Staying over new year for a week :)
Very exctied to be staying with a group of 5. Please list and activities/ foods/ sightseeing. Highly interested in off beaten paths!
Here are some things you might enjoy in Boracay:
This is the best area to chill and hang out. Sand is much finer here (it's fine throughout the island but it is a bit more powdery in Station 1) and this is where you'll find the more expensive hotels like Discovery Shores Resort and Shangri-La Boracay Resort and Spa. It's a nice peaceful place to watch the sunset and have a drink. One of the better restaurants there is Kasbah - Flavors of Morocco and they serve great Moroccan food.
This is the main party area of Boracay. Most of the bars and less expensive hotels and restaurants are located here. As Apple M. has mentioned Real Coffee And Tea Cafe is a great stop for their calamansi muffins. Be sure to take some back home because you'll want to eat them again and again! :)
This is the market area of Boracay where you can buy fresh produce and have the people there cook it for you. The market also has good souvenirs, trinkets, malongs, and sarongs. Don't forget to drive a hard bargain!
Anywhere along the beach you will always find people offering you various activities like banana boat riding (fun for a big group), parasailing, jet skiing, and if you have the time SCUBA diving (don't worry if you don't have a license, most PADI shops there offer a short course to get a license). If you're into something more extreme, you might want to try cliff diving off Ariel's Point. It's usually a half day trip package that is inclusive of a short pump boat roundtrip to another island, lunch, and entrance into the cliff diving facilities. You'll probably want to down a couple of bottles of liquid courage to get to the highest dive off point.
I hope this helps. Enjoy your stay! :)
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Hi Meghan! It's a great idea spending the New Year Boracay Island. Even if it's not the holidays, Boracay offers many activities from morning til the the wee hours.
First off, you can try the calamansi (a not so distant cousin of lemons and the Philippines' local version of lemons) muffins at Real Coffee And Tea Cafe. It's located in an alley between Stations 1 and 2. You won't miss it when you pass by Stations 1 and 2 because there's a sign. Aside from the calamansi muffins, they also serve other pastries and breakfast meals. The calamansi muffins ran out real fast so it's best you order a day in advance. You'll also love the owner of the cafe. She's always there talking to the customers. She's a foreigner who decided to live in Boracay for good.
It's best to catch the sun after breakfast. If you're up for some time alone and away from the rest of the other tourists, you may want to stay at the shore along Station 3. Not all tourists stay there because most of the restaurants and hotels are located at Stations 1 and 2. But if you want convenience like walking directly to the restaurants for lunch or if you plan go back to the hotel for lunch, getting a tan along the shores of Stations 1 and 2 are convenient.
Aside from swimming all day and sunbathing, you can also hire a boat that'll take you to the different islands surrounding Boracay. Tourist guides also offer a whole day island hopping experience which includes a lunch buffet of grilled seafoods and meat. There are also lots of scuba diving shops there where you can arrange to dive at the best dive spots in the area. Best thing to do so far in Boracay nowadays is the mermaid experience. There are dive shops in Stations 1 and 2 that rent out mermaid costumes and even hold mermaid classes. You get to wear a mermaid tail and experience being a princess of the sea.
Restaurants are everywhere in Station 2 so you have a lot to choose from for dinner. Mostly are just by the shore restaurants serving grilled dishes. But there are also some serving dinner buffet style. You could not miss the big restaurants in Station 2 where you will choose live fish and seafood for them to cook according to your preference. There are also specialty restaurants in Station 2 that serve Italian cuisine and Greek cuisine.
Be sure to spend a weekend in Boracay because the best DJ's in the Philippines spin at Wave Bar Boracay Regency located at Station 2. Every Friday, the party scene is located inside Wave Bar at Boracay Regency hotel. But every Saturday, they move the party located in a tent infront of the hotel. Be sure to be early so you can not only catch the DJ but get a comfortable couch or seats. You can also try Epic Bar also located at Station 2 beside the entrance of the only mall at Boracay, D*Mall. There are other bars playing Indie music along the shores of Boracay and other bars who have DJ's as well but the most prominent are Wave Bar and Epic Bar.
There you have it. These are just some of the things to do and try at Boracay. When you get there, the hotel staff to the locals will give you brochures of things to do in Boracay. Bottomline is you and your travel buddies will never ran out of things to do and try in Boracay.
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Most water sports like parasailing, kayaks or jet skis are everywhere in Boracay, but one of my favorite activities there is riding an ATV tour around the island. Cliff diving from Ariel's Point is also another usual activity, as well as island hopping to the other nearby, more secluded islands. You might also want to try out the Zorb and the zipline in Mt Luho which gives you an excellent view of the island. Boracay is a huge party island so the nightlife is vibrant.
As for the foods to check out in Boracay, definitely look for the chori burger which is usually sold in the afternoon as a snack, I get the most random cravings for those delicious things, and try the other street foods as well like isaw. Jonah's Fruit Shake & Snack Bar is also a must try, I love their banana choco peanut shake and the mango milk shake. Some restaurants you might want to try are Aria Cucina Italiana@Boracay, Gasthof Cafe' Lei , Boracay's Famous Back Ribs, and Kasbah Boracay Restaurant & Bar. Head on over to D' Talipapa and buy some fresh seafood, which you can have cooked your way in some of the nearby restaurants. Cafe del Sol is also famous for their mango cheesecake. And! You cannot leave Boracay without trying the calamansi muffin at Real Coffee And Tea Cafe. Cheers!
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Take a stroll around the Talipapa Market, find the best seafood for your meal. Then, make your way to Diniwid Beach for a sunset view. The view is superb. Don't forget to visit Willy's Rock, White Beach, White Beach path, ... It's more interesting if you can try the Zipline Boracay. So amazing!!!
You can view my plan in Boracay for suggestion. Hope it works on you! Have a great trip!