Whether due to natural phenomenon or human interference, Diniwid Beach is in a sorry state at the moment. Almost a third of the beach has been washed away, and sandbags are banked up to protect the coconut trees and the small restaurants along the shoreline. Let's hope the sand will eventually be brought back in by the tides.
Be careful for those men offer water activity, some of them are deceitful, will offer you an activity then ask for money as a fee, will keep you waited while arranging the things needed, then will disappear, as in gone together with our money. this frequently happen when tourist dealt with those men just walking around the beach area offer some outdoor activity.
well, for those who come from America or Europe, you may find the place with too much insects buzzing at night. Even for me, as an asian who lives in the tropical zone feels it a little bit annoying. Easy to solve, you can prepare insect repellants to spray on your clothings (some may be a bit allergic to it on the skin). Or an easy tip for you to use when you have nothing to spray, and that bite is itching so much----find a soap(hard ones), and wet it, put some of it on the biting. It will help with the itching.
If you were not armed with an insect repellant and you wander around Boracay at night thousands of mosquitoes would probably devour you.. and since when in Boracay you want to dine outside the restaurant than in be sure to put on insect repellants by sunset.. Bring your own since local stores charges way more than the real price of insect repellants.
there will be porters that would just grab your luggage and assist you at once without asking if you need their help. thinking they're just being nice, you relent. but after dragging your luggage just a bit, they'll ask for money. and if you give them too little, they will ask for more.
you're better off carrying your own luggage. but if you really need help, fine. just don't give more than $1 if you're a foreigner and P20 if you're a filipino. if they ask for more, you can tell them to ($)% it!
If you are planning to arrange your accomodation when you get to the island, beware of the touts and commissioners who will no doubt try to ambush you, either when you exit the airport terminal or when you arrive in Boracay itself. They are not interested in getting you the best deal, they just want to make money from you as they get a cut from whichever hotel they put you in. Be aware they are going to choose the place that gives them the best commission, not the best place for you.
Be firm and tell them you dont need their 'assistance'.
Be careful where you put your keys. You might want to try this : bring safety pin and FASTEN key to inner part of shirt of shorts. So even if you go swimming / strolling etc etc. You won't have to worry about dropping your keys.
"Pop ups"= are those people trying to sell or force you to take islandtour,banana boat,parasailing, jet ski and many more.They don't make any harm but sometimes,it's really quiet annoying because there's so many of them trying to salestalk and some get aggressive,if you don't agree with them.I know,they're just doing their job but sometimes it will really get in your nerves when someone is following you almost all day .Please readers don't get me wrong!
HANDS OFF OUR ISLAND!
This is PANOLY BEACH - beautiful, isn't it?
WELL TAKE A GOOD LOOK, BECAUSE BY 2007 IT WILL BE COMPLETELY SPOILT, ALONG WITH NEIGHBOURING PUNTA BUNGA BEACH.
Despite the fact that this area is meant to be a marine reserve, a large hotel chain have been allowed to comandeer the site, and have installed armed guards to chase visitors away from these previously public beaches.
The forested hillside above the beach is home to several endangered species, including birds and rare fruit bats, and the beach itself is a turtle nesting site, but of course, not for much longer.
The sheer scale of the resort plan means that it will effectively destroy this beautiful tropical forest and it's inhabitants.
The mind boggles at the kind of greedy, sick minded individuals who could take a place this beautiful and choose to cover it in concrete.
Boracay was one of the Philippines' most precious treasures, but sadly, those individuals with the power to protect the island are now responsible for it's demise, having sold out to the big developers regardless of the consequences.
The question is, are the Boracay authorities going to allow the rampant development of the island to continue unchecked?
Plans need to be put in place to protect Boracay's last remaining undeveloped areas (and wildlife) without delay!
Boracay is one big party place but be extra careful when you drink at night. It's ok to have fun but ensure that your personal belongings like wallet and cellular phones are secured. Better yet, don't bring them when you want to party with no worries and sorries!
be careful when you visit the caves. make sure that when you go there that the waves are not big. when we went there, one of our companions had many bruises because she was carried by the waves then hit the rough surfaces of the rocks.
More roosters on that tiny island than I've seen in my lifetime. As cock fighting is the gambling sport here. I guess its Boracays answer to Las Vegas! They are beautiful birds as all male birds are. The females are always the ugly ones! Make sure you bring plenty of earplugs. As they just don't crow in the morning. You have been warned!
At dusk start applying liberal amounts of repellent to your skin. As the mosquitos are abundant. I used Avons skin so soft bath oil and it does the trick. Much better than the repellents.....esp when that stuff you can use as a nail polish remover. Whichever you have use it. And use it liberally. Some people take to wearing long sleeves and pants in the evening as extra precaution. If you have an airconditioned room you should not need a mosquito net.
The palm trees are beautiful but can be deadly if one of those coconuts falls on your head. So before you settle down to a seat look up. Just to make sure your not the next victim. Most of the nicer resorts pick them off so they won't have any casualties. But alot of them don't. Just beware and always look up before you park your fanny somewhere!
They are hard to see and seem to be worse during the "rainy season (June-mid-November)." Because they are still present during the "dry season" you should always coat yourself with any kind of sun tan lotion or oil. Theses insects don't seem to like or penetrate lotions, so use ALOT and constantly reapply. In the evening spray/apply some sort of insect repellent.