Shopping

White Beach

After a delicious meal why not work off the calories with a bit of shopping. Take the time to walk white beach end to end to find some of the unique shops Boracay has to offer. As you leisurely stroll white beach you will be approached by men from the Muslim Vendors Association selling sunglasses, pearls, model sailboats, fake watches, belts and numerous other trinkets. There are a few stalls offering made to order bracelets customized with your name or whatever wording you decide upon. There will also be other people with laminated cue cards selling scuba diving, water sports, sailboat adventures and other activities. There are other services you will be offered as you enjoy your walk such as pedicures and manicures,beach side massages, henna tattoos, and hair braiding. Sometimes it can get frustrating hearing the same sales pitch over and over again, but just smile and shake your head...relax you are on vacation.

 

D'Mall

D'Mall is a one stop shopping experience for everyone's needs and desires. Starting at Budget mart on the main road all the way through to white beach you will find designer clothes, pharmacies, souvenir shops, travel agents, optical and dental services, fantastic European Deli not to mention upscale and budget restaurants and a number of fine happy hour establishments.
From Crafts supermarket/department store heading towards white beach you will find a wet market offering all kinds of fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood. There are also cell phone repair vendors, souvenir shops, an alcohol store and some budget friendly hotels and restaurants. Find everything you want and more at D'Mall.

 

D'Talipapa

This "small market place" is by no means small as suggested by its Tagalog name. With numerous alleyways you can search around for an afternoon of shopping for all the souvenirs you can carry. There are vendors selling fresh vegetables, fruits, meat and seafood for you to cook up yourself as well as many of the restaurants in the marketplace will cook to your pallets content. Remember to wear your bartering cap to get the best possible prices.

 

Communication

Boracay Island is serviced mainly by two mobile providers, SMART and GLOBE. They have good reception through most of the island. Visitors can purchase a SIM card with phone number for 65 PHP and then purchase load (user minutes) in amounts as low as 10 pesos. Text messages are definitely the main form of local communication at a cost of 1 peso per text. (The Philippines is the text message capital of the world). Talk time is more expensive between 6 to 8 pesos per minute. International text messages are quite affordable (most countries 15-25PHP).

Landline calls are cheaper, and best for international calls. There are several International Phone booths along the White Beach footpath and in D'Mall. Some resorts also have international phone service, but generally at higher rates. Philippine country code is +63. Boracay's area code is (036). MyBoracayGuide's phone number would be +63 36 288-9999.

Boracay has several internet cafes along White Beach, at the Tourist Information Center, and in D'Mall. Half hour is 25-40PHP, one hour is 50-75 PHP. Connections are not very fast, but sufficient to email home.
There is a private post in the office in the Tourist Center which is open at 9am-9pm daily and on holidays. There is one LBC branch next to Budget Mart.

There are two local newspapers that cover many of the events and happenings on the island called the "Boracay Informer". You can find this at many of the popular establishments on the island. There are three major FM Radio Stations, Yes FM 91.1, Easy Rock 93.5 and Radio Boracay 106.1

 

Visa Extensions

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) can extend visitor visas as well as process other changes required in visa status. For visa extensions you will be required to make photocopies of your passport and fill out a visa application form. The cost varies depending on your visa and desired length of stay. You can expect to pay around 3000 PHP for a one month extension. There is a dress code so don't wear board shorts or tank tops. Located on the main road next to Nirvana Resort, the best time to go is on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 8-12 or 1-5. For more information call 288 5267.