Boracay Island Sports & Outdoors

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    Skimboarding

    by bike_packer Updated Mar 19, 2007

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    Ride the Skim
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    Skimboarding is a sport similar to surfing which takes place near the shore. The skimboarder wait for that wave that would bring at least 3-inch deep spread of the water over the flat sand surface. When a perfect wave breaks, the skimmer run towards it with the skimboard still in hand. Planing the board on the water surface upon dropping it, the skimmer jump onto it as quickly as possible. Once on the board, the skimmer must remain as stable as possible and balance as the board speeds in parallel with the sea shore.

    Skilfull variations are like when the skimmer then glides out into the ocean toward the oncoming wave, banks off of it, and rides it back into shore. I even saw somebody doing a hand-stand skimming. There are many possibilities for riding the waves and this is where skimboarding gets really fun and interesting.

    Equipment: Locally-made skimboards are sold at P1000+ by the white beach area. Shaped like surf boards but smaller in size of 1meter long by half meter wide, these boards are made of marine-type plywood and finished with polished painted surface. Artwork designs on the board are expressive of the freestyle and thrill of the sport.

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    Kayaking

    by sirenna Updated Sep 30, 2005

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    The clear, placid waters of Boracay are ideal for kayaking - whether you're an absolute novice looking to splash around on the beach or an experienced paddler ready to take off on a round-the-island voyage.
    Kayaking in the shallows will give you amazing views of the coral reefs, and you can also do a spot of beach-hopping.

    Equipment: There are several outlets along the White Beach where you can rent a kayak, including Scuba World.

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    Snorkelling - Feed the Fishes

    by bike_packer Updated Sep 29, 2006

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    Fish Fun in the Water
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    There are many snorkelling sites around Boracay Island but where we love most is the coral reef at the northeast coast of the island at Yapak. The place eventually becomes full of boats bringing divers as they come and go for an average of 1 hour snorkel activities all day long. The more the merrier, I feel, with this kind of activity.

    What makes snorkeliing here a hit? Our tour guide advised us to bring bread to feed the fishes. We didnt know until we were on it that the fishes would have a bite of that bread right upon releasing them in your hand. (It is a scary feeling to hold on anticipating the fishes would bite your fingers). Surely, it was a very close encounter with these rainbow-colored tropical fishes.

    Equipment: We brought our own gears but these could be rented from the boat operators at about P100 per set. Also, for the not-so-athletic bodies, wearing a life vest would be a plus.

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    Skimboarding

    by sirenna Updated Sep 30, 2005

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    Whoosh!

    Surf along the shoreline in the shallow water on a wooden board. I've watched this sport take off in a big way in Boracay in the last couple of years. If you want to join the fun, just get chatting to some of the guys and they'll help you get started. Be prepared to fall unceremoniously on your butt numerous times!

    Equipment: You can buy boards from the little shop next to Bom Bom Bar (between boat stations 2 and 3).

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    Sailing and etc...

    by maple_air Updated Apr 25, 2005

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    sailing

    The place offers a whole lot of sport and beach activities, so there's no room for boredom. Sailing, paragliding, banana boat ride, flying fish ride, jet skiing, diving, snorkeling.....anything you could think of, its here. Or even if your not very keen on water sports, you can also play frisbee with your mates or if not beach volleyball. I've seen a Men and Women's rowing team, but i'm not too sure if its open to everybody who wants to join in.

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    Tennis

    by sirenna Updated Sep 30, 2005

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    Tennis Courts @  T & T

    This is not actually a sport I'm any good at, but some of my friends do go regularly, and seem to thoroughly enjoy themselves. I'm told the courts are in need of a bit of repair. It costs P150 per hour to play.

    Equipment: You can rent equipment from T & T, or bring your own.

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    Scuba diving

    by phil_uk_net Written Oct 14, 2002

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    Calypso Diving Resort, Boracay

    This was one of my main reasons for going to Boracay. I did my diving at the Calypso Diving Resort and arranged it from England through Whitetip Divers in Manila (www.whitetip.com).
    I enjoyed diving here. For one, there were very few divers when I went. On a lot of dives it was just me and the diving instructor which sure beats being on a crowded dive boat.
    There is a good mixture of diving and most sites are only a short boat ride away from the island. Another nice thing is that you only have to walk across the beach to get from the dive shop to the beach. No early pick ups and long drives to the local harbour. There is a good drift dive in one of the channels between Boracay and a neighbouring island. Other sites have a good range of tropical fish and coral. Yapak 2 is the most challenging dive I have ever attempted - in fact it took 2 attempts as I ran into a few problems on my first attempt. It is a deep dive and a fast descent is required. Currents can be strong and therefore experience is required. However, you will have the chance to see some of the bigger stuff.

    Equipment: I took only a mask and rented everything else.

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    Banana Boat Ride......yeah baby 2 !!

    by maple_air Written Apr 24, 2005

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    That's me, my papa, and my cousins, waving to the camera just before the boat speed off to take us to the deeper part of the sea. We were so excited, as we do not know what to expect. Everyone is made to wear a life vest, and given a small briefing on what to do and a little of what to expect before setting off. Lab..dub..lad..dub...i could here my heart beating with excitement!

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    Scuba diving

    by kylian74 Updated Feb 5, 2003

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    Boracay

    Many of these scuba diving stations and schools scattered around Boracay. DIVING in Boracay is a MUST if you have diving licence..you can also learn while you are enjoying your stay in Boracay, it takes only a day and half to get your diving certificate.
    Come On and DIVE Boracay! have fun with Philippines tropical underwater nature, brilliant coral riefs and tropic different fishes.

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    Dragon Boating

    by sirenna Updated Sep 30, 2005

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    Boracay Blades womens team (they just won)!

    This is hard work, but my friends really enjoy it. Competitions are held every year in Boracay. You'll have to stick around for a while to get involved in the action, but it's fun to watch.

    Equipment: Boats and paddles are provided!

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    Banana Boat Ride......yeah baby!!

    by maple_air Written Apr 22, 2005

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    yeah baby!

    Sitting on top of this big yellow, banana-like, floating rubber.....holding on to dear life, as this whole thing is being pulled by a speed boat.....before you know it....splash!....water everywhere....in your eyes, in your mouth.....you've been thrown into the deep blue waters!

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    Ride the waves with a jet ski

    by dcmanicad Written Dec 13, 2007

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    This is just motorcycle, less the chance of a flat tire.

    By boat, we were brought to a platform situated in the middle of the water, about 250m off of Bulabog beach (east side of the island of Boracay). There are a number of jet skis for hire but since it is off season, we were all by ourselves to enjoy the area marked with buoys.

    Safety first, you need to wear a life vest. Then they will teach you the basics (which is “let ‘er rip!). The jet ski can accommodate up to 3 persons but it is much comfortable when there are only two of you. And you can take turns jumping the waves. Oh yes, a jet ski can jump up to a few feet when it hits a wave.

    It was a thrilling experience for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Too bad it was expensive at P1500 for 30mins. Ah well, for the experience...

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    Dragon Boat Rowing

    by bike_packer Written Jun 6, 2006

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    Dragonboat racing, being an Asian sport, is but natural to influence Boracay to have a rowing team ready for competition on international races around the region. Much more, the island hosts the annual Boracay International Dragon Run sometime in month of May or June.

    Being at Boracay in the month of April, I have the opportunity to watch the rowing team doing their daily tune-up practice along White Beach. It is very admirable watching the team rowing in rhythm as their boat swiftly slicing through the water. The team is made up of locals and some expats, I observed.

    Equipment: A dragonboat long enough to accomodate 24 rowers and a sturdy set of paddles and brawn power.

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    Enjoy the Banana boat ride

    by dcmanicad Updated Dec 13, 2007

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    yihaaa!
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    A banana boat is a boat shaped like a banana? I don’t get it. Anyway, this boat can hold up to 10 persons and gets pulled by a motorboat up to speeds of 40 km per hour (okay I’m guessing). The trip is about 15 minutes long and we get to see another part of the island.

    Before, it was part of the ride for the operator to deliberately make the boat roll, and ultimately have it turn upside-down, throwing people off into the water. But there was probably an unfortunate incident that happened involving this practice, because now, they won’t do it anymore. It made the ride a bit boring for me. Booooo!

    This will cost you about P200 per person, or P1500 – P2000 for the whole boat (haggle guys!).

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    Skim boarding, Dude!

    by dcmanicad Written Dec 17, 2007

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    Looks really easy, hurts like hell when you try it. Yup our bodies ached on all places just trying to learn how to skim board.

    Skim boarding is using what looks like a surf board (only shorter) to glide on a couple of inches of water along the shore of the beach.

    One VERY IMPORTANT insider tip – do it when the tide is low, and water along the shore is calm. This is the time that you will riiiiide baby! I learned this on our second day of skim boarding. During our first day, the waves coming along the shore are rough and we can not stay on the board, even if our lives depend on it. We would just tumble and roll on the sand. But late afternoon on the second day, the tide was low and the shore would have a few feet across of calm 2-inch water. This is perfect and I was able to ride for a much longer time without falling.

    Skim boarding is the last remaining water activity in Boracay that is not govern by the tourism department. This is run by locals – locals who love to skim board themselves and would do it everyday! They would rent their boards for P200 per hour which includes lessons, or P150 per hour for the board alone.

    Look for Kuya BJ. He is a nice guy and has been skim boarding all his life. He would probably have a silver surfboard for a necklace. I would know, I gave it to him. :)

    Equipment: You may also buy a locally-made skim board in Station 2. They cost around P1000 - P1500.

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