Boracay is tagged as the second best beach destination in the world. This is already not new to anyone especially among beach bums and tourists alike. But, for someone like me who grow up in Cebu and had been to its finest beaches, Boracay is not really that super great. I mean come on. When it comes to beaches, Sumilon Island here in Cebu is at par, and don’t forget Camotes, Malapascua, and Bantayan Island – these are just a few of Cebu’s best beach destinations. Also, Panglao Island in Bohol is majestic. The one thing that makes Boracay a wonder on its own is the never-ending-all-year-round activities that makes you want to come back for more. And, honestly, that’s the very reason why I’m planning to go back may be next year.
Exploring Boracay on a Budget at Night
I discovered that the most budget-friendly activity you can do in Boracay is to explore the island by doing a photo-walk during the night.
Compared to the “very” costly day-time activities, exploring at night is very friendly to your pocket. You don’t really need to buy anything. If you’re a first time tourist, taking photos is definitely a very rewarding and enjoyable activity you can do.
While exploring, you can splurge a bit and have a dinner buffet. In our case, I managed to haggle the per head price, from Php285 per head (for 4) down to Php284 per head (for 3+1). Yes, I got the 4th person free of charge. I’m that good in haggling. LOL!
For Php213 per head, we already have a very sumptuous dinner that was composed of poultry meat and sea foods. And take note, the drinks are bottomless. (; Another note: If you are in a “super” tight budget, you can skip the buffet dinner and just head to Andoks, Mang Inasal, Master Siomai, and a lot more cheaper options.
After we had our dinner, we were so full that we decided to stroll around. I found out that there are so many dinner buffet deals ahead of us – the very reason the woman who convinced us to dine in their restaurant tried her best to keep us by giving us a lower rate. Nice strategy!!
Compared to other famous beach destinations here in the Philippines, I can say that Boracay has the liveliest night life.
You will never get hungry because the variety of options is endless. From fresh sea foods, food stalls, fine dining, fast foods, and yes even a grocery store where you can buy canned goods and rice.
While strolling, we found some fun ways to take photos. At the beach side there were a few big photo-shoot studio umbrellas where we got our photos taken.
Farther ahead, we spotted a couple of sand castles. This one in the photo is not the usual fabulous sand castle I usually see but this is already okay. Note: After you take your photos, some kids will ask you for a donation. They are the ones who built the sand castles and they want you to compensate their effort. You have the choice to just ignore them or just give them at least five pesos. In my case, I gave them twenty.
One of the best highlights of our long photo-walk session was the dancing chefs. When we arrived at their dinner buffet area, we noticed a lot of Koreans and other foreigners having a good time taking photos with the restaurant’s chefs. Who doesn’t want to have a picture taken wearing a chef’s cap?
Although September is an off-peak season in Boracay, the clubbing life is so alive I would have tried going in a disco area if my mother was not with us.
And this is how the traffic looks like at 10PM. Tourists had just started to pour in.
While on our way back to our hotel, I was astounded when a policeman caught up with us and tried to check the photos I took with my camera. He asked me if I took photos of “him”.
I was like, really? You Mr. Policeman are overreacting. I told him that I was only taking a photo of the police vehicle as part of my Boracay documentation. In our way back to our hotel, we noticed some disturbances when a few policemen were apprehending a drunken tourist. That’s the time that I noticed a police vehicle and snapped a photo. It never occurred to me that a policeman in a tourist area would reprimand someone taking photos of her surroundings.
He tried to chitchat with us and asked where we come from and told us that he did the inspection for security purposes. I was like, really? They are expecting spies and conspiracies in this bloody island? I wanted to LOL but at a closer look, I did consider his excuse. Well, who knows? This can be a good aspect of the island – security. Still, I really find it friggin’ annoying and unnecessary. If you are a good policeman, you should know how to assess people.
And here, I save the best err the worst for last – in my long and previous online researches about Boracay, I never really seen photos like this one that I took. The results of my online researches all contain beautiful photos of the island – not a hint of the situation that’s being presented in the photo above.
When I passed by this young mother with her children, I can’t helped but realized that in the Philippines, the local/native people are the poorest of the poor. And it becomes very ironic especially in an island as rich as Boracay – a tourist destination that asks for massive terminal fee, and environmental fees at every entrance gate. Spell OVERPRICING and SCAMMERS – will write a detailed article about this in my next blog post.
Have you been to Boracay? Share your experiences, may it be good or bad. Goodnight. (: