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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.
Written Jan 16, 2009
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
Updated May 13, 2010
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.
Written Jul 19, 2004
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,
Written Jan 21, 2008
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!
Written Jun 8, 2008
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.
Written Oct 21, 2008
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.
Written Aug 2, 2006
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.
Written Aug 3, 2006
Luggage and bags: If you plan on doing some shopping, pack light and have some empty room in your bag for the items you plan on buying on the island. I dont recommend doing too much shopping on Boracay, you can find a better selection of stuff at the SM Mall in Makati Manila, and for much cheaper.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring sandals / slippers. Standard shoes & socks not needed. You can also buy your footwear there at the island. I recommend getting them beforehand and wearing them on arrival, because you will fly into the island and most likely take a ferry to your spot. The ferry lands at one of several beach landings, and the plank leads right into the water. I made the mistake of wearing brand new tennis shoes & socks, only to take them off upon landing because I didnt want to get them wet from the knee-deep water. Water was wonderful though
Written Apr 30, 2006
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.
Written Aug 2, 2006
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