Boracay Journals

Boracay, The Paradise in the Philippines

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A January 2005 trip to Boracay by HiramAbif

Boracay Sunset Photo, Boracay, Philippines More Photos
Quote: Boracay is the top tourist destination in the Philippines, with a length of just about 6km and a width of one that makes it even more fascinating. In this journal I shall try to guess (with words and photos) some of the reasons.

Boracay, The Paradise in the Philippines

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Overview

Boracay Sunset Photo, Boracay, Philippines
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What is it about Boracay's success? The long sugar-white beach and calm turquoise-blue waters of the Sulu Sea on the west side? Or is it the fascinating diving? (On my last count, there were 27 diving clubs operational on the island.) Or is it the endless row of superb restaurants offering the most multiethnic cuisine imaginable for such a small place (from Mongolian to Greek)? Or it may be the choice of cafeterias, open-air bars (many with live music), and clubs that manage to coexist next to each other in an almost perfect harmony. Perhaps harmony is the word that explains the success of Boracay. In Boracay, this is visible when the sand remains pristinely clean and accessible despite the hordes...Read More

Isla Bonita

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Hotel | "La Isla Bonita"

Isla Bonita Photo, Boracay, Philippines
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La Isla Bonita is located just few yards north of Boat Station 3 and the accommodation is comprised of 10 to 15 traditional Nippa huts, which gradually, one by one, get their bamboo walls replaced with concrete. They all have spacious double beds and bathrooms with a shower but no hot water (which is totally unnecessary in the Philippines, as the tap water is quite pleasant and refreshing). La Bonita is on the front of the famous White Beach, and the accommodation will provide you with sun lounges to relax on. There is a restaurant with live music owned by the Bonita proprietors, and although I could not fault it, I have to say that in Boracay, one is spoiled for choice when it comes to food and ch...Read More

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Isla Bonita

Boracay, Philippines
+63 (36) 2883501

Frendz Beach Boracay

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Hotel | "Frendz"

Frendz Beach Boracay Photo, Boracay, Philippines
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Like La Isla Bonita described above, Frendz is a cluster of Nippa huts with added restaurant/breakfast facilities. It is located just south of Boat Station 1, about 100 yards from the beach. The entrance is next to Aquarious Divers. Like Isla Bonita, Frendz is a kind of species that is gradually disappearing as Boracay becomes more commercial and the backpackers are replaced with high dollar/yen/Euro visitors who are not willing to sleep in Nippa huts. They are demanding upmarket accommodation and have the money to pay for it. So the little paradise of Boracay is struggling to avoid being scarred by the new multistorey hotels, which dwarf with their height and size little shelters like Isla Boni...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 25, 2006

Frendz Beach Boracay
Station 1
Boracay Island, Philippines
036 288 3803

SECS Buffet

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Hotel | "SEC'S"

SECS Buffet Photo, Boracay, Philippines
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Without a shred of a doubt, the three most competitive businesses you could set up in Boracay are a restaurant, a bar, and a dive shop, as supply probably exceeds demand in all the above. All of the above compete in quality and price, and the one we decided on offers excellent value for money, a place called SEC'S, located very near Boat Station 2, and which in January 2006 was offering a buffet service for 220 pesos (inclusive of tax and service charge; drinks are extra). It is just over $4 for eating as much as you can (or under 4€), and the menu choices included a delicious pork with oyster sauce, barbecue chicken, delicious spring rolls, and another 10 dishes at least. To make your meal m...Read More

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SECS Buffet
Along Boat Station 2
Boracay Island

Boracay Sunsets

Story/Tip

Paradise? Photo, Boracay, Philippines
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If one tries to answer the one million dollar question : why such a small island (Boracay) is so commercially successful? , he/she might come with a lot of answers (the magical white beach, the diving opportunities, the kite surfing, eastern beach, and a lot more) , but none of these answers is Boracay unique.There are longer white beaches, and a lot finer sands in many Philippine islands, and certainly no shortage of diving sites elsewhere. There are plenty of surfing beaches in other islands, and yet Boracay has that mystic extra bit that makes a small slither of an island known all over the world.My own theory is that one of the main contributors of Boracay’s success is the ...Read More