April 17, 2005.
Red Helen Butterfly Take a guided tour of
this beautiful little butterfly garden on Bolabog Beach and see some of
the many different species of Philippine flora and fauna. You will learn
about the life cycles of butterflies, with eggs, caterpillars, pupae
and, of course, many different rare and beautiful butterflies. Friendly
couple Patrick and Carmela will be happy to show you around. The gift
shop sells handicrafts, plants and souvenirs. It costs P100 to get in.
You can also order drinks and very reasonably priced meals.
Address: Bolabog Beach.
Phone: 036 288 6701
Directions: On the eastern side of the island, next to Banana Saging
resort (5 minutes walk from the mall).
Sailing with the Red Pirates
December 28, 2004.
Don't leave Boracay without
sailing with these guys! They know all the best spots around the island,
and are happy to arrange anything you need - snorkeling equipment, ice
box full of cold drinks, beach BBQ, bottle of wine etc. Captain Joey can
create a delicious meal for you on a deserted beach while you swim,
explore caves or just lay back and relax. Sailing a paraw can be an
exhilarating ride on a windy day, or a gentle, relaxing cruise in calm
weather. Sailboats are envioronmentally friendly, and it is much nicer
without the noise and stench of an engine chugging away. This is a
perfect if you want to escape the crowds on White Beach and see another
side of the island. Be sure to bring your sunblock, camera and sarong.
Address: Angol, Boracay
Phone: 0918 3001763
Directions: Walk down the beach a few minutes past boat station 3.
Look for the Red Pirates bar & Captain Joey.
036 288 5767
December 29, 2004.
At Boracay Horse Riding
Stables you can take out one of the locally bred horses, ride solo or
accompanied by one of the stables' expert guides, and discover the
island's natural beauty. Both beginners and expert riders are catered
for. This is a great way to explore native villages and parts of the
island most tourists don't get to see. The best time for riding is early
morning or late afternoon, when you can avoid the midday sun. It costs
$10 US for adults for a one-hour ride. Discounts are available for
children and group bookings. Wear a pair of loose, comfortable trousers
to avoid chafing! Open 6am-6pm daily.
Riding by sirenna
Address: Off the main road, past boat station 1.
Endangered Fruit Bats
Phone: Brenda & Romy +63 36 288 3311
It's best to take a tricycle there - all the drivers know where
on January 15, 2005.
Flying Fox 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. A really spectacular sight - they 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
thousand two years ago to just over a thousand 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. For more
information about endangered species and conservation in the
Philippines, contact the PESCP (Philippine Endemic Species Conservation
Project). It is a great shame that the local authorities in Boracay seem
to care so little about preserving the island's endangered wildlife such
as monkeys, turtles, birds and fruit bats. In a year or two there may be
Directions: Northern end of Boracay. Take a boat ride
- I sailed with the Red Pirates paraw
January 1, 2005.
Abe's MassageThe 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,
accupressure 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!
Address: Outside Cocoloco Bar / Restaurant.
White Beach, Angol, 5 minutes south of boat station 3.
January 20, 2005.
TamarindExperience sailing on the
beautiful 40 foot yacht Tamarind. They offer sunset trips ($20) half day
($40) and 3 day ($60) cruises. I went on the 3 hour sunset cruise around
the coast of the island - it's a really lovely experience. Alcoholic
drinks, soft drinks and snacks are included in the price. You can
usually find Mike or Chrisi at Nigi Nigi's bar in the evening to make a
Address: Nigi Nigi's Bar
Phone: Mike - 0915
Directions: Nigi Nigi Nu Noo's resort, halfway between
boat stations 2 and 3 on White Beach.
January 1, 2005.
KiteboardingKiteboarding is taking off in a big
way in Boracay. Head over to Bulabog Beach on the eastern side of the
island to watch the show, and call in for a chat with the guys from
Ocean Republic. They will be happy to advise you on how to get started,
and you can rent or buy kiting equipment from them.
Address: Ocean Republic, Bulabug Beach
Phone: +63 36 288
Directions: Turn off the main road opposite the mall and
keep walking till you hit the beach (5 minutes).
April 17, 2005.
Art for SaleWatch local artists at work, get a
henna tattoo or have a hand-painted t-shirt personally created for
you.... the Plazoleta is the best place on the island to shop for native
arts and crafts. There are little shops selling unusual jewelry,
hand-made leather bags, musical instruments, paintings and beautifully
made handicrafts. If you are in search of an unusual souvenir or unique
present, this is the place to come.
Directions: Near boat station 2.