Boracay Journals

Beached in Boracay

An October 2005 trip to Boracay by Sirenna

Red Pirates Pub Photo, Boracay, Philippines More Photos
Quote: I have been living here in Boracay for almost 7 years now, and I'd like to share some of the best aspects of this beautiful island. There are an array of bars, restaurants, and activities to enjoy - here are some of my favourites.

Beached in Boracay

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Overview

White Beach Photo, Boracay, Philippines
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I've been living here in Boracay for a few years now, and I'd like to share some of my experiences of life on the island. Unfortunately many of the guide-books contain inacurate information so I'll try to be as up-to-date as possible. I originally came here to visit some friends for a few months, but fell in love with the place (and a local guy) and ended up moving here permanently! Boracay Island is about 7k long, and shaped a bit like a bone, with its narrowest point in the centre. The island boasts many beautiful beaches, of which White Beach is the most popular (and developed). Quick Tips: Take a boat trip around the island and you'll discover many beautiful beaches. Bring a picnic and s...Read More
Dave's Straw Hat Inn Photo, Boracay, Philippines
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Although Dave's Straw Hat Inn is one of Boracay's newer resorts, it is already earning glowing reports from all who stay there. The resort itself is quite small, with attractively designed cottages set in a pretty garden. It has earned its good reputation by providing a very high standard of service while managing to keep the prices low. The owners and staff are friendly and helpful, and welcome their guests like members of the family. Dave's has a surprising amount of amenities for a budget resort - rooms may include air-conditioning, refrigerator, cable TV, hot water, telephone, and private security box. Guests also have access to the Internet and a barbeque/cooking area and terrace....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 7, 2005

Dave's Straw Hat Inn
P.o. Box 2522
Boracay Island, Philippines
+63 (36) 288-5465

Real Coffee

Restaurant

Real Coffee Photo, Boracay, Philippines
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This is a friendly little beachfront coffee shop run by mother-and-daughter team, Nadine and Lee. They are open from 7am until 7pm, serving cakes, sandwiches, pancakes, brownies, omelettes, and more. Real Coffee is a bit of an institution on the island, and it's a popular place to meet people and chat. The coffee is rumoured to be the best in Boracay, although I don't drink coffee myself - I just go there for the food! Non-coffee lovers can choose from a selection of fresh juices and shakes. The tuna-melt sandwiches would have to be my favourite thing on the menu, and their delicious chocolate brownies melt in the mouth! Or try the omelette with onion, tomato, cheese, and pesto. It comes w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 7, 2005

Real Coffee
Near Boat Station 1, White Beach
Boracay, Philippines

Kurt's

Restaurant

Kurt's Photo, Boracay, Philippines
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This is a native-style bar/restaurant run by a friendly Bavarian guy named Kurt. They serve a variety of European and Filipino dishes. It is also one of the few places in Boracay to serve draft beer and Bavarian Weizenbier. They also have probably the longest happy hour you'll find on the island, from 2 to 8pm!

I love the jagerschnitzel (pork cutlet) with pan-fried potatoes and mushroom gravy. The portions are very generous! They also serve a selection of sausages, curries, steak, soups, sandwiches, salads, and freshly brewed coffee.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 7, 2005

Kurt's
Angol, White Beach
Boracay, Philippines

Cyma

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Restaurant

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It's easy to miss Cyma, tucked away as it is in a cosy corner of the mall plaza, but once you have discovered it, you won't forget where it is in a hurry!The owners have a very hands-on approach to their restaurant, and try to greet each guest as they enter, which is a nice touch. Cyma is only small, but it has a cosy and romantic atmosphere, and you can smell the delicious aroma wafting from the door as you approach.My favourite starter is the mouthwatering spinach and artichoke fondue. This is served with bread and pitta for dipping, and unless you have a hearty appetite, I'd suggest sharing this with a friend. Alternatively, have one to yourself as a light meal.Another delicious (a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 17, 2006

Cyma
D' Mall Plaza
Boracay, Philippines

Red Pirates Pub

Attraction

Red Pirates Pub Photo, Boracay, Philippines
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The Red Pirates Pub is a small, friendly little bar located just a few minutes walk south of boat station 3. The bar itself is in a native style, with a thatched roof, and there is a funky little beach garden decorated with driftwood and flowers. Red Pirates is the place to hear tribal musicians, as they perform several times a week with bongo drums, rain sticks, acoustic guitars, and other instruments. They also play a mixture of reggae and ethnic music. It is a very laid-back and relaxing spot, the perfect place to swing in a hammock and read a book or meet other travellers for a chat in the evening. You can also book a sailing trip around the island with Captain Joey on the Re...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 7, 2005

Sailing Photo, Boracay, Philippines
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Don't leave Boracay without sailing with these guys! They know all the best spots around the island: caves, waterfalls, fruit bats, and other adventures. They are happy to arrange anything you need: snorkeling equipment, an ice box full of cold drinks, beach barbeque, bottle of wine, etc. Captain Joey can create a delicious meal for you on a deserted beach while you swim, explore caves, or just lie back and relax. It's perfect if you want to escape the crowds on White Beach and see another side of the island.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 7, 2005

Horseback Riding

Attraction

Riding on the Beach Photo, Boracay, Philippines
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At Boracay Horse Riding Stables, you can take out one of the locally bred horses, riding solo or accompanied by one of the stables' expert guides, and discover the island's natural beauty. The best time for riding is early morning or late afternoon, when you can avoid the midday sun. It costs $10 for adults for a 1-hour ride. Discounts are available for children and group bookings.
The stables are open from 6am to 6pm.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 7, 2005

Puka Beach

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Puka Beach Photo, Boracay, Philippines
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Puka Beach was named after the famous Puka Shells that were popular as jewellry in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Such large numbers of them were collected from the beach that sadly there are hardly any left now. This is a nice place to spend an afternoon and much more peaceful than White Beach. There are a few bead sellers around, but generally you'll be left in peace. You'll need to bring snacks or a picnic and some cold drinks. Look out for the cave, too. We sailed to Puka Beach with Captain Joey from Red Pirates. We had a barbeque on the beach and a cooler full of beer - everything we needed really! Be sure to bring your camera to catch the sunset and the fruit bats flying overhead as you sail bac...Read More

Relaxing Massage

Story/Tip

Abe Photo, Boracay, Philippines
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The best massage to be had outside of a spa is with Abe (pronounced Abby), a blind guy who works on the beach in Angol. He specialises in Swedish massage, shiatsu, acupressure, 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. Watching the sunset while getting a massage is an absolute must!

You can usually find him outside the Cocoloco bar/restaurant. An hour-long massage costs P300.

Flying Fox Photo, Boracay, Philippines
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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. This is a really spectacular sight - the bats are absolutely HUGE! 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 2,000 two years ago to just over 1,000 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. It is a great shame that the lo...Read More