Beach Bummin’ in Boracay, Philippines

Boracay

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In April 2017, my family and I went to Boracay, Philippines – it was during Holy Week so the place was jam-packed! We flew with Cebu Pacific and stayed for 3 days and 2 nights at La Carmela de Boracay. It was my first time visiting and I was excited but I knew that it was going to be crowded and very much commercialized. Click the link below to read more about my adventure!

What we ate/drank?

D’Talipapa 5/5
My favorite place in Boracay to eat! Located at Station 2, D’Talipapa is a place where you can buy fresh seafood from the wet market nearby and have them cooked. There are a few restaurants that do the cooking but we ate here at , Paluto (photo below).

First things first, choose the seafood! They have a wide selection of fish, prawns, lobsters, crayfish, clamps, muscles and so much moreee.

We bought a couple of fish, prawns and squid for our lunch. Take note you also have to buy your own vegetables (also in the market nearby) and if you want to have Sinigang you’ll also have to buy the Singang mix.

About a half hour later, ta daaaaa! Food is ready! We ate here a couple a of times while we were in Boracay and here are some of the food we had (just looking at the photos is making me hungry!!!!)

Garlic Buttered Prawns; Prawn Sinigang’ Grilled Squid and Kangkong

You can also buy fresh buko from a fruit stand next by, I think they were only P25 each.

Unfortunately, just a couple of weeks ago I read on the news that this place got burned down 😞 so sad! I hope that they end up restoring the space to the original and not turn it into a mall.

Andok’s 4/5
Ate here for our first meal in Boracay. Unfortunately, don’t have any photos of our food cause we were so hungry! But we had Chicken, couple of BBQ sticks, Chopsuey, Sisig and of course rice. Food was good, service was good.

Real Coffee & Tea Cafe – 2/5
Tried their famous Calamansi muffins here. Over rated and over priced? In my honest opinion, yes definitely. Heard people raving about this and I thought, okay wow definitely need to try this when I’m here. But lo and behold, I was quite disappointed. The taste was okay, nothing too special about it. Price-wise, it was quite expensive at P60 for a small muffin, which was smaller than my palm (I have small hands!). Would I recommend it? Not really. Although, if you’re really curious, give it try and let me know if you agree or disagree with me, hehe.

Jonah’s Fruit Shake 5/5
A must try when you’re in Boracay! They have food available here but most people come for their delicious shakes! Price ranges from P90-180. I tried the Avocado-Banana and Banana-Choco-Peanut, both best sellers! Definitely recommend going here, especially during the late afternoon where you can relax and sit at the tables or at the beach front and enjoy the beautiful sunset!

Sunset view from Jonah’s Fruit Shake and Snack Bar. Stunning!!!

La Carmela Breakfast 3/5
We were staying at La Carmela de Boracay and had breakfast included. We ate here for all breakfasts (for three days) and sadly there wasn’t much variation. Basically just rice, eggs, hot dogs, few meat dishes, breads, cereals and of course coffee and tea. It was s0-so, not the best but not too bad. There is almost always a line, a lot of people especially around 7-8am.

What we did/Where we went?

White Beach 3/5
White Beach is probably Boracay’s most popular and most crowded beach. Full stores, restaurants. and there are vendors EVERYWHEREEEEEE. The side walks have a lot of people offering massages, tattoos, hair-styling, tours and activity packages, food and a lotttttt more. It’s kind of overwhelming, I hate the crowd.

While we were there (around April) there was A LOT of green algae in White Beach’s water so we didn’t spend much time swimming there. This usually comes around Feb and is gone around the start of May.

Sunset at White Beach (sooooooo many people!!!)

When the sun goes down, the beach chairs fold away and the bean bags and tables come out. I can’t remember which restaurant we stayed at but we found a nice place to chill along the beach, munch on some potato chips and watch some of the fire dancing (must see!), be prepared to tip though.

Boracay Sandcastles! There are a lot of these around the island. Not free though! It costs P20 per person to have our photo taken.

Helmet Diving 3/5
There is so many water related activities to do in Boracay like Parasailing (very popular), Wake-boarding, Banana-boating riding, and of course Helmet Diving.

There are a lot of companies along the beach that offer packages for these activities, we chose Milky’s Water Sports and just decided to do the Helmet Diving. We paid around P700 each.

Got on the speed boat which took maybe 5-10 minutes only. We reached the platform and one of the staff instructed us about what to do and the hand signals under water. We got in the water one by one and the helmets were put on top of us and the a diver took us down to the ground. As you go down slowly the water pressure is painful! The staff were very nice though, always signalling making sure that you’re okay. I didn’t expect it to be so painful but just hold your nose, blow and it should ease the pressure a bit.

The experience was nice and enjoyable, a little underwhelming. Hehe. I guess I expected a lot more fish and beautiful things to see. But it was still a good experience, wouldn’t do it again though; I’d probably rather try scuba diving next time 🙂 (although maybe the number of fish depends on the month you go, not sure. Will have to research this!)

Snorkeling 2/5
I’m not familiar with the name of the place we went but it was on the way to Puka Beach. There were some fish and they were nice to look at but the corals were all dead 🙁 Looks like some dynamite fishing happened here, veryyyy sad.

While we were here the waters were rough, currents were quite strong, making me feel really sick. I get sea-sick and car-sick easily and I can usually handle it well but when we got on the boat and made our way to Puka Beach, I vomitted! Ekkkk. So bad! And I was so happy when we made it ashore. Hehehe.

Puka Beach 5/5
We went here twice, first was by boat and then by tricycle (I prefer the tricycle!). Puka Beach is much more relaxing and chill than White Beach. Not many people too, which I like!

 

There are also some stores along the beach front that sell food and drinks. They advertise the chairs as free if you buy but the drinks are so damn expensive. Fresh Buko which is normally Php 25-50 is being sold here for P250!!! Talk about overpriced. For cheaper Buko/Drinks there are some stores along the entrance (near the Puka Beach sign, along the souvenir shops) which sell for less than P100.

City Tour 4/5
On our third day in Boracay we took a Land/City tour. Just asked one of the tricycle drivers to take us around. We paid P700, good for 4 hours, for 5 people. Pretty good rate if you ask me! By the way, I love the electric tricycles. So much more environmentally-friendly.

Mt. Luho Lookout 3/5
We stopped here for a few minutes while we were on our city tour. Entrance is P50 each and if I remember correctly, there are four or five flights of stairs you’d have to climb to get to the top. If you’re scared of heights, best not to look down  while making your way up. Hehe! It was a beautiful view of Boracay, not many people (it was just us when we got there, then three other people followed).

D’Mall 4/5
Not really a mall, but has a lot of souvenir shops, restaurants and small grocery stores. Nice to walk around, look at the stores and maybe buy a few things 🙂

Overall, I had a good time. I love exploring places I’ve never been and I think I will definitely be back again to explore some of the other islands nearby. How many have you been to Boracay? What do you think about the place? Let me know in the comments below. ♥

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23 Comments

  1. D’Talipapa is my favorite too!! I like how I can shop for my own food and get it cooked like how I want it.
    Sad that it got burned down recently though 🙁

  2. Your post just proves why Boracay is such a hit amongst tourists. I have never been there but I sure hope I can visit the place with my boys one day soon. I will definitely love to give snorkeling a try as I have never done that before, and I will never miss the lovely Boracay sunsets!

  3. D’Talipapa look so interesting a place. You definitely had a wonderful time here. I don’t know if I can eat any of those dishes except for the coconut water being a vegetarian. Would it be very hard to get veg food?

  4. Boracay looks indeed like a beach lovers’ paradise. The white beach looks gorgeous and happening at sunset. I would love to try my hand at snorkelling. The underwater world looks so fascinating. Boracay is a gem of the Philippines and it comes alive i your post.

  5. Boracay looks like a fun place and has something for everyone. D’Talipapa sounds like it could have been my favourite place too. Hope it is back in business soon. Loved the amazing sunsets and water activities you could do. Glad you had such a great time

  6. Reading your post makes me miss Boracay so much!I’ve been here 3 times already and I still can’t get over it. I’m surprised tho that there is a wet/public market here, could be a good idea to get an air bnb and cook by ourselves next time as prices on the island are so touristy and pricey. Beach bumming should always be on the list on Boracay Island, plus I love Andoks sinigang here! haha

  7. I like fruits, milkshakes, tea and coffee. Amn’t a non-vegetarian which means that no eggs, fish and animals for me. Do you guys eat onion with your food? I thought I saw some slices of it in one of your frames.

  8. Boracay is my favorite island and I have been there 5 times already, that’s how much I love it. I might even go a 6th time this November and I am really hoping that it will push through. But would you believe I have never been to D’Talipapa, I just know where it is but never went inside. There’s been a fire incident there the last time I went. They said the fire started at an Indian restaurant. Jonah’s milkshake has also replaced the plastic bottles to plastic cups and I seriously didn’t like it. I prefer the bottled version better.

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