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Don't leave Boracay without sailing with these guys! Captain Joey, James, Ryan and the crew know all the best spots around the island such as Puka Beach, Ilig-Iligan, Sunset Cove, Crocodile Island, Diniwid Beach and Baling Hai, and are happy to arrange anything you need - snorkeling equipment, fish feeding, ice box full of cold drinks, beach BBQ, bottle of wine etc. Enjoy a delicious grilled lunch on a deserted beach while you swim, explore caves or just lay back and relax. 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.
This is a perfect if you want to escape the crowds on White Beach and see another side of the island. Trips can also be arranged to neighbouring islands such as Laurel Island (Crystal Cove Resort and caves), Panay and Carabao to go nature hiking and visit waterfalls, caves and springs. Be sure to bring your sunblock, camera and sarong.
Address: Book the boat at Red Pirates Pub, south station 3
Other Contact: 036 288 5767
Experience sailing on the beautiful 40 foot yacht Tamarind. They offer sunset trips ($20) half day ($40) and 3 day ($60) cruises.
I went on the 3 hour sunset cruise around the coast of the island - it's a really lovely experience. Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks and snacks are included in the price. You can usually find Mike or Chrisi at Nigi Nigi's bar in the evening to make a booking.
Address: Nigi Nigi's Bar
Directions: Nigi Nigi Nu Noo's resort, halfway between boat stations 2 and 3 on White Beach.
Phone: Mike - 0921 9700500
Boracay is a small island, and official tour guides are not really needed unless you are seeking more adventurous pursuits, in which case you'll need to enlist the help of a local expert.
BORACAY OUTDOOR AVENTURES is run by Tammy, a well liked and respected Boracay adventurer specialising in:
Mountain Bike Tours - P650,
Trekking w/ Cliff Jumping - 450,
Kayaking - P750,
Rappelling - P550,
Paraw Sailing - P500,
Phone: Contact Tammy - 0928 3467200
Boracay is not well known for it's favourable fishing conditions and you have to take a boat away from the reefs and into deeper water to have a chance of catching anything decent. But landing yourself a decent catch is possible, and you can also BBQ it and eat it afterwards.
According to the information on their sign, 'Fishin Boracay' (located down the slip road near boat station 1) offer complete fishing gear for spinning, trolling and bottom fishing, Fishfinder boat with experienced boatman and guide, live bait, artificial lures, nets, coolers etc. 'Everything you need to land a fish'!
Full and half day tours available.
Address: D'Market, Station 1, Boracay
Other Contact: 0915 4233564
Phone: 036 288 6816
Boracay is famous for its soft, powdery white sand, but sadly in recent years a great number of tourists have been collecting this precious sand in plastic bottles and removing it from the island. Some irresponsible people have even written tips on Virtual Tourist encouraging this practice! This might seem like no big deal - and when there were fewer tourists coming to Boracay it wasn't - but these days with literally thousands and thousands of people visiting the island every year, it is an activity which must be curtailed or the sand will be seriously depleted in a few years. Not only that, but the collection of sand is ILLEGAL.
So please don't do it. Be an environmentally friendly tourist, don't drop litter, collect sand or corals or damage the environment. Refuse to buy shells or other wildlife products from market vendors.
"Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time!"
Now you can experience the beauty of Boracay's marine life without even getting wet! Take a trip on the Glass Bottom Boat and learn about the various fish, corals and other sea creatures which inhabit the reefs around the island. The boat takes it's name from the popular childrens film "Finding Nemo", and you can easily spot it, painted as it is in the bright orange and white colours of a clownfish.
Captain Roland knows all the best spots around the island, and you can usually find him and his boat at the southern end of White Beach, near the Pirates Pub. Bookings can also be made at several locations along the beach.
Phone: 0918 4905619
Take a boat ride to the north of the island at sunset and watch the fruit bats as they fly over to the mainland to feed. A really spectacular sight - they are much bigger than you might imagine.
Some unscrupulous locals offer tours through the forest to visit the bats during the day, but avoid doing this - it disturbs their natural sleeping habits.
The number of bats is declining every year, from over 2 thousand two years ago to just over a thousand now, due to a (so-called) eco-resort being built on their nesting site. Go and see them as soon as possible, as they are about to begin building a Shangri-La hotel on top of them too, which will no doubt wipe them out completely.
For more information about endangered species and conservation in the Philippines, contact the PESCP (Philippine Endemic Species Conservation Project).
It is a great shame that the local authorities in Boracay seem to care so little about preserving the island's endangered wildlife such as monkeys, turtles, birds and fruit bats.
In a year or two there may be none left.
Directions: Northern end of Boracay. Take a paraw ride at sunset
Phone: 036 288 5767
Kiteboarding is taking off in a big way in Boracay. Head over to Bulabog Beach on the eastern side of the island to watch the show, and call in for a chat with the guys from Ocean Republic. They will be happy to advise you on how to get started, and you can rent or buy kiting equipment from them.
Address: Ocean Republic, Bulabug Beach
Turn off the main road opposite the mall and keep walking till you hit the beach (5 minutes).
Phone: +63 36 288 3206
Abe at Work!
The best massage to be had outside of a spa is with Abe (pronounced Abby), a blind guy who works on the beach outside Cocoloco bar in Angol (a couple of minutes walk south of boat station 3). He specialises in Swedish massage, shiatsu, accupressure etc, and charges P300 per hour. He has a bed for you to lie on, unlike some of the other masseurs working along the beach, 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.
Address: Outside Cocoloco Bar / Restaurant.
Directions: White Beach, Angol, 5 minutes south of boat station 3.
Phone: 0916 4368806
At Boracay Horse Riding Stables you can take out one of the friendly, locally bred horses and ride solo or accompanied by one of the stables' expert guides, to discover the island's natural beauty. Both beginners and expert riders are catered for. This is a great way to explore native villages and parts of the island most tourists don't get to see. The best time for riding is early morning or late afternoon, when you can avoid the midday sun. It costs $10 US for adults for a one-hour ride. Discounts are available for children and group bookings.
Wear a pair of loose, comfortable trousers to avoid chafing!
Open 6am-6pm daily.
Address: Off the main road, past boat station 1.
Directions: It's best to take a tricycle there - all the drivers know where it is.
Phone: Brenda & Romy +63 36 288 3311
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