Boracay Island Tourist Traps

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    Sir, Ice Drop, Magnolia, Bili na kayo!

    by edwinic Written Jul 4, 2008

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    I was in Puka Beach last May 24 with my family. As we approached the beach, we were met by the welcoming party - the ice cream vendor. As we step down the boat

    "Sir, Magnolia sir, drumstick, pinipig!"

    "No, thanks"

    After 10 minutes, the same guy approached our group and made the same offer which we politely declined. He went away

    Then he came back after few minutes selling his ware.

    Annoyed, I asked him, "Why do you have to offer again and again when I have rejected you for the fourth time?"

    Simply he replied, "Sir, four time you did not like to have ice cream, who knows you may like it on the fifth time I offer?"

    That is Filipino enterpreneurship!

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    Souvenir Prices

    by hulahula46 Written Jan 20, 2008

    A lot of the souvenir shops have the same items but different prices. You can always haggle them down but its easier to go around asking each shop with the specific item youre interested in for the price then going back to the cheapest and haggling it down. Some vendors and shopes also change their prices periodically so watch out for that. Generally though the prices are pretty cheap.

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    Tricycle Fares

    by ljieu Written Sep 19, 2007

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    Normal Tricycle fares from the Jetty port to any Boat stations is P7-20. You just have to wait for other passengers. If you wish to leave without other passengers, the driver will charge you a whooping P100 per person!!!

    Unique Suggestions: Wait for other passengers or haggle for fare prices...

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    Destruction of the Forests

    by sirenna Updated Aug 29, 2007

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    Deforestation
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    Some of the most beautiful forested areas on the island are currently being ravaged to make way for an enormous new resort. This lush tropical forest is home to rare fruit bats, birds & monkeys, and the beach is also a turtle nesting site. As you can see, the area is being destroyed by these big developers. - the trees are being cut down by the hundred, and the cliffside is being eroded and quarried by heavy machinery. What a shame no-one considers this beauty spot worth protecting.

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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Jungle and Rain Forest

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    Deal well before you jump

    by edwinic Updated Apr 24, 2007

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    Im not sure if its a trap.

    When dealing for a boat ride and you have intention of snorkling, be sure that the 'fees' for snorkling site are covered. It cost 60-100 pesos depending on your bargaining skill.

    Some locals says that the fees were used to maintain the snorkling site.

    Unique Suggestions: Just make the deal clear before you jump in to the boat

    Fun Alternatives: When confronted, the boat leader complied to pay the fees without discussion. Surprisingly, he was always smiling despite paying.

    I reinbursed the same amount to him before the tour ended.

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    EXPENSIVE

    by zippee Written Nov 23, 2006

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    It is true that everything you need are all in Boracay, from bathing suits to shorts, to sun tan lotion to sun block, from hat to sandals to shades. So basically you don't have to worry if you forgot to bring thing/s that you need in the beach. That is, if money is not an issue with you.

    Unique Suggestions: Take for example, a sun block lotion that you can get for about P349 in Manila is about P600 in Boracay!! same size, same brand. how expensive can that be?

    Fun Alternatives: Better pack early. It may sounds so OC, but checking everything two days before leaving is always a good idea and a better one if you're on a budget. So remember, a P349 sunblock lotion in Manila is not cheap, but it is a bargain compared with the P600 tag price in Boracay shops!

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    Banana Boat?

    by jana_angela08 Written Oct 19, 2006

    I'm sorry but the people selling stuff from shades to banana boat rides to massages were just so annoying.

    Unique Suggestions: We did the ignore and keep walking thing. Worked most of the time but there were times when they would start cursing and said we were being rude. :(

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    Tommy's Water Sports

    by Jim&Ivy_Garland Written Aug 20, 2006

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    Stay away from this business! My jet ski died after using it for 10 minutes. It took them a half hour to tow me to safety. Then they had the nerve to charge me for a full half hour's use!
    P.S.: They have the highest banana boat rates on the island.

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    Ma'am, donation, ma'am

    by joysweet Written Feb 19, 2006

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    *sigh* the girl manning the sandcastle outside hey jude was asking us for donations even if we haven't had our pictures taken. i was of course planning to give her some money, but i wanted to have my pic taken first.

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  • Taxi's from Manilla International to Domestic

    by JCLondon Written Dec 29, 2005

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    Make sure you take one of the Airport Taxi's if you are going across town to the Domestic Airport. For my sins I thought I'd save a few peso's, took one that wasn't on a rank, paid no attention as he drove me right round the International Terminal and dropped me back off on a lower level, whereupon by the time he'd driven off, I realised what had happened and had to go back up to where I came from and do it all again

    Unique Suggestions: If you are unsure, make the taxi driver carry your case to the front door of the ariport terminal, where you have to show your ticket, and if you're in the right airport/part of hte airport, then pay him

    Fun Alternatives: Take the official airport taxi for peace of mind

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    Another Nail in the Coffin

    by sirenna Updated Nov 29, 2005

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    Smashed - The Remains of Kiwi Phil's Bar.
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    Many people will be saddened to learn that a large stretch of the southern end of White Beach has just been sold to a Korean developer.
    This has resulted in the closure and destruction of some of the island's nicest little native beach bars and cottages, including Sababi (Josephine's place), Kiwi Philip's place and Cogon Bar (Vangie and Steve's). This area was quiet and peaceful, and a welcome escape for those who wish to escape the noise and crowds at the centre of White Beach.
    Sadly, it appears that no part of Boracay island is to be protected from the big developers, who are no doubt planning to build another concrete carbuncle on the site.
    This is a sad loss for Boracay. When will the 'powers that be' realise that parts of the island should be preserved? It seems that they won't be happy until every square inch of Boracay has been covered in concrete, and by then, of course, it will be too late to turn back the clock.

    Unique Suggestions: Boracay's beauty spots are disappearing at a very rapid rate! Come and enjoy the island now, as in a few years it will be totally spoilt.

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    Half-baked Banana Boat Ride

    by karengkeng Updated Sep 28, 2005

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    I have been to Boracay plenty of times already and almost always me and my friends take a Banana boat ride. It is cheap, it will cost you about PhP200/person or about USD3.60. SPOILER ALERT (The best thing about the banana boat is that it throws you off the 'banana" 3 or 4 times during the 15-min ride.) The last time we did it through Diamond Sports, the jet-ski driver who was pulling the banana boat never did this! We were a group of 8 people and more than half are first-timers. So those of us who know the drill, kept quiet so that our friends will be in for a shocking suprise. But I was extremely disappointed that there was no throwing of people off the banana! It was just a boring 15-minute ride for us. Afterwards, I asked the driver what happened. He said that they don't do it unless you ask for it. I can't really stay mad at him because in one way, he makes sense. There might be others who do not like the idea of being thrown off the banana boat and complain like hell afterwards.

    Fun Alternatives: If your banana boat ride is through Diamond Sports, make sure to tell them you want the real banana boat experience and that they throw you off 3 or 4 times.

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    Ugly Advertising

    by sirenna Updated Aug 29, 2005

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    Enough Advertising!!!
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    In the last few years, Boracay has been host to many sponsored events, parties and concerts. Originally, their advertising banners would be taken down after the event, but now the island has become the venue for the 'telecom wars'! Two major phone companies have festooned the island with posters, banners, inflatables & lights, and now they've even hijacked the sailing boats (the paraw captains were threatened with the loss of their working permits if they failed to display these corporate logos on their sails).
    It all looks cheap and tacky, and it spoils the view of the beach.
    Most tourists don't like to see this kind of all-pervasive advertising, and it is extremely annoying for photographers, who find it difficult to get a decent beach shot without including unwanted advertisements in the picture.

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    Begging

    by sirenna Updated Aug 29, 2005

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    There are quite a few beggars in Boracay, especially in high season. Many of them come over from the mainland to earn more money. It's hard to know who the deserving cases are - very often the money is spent straight away on rum. Small children will often approach you with their hands out, but again, the parents will take the money and spend it on rum. There is plenty of work available here, even for unskilled people, so there's usually no need for a healthy adult to be begging. Sometimes they will ask for your watch or jewellry, and curse you loudly if you refuse to give.
    I always make an exception for old or disabled people - a few loose coins are an acceptable donation.

    Unique Suggestions: Try to avoid eye contact if you don't wish to be harrassed.

    Fun Alternatives: If you wish to help, buy something from the people selling shells and beads on the beach. At least they are making an effort to earn money, not just putting their hands out. Or give some shoes and clothing to an underpriveliged child.

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    Weather Sometimes Is Really Crap!

    by namiewa Written Aug 19, 2005

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    Well, i expect to have a nice weather staying in Boracay. But the 3rd day staying there had a typhoon coming. Other tourists cant go back to Manila coz there is not flight and there is no shape to be ride. Stranded for 1 day in Boracay.. So, we should be ready all the time!

    Unique Suggestions: Be ready all the time, dont force your self to go ahead even that you know it will be not good, be calm.

    Fun Alternatives: If you bring some stuff for games that will be better to wait or reading some books.

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