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A Year Older in Boracay

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A December 2004 trip to Boracay by ext212

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Quote: When I was growing up in the Philippines, I always heard "paradise" whenever Boracay was mentioned. I finally made it here during the Christmas of 2004 with a group of friends. I couldn't have asked for a more fun destination to celebrate my birthday.

A Year Older in Boracay

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Overview

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Boracay, at the northwestern tip of Panay in the Philippines' west Visayas region, has long been deemed Asia's tropical paradise because of its powder-white sand and Carribean-like waters. When I was growing up in the Philippines, I always heard "white sand" whenever Boracay was mentioned. I finally made it there during the Christmas of 2004 for my birthday and was a little disappointed that the sand is actually light brown (you know, how sand should be like?), but everything else was true—the sand was fine, the water was clear, and the place was paradise. Some of my favorites: 1. Boracay covers almost 2,500 acres. A long walk on its most famous beach, White Bea...Read More

B&B Beach Resort

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Hotel | "B&B Beach Resort"

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The B&B Beach Resort's 20 huts and cabins are located in Station 3. Their location is not beachfront and walking back was an annoying task for me after I've already situated myself to the lounge-and-veg atmosphere on the beach. White Beach is always busy with pedestrians, like business people who will sell you everything from a snorkeling trip to a henna tattoo, so I appreciated the fact that, when it was time for me to sleep, I actually could because I was far away from the center of the nightlife. My cabin ($47/night, plus surcharges) had its own bathroom. I was very happy that hot water was available, even though the low-flow shower added an extra 30 minutes for me to comp...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 13, 2005

B&B Beach Resort
Manggayad
Boracay, Philippines
+63 (0)36- 288 3235

Boracay Regency Beach Resort Buffet

Restaurant | "Boracay Regency Buffet"

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You'd think anything associated with the Regency Hotel would be a four-star establishment. The Boracay Regency Buffet is across from the sprawling mansion of a hotel they've built on White Beach staffed with uniformed guards, waiters, and help. The buffet is outdoors, of course—you wouldn't eat any other way when you're on the beach—but I didn't expect their food to be as cold as the nighttime water. I asked three different waiters for the pancit bihon, a Filipino noodles dish, to be replaced on the buffet table, but to no avail until I asked for the manager. But by this time, almost 20 minutes had passed and I was very frustrated and hungry. When I asked one waiter what ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 13, 2005

Boracay Regency Beach Resort Buffet
Station 2
Boracay, Philippines
+63 (36) 288-6111

Smoke Restaurant

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Restaurant

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Thankfully, Smoke is not located on the beach, or else their excellent dishes would not be priced at P50 each. Named after an editing program Ancho, the owner, used to fiddle with at a production agency in Manila before he faxed his resignation from Boracay, it offers honest-to-goodness delicious home-cooked Filipino meals. His wife and Smoke's chef, Ria, offers some of the best Filipino meals in Boracay: kaldereta, spicy squid, adobo, inihaw na bagus, and pancit bihon. Ancho also told us about the "jamming" session they had scheduled at Station 3. We stopped by, and he was playing the bongo drums with a big group of locals with guitars, rai...Read More

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Cocomangas

Restaurant

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One of our best lunches was at Cocomangas near Station 1. Although they pride themselves on being the best pizza makers on White Beach (pizza on the beach? bah!), I preferred their seafood dishes and watermelon shakes. It definitely made up for the awful dinner we had at the Boracay Regency [see separate entry]. My friends and I stopped by to eat after a 3-hour snorkeling trip, and we were famished. Our food came in a timely manner, and pretty soon, we were using their hammocks to digest.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 13, 2005

Cocomangas
Near Station 1
Boracay, Philippines

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One of the more popular names in Boracay, I spent a lot of my money at Nigi Nigi Nu Noos (don't bother pronouncing their entire name) for breakfast because it was close to my Station 3 cabin [see separate entry, B&B Beach resort] and a stone's throw away from Benito's coffee bar.



I was craving corned beef for breakfast, and they had excellent ConSiLog here, a typical Filipino breakfast with three things: corned beef, sinangag (fried rice), and itlog (fried egg). My friend also liked their kalamansi (tiny Filipino lemon) juice, but watermelon shakes are much better at Cocomangas [see separate entry].

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 13, 2005

Bom Bom Bar

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Attraction | "Bom Bom"

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A bar frequented by Boracay locals, Bom Bom has bean bags and straw mats on the beach for visitors to lounge on with their drinks. Drinking on the beach, as opposed to the pedestrian path, gave us quick access to the balut (boiled duck egg, fetus intact) and chicharon (pork rinds) vendors, both perfect matches with our cold beer. We always ended up here before and after dinner because it's not like the other, more popular bars in the area (that would be Summer Place) where you are elbow-to-elbow with other tourists. I come from a city where that kind of bar scene is common, and I'd rather be in a different atmosphere when I'm on vacation. I've mastered the act of Blow...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 13, 2005

Bom Bom Bar
Near Station 1
Boracay, Philippines

Paraw ride on the Tequila Sunrise

Attraction | "Paraw ride on the Tequila Sunrise"

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You absolutely must not miss a paraw ride when you’re in Boracay. A paraw is an outrigger sailboat, a beautiful wooden creation that quietly sails with the wind. There were six of us, and we all sat on the netting of the paraw’s wings. Our Tequila Sunrise paraw set sail, and we watched the two men do their thing with ropes and pulleys. We floated and sped on water, getting wet when we played with the water with our feet. At one point, we stopped in the middle of the ocean to take in the sunset. I opened a bottle of Cab while one of my friends brought out the wine glasses he packed. A nice touch to an already fun boat ride. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 13, 2005