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Tips To Enjoy LaBoracay

Experiencing LaBoracay, that summer event celebrated on Labor Day, is the 6th item on my 10 Goals for 2015 list. Some suggest to experience it at least once while some would rather die than go to Boracay in this time of the month. The things that make it popular — party everywhere, lots of booze, loud music, and fun-loving people — are the same reasons it is well disliked by the people who prefer Boracay in a serene setting. Well, I just came back from a 5-day vacation on the island and I am happy to report that this one has been more enjoyable and fruitful than my first time on the island. If you are not into hard partying, don’t worry, here are some tips to enjoy LaBoracay.

 

1. Check out rustic bars

Thanks to a new friend, Sarah, who lives on the island, we were able to discover some hidden gems that are more in tune with my preference; fun without the crowd. There are rustic bars that attract local and foreign backpackers, such as Red Pirates on Station 3 and Exit and Boom Boom bars on Station 2. Drinks and food in these bars are cheaper, and they attract more matured patrons. People here are also friendly and interested in engaging in meaningful conversations.

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2. Go to an underground party

But of course, it’s LaBoracay so I still wanted to party. Is there a way to do it without the sardine-like setting? Oh yes there is. Sarah took us to this underground party on Bolabog beach, in a place called, Area 51. Party in this kind of bar starts really late, in fact, we went there a little before 12 midnight, but the place didn’t become busy until around 1AM. The people in the underground parties attract the same crowd that you can find in the rustic bars so you can expect a more chillax vibe.

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3. Hang out on Bolabog Beach

Bolabog Beach is on the other side of the White Beach, famous to the kite enthusiasts. Bolabog is not as clean as the White Beach but it is definitely more serene. The shore is lined with posh-looking resorts too, one of which is Levantin where my friend and I spent half of the day just lounging around, sipping our drinks as we gazed out to the azure sea.

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4. Go island hopping

Last year we paid 500 bucks for what I consider to be the worse island-hopping experience ever. There were only two stopovers then, the Coral Garden for snorkeling and the Puka Beach. This time for only 600 (inclusive of lunch) we were able to go to five spots: Coral Garden, Crystal Cove, Tabon Port, Crocodile Island, and Puka Beach. We were on a boat with 13 other passengers, but I didn’t really mind. Last year we had the boat all to ourselves yet we didn’t get value for our money so I’d rather go with strangers anytime.

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5. Drive an ATV

I still wasn’t able to try any of the water sports in Boracay but my friends and I did go to the Dreamland Amusement Park for an ATV experience. For only 650 pesos, we were able to drive the ATV for one hour, with a stopover at the Ocean Tower. It wasn’t hard to drive the ATV but you are not allowed to race it nor can you drive it anywhere you like. There is another driver that leads the path so I wasn’t able to go faster to my dismay. But it was really fun, though we did it under the fierce heat of the sun. It’s one Boracay adventure I’d recommend to anyone.

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6. Try the Skycycle

I thought there was nothing to it until my friend and I started pedaling and realized we were several feet off the ground in a rollercoaster-like setting without the sudden drop. Riding the Skycycle has got to be one of the scariest things I’ve ever done in my life. My heart was in my throat and all I could think about is to get us to the finish point. The only reason we have a picture up there is because my friend, Lee Boyd, took a selfie. I actually discouraged him from doing so for fear that he’d drop his phone. When he did the selfie, he stopped pedaling thereby slowing down our progress. I almost panicked when I saw that our other friend, Alchris, and our guide, Panyong who were driving before us suddenly looked like way ahead on the rail. I finished the drive feeling like my knees turned to jelly, I’m telling you it was really scary! But I’m still glad I did it. I didn’t know there’s a seatbelt though, so I wasn’t able to use it. Would I take the Skycycle again? Believe it or not, I would, and next time I would fasten myself on the goddamn seat.

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7. Take pictures at the 3D Museum

Dreamland has a museum adorned with paintings with 3D effect. The illustrations looked flat in person, it is only when you pose before them and take a picture that you’d notice the 3D effect. Needless to say, we had fun going around the place and taking our pictures.

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8. Discover Diniwid Beach

You think the White Beach is beautiful? Wait til you get to Diniwid Beach. This one has the most spectacular beach I’ve ever seen in Boracay. We wouldn’t have discovered it if not for the Spider House, one of the places that Sarah suggested. Spider House is a resort that looks like a big treehouse, it has an in-house restaurant and a sushi bar called, Wrap n’ Roll. The place is said to be quite popular with backpackers, not only for the food and the chillax vibe, but most importantly for the astonishing view of the sea from its deck.

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9. Watch the sunset

The sunset in Boracay is a thing to behold. We watched it at Station 1 last year, this time, we had the perfect experience at Station 3 in the beachside area of Red Pirates bar. The changing of hues of the horizon, the sun that burns in the most intense of auburn, the sail boats passing slowly, and the people idling by on the seashore, it’s the most picturesque scene ever. I said it before and I say it again, you should never miss the Boracay sunset.

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10. Make new friends

Lastly, the thing I found most enjoyable and made this trip all the more meaningful is the fact that we met new friends; Sarah, Annie, Christine, and Peiman, even our guide Panyong. We exchanged stories, drank til the wee hours, watched the sunset, and walked along the seashore. I discovered things on the island I would have overlooked had it not been for these wonderful persons and so I am grateful.

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I didn’t join the beach parties because I opted to join my friends in the less crowded hangout spots. Also, I think I’m too old for that shit haha… But if you want to party hard at LaBoracay you’re covered, there were too many of them to choose from. Lee Boyd was the only one in our group who were able to experience it with his other friends. Here’s one beach party held at Station 1.

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Yep, that’s a huge crowd right there. But to those who don’t want to deal with a great multitude of people, I just offered you some of the things that you can still do during LaBoracay. In my opinion, LaBoracay can be enjoyed by everyone; you just have to know where to look.

 

 

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47 Comments

  • Reply
    Dominic Barrios
    May 4, 2016 at 7:32 AM

    Cool finds on the hidden gems. I did try those ATV’s and I would highly recommend them for first-timers in Boracay. But I wasn’t really aware of the skycycle. You meant to say you rode that without a seatbelt on? And was that really high above the ground? I would understand why your knees turned to jelly. LOL.

    I don’t know but I think I’m really getting old for crowded and loud parties. But those rustic bars do look like a must-see bar. Thanks for the tips.

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    Sonnie
    May 4, 2016 at 1:19 AM

    I’ll keep a tab on this and check the places you’ve suggested. I also don’t like crowd, I prefer to relax and have a meaningful conversation w/ small group of people.

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    Arrianne Guzman
    May 3, 2016 at 2:50 AM

    Definitely the beaches and islands for me because I’m not really a party girl, hahaha. But I’m curious with the rustic bars you mentioned 🙂 I like “chillax” and relaxing bars, not the loud ones. I’ve never been to Boracay (yes, shame on me, ahaha). I was never that eager because of the “commercialized” impression people say but this post made me think otherwise. The waters in your photos are damn inviting!!!

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    Klaudia
    May 2, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Oh wow , what a beautiful place ! These photos are amazing , look at this gorgeous beach ! I live on an island myself , surrounded by sea and beaches , but by far not as stunning as Boracay. Makes me wanna go on holiday right now ! I would love to try these Skycycles 🙂 could be a very funny experience indeed , the 3D museum as well would be interesting to see ! Great post , thanks for telling us about this lovely spot !

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    Nina Sogue
    May 2, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    I have never been to Bora before…ever. I’m always envious of the posts of my friends, but someday I’ll be able to. Thanks for this list! 🙂

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    Berlin
    May 2, 2016 at 6:37 AM

    So many to dos now in Boracay especially that its May 1 event has been considered a must experience event. Of all the island hopping, i like Puka beach. Though the sands arent that powdery, the place is so quiet — perfect for those photo shoots.

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    Joanna
    May 1, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Your friend must be so lucky to live in such a paradise look-a-like place. The beaches are amazing and I could see myself swimming in that clear water all day. The 3D museum looks a lot of fun too! I had no idea anything like that existed!

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    Darlene
    May 1, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    I still havent been to Boracay. Hahahaha! because of a crazy promise i made myself. But when i finally get here, i’ll follow your tips. because like you, i’m too old for that crazy crowded partying! LOL

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    R U S S
    May 1, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Although I’ve purposely avoided Boracay during summer and other peak months, it still seems to be the place-to-be. So much changed – the 3D Museum is definitely something new, quite odd to have one though at an island but it probably draws in guests, families especially. The underground party sounds fun, something that prolly takes place in films.

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    Alison
    May 1, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    This was a great trip! I wanted to do all that you did. The skycycle sounded so cool! I have never even seen anything like that before. The underground party was probably a lot of fun and a great place to meet new people. I just think you were able to experience life there!

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    ROBERT LEE
    May 1, 2016 at 4:29 AM

    My home for five years (1998-2003) and so much has changed… and there’s a 3D art museum??? Dang… when I went to Boracay three times a year beginning 1991, there was almost nothing… until 1998 when I lived there. Memories… (so goes the song).

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    Nathalie
    May 28, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    I was there too! LaBoracay, I mean. My friends and I were there from May 1-3. It was our first time going to Boracay. We didn’t get to do anything from your list except for no. 9. Lol! But we went helmet diving and parasailing, just the usual touristy stuff. Our time there was too short. I plan to go back and hit Bolabog beach and Diniwid.

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    BreeHatfield, LPN (@Breebreehat)
    May 27, 2015 at 2:06 AM

    Wow, you did so much and I realize had never done a lot of things till you post them here. I never knew about the 3D museum and the Skycyle when we were in Boracay. Though we did the parasailing, your suggestions of fun activities lure me back to Boracay.

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    garlandgirl
    May 13, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Such a comprehensive list! It looks like you had an amazing time
    I didnt realise there was so much to do in boracay but it definitely looks like my kinda place
    xx
    Garland Girl

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      Marjorie
      May 14, 2015 at 8:57 AM

      I didn’t know it too until my friends and I decided to explore more of the island 🙂

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    Chel
    May 13, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Great list Marj! You almost covered everything to help out new people visiting Boracay.

    Chel x
    http://heyitschel.com/

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    meanne
    May 11, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    Dipa po ako nakakapag.boracay but im sure maganda dun…everyobe tells me so yun nga lamg matao ata

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      Marjorie
      May 13, 2015 at 4:47 PM

      Yes, Boracay is a beautiful place.

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    Teresa Martinez
    May 11, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    I haven’t been to Boracay but if get the chance, I will certainly opt for the quieter and more peaceful options and your post has given me some ideas.

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      Marjorie
      May 13, 2015 at 4:51 PM

      Bolabog may be more ideal for you, also Station 1 or 3 🙂

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    Ellen Bernardino
    May 11, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    That was a great experience, I wish to go back to Boracay and experience the things you experienced which I missed doing when I went to Boracay. Some of the things you mentioned here are new to me which makes me realized that there are really so many things to do when in Boracay. I bet you enjoy every single minute of your stay there.

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      Marjorie
      May 13, 2015 at 4:50 PM

      There are many things to do in Boracay, even I who have been there twice already still haven’t covered everything 🙂

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    ZaiZai
    May 11, 2015 at 3:40 AM

    That was a fun and definitely activity packed La Boracay! Funny that the last time I was there, all I did was take pics and eat hehe 🙂

    Thanks for sharing sis, I want to try La Boracay next year 🙂

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      Marjorie
      May 11, 2015 at 8:28 AM

      Go ahead sis, it’s fun!

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    Emiliana Sison
    May 10, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    I’d love to try the skycycle activity. Looks so much fun!

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      Marjorie
      May 10, 2015 at 6:03 PM

      Fun and scary haha…

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    Papaleng Pagulong
    May 10, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    I am not used to parties but I guess I go with pick #7 too, just like Pal.

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      Marjorie
      May 10, 2015 at 6:03 PM

      It’s ok, #7 is really fun too 🙂

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    amayachika
    May 10, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    I am tired of listening to loud party sounds, drink beers and go bar hopping.

    If I will have the chance to attend LaBoracay, I will definitely pick #7 – Took pictures at the 3D Museum.

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      Marjorie
      May 10, 2015 at 6:02 PM

      That museum is a lot of fun.

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    Arni
    May 9, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    I like that photo of you with the table. I like the fact that it’s possible to experience Boracay the way you have. I’ll keep these in mind. Even though Boracay is at not in my list, you make me want to go there.

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      Marjorie
      May 9, 2015 at 11:25 PM

      It’s not on your list? How come? It’s my favorite place, trust me, Boracay is beautiful 🙂

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    Mitch Ryan (@mitchryan23)
    May 9, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Great tips. It is good to have these in mind especially for first timers.

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      Marjorie
      May 9, 2015 at 11:25 PM

      Hope it helps 🙂

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    FX777 Classified Articles
    May 9, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    I’ve heard Laboracay last week and wondered what is it? But as I read your article, it formed in my mind about partying and enjoying the night with friends. The underground party looks wonderful for tourists. Fernando Lachica

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      Marjorie
      May 9, 2015 at 11:24 PM

      Glad this post was able to give you some enlightenment regarding LaBoracay 🙂

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    Shirgie Scf
    May 9, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    As usual, Laboracay is congested with people. I haven’t experienced that one but I enjoyed your activities by just reading it, except for the bar thingy, I am not into bar hopping, so I’m ok with the rest of the 9 items especially making new friends. SOmeday somehow, I get to experience LaBoracay.

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      Marjorie
      May 9, 2015 at 11:23 PM

      You can skip bar hopping, but if you change your mind, I hope you’d consider the three bars I mentioned here.

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    NormanTorres
    May 9, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    Awesome. I will do this next year for a change. Less crowd more fun. 🙂

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      Marjorie
      May 9, 2015 at 11:14 PM

      Have fun!

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    Jeng del Rosario
    May 8, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    hahahahha next time … remember to use the seat belt!!!! Hahahaha!!!! and you’re till young… dont eer say your old!!! geez….. hahahaahmas itsurng bata ka pa nga kesa sa akin eh hahahahahgeeez.. see you soon dear

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      Marjorie
      May 9, 2015 at 1:00 PM

      Promise I didn’t know there’s a seatbelt nakakaloka haha…

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    rochkirstin
    May 8, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    I’ve heard about LaBoracay only from the radio but never have pictured it. The underground party sounds so interesting! Is it like a secret venue for those who like to party without the large crowds? Also, is there an admission fee to it? Sorry, I’m such a noob when it comes to this thing haha. How big is the 3D Museum? I have to visit that next time when we go to Boracay. 🙂

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      Marjorie
      May 8, 2015 at 5:27 PM

      Yes, the underground party is a hush-hush thing. They don’t advertise it, invitation happens through word-of-mouth. Entrance fee at Area 51 is 200, comes with one drink. The 3D is not that big actually, but it’s a two-story building. You should definitely try these two things next time 🙂

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        rochkirstin
        May 9, 2015 at 1:58 PM

        Wow, the fee is so sulit considering all the fun you’ll have and new friends to meet. 🙂 Wala na yatang tulugan while you’re there and everyone seemed so game!

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    Lee
    May 7, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Marj! It was a memorable and an enjoyable experience!!! Until our next getaway. Thanks!!!

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      Marjorie
      May 8, 2015 at 8:42 AM

      Indeed 🙂

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