Sirenna's Boracay Travel Guide
Warnings or Dangers
August 19, 2005.
You'll certainly encounter mosquitos in Boracay Island, but if you
apply some repellant around sunset time, you shouldn't have too many
problems. Repellant is sold in many shops on the White Beach strip
so there is no need to bring your own. The most popular brand is
"Off", and there are several different types - Off Sport, Off Kids,
Off Spray etc. It is very inexpensive, and does the job. If your
accomodation is in a mosquito prone area, a mosquito net will
usually be provided. Most places don't require one. To repel
mosquitos when sitting outside in the evening, many people burn a
mosquito coil (popular brands are Lion/Tiger and Baygon). These last
for a few hours, but be careful to put them out properly. If you are
particularly prone to getting bitten, wear long pants in the
evening, preferably in a light shade.
|The Destruction of Boracay
August 24, 2005.
HANDS OFF OUR ISLAND! This is PANOLY BEACH - beautiful, isn't it?
WELL TAKE A GOOD LOOK, BECAUSE BY 2007 IT WILL BE COMPLETELY SPOILT,
ALONG WITH NEIGHBOURING PUNTA BUNGA BEACH. Despite the fact that
this area is meant to be a marine reserve, a large hotel chain have
been allowed to comandeer the site, and have installed armed guards
to chase visitors away from these previously public beaches. The
forested hillside above the beach is home to several endangered
species, including birds and rare fruit bats, and the beach itself
is a turtle nesting site, but of course, not for much longer. The
sheer scale of the resort plan means that it will effectively
destroy this beautiful tropical forest and it's inhabitants. The
mind boggles at the kind of greedy, sick minded individuals who
could take a place this beautiful and choose to cover it in
concrete. Boracay was one of the Philippines' most precious
treasures, but sadly, those individuals with the power to protect
the island are now responsible for it's demise, having sold out to
the big developers regardless of the consequences. The question is,
are the Boracay authorities going to allow the rampant development
of the island to continue unchecked? Plans need to be put in place
to protect Boracay's last remaining undeveloped areas (and wildlife)
|Flying Foxes - in Danger of Extinction
October 8, 2005.
Long before Western tourists and backpackers came to Boracay, the
island was home to giant fruit bats, locally known as 'kabog'. Giant
fruit bats are dispersers of seeds and play a role in the
regeneration of Boracay's forests, besides helping control insects.
But their numbers are dwindling because of development, hunting and
destruction of their habitat. Once there were thousands of these
creatures living in Boracay - now they are in grave danger of
extinction. A recent count came up with only 720 golden-crowned
flying foxes and 520 large flying foxes. The main threat to the
fruit bats is the unchecked development of the island - the local
authorities are aware of the situation, but think nothing of handing
out permits for large hotels chains to destroy the bat nesting
sites. These creatures are of no importance whatsoever to the the
powers that be in Boracay (as the Mayor himself demonstrated by
impaling a bat on a spear at the last Ati-Atihan festival). It is an
awe-inspiring sight to see the bats flying over the beach at sunset,
heading to the mainland to feed. In a few years, this will be
nothing but a memory.
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May 16, 2005.
Unfortunately there is a bit of a problem with stray dogs on the
island. Not everyone is a dog lover, and it is unpleasant to see
them relieving themselves on the beach. Usually they are not
aggressive, but it's best not to approach or touch unfamiliar dogs.
The regulations state that dog owners should not allow their animals
to roam around on the beach, but most resorts and restaurants have
at least one dog, and they don't keep them on their own property. If
you are bitten, inform your resort and ask them to call the Mayors
. by sirenna
January 13, 2005.
This is not really a danger, but for those who like their sleep, a
pair of EARPLUGS can come in very useful! Many of the budget rooms
are made of bamboo and nipa, and they are not soundproof! Filipinos
(in Boracay at least) tend to live their lives at top volume, and
get up very early in the morning to start sweeping the pathways and
having conversations at the top of their voices. Tourists in
neighbouring cottages may come in late and have noisy parties, or
you might find out that you are staying next to a Karaoke bar! And
of course, my favourite, the ever present roosters... Do a little
research when you check in.
February 12, 2005.
DON'T DO THIS!
Thankfully this photograph is not actually of a Boracay beach, but
let it be a warning to everyone! I've seen so many ignorant people
throwing their trash on the beach - don't be one of them. Admittedly
there are not enough trash cans around, but that's no excuse.
Plastic bottles, wrappers and even cigarette ends take years to
biodegrade, look unsightly and are a danger to wildlife. Take your
rubbish home with you!
|Bag Snatchers / Pickpockets
December 30, 2005.
Lift / Snatch
I have no wish to alarm anyone unnecessarily, but there have been a
spate of bag-snatchings in the mall area recently - possibly a small
gang operating - and visitors need to be aware of this. Keep your
belongings in your sight at all times. Do not drape your handbag
over the back of your chair, or leave it under your seat. Don't
leave your wallet sticking out of your back pocket! Carry only the
cash you need, and leave the rest in a safety deposit box. When
walking, tuck your bag tightly under your arm. Keep your wits about
you in crowds. If you witness a bag-snatching in the mall, call for
the guards straight away. Hopefully the local police will catch up
with these guys soon, but in the meantime, be aware!