The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands which makes it a perfect tourist destination for divers, adrenaline junkies and those eager to partake in water sports. My island of choice to visit was Boracay island, a growing tourist destination. It has gotten the attention of adventurous tourists and party-goers in recent times and the island’s popularity is only growing. I visited The Philippines in the month of April, which I only realised during my stay, that it was monsoon season. Monsoon season is the months of April and May. If you want to avoid the torrential rain, make sure you avoid these Asian summer months. But if you happen to get stuck in a shower, you’ll have plenty of bars or restaurants to take shelter in!
One of the best things about Boracay is how cheap the food and drink are! I spent every morning at the Sunny Side Café. Expect scrumptious pancakes and deserts along with an all-day breakfast. If you’re planning a Boracay trip, make sure you add this breakfast café to your list. As for drinks, be prepared for numerous beach bars. There are heaps to choose from. Alcohol is so cheap throughout the island. Even a can of Coke or Fanta costs more than the local rum. Why choose one bar when you can do them all? The island hosts an exciting, fun bar hopping called the Boracay PubCrawl.
Look out for people with yellow shirts on the beach. Just sign up and you’ll receive your free t-shirt and shot glass pendant. Firstly, you’ll meet the enthusiastic captains of the crawl and they’ll help you customise your iconic shirt whichever way you like. The second we arrived, we were encouraged to find out three things about a person. It was a great tactic to make friends but there was no need for the small talk once the alcohol starting flowing. The group were given free shots at every bar (and between bars if you were up for having some straight rum from the bottle for the walks!). The guides were always on hand to make sure we were enjoying our time. They showed us the most popular spots. Making it easier for us to decide where to drink for the week.
Do be weary of ice in your drinks though! The water on the island is undrinkable, it would be best to even brush your teeth using bottled water. So just be sure that you ask for no ice in your spirits. It’ll save you days in bed from a stomach ache and the shits haha! As you know, once the alcohol hits it’s a challenge to remember to ask for no ice. But trust me, you’ll thank me the next morning. The Boracay Pubcrawl is the best way to meet people from all over the world. It was one of the best experiences for me on the island and I’d recommend anyone visiting to do it!
The trip home from a night out is almost as good as the night out itself. Motorized tricycles are the normal form of a taxi. In the early hours of the morning it can be hard to find one. The only other option of reaching home would be to take one of the motorcycles outside the bars and restaurants. Usually I wouldn’t recommend hopping on the back of a random motorbike. The Filipinos who drive the motorbikes are friendly and sensible. Like all the locals on the island, they’re just looking to earn a living. It has become a common trend on the island to treat this form of transport as the norm. Be prepared for the most adrenaline inducing taxi ride home of your life!