency. don't exchange all that Euro in a bank in Manila. I couldn't say the same though for the dollar :)
Sunscreen Or Suffer!
Luggage and bags: Foremost - the backpack. A water-proof belt bag is also advisable so you can bring your essential stuffs like wallet and digicam anywhere you go.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Clothing: Any light-colored and comfortable beach wear.
Shoes: No need, you're on the beach! Do bring beach sandals though.
Photo Equipment: Ensure that your DIGICAM has spare rechargeable batteries and that your memory card has enough storage space as you would not want to miss many photo ops in scenic Boracay. It would help if your digicam has a water-proof casing so you can comfortably take pictures during boating and snorkelling.
Miscellaneous: Sunscreen lotion!
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Pack a little of everything
Miscellaneous: Try to buy small bottles and kikay kits so that you can just refill it with different kinds of stuff that you frequently use. You never know when you might need this. This also keeps your things organized and provides easy access. Exemption would be shampoo, conditioner, and off lotion as this comes in sachets and would make no sense refilling contents in the mini bottles.
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Capture that rainy moment
Photo Equipment: Be sure to bring a water proof camera. Doesn't necessarily need to be expensive. Magic moments would be a waste if you can't use it due to rain. Another alternative would be to use plastic cases in cellphone if your using one.
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Umbrella for Rainy Travel
Miscellaneous: Your going to need this if you want to visit Boracay during the rainy season (june - sept). Would prevent you from staying in your room if you want to go in other parts of the beach / island. It was very useful during our stay.
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