In light of the horrible storm that hit the Philippines this past week, I decided it is time for me to write about this beautiful country. Over 10,000 people died and more will probably die from infrastructure problems in the country. Today, I am not here to talk about that horrible disaster, but to give you a small look into the Philippines and one if its most beautiful islands, Boracay. Este é na esperança que uma vez que estes tempos difíceis passar-lhe fazer uma escolha para visitar. Antes de eu entrar na beleza da ilha, aqui estão algumas dicas de viagem Boracay para tornar a sua viagem a Boracay perfeito.
Dicas de Viagem Boracay
I still remember the first time the Philippines came into my travel consciousness. I was working at Nordstrom and one of the sales associates was showing me pictures of the B&B she was building. The pictures were stunning, everything was lush and green and full of life. I was intrigued. It was not until much (much) later that I’d finally get to see this beautiful land and meet its lovely people.
Eu não posso ajudar, mas sinto rasgada sobre meus sentimentos para o país. As Filipinas são um lugar de dicotomia. It is paradise one second, and hell the next…not for you, the tourist, but for its people. I cannot get the image of what one can barely call houses standing on the side of an obviously polluted river in Manila (the government has recently built walls to hide – not fix – this issue). The country is hit over and over again by horrible storms (just like they did this week to a death toll of over 10,000), earthquakes, e desastres naturais. Os políticos encher seus bolsos como as pessoas que é suposto servir ao vivo na miséria. Yet, the people of the Philippines fight on. É realmente coloca a vida em perspectiva.
Você pode pensar que desde o início deste post que eu diria a vocênot to go to the Philippines. Você pode estar errado. Leve seus dólares de viagem lá. Quando você conhecer as pessoas das Filipinas, you will be amazed by their spirit. Acho que qualquer um que tenha viajado para as Filipinas posso dizer-lhe que os filipinos são algumas das pessoas mais agradáveis que possam atender. They are also polite, hard working, and fill its streets with music. Besides, the country is stunning, especially when you hit up the islands.
One of these islands is Boracay. This tiny island is marked by white sandy beaches, aquamarine waters, e paisagens exuberantes. Você vai ter que fazer um pouco de trabalho para chegar lá, but it will be worth it. What type of work? First, você vai precisar para voar por uma hora em um avião a hélice no aeroporto de Caticlan. Once you land, você vai pagar uma taxa terminal e uma taxa ambiental. These are nominal, around 125 PHP or around $2.50 USD. Then, você vai esperar em um ao ar un área de espera condicionado. Uma vez que você é agradável e suado, você vai apanhar o barco de transferência.
IMPORTANT: Do not skimp on price here. This means the difference between a super bumpy ride that may have you stopped in the middle of the ocean for forty five minutes (didn’t work out so well for Antonio who gets sea sick), or a super fast 10 minute ride to land. You want to spend your money here. It will be worth it.
The island is only about 6 1/2 miles long, but there will be plenty for you to do and see. Boracay is divided into five sections.
- Station 1 –Located on the North-Western area of White Beach, this is the swankiest area. Este é o lugar onde White Beach é mais amplo.
- Station 2 –This is where most shops, restaurants, and bars are located. There are both upscale and mid tier hotels here.
- Station 3 –You will still find some Filipinos living here since this was the last area to be developed in White beach. his was the last section of White Beach to be developed. If you like quiet, this is probably your best choice if you want to remain in White Beach.
- Station 4 –I think this is where the locals live, Eu realmente não começar a explorar esta área muito.
- Station 5 –This is where I stayed. É mais longe do centro da cidade e não há muito o que fazer lá.
WHERE TO EAT
Dos Mestizos: Cute little Spanish restaurant with solid food. Você vai apreciar a sua refeição eo serviço.Remedios street, Sitio Manggayad, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, 5608 Tel 63 919 329 255
The Sands at Discovery Shores:Cozinhar quando a temperatura está a atingir as centenas sem ar condicionado é dura. A cozinha do apartamento que alugamos não estava equipado com uma unidade de AC. A escolha era clara, ficaremos comer no dia seguinte. Nós acabamos no restaurante Sands at Discovery Shores. Ele está localizado na Estação 1, que é um pouco swankier de Estação 2 (the more touristy area). na Estação 2, você pode esperar que as pessoas tentam vender coisas a cada cinco passos. Não o meu chávena de chá. Station 1 é menos lotada, mas você pode esperar para pagar mais sobre esta parte da ilha. Eu recomendo que você experimentá-lo. Nós até mesmo devolvido para uma segunda visita. Não deixe sem tentar sua sopa de alho, Isso é para morrer por.
Bakers Brothers: At some point, you will be craving a good roast beef sandwich. This is your spot – awesome sandwiches and killer bread. Remedios street, Sitio Manggayad, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, 5608 Tel 63 919 329 2557
Smoke: Good traditional Filipino food, affordable too. O bulalo é um assassino ressaca.D'Mall, em Estação 2 – 36-288-6014
Epic: Grab a seat at this beach-side restaurant and enjoy really good people watching. They make good ribs & chicken adobo. Épico foi bom, não é perfeito, mas bom. Eu pedi o Inasal frango, que foi muito saborosa, mas ligeiramente mal cozida. The other dish we ordered: a club sandwich minus the mayo, veio com mayo e não foi tão grande. O serviço é lento, mas isso é algo que você pode esperar encontrar em toda a ilha. Voltamos para uma melhor experiência lá mais tarde durante a viagem.D'Mall, em Estação 2 – Tel 036 288-1466
Lemoni Cafe: Great little place for sandwiches and lemon cakes (maybe you’ll find Sansa Stark there once she becomes the Queeen of the North). É brilhante, alegre e acessível.D'Mall, em Estação 2 – 36 288 6781
Cork: One of the few places in Boracay where you can get a decent glass of wine. É calma, relaxado e refrescante.Main Road Station 2, Regency Lagoon Resort 906 225 3455
WHAT YOU SHOULD SEE
D’Mall:Localizado na Estação 2, D'Mall tem cerca de 100 stores and restaurants. This is where we found ourselves most when we left the hotel. You can find anything from a massage parlor, clothing shops, wine shops (although they are usually not air conditioned which means cooked wine). Nós sentimos bastante segura lá e não tinha problemas qualquer.Station 2
Cool Waves Ranch –Bacon ipsum dolor sit amet bresaola papada Leberkas baqueta, meatball rump sirloin bacon andouille pork belly salami shank spare ribs corned beef jerky. Rump beef ribs ground round tri-tip ham hock t-bone tail. Short loin flank swine, filet mignon ham shank brisket salami turducken. Pancetta bresaola venison prosciutto, fatback andouille kielbasa boudin cow ground round hamburger strip steak beef ribs ribeye salami. Boudin frankfurter short ribs, pancetta frango Shankle carne enlatada prosciutto lombo kevin presunto lombo curto carne.Station 5
D'Talipapa:Até agora a maioria de vocês já descobri que eu tenho uma coisa para mercado do fazendeiro. D'Talipapa é o mais próximo de que me lembro na minha infância na Colômbia. I think for most Americans it will take some getting used to. You will see flies on your meats, mas essa é a natureza de um mercado ao ar livre. Then again, here you can find the freshest fish on the island (unless you go fishing yourself). There are also “restaurants” in D’Talipapa, mas eu saltei-los desde que eu tinha um sério problema estomacal na primeira semana de Boracay.Station 2
Mt. Luho:Este é o ponto mais alto da ilha. Make it a point to go there for the most beautiful views on the Island. Se você estiver em caminhadas, this will definitely be your spot. Se você não estiver, you can rent an ATV to get you up the hill…or…you can have a tricycle take you up. They are the primary form of transportation on the island and will cost you around 150 PHP (around $3 USD). Once you get there, você vai pagar cerca de outros US $ 3.Station 4
Manny Pacquiao’s House: It is no surprise that Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao has a home on Boracay island. Maybe, if you get lucky, você vai correr para ele, but probably not.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
Island Hopping:Se você sentir como passeios pelas ilhas, you can charter a sailboat to take you. Your course will depend somewhat on the direction of the wind. Just make sure your sailboat is equipped with an engine in case there is trouble. If you take one of these tours you can end up in some truly pristine islands and beaches. You can also take a dip in the clear cool waters or go snorkeling. Você provavelmente vai acabar em Carabao que é apenas 20 minutes away and has gorgeous, quiet beaches.
Spas:Há toneladas de lugares para você receber uma massagem em Boracay. If you want a fancy experience, check out one of the high end hotels like the Shangri-La. If not, you can get an awesome massage (like I did) for around $20 over by Station 2.
ATV:Divirta-se e divertir-se na ilha em seu ATV. Loads of fun…just don’t drink & drive.
Zip Lining:Se você cabeça para Mt. Luho and are feeling adventurous, you can take a nice zip line ride. I did not zip line in Boracay, but I did so in Argentina and I LOVED IT! Super fun and a great rush of adrenaline. I can just imagine what it is like checking out the view as you zoom down the mountain.
Eat Balut: I think I am insane some times. The first day I was feeling better after my horrible 1 week bout with stomach sickness (make sure you get all your shots before visiting the Philippines or you will waste much time being sick), Eu decidi que iria tentar balut. My opportunity came on White beach as a street vendor came up with a bag full of this Filipino delicacy. What is balut? It’s a fertilized duck egg. They crack the top open, give you a vinegar-like sauce and you chomp down on the little ducky bones, feathers and all. É uma experiência sensorial horrível, but it tastes damn good. Would I eat it again? Probably not, mas estou feliz que eu fiz.
Windsurfing:Eu não sou o melhor nadador, então eu não ter ido windsurf, but I hear that Boracay rivals Guanacaste when it comes to the sport. It did look like everyone was having lots of fun.
Beaches: I have to admit, I am a beach addict. I like few things more than laying on the sun and hopping into the water for a swim when the heat gets to be too much. I can do this all day. Here’s the breakdown on the beaches in Boracay:
- Baling Hai Beach – A nice spot for snorkling and swimming. Bring a book and enjoy paradise.
- Bulabog Beach – This beach was not designed for people like me (lazy sun worshipers), this is the beach for those super sporty types who are looking for the best wave. Vá aqui se você está procurando a sua aventura de pára-quedismo.
- Puka Beach – If you’re looking for secluded white sandy beaches, this is your spot. Você vai correr em locals coletando conchas puka para fazer jóias para vender na praia branca mais populares. A água foi agitado aqui, so while it may not be the best for a swim, é ótimo para banhos de sol. Certifique-se de trazer comida com você uma vez que há não muitos lugares onde você pode pegar um lanche aqui.
- White Beach – This is Boracay’s most famous beacblue and clear (unless the algae has been bothered. On a good note, there are lots of restaurants and shops here. On a bad note, this is where locals will bother you to purchase trinkets. Buy if you want, but understand that this will be a daily occurrence. you will see small children building sculptures out of sand. Feel free to take a pictures, but make sure to pay them for their work. A coin or two will do. Praia branca é composta de três seções, Station 1, Station 2, and Station 3 as discussed above.
WHERE TO STAY IN BORACAY
Where not to stay: We stayed at two different places in Boracay. We hated the first. Era ChamadoLingganany. We chose this place because it offered full apartments with kitchens and a private beach. Why did we hate it? The air conditioning did not work in our room or the conference room we booked for our business meetings (yup, we were there on business). The food was seriously sub par. The ladies at the kitchen tried, but they only made Filipino food, which was pretty much rice with fried m eats. It was all very unhealthy. Also, the private beach (next to Bulabog Beach) was choppy and rough rendering it useless except for photo ops. On a positive note, the grounds were lovely with tons of bugs (I have a thing for insects, flowers, and lots of photo ops). The rooms cost around $250 per night.
Where to stay: We moved over to the Shangri-La. It was heavenly, but ridiculously expensive. We paid around $500 per night, but the air conditioning worked, the water was filtered (I think the culprit of my sickness may have been the water at the Lingganany), and the grounds were still stunning. O Shangri-La também tinha alguns restaurantes incríveis e comida. They made an awesome Bulalo and a Lechon. We spent some time in the recreation room playing rock band, billiards, and having a great time. Their ferry back to Caticlan was super fast and convenient. Eu recomendo ficar aqui uma vez que tudo o resto da ilha é tão barato. There were plenty of pools to make up for the choppy beach and we even saw a resident eagle there.
HOW TO GET THERE?
BY AIR: You can land in one of two airports:
- Caticlan (Godofredo P. Ramos Airport) – Think of really small noisy planes here. The airlines flying into Caticlan include South East Asian Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, and Air Philippines which come in from from Manila, Cebu and Clark. Once there, you can pick up a tricycle, walk 10 minutes, or have your hotel’s van take you (my preferred method) to Caticlan Jetty Port. Não espere para trazer muita bagagem. There are weight restrictions.
- Kalibo International Airport – This is a much bigger airport, but it’s much further away from the jetty port (1 hour and a half). There are significantly more airline options here. Once you land, you can grab a minivan or a bus to the jetty port, mas isso pode seriamente corte em seu tempo já que os minivans não se moverá até que eles estão cheios.
Uma vez que você está lá, você provavelmente vai ter um triciclo para se locomover. A maioria dos hotéis também oferecem serviço de van para D'Mall e você pode fazer o seu caminho de lá.
- Get your shots: Don’t do like I did (since I’m deathly afraid of needles) and skip out on your recommended shots. These will probably save you all the pain I endured due to food poisoning and save you valuable beach time. Shots include Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, encephalitis, malaria, rabies, febre amarela e tifóide.
- Drink bottled water: and make sure the seal snaps when you twist.
- Don’t drink ice: Stick to wine and not mixed drinks which can contain water which will make you really sick.
- Wear sunblock:Você não quer cedo, right?
- Watch your valuables: although the majority of people in the Philippines are lovely, just like in any other place there are exceptions. Take the necessary precautions.
I went to Boracay in mid-March and had an amazing experience. One day as I looked out my window, I noticed that the water that had once been deep and lush had receded about a mile out into the ocean. I figured I was done, my first thought was Tsunami, but then I saw all the locals out in the water. I am still not sure what happened, but for almost the whole afternoon, the water was ankle deep. Locals happily picked up sea urchin for sale at the market. I photographed all sorts of sea life that I never thought I would have ever seen. The experience was surreal and amazing. Probably one of the best experiences of my life. The next day the water was back to normal and I was glad to have pictures as proof that I was not insane. Maybe if you go there next March you can find out more about this and let me know what it was. So far my google searches have led to nothing. Se você estiver interessado neste, é todas as fotos onde parece que deve haver água, but there is not.
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