Come as you are
Luggage and bags: As much as possible, take a back pack with you. It is easier to carry especially in getting on and off the boat.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Don't ever, ever forget to bring your beach wear. It doesn't matter whether it's a 2-piece or 1-piece swimsuit, tank top and shorts, or even T-shirt and shorts; what is important is, you have one with you. For footwear, rubber sandals or thongs are suggested, although walking barefoot is common.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: These stuff are readily available in the general merchandise stores scattered within the island.
Photo Equipment: Make sure that your electronic devices and photo equipment are placed in waterproof cases. Getting on and off the boat can get you and your bags wet, especially during high tide.
Bring an underwater disposable camera if you plan to explore the surrounding islands where corals and tropical fishes abound.
Miscellaneous: For those who cannot leave home without their cellphones, both Globe and Smart have strong signals (as evident by their logos printed on the sail of the paraws).
For the VT addicts, there are internet cafes with broadband services. There are also restaurants with wi-fi or hotspots.
While credit card is accepted in select hotels and restos, there are 3 major banks with ATM services - Metrobank, Landbank and BPI - in case you ran out of cash. Metrobank is located at Brgy. Manggayad's busy street, while Landbank and BPI are both along White Beach - Landbank is at Boat Station 1 and BPI is within D'Mall.
- Budget Travel
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.
- Budget Travel
Luggage and bags: For a traveler like me,I suggest just a backpack,its compact and easier to carry around with both your hands free to carry any extra bag or just free to swing on.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Just bring your swimwear, shorts,any comfortable shirt or sleeveless,slippers w/c are best for walking along the beach and stalls,aqua shoes so you can avoid any accidents like stepping on rocks in the water and bruise yourself ,visor and shades.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Well, the usual,sunblock lotion if you don't want a tan,a moisturizer to avoid dryness of the skin esp after swimming in the sea,toothpaste,shampoo,etc all in sachets to lessen your load in the bag.Me, I've frogotten to bring my mosquito repellant then but fortunately there were no mosquitos during our stay.
Photo Equipment: Your digital camera,of course! Even your camera-enabled phone is helpful,including those unforgetable videos are well kept in your phone.You can even bring a disposable underwater camera w/c you can buy in any sports shop.If your traveling alone or just the two of you,better bring your tripod or else you'll always get photos solo.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: No need to bring a lot of clothes coz once you get there you'll definitely be tempted to buy new ones especially those new style of clothing fit for boracay like the sarong,tops,loose korean pants and even boracay-printed sandos.
Miscellaneous: And don't forget your MONEY!You can never go around boracay w/o spending!But don't bring a lot of cash,there are lots of ATMs there now unlike before there's only one bank around with ATM,its Allied or Landbank ,I think.Lastly, don't forget your plane ticket!
- Luxury Travel
It's better to be prepared!
Luggage and bags: A back pack or small gym bag. Travel light. It's easier to get on & off the boat walking down a narrow plank without having to balance a whole load of stuff.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sandals and slippers. Shorts. Some people are already in swimwear when they ride the plane. Not a bad idea. You wil get wet to your knees.
Sarongs are very useful there.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: 1)Insect repellant. While I personally did not have any insect problems, I saw a young French boy who had large mosquito bites on his face. He didn't seem to mind, though.
2) First -aid kit. Just in case you go on an island tour and get a few scrapes.
Photo Equipment: If you plan to go snorkelling, a disposable underwater camera!
Lots of film or a good digital camera. There will be lots of photo opportunities.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Frisbees and voleyballs. Floating toys for the little ones.
Miscellaneous: A map. I just downloaded a map from bluemaroon.com and that had most of the resorts and restos on white beach.
Buy purified water before you get here. It's overpriced on the island.
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
Your beach things
Luggage and bags: a durable and dependable backpack preferrably the one that you can double as a trolley so it would be easier to carry...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: your two-piece swimsuit(if ur a girl ofcourse), ur "malong" or "sarong", a comfy beach sandals or flip flops, board shorts
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: paracetamol, an anti diarrhea meds
Photo Equipment: camera of course, a tripod, an extra memory card (CF or memory stick depending on your camera) or rolls of film if u won't be carrying a digi cam.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: beach towels (or check with the hotel u'll be staying if they can provide you one), your shades, baseball cap or visor
Miscellaneous: after sun lotion, sunblock, a leave on hair conditioner or hair conditioner spray (u need this so ur hair won't feel sticky once you plunged to the beach)
- Spa and Resort
bring mosquito repellent for your protection...
Luggage and bags: not match just whatever is important stuff you need... and very handy one for you...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Island dress and comfortable clothes are the best cloths in the Island... or whatever is comfortable for you...
Photo Equipment: CAMERA... don't forget to bring one...the most important one or your going to miss the beautiful view and places...
- Family Travel
Sandals or comfortable slippers for Boracay
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light clothes preferably shorts and T-shirs. it can be always a 'wet landing' upon arrival in Boracay from the motorboat you have to step on the water and sandy beaches before proceeding to your booked resort.
Photo Equipment: Absolutely never forget your photo equipment if you want to have some Boracay paradise pictures.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Always beach gear is the most comfortable attire. At night you can choose to wear long pants to protect from any insects or mosquito bites.
- Spa and Resort
Sunblock, Sunblock, and oh, Sunblock!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Several swimsuits...unless you plan on going skinny dipping all the time. A lot of tank tops and tees and shorts, a sarong (or several), sandals, flip-flops, sneakers (if you like to jog in the morning)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunblock!!!
Allergy meds and insect repellant...actually everything you need you can buy on the island...just a bit more expensive.
Photo Equipment: Digital camera with a lot of CF cards and your charger.
Miscellaneous: Several good books or even trashy novels ;-)
- Spa and Resort
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.
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
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.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
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
Leave your Levi's jeans and leather shoes at home
Luggage and bags: Bagpack is the best luggage you can bring to this island since you will be transferring from one island to another.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear slippers or summer shoes, shorts ans t-shirts. Two piece is appropriate to wear here no matter what body type you have because people are used to seeing different types of people. For men trunks and shorts will befine. Bring your own google and snorkle kit with you and if you have scuba equipment its better to bring them but they have rentals too for this equipment. SUNBLOCK and sunglasses is a must.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything is already there, just bring enough money with you.
Photo Equipment: Water resistant camera and more batteries.
Miscellaneous: Bring bottled water before leaving in Manila because its triple the prize there.
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Spa and Resort
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,
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!