Beyond Boracay: Escaping the Island!

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Contributor: Trudy Allen

For Boracay visitors, particularly those staying longer than 4-5 days, there can come a point where (heaven forbid) they want to escape the party scene or fancy a different view from the stunning White Beach.

Here’s a run down of some Boracay Top Escapes

Motag Living Museum

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Harvesting the Rice

This interactive museum, the first of its kind in the Philippines, opened in 2015.

A social enterprise, Motag Living Museum is a recreation of a traditional rice farm in the 1920’s.  Every building, tool, farming technique, cooking implement on the site is historically accurate.

 

 

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Pounding the Rice

Local villagers from Motag, including many Village Elders, are employed to help you make the most of your experience; encouraging you to try your hand at Ploughing with a Carabao, Rice Planting, Harvesting and Threshing the seeds.  See if you can match the rhythm set by the Rice Pounders.

At the end of the 2 hour tour experience, sit with the Elders and listen to the traditional songs, whilst you attempt to make toys and decorations from palm leaves.  Relax and watch the children playing games of old and enjoy some delicious treats made with rice.

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Toys and Decorations made with Palm Leaves

Motag Living Museum is a 10 minute trike ride from Caticlan Port.  You can pre-book your tour before you arrive, here.  The trike ride is not included in the tour

 

1 Day Diving Trip to Maniguin Island 

Trips leave the island approximately 1-2 times a month, depending on the minimum number of divers being confirmed for the trip. In Low Season (May-September) trips may only take place once a month.

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1 Day Drive Trip to Maniguin Island: Early Morning Starts

Whilst the diving is restricted to those who are qualified as a PADI Open Water Diver, with at least one Deep Adventure Dive completed, this is still a great tour if you’re a “Dive Widow/er” as the snorkeling is also amazing, with visibility up to 50-70 meters.  There is a reduced cost for non-divers and snorkeling gear is provided.

Leaving the island between 5-6AM a delicious Continental Breakfast of fresh Bread, Croissants, Pan au Chocolat, jams, cheese, ham and cold cuts is served, alongside coffee and tea (*sample menu: items are dependent on availability).

Maniguin Island is approximately 2 hours from Boracay, by boat, so those who had a late night can grab a bunk bed and catch up on their zzz’s for the duration of the journey out to the island.

Divers will have at least 3 Dives at West Wall and The Ear and the trip is likely to bring sightings of Barracuda, Sharks and Rays, as well as Trigger Fish, Jacks, Pyramid Butterfly Fish and Napoleon Wrasse.  The Ear is prone to currents and features some of the deepest sections, hence the minimum PADI certificate requirement.

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The trip, which offers a greater dive, and snorkeling, experience than the sites located closer to Boracay, includes a chartered boat and crew, Dive Guide, full dive equipment and tanks, snorkel gear (for non-divers), breakfast and BBQ Lunch (sample menu: pork or chicken kebab, Pasta Salad – guests can also purchase fresh fish from the local Fisherman).   Beers and snacks are provided for the journey home, with the boat reaching Boracay between 7-8PM

Most trips include sightings of a pod of Dolphins, which enjoy racing the boat and making the onboard guests laugh and cheer.

Check here, for details of trip dates, or to organise a private trip (bookings require a minimum of 6 Divers)

** Tip: If you have the chance, buy some sweeties and lollies to take with you; often the local fishermen are out fishing, with their children who rarely get their hands on candy.

 

Day Trip to Carabao Island – book Here

Closer to home than Maniguin, is Carabao Island; a little like Boracay back in the 1980’s with abundant Palm Trees, empty sandy beaches and a day of relaxing, eating, drinking and beautiful views.

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Heading to Carabao in Party Spirit

Leaving the island around 10am the chartered party boat, with flowing beers and local drinks, arrives at Carabao around 11am.

Stopping briefly for a spot of snorkeling, open water swimming and boat diving, you be taken to the beach by dinghy.

Once on dry land you can wander the almost deserted beach, relax in the shade on coloured beanbags and loungers, swim, snorkel or play Beach Volleyball or Frisbee, whilst lunch is being prepared.  Lunch usually comprises of freshly grilled meat kebabs, fish and vegetables.  Salads and rice are also prepared and served, along with fresh fruit.  The Unlimited drinks, served throughout the day include: SML, SMB, Local Alcohol, Cocktails, Water, Soft Drinks.

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After lunch, there’s more relaxation before the chance to visit the other side of the island by motorbike.  (Take 50-100PHP with you to tip your drivers) Driving through villages, up over the mountain and down to the beach on the opposite side of the island, on an exhilarating ride.

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On return to the Private Beach snacks will be served, alongside drinks as the Boat is readied for your return to Boracay, coinciding with yet another stunning Boracay Sunset!

 

 

Lunch at Happy Buddha River Retreat, Nabaoy River!

A secret guarded well by residents of Boracay looking to escape the heat and excesses of Boracay, is Nabaoy River and the freshly named Happy Buddha River Retreat.

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Arriving at Caticlan Port for 11am you will be greeted by one of the staff team, and driven to the Happy Buddha River Retreat by either tricycle or minivan, depending on the number of people visiting.   The route takes you through local villages, along the coastline and then up past rice fields and locations, reminiscent of Jurassic Park or Full Metal Jacket, all just 10 minutes from the Port.

As your vehicle climbs the incline, away from the main road, you’ll travel further in to a thick and enchanting tropical forest and will instantly feel your shoulders and mind relax, and the intense heat drop. On arrival you’ll be greeted by the friendly resident Labrador/Askal, known as ‘Chili’.

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Happy Buddha River Retreat: Nabaoy River

The Happy Buddha River Retreat is set back from the Nabaoy River, with a large, vibrant garden featuring herbs and local plants, a soon to be restored Sauna, Pavilion and Children’s Playground area, and organic farm.  The sound of flowing water and birds singing complete the atmosphere.

 

You are welcome to take a seat in the garden, on the balcony of the main building or in the lounge area, or even in the river itself, especially if it’s a hot day.   Whilst you relax and unwind, the Retreats Staff Team will be creating magic in the Kitchen.

Lunch is cooked using fresh, locally sourced or grown ingredients so the menu may vary depending on availability.  Lunch may include Chicken Afritada in white wine, Grilled FishGarden Vegetables, in Coconut Milk, Garden Salad, Rice, Pancit Canton, Fresh Fruit, Fresh Tarragon Tea

 
Finca Verde 1Guests are free to wander up river towards some gentle waterfalls, relax in the grounds, request a Masseuse (for an additional fee), swim or paddle in the water (depending on the water’s height).  One definite recommendation is to bring mosquito repellent with you.

Time will pass quickly at this beautiful escape but at 4pm it’s time to depart.   You can request to be dropped back to Caticlan Port, or if you wish to extend your day a little more you could be dropped to the local market which is usually open until 6.30pm, and a short walk to the Port afterwards.

Do remember to keep your Tour Voucher with you, when you return to Boracay; you can present this to avoid paying the Environmental and Terminal Fee again, which should be only a one off fee when you arrive on Boracay at the start of your tour.

The Happy Buddha River Retreat is located 2 minutes from Motag Living Museum, so you could opt to combine the two visits on one day, to maximise your time.

Click here to book a lunch day, or inquire further about combining a lunch day with a visit to the Motag Living Museum

 

2017 Special Offer: Boracay Terraces Resort

Boracay Terraces Resort – The Boracay of Old

With many people mourning the loss of the ‘old Boracay’ it’s great to discover gems that still exist, offering that “Island Life” feel.

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Boracay Terraces Beachfront

 

Boracay Terraces Resort, is a family-owned resort located at the very end of Station 1 White Beach.  Set back from the beach, with its palm trees intact, it is one of the few hotels that still offers that “island feel”.   Not just in the sense of being away from crowds of tourists but throughout its accommodation and restaurant, which have been lovingly re-designed and painted by the very talented daughter, Lara.

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Taj Suite Balcony

 

Boracay Terraces Resort offers some of the most spacious rooms on the island, which include all the standard amenities, with Twin and Double Rooms good for two people, and Family Rooms.  All of these include a good sized terrace or patio with tables and chairs, which overlook the gardens whilst still offering privacy and seclusion.

The Taj Suites, great for families or Honeymooners, are situated above the restaurant.

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Taj A Honeymoon Suite

Sun loungers are located, under the palms, in an stretch of beach that is only used by resort guests. Additional touches are the hammocks strung between the palm trees, and little castaway and driftwood designs dotted around the beach area, restaurant and grounds.

The restaurant is open air with views of White Beach and Boracay’s crystal clear waters. Outside dining is available and offers the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sunset, accompanied by the soothing acoustic sounds of Aye Usero. The menu offers Philippine and Western cuisine, with a good range of vegetarian options, and a great fresh Juice, Shake and Cocktail menu. On occasional evenings singer song-writer, and the family’s youngest son, Armand Tj may perform at the mini-grand piano for restaurant guests.

We are currently offering a number of exclusive promos for Boracay Terraces Resort, including 30% off on Rooms and package deals for Easter Week and Laboracay.

Holy Week & Labor Weekend Package

Room Deal Promo

 

Cruising the Philippines

The Philippines has welcomed scheduled cruises with a number of Cruise Line Companies in the last few years, giving world travellers more ways to visit and see this beautiful country.

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Boracay Island Cruises

Cruise line passengers get a brief window for whistle-stop tours of destinations such as Boracay and Puerto Princesa in Palawan, but often find they are discouraged from booking tours outside of those offered by the Cruise Companies, with warnings of ships not waiting for late boarding guests, tour operators being unreliable or uninsured etc.

 

So how hard is it, to book outside of the Cruise Line’s own Tour Offerings?

Really not that difficult at all!

The Cruises are visiting destinations, with established tourism, tours and activities and it’s as simple as advising the tour operator, in advance of the arrival and departure times, to ensure guests are returned in time to board.

Boracay.travel and GoPalawan.travel have been offering bespoke tours for Cruise Guests for 2 years already.

Sometimes bookings are made by whole families, or by a group of cruise goers who post in the many Cruise Line Forums, inviting others wanting to take tours, to join their group and share the Tour Cost.

Even with dockings at 9am and departures at 5pm, there is sufficient time available for a Private, bespoke Tour to the Underground River, or Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa.  Or to have a range of tours or activities arranged for them, such as a Paraw Sail, Parasail or Helmet Diving on Boracay.

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Helmet Diving – Boracay

 

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Underground River Tour – Puerto Princesa

The benefits to the Cruise Guests is they can organise something that they truly want to do, and they can also talk to people who are ‘on the ground’ and able to put them in touch with local restaurants for pre-booked lunch tables, rather than the limited range of activities and options offered by the Cruise Line.  Often at a more reasonable price too.

In addition, the guests can be assured that they are contributing more to the local economy and can enjoy activities that others may not have the opportunity to do.

 

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Paraw Sailing off Boracay

How to go about booking tours and activities:

  • Tell us how many people are in the booking, whether they are established friends or family, or people you have pulled together through chats on the Cruise Forums.
  • Check out our Tours Pages Boracay.travel and GoPalawan.travel and see what is on offer, at least one month before your arrival.
  • Email us through the ‘Customise it’ button on the tour page, with your date and time of arrival, disembarking and departure time.
  • We can wait for you to gather more people via the Forum, if you want to make your tour cheaper, and then will email them a separate payment request.
  • We will then collect details, such as Names, Dates of Birth and Nationalities if this is required for particular tours
  • We can also add in the cost for snorkels and masks, for particular tours, so you don’t have to worry about that on the day
  • Once paid and confirmed, we will send you a Booking Voucher and an email, with all the information that you need and will be on hand to answer your questions.

Valentines on Boracay

Valentine’s Day – the day of Love, almost coincides with Chinese New Year this year (2015) and hotels on the island are busy taking bookings for their remaining rooms and packages

Things to do on the Loveliest Day of the year:-

10. Zorb Ball! It’s not for everyone, and certainly your girl may not thank you for the suggestion if she’s not an adventurous one, but Zorbing is actually quite good fun; barrelling down a hill inside a translucent ball, not knowing which way is up! (As a tip girls – make sure you’re the 2nd one in and out to avoid unflattering facial expressions and angles!)

9. Zipline – another adventurous activity; zipping down from Mount Luho road, across Ilig Iligan Beach and then returning by Cable Car. As with Zorbing; girls, you may want to ‘zip’ second .. or first, depending on your butt-confidence!

8. Step Back in Time and visit the Boracay of the 1920’s! Pop on over to the mainland and

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Collecting spring water the hard way

visit the Motag Living Museum; pretend you’re your grandparents on your own little rice farm.

Hang out in a traditional farm house, ride the caribou, sow, harvest and thresh the rice, try out some traditional games, weave a decorative wall or a toy. It’s all about the Philippines farming heritage

7. Parasail; take in panoramic views of Boracay in a duo Parasail.

6. Take in a fabulous band; such as Top Junk who will be performing at Charlie’s Steakhouse & Diner on both 14th & 15th February in the evening. Enjoy the set along with some of the fabulous Grills or Steaks from an extensive menu.

5. Helicopter Tour of Boracay; short but oh so thrilling! This 10 minute flight will give you a true birds eye view of Boracay; a flight that you will never forget.

Underwater Love4. Make Valentine’s unforgettable! Book a Diving Activity … & PROPOSE to your lover whilst underwater! If you have never dived before, you could book in for an Adventure Dive (the ‘taster’ session) and still make your proposal a memorable one.

Even if you’re not ready to ‘put a ring on it’ doing a diving course, is something that you can both cherish as a memorable Valentine. Check out these Diving Activities

Spa Helios' 1st Floor Treatment Room3. His and hers Luxury Spa Treatment at the tranquil Spa Helios. Spa Helios is located in the quiet neighbourhood of Bantud, at the former Swiss Ambassadors Family Home; a beautiful building in a private location, set amongst tropical trees and plants, with a cooling swimming pool

2. A Paraw Sail :- you could enjoy a four-hour sail around the island, stopping off for a beach BBQ, or book a 1 or 2 hour sail finishing at sunset. Click here to make a booking with the infamous band of Red Pirates

1. The Traditional Rout but Always Priceless:- Enjoy a Boracay Sunset from a beautiful location. Some of the favourites for couples are Wahine or Spider House at Diniwid Cove, and Kasbah or White House Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge at Station 1, and Villa Caemilla or 357 Boracay, Station 3/Angol. Stick around at any one of these and enjoy a meal.

Wahine and Spider House, are both to be found at Diniwid Cove – accessible by trike from the main road or a lovely stroll along White Beach and then round the cliff side. You will reach Wahine first which is identified by its beautiful coloured sun umbrellas. Spider House is on the end of the next cliff; continue to walk along the beach, passing in front of Nami, and then in to the depths of the cliff until you reach the steps that will take you down in to Spider House.

Kasbah ValentinesKasbah and White House Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge are both on Station 1, and directly on the beach. Each has its own unique vibe; Kasbah serves delicious Moroccan food ranging from kebab wraps through to their delicious, and infamous, Tagine’s and delicate desserts.

The White House is popular with the younger Manila crowd and has also gained a massive following for its delicious menu.

Villa Caemilla & 357Boracay can be found at the end of Station 3, another quiet section of the beach away from the noise and crowds of Station 2. Villa Caemilla went through extensive refurbishment in 2013 and its light, bright and airy restaurant is a delight to eat in, and offers a varied menu of Philippine and International cuisine, including some of the best breads on the island. Coupled with lovely sun-loungers right in front you can pass the day in a state of bliss (sun-loungers have a surcharge of 500PHP, redeemable against food and drinks, if you are not staying at the hotel).

357Boracay is a hidden gem, ssshhh! Try to keep it on the QT. Not much has been done to the façade of this hotel, which has been open for at least 15 years, and this is why it might get overlooked by the first-time traveller. But locals and returning guests know differently! It may not offer fancy culinary delights but what is offered is good quality food and healthy servings; the ribs are a taste sensation and melt off the bone and on to your tongue, and then there are the desserts …… sigh! As with Villa Caemilla, there are sun-loungers available in front of the hotel

Check the facebook pages for each for any reservation requirements.
Check out our hotels running promo’s which coincide with Valentine’s Day

Chillaxing on Boracay

Boracay can be many things for many people; a beach destination, a sporting activity destination and a party island.

But Boracay, with its abundance of Spa’s and Spa Retreats, is also a perfect place to visit for those looking to relax and recuperate, for a Hen Party/Bridal Shower or for a get together with friends.  Visitors are assailed by calls of ‘Massage Ma’am Sir’ as they walk along the beach path, so how do you decide where to go for the best treatments.  Here we talk about two of the best Spa’s on the island and provide links to some of the treatments, which can be booked online.

Mandala Spa Reception Mandala Spa & Villas is renowned in Spa circles, and on the island, offering a real retreat from the modern world.

The villa’s are set directly within grounds that are surrounded by trees, tropical plants and the sounds of nature, at the ‘quieter end of the island’.

The Digital Detox Villa, in particular, offers a technology free (no Wi-Fi or TV) escape.  The Villa’s are all designed to give a sense of peace and space; with reclaimed Teak polished floors, vaulted wooden ceilings and cogon roofing. The interiors are walled in glass, providing a seamless flow between the lush tropical outdoors and the warm wooden indoors.

The Spa Treatments available include treatments that are specifically designed for women, and for men.  Some of their most popular treatments include:-

The Filipino Heritage lasts 2 hours and 45 minutes and starts with a floral footbath and a ritualistic smudging to clear the surrounding energy (Suob).  The scrub, made up of fresh coconut, organic rice and oils is designed to purify and re-energize your skin. Then relax in coconut milk bath, with amino acids, skin rejuvenating enzymes, natural oils and Hibiscus flower extract.

The Princess Treatment last 4 hours, and starts with a foot bath to stimulate the senses.  This is followed by a scrub and wrap of choice; a luxurious floral hot bath, Mandala Signature Massage and a facial. The treatment completes with a herbal tea on the veranda.

The Green Coffee Therapy last 3 hours & 30 minutes.  The therapy includes a slimming body scrub, which is designed to detoxify and firm the skin, and reduce signs of aging and cellulite.  Those who have had this treatment talk of revitalized and toned skin, and receive compliments regarding a new found youthful glow.

Mandala’s latest accomplishment is The Vessel, which was completed in 2013 and gives an amazing space in which many of the yoga and dance classes are held.  These classes are open to guests staying at Mandala Spa, as well as members of the local community and other tourists staying on the island.  Check out their Facebook page for regular diary postings.

Classes include Pole Dancing, Zumba and a range of Yoga Disciplines

Mandala’s The Vessel Classes include Pole Dancing, Zumba and a range of Yoga Disciplines

 

Mandala Spa & Villa’s often offer weekend retreats with renowned Yoga or Self-help Instructors. Check our Events Page for more information.  Click here for accommodation bookings.

Starting life as an Ambassadors Residence, a Hotel and now a renowned Island Spa

Starting life as an Ambassadors Residence, a Hotel and now a renowned Island Spa

Spa Helios, is located at Boracay Hills Hotel, just a 2 minute trike ride from Mandala and just like Mandala Spa, Spa Helios is set inside its own grounds, in a quiet residential area in Bantud.

Boracay Hills Hotel was built for, and belonged to, the Swiss Ambassador and almost all of its grandiose features have been retained, through its life as a family home, to a hotel (the first on the island to receive TripAdvisor Awards) and now as a dedicated Spa.  The spacious grounds include a swimming pool, with jacuzzi jets, for spa guests to use and enjoy.

Spa Helios’ treatment rooms give a sense of privacy and retreat, and are spacious making them equally Spa Helios' 1st Floor Treatment Roomgood for solo treatments, as well as couple treatments.

There is also one super big treatment room on the first floor of the main building,which is ideal for a group of friends who want to relax and enjoy their treatment in one large room together.  This Treatment Room has hosted girls on a Hen Party/Bridal Shower and special birthday celebration.

This group treatment room has an adjacent balcony overlooking the swimming pool, which is perfect for guests to sit and relax on whilst they sip on their refreshing, complimentary after-treatment drinks.

Favourite treatments at Spa Helios include:-

The Signature Spa Helios Package; 2 hour and 30 minute treatment, which can be taken by one person or as a joint treatment for a couple, or two friends.  The package begins with a foot spa, followed by some relaxing and gentle yoga techniques. Next you will be treated to an Asian Royalty Body Scrub to invigorate and nourish your skin, followed by a hot soak in a large milk bath, full of fragrant flowers and oils to prepare you for the full body massage.  The treatment is completed with a gentle, organic facial, which uses the following ingredients:- papaya, oatmeal, cucumber, coconut milk and placenta cream.

Spa Helios Spa TreatmentsThe 1-hour Pearl Massage is ideal for anyone who is suffering from sunburn, as it incorporates cream-based ingredients, during the Swedish Massage, which soothes sore skin and targets joint pain, stiffness and tight or sore muscles.

Swedish Massage is ideal for athletes, as it uses a pressure that is deeper than other techniques, increasing oxygenation of the blood, and releasing built up lactic and uric acid in the muscles.

The Hilot Massage * is another popular treatment at Spa Helios, which aims to relieve muscle strain and identify areas of energy imbalance in the body.  This imbalance is realigned, and energy blocks are released, through the use of warmed herbal leaves (‘Tapal’) and virgin coconut oil.. This treatment includes the use of Bentosa; vacuum cupping on the muscle areas, and a continous and deep massage along the body’s Merdians (Energy Channels). The treatment is completed with a hand and foot massage, to stimulate the energy points on the soles of your feet and palms of your hands.

Hilot* is an ancient, holistic, Filipino healing treatment; which centers on the belief that illness, disease and discomfort are the direct results of imbalance and disharmony within the body.

If it’s a plain and simple massage you’re after then there is another, slightly hidden spot on the island, at the border of Station 3 and Angol, on the beach in front of Coco Loco; This is the famous blind masseuse station.  Ask an island Dragonboater or Ultimate Frisbee player and they will tell you that the therapists at this station will give you some of the best and deepest, sports massages you are ever likely to experience, which find and kneed out even the toughest of muscle strains.  What’s more you can finish off your experience with a delicious cocktail from Coco Loco’s extensive drinks menu.

Things to Do on Boracay: Breathe Underwater

There are so many things to do on Boracay and, often, so little time to achieve them all. What one thing would we recommend?

Get yourself underwater for a new view of Boracay and the experience of a lifetime.  The best part of this is ….. you don’t even need to know how to swim!  Really!

There are lots of diving courses or activities available ranging from Helmet Diving, Discover Scuba Diving through to PADI Certified Courses.

For the Beginners & non-swimmers the Helmet Diving Activity or Discover Scuba Diving session are perfect.  Neither activities require you to be able to swim.

With the Helmet Diving Activity, you will be taken out to sea in by speed boat and fitted Helmet Diving with boracay.travelwith a helmet, which has a breathing tube.  Initially the helmet is very heavy, but as soon as you have gone down the ladder to the sea bed the weight is lifted and it’s time to look around and take in all the sights of the corals and tropical fish. Take a waterproof camera or housing for your phone and make like James Bond 007.

Discover Scuba Diving is the perfect entry in to diving as a hobby or for those who just Discover Scuba Divingwant to give it a go, even for people who can not swim.  This activity always starts with some basic training, with a PADI video, orientation of the equipment and some guided training either in a pool or in the shallow waters off White Beach.  Then you’ll be taken out to one of Boracay’s many dive sites.  Each person has their own fully-qualified instructor with them, to guide them down, help equalize and to lead them to the best spots for fish-spotting.  For non-swimmers your instructor will physically lead you around throughout your time in the water.

Scuba Divers want to share their passion with you and so they will take you to the best spots where they know you will be swamped with Nemo’s, Sea Urchins, Star Fish, Schools of Neon’s and brightly coloured fish.

Want to enjoy the underwater world without getting wet? Take the Glass-Bottom Boat Tour.  This is perfect for family groups who want to play together and stay dry. This tour is two hours long and includes light snacks.  The boat will travel out to some of the best spots for fish and coral beds and for those who want to, you can don a life jacket and snorkeling gear and get in the water to get closer.

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For those who are already PADI-qualified or who want to become certified, this can also be achieved whilst you’re holidaying on Boracay.  Just click here for a full range and details of PADI Courses

2nd Boracay International Dance Festival; May 8-11 2014

dan Boracay will shortly host the Boracay International Dance Festival.  This is the 2nd Year that this 4-day Festival will take place, and the organisers are confident that it will be even more popular than last years event.

Lessons take place throughout the day,

The Dance Festival is taking place from May 8-11 2014 and will be held at Casa Pilar Beach Resort, White Beach Station 3.  Casa Pilar is an ideal venue being large enough to host the classes, performances and evening parties and also having direct beachfront access.

For other hotel options near to the venue, check-out this link to Station 3 Hotels

The Dance Festival includes Dance Workshops, Professional Dance Performances, live bands and renowned Dance DJ’s, as well as Evening Parties and the opportunity to learn from some of the best dance instructors from around the World!

Edwin Rivera

Edwin Rivera

Junior & Emily Alabi

Junior & Emily Alabi performing at the 2013 Boracay International Dance Festival

Instructors and Performers include:-

  •     Edwin Rivera
  •     Junior & Emily Alabi
  •     Romeo Navarro
  •     Ben Benidictos
  •     Raymund Gerard
  •     Orson Brando
  •     DJ Crazy Joe & DJ Jonathan Picayo
  •     Nancy & Jitendra, India
  •     Prodigy Mambo, Philippines
  •     Velocity X Dance Crew, Philippines
  •     Nancy & Bright, India
  •     Freestylers Dance Crew, Philippines
  •     Tova & John from Nuroc Dance Company, Australia
  •     Celyna Lala Rosiles & Rafael Rhythm Hoskin, USA
  •     CocoTiki, USA
  •     Canberra Latin Project, Australia

Participants can book for the full 4 Days & Nights Pass, for a Saturday or a Sunday Festival Pass, a Pass for the 4 Evening Dance Class, Performances and Parties and for the opening night; the Thursday Night Breaking Salsa Boracay Kick-off Party.

Evening Dance Classes and Parties

Evening Dance Classes and Parties

Boracay locals and Philippine Residents can contact prodigymambo@ymail.com.    Phone: 0917-2334-1231 to purchase tickets and to obtain the local discount rate with our unique Discount code: BORACAYTRVL