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.
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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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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Beach wear is all u need, + mosquito repellent
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
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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t-shirts and towelette
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: bring extra t-shirts or suffer washing t-shirts in the lavatory. since the weather is balmy, try to bring at least a few more t-shirts (sleeveless or camisetas), or buy at "d mall" if you ran out of tees. they have nice designs and affordable prices. just try "hardest" to haggle for prices. or bring a towelette in case to wipe the perspiration off.
i bought towelettes in the island, and they were so expensive. i bought a set of 5 pc towelettes in SM for a price of 1pc in boracay.
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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BEST TIME TO GO
Miscellaneous: Boracay is best enjoyed during the dry season (November - May). The rest of the year is also okay although the beach isn't as nice-looking (some seaweeds and debris floating around). Try to avoid going when there are typhoons because the winds can be quite strong especially in the beach front areas.
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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 :)
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!
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
Bring your hat or buy there.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It is a very sunny place, hat is a must there, you can buy some hats from the local guys here. Ask for about 30% off is a good starting point to bargain, you end up about 10-20% of the price.
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