So… you’re headed to Boracay for the first time and you don’t really know what to expect. Well, before anything else, let me commend you for including the island in your travel plans since it is one of the Philippines’ biggest tourist draws and ideal if you want some all-out summer fun. It’s better if you managed to sign up for Boracay packages and tours since they allow you to save some cash while enjoying your dream beach vacay. Now, since it’s your first time, you probably don’t have an idea what to expect. If this is the case, then you came to right place. Everything you need to learn about the island of Boracay can be found in this write-up.
- Party, party, party.
In case you have been living under a rock, Boracay is not just a place for swimming, snorkeling, parasailing, and so on. It is also a haven for partying. With this in mind, take note that your trip to the island won’t be complete without partying on its pristine white sand beaches. Plus, Boracay boasts of several spots that you can visit if you want to indulge in a pulsating night out.
The Cocomangas Shooters Bar, for instance, draws huge crowds who line up just to get inside and enjoy a fun and lively night of partying. It made a name for itself for challenging customers to drink 15 shots of assorted alcoholic drinks in one sitting. If you want to enjoy the dance scene, you can go to the Epic Bar; it’s the place to be for great international DJ acts. In fact, it’s safe to say that it produced some of the most vibrant parties, the island ever had.
If you’re up for some heavy partying, then you should consider visiting on the weekend of May 1st during the Filipino celebration of Labor Day. Heralded “LaBoracay,” the said period usually boasts of a wide collection of all-night raves, regattas, concerts, and non-stop partying. It is a can’t miss event for party animals. Other events that are worth traveling for are the Ati-atihan Festival in January that is famous for street dances and the Dragon Boat Festival in April.
- Have some peace and quiet
Once you’re done partying, you can enjoy the sedated side of Boracay. The perfect spot for this is the Diniwid beach, it boasts of a sense of calmness that is coupled by “instagramable” scenery. Another slice of paradise that you need to check out if you want an unadulterated beach experience is the Puka Beach, a white-sand beach that is perfect for its laidback vibe.
- Great adventures
For sure, the majority of your time is going to be spent at the beach, catching some sun if your Boracay trip pushes through. To make the most of it, make sure to sign up for adventure packages that are offered by many reputable tour companies. Some of them include surfing and kiteboarding, perfect if you’re an adrenaline junkie who wants to experience some heart-pumping activities. If you want some more action, you can also try kayaking, jet skiing, parasailing, diving, windsurfing, cliff diving, and many more.
- Boracay-style relaxation
If you yearn for some rest and relaxation, then your Boracay getaway is not complete if you don’t sign up for spa and massage packages that can take away whatever stress you have left. If you’re traveling with your partner, then the couple’s package at Mandara Spa and Villa is a worthwhile option. It’s famous for its signature massage: royal foot bath and its Cleopatra Milk Bath. Another great choice is the Tirta Spa, which is offers several notable therapies that include foot and body scrub, facial treatment, shower, and signature massage, just to name a few. If you want a soothing massage without leaving the comforts of your hotel room, you can also opt for a hotel massage that is offered by many accommodation facilities in the island. Getting a hotel room massage is a great treat after spending a day doing exciting activities.
- Foodie haven
Boracay is also a food haven in its own right and if budget is not an issue, you can dine at Plato D’ Boracay, Cyma Greek Taverna, Puka Grande Restaurant, Barlo Resto Lounge, and other similar establishments. However, if you’re traveling on a budget, have no fear because you can still indulge in mouthwatering meals without burning a hole in your pocket. This, if you head over Boracay’s street market. There, you can enjoy an overwhelming selection of tacos, buttermilk fried chicken, and pizza. All without spending a lot.
- Horseback or ATV riding
Rather than just stroll at the beach, you can also go horseback or ATV riding while enjoying your beach holiday in Boracay. The Boracay Horse Riding Stables is the place to be for the abovementioned activities. It’s located near the beach resorts and if you don’t know how to get there, just ask the locals and they’d be happy to show you the directions. Also, it doesn’t really matter if you’re a newbie horseback or ATV rider, the stables’ personnel can assist you in every way they can just so you can have a grand time. Don’t worry about your safety since they are expertly trained to handle your welfare in the most effective and efficient way possible.
To sum it up…
There you have it, some of the things that you would expect on your Boracay vacation. As you can see, boredom should not be a cause of concern for your trip, especially if you sign up with a reputable travel company for tours and other activities. In the end, it is safe to say that you’re already a winner if you include the island of Boracay in your travel plans.
Do you have a Boracay experience that you’d love to share? Or some tips that may come handy for first-timers and frequent travelers alike? Give us a shout at the comments section. For sure, a lot of readers would like to hear from you.