Monday, April 11, 2016

It's More Fun in the Philippines: Summer is Definitely Hotter and More Fun in Boracay

It's sad to see nature fade away little by little because of commercialism, just as what is happening now to two of the favorite summer destinations in the Philippines, Baguio and Boracay. I'm pretty sure there is a way for us to balance nature and commercialism though. Yet it's just sad what commercialism has done to these fave summer destinations. *sigh* Sad thing about nature and commercialism. :(

For the meantime, let's just think about the brighter side of things. :) So I'm about to blog more about a paradise, otherwise known as Boracay.

Aside from my bed, Boracay is one of my favorite places in the whole wide universe. It's all fun, sun, the beach, no drama, no frills. I love it to bits but would love it more if it was a little closer to Manila. :) Read  my first blog post about Boracay here.

Check out our most recent pics.


Someone's sleeping.. :) Zzzzz...
Rockin' Boracay with my fam bam!
Me and my babycakes! :)
That's my girl! 



Ok.. Enough with camwhoring. :)

There's a lot of  fun things that you should be doing in Boracay aside from beach bumming and getting a tan. And I'm going to tell you why you should consider a Boracay summer vacay in the Philippines. Here are just some of the things you can do in Boracay.

Let's start with the most important and one of the best things in Boracay: FOOD!!!! ^.^



Go grab some corn or isaw.

Don't forget to eat  longga burger or choriburger and eat at Smoke 1 & 2,  Epic bar, Kraft's, Aria, Jammers and Cyma. The food at Cyma is still as delish since the time I first tried it when they just opened in Boracay.  You can also try the Mongolian grill by the beach. Try Jonah's mocha rhum shake or their banana choco peanut shake. The freshness, smoothness and the taste are just so perfect! It hunts me!

Whoopsie, don't forget to try the sinful dessert from Zuzuni, the chocolate sin by Mati. Loved it! :) And take home some calamansi muffins from Real Coffee too!



Get your grub on at Zucchero's Cafe! The clubhouse sandwich plus spag and mango shake is a great combo!






Maia's looking at some yummy desserts at Zucchero's Cafe. The red velvet cake is yum!

Then what comes after eat? Sleep?! Yes? :)
Sleep. Sleep. and more sleep.
Did I say sleep? Haha Just 'cause we love to sleep longer than usual after a whole day of fun under the sun! 

My favorite hotels/ places to stay in Boracay are Patio Pacific, Red Coconut and Boracay Regency. If you're on a tight budget, go for Tan's or Island Nook at Station 2 and in White Beach de Boracay at Station 3.  Tried and tested! Highly recommended!  :)



Buy some ubong or pasalubong at the D'Mall or better yet, at the market in Station 3, it's cheaper there.























Have a henna tatoo. Have you been dying to have a tatoo which you can change the design or remove afterwards? Yeah, Henna Tatoo is the solution for that. Many stalls along the beach are offering this service. Price ranges form 100-500 pesos depending on the design. Just haggle! hagg;e! haggle!





























Pose at the sand castles and have snapshots and pictures beside it (for a fee off course, which is negotiable) So when you see a sand castle, be ready to take a shot with your friends or family.


























Watch the sunset.Cheap yet fun way of enjoying Boracay.. a magnificent view of the Sun as it sets down and pave its way to the moon :-) Just make sure you have our camera ready to get a shot of this beautiful masterpiece.















Go shopping by the beach.. you'll find lots of shops at D Mall and D Talipapa... It's everywhere... Buy your snacks and whatnots at Budget mart near D'Mall! :)














Watch the fire dancers do their stuff. Quite impressive!!











Have a relaxing massage by the beach.  The best massage to be had outside of a spa is those masseurs who works on the beach that specializes in Swedish massage, shiatsu, acupressure etc, and charges P300-350 per hour. They have a bed for you to lie on and will tailor the massage to suit you. Don't be afraid to ask for a harder or softer massage. Go in the evening, as watching the sunset while getting a massage is an absolute must! Room service is also available. we tried both! ;p

ATV or Buggy or bug car to Mt. Luho Mt Luho is worth the trip if your in the area. It is the highest peak of Boracay Island that offers adventurers to an easy to moderate trek/climb and offer a panoramic view of the island. If you're planning to go trekking, be sure to bring your hiking gear and trekking poles. There's a view deck made of bamboo at its peak for an unobstructed view. Get there , either with Tricycle, a horse ride or with atv or buggy rides <--Buggy or bug car ATV to Mt. Luho




I had the opportunity to ride ATVs (all terrain vehicles) in action on Boracay Island racing with tricycles and bug cars (either 1 or two seaters) and all I can say is....

This is fun! Prices range from P500-600 Philippine Pesos per person. Bug car is much higher, ranging PhP 1000-1200.

After a tiring day of adventures, get yourself a glass of Sunset Daiquiri with a great view of the sunset, away from the crowds. I have to say that the sunset in Boracay is pretty damn beautiful.





Go on a food trip!  Here's my list of  Top 10 Restaurants You Must Try in Boracay!




Visit the Butterfly garden to see beautiful butterflies, beautiful owl and endangered fruit bats Take pics of the butterflies and watch the fruit bats as they show off their huge pangs. A really spectacular sight - their pangs are much bigger than you might imagine. Take a tour of this beautiful little butterfly garden on Bolabog Beach and see some of the many different species of Philippine flora and fauna. Entrance: PhP 60.00 per person.



Parasailing is one famous activity in the island. A little bit pricey but its worth a try. You'll have a bird's eye view of white beach and the whole island of Boracay. Price per person is USD50 or around 2,500 in peso. You can bargain up to 1,500 pesos and it's much cheaper during off-peak season. You can do single or double like the one we did. wink

 
Paraw sailing... enjoy the boracay sunset on a paraw (local boat) Sailing a paraw can be an exhilarating ride on a windy day, or a gentle, relaxing cruise in calm weather. Sailboats are environmentally friendly, and it is much nicer without the noise and stench of an engine chugging away.
Prices range from P500-1000 Philippine Pesos per hour. 

Swim at Station 3 Although the bars, hotels and life of the party are in Stations 1 and 2, when you want a less crowded area and more privacy for beach activities like swimming, snorkeling, sun tan, etc. Station 3 is the best since it is farthest by the crowded and congested Stations 1 and 2. You can walk the 800 meter distance to station 3 or hire a tricycle (cost is 7 pesos a person, more expensive if it's special), either way, you can expect more privacy and the sands are finer!


















Reef walking or helmet diving...  this is so much fun!!! You get to feed the fishes.. better do it in the morning though because the fishes are still famished and starving for pandesal at that time.

Under water kung fu fighting <--reef walking last August 2009 Prices range from P400-500 Philippine Pesos during off peak season per person. It's a bit higher on peak season, around 500-750 ( peak season is usually from March-May). Ride the Zorb This is the newest and hippest activity in Boracay and all I can say is: Wow! Can you imagine how much fun it is riding down a hill inside a giant ball? It's awesome! It's a 3 meter giant plastic ball and you climb inside and ride down the hill. The park is located in Yapak. It's super fun for all ages and affordable. Prices range from P300-580 Philippine Pesos per person.































Boracay will always be Boracay. This place never gets old.


Here, we were patiently waiting for our food.  :) Was it worth the wait? Certainly yes.

So when was the last time you relax and unwind at the beach? If it's been ages, why don't you try going to Boracay this summer?! Who doesn't love a whole lotta fun on the beach?! Uhmm..  That said, it's REALLY MORE FUN in Boracay with the family! :)


 

8 comments:

  1. I love the photos! I was speechless for a moment while looking at them!

    Boracay is indeed a true beauty of nature. Too bad, I never get a chance to visit this place when I was still in Pinas. Yup, I've never been there :(

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    1. Thanks for reading sis! You can visit it next time then. Yes? Haha Or try to go to Panglao in Bohol or in Palawan. They're all beautiful! :)

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  2. fun fun fun!
    you are beautiful like your daughter.
    Boracay...
    a wonderful destination
    worth visiting.

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  3. To be honest I have never been to Boracay. I am still saving for that trip. But me and my friends will go firt to Palawan. Your trip made me crave to come asap at the beautiful island of Boracay..I caaaaaaaaaaaaaaan't wait!

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  4. Tons of fun!! Been to Boracay last week, too. But I didn't get to enjoy it full blast like you did. I'd love to try reef walking next time. :) I love the colorful photos in here. - Jonah

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  5. More fun in Boracay!
    Ur nice photos tell me so..
    I wish to visit Boracay this summer, but i can't.. haist!

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  6. all the photos looks amazing dear! wish i can visit one day! xx

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