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6 Tips to Have Fun in Boracay Even on Rainy Days, According to a Local

How to enjoy your vacation in gloomy weather? Hear it from a local!

By: Karen Bermejo | June 17, 2021
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The beach gets less crowded during lean season.

While it’s best to travel to Boracay during the summer months, moving your vacation on a rainy season has its advantages. From being usually crowded, you can get a clearer view of the white beach during the rainy months, usually starting in June and lasts until December. With fewer visitors during this period, lean season rates are observed in this world-famous island.

During the lean season, you can stay in a more classy resort without breaking your budget. Hotel and resort rates usually go down. Aside from saving on accommodation, visiting Boracay during this period also saves you from enduring long queues at the ports. That means you’ll have more time to enjoy your vacation.

Learn how to have fun rainy days in Boracay, according to a local!

1. First, warm your stomach.

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Fishes as big as this are sold at D’ Talipapa market, perfect for sinigang.

Image: Writer

Nothing brings warmth to the body better than a good, hot meal. Try sinigang, the classic Pinoy comfort food for the cold weather at Boracay’s popular spot. Buy either a kilo of pork, shrimp, or fish at D’Talipapa market and have it cooked at any of the paluto (cooking service) stalls in the area.

June 2021 Update: Talipapa is open from Monday to Saturday; 7:00AM to 9:00PM

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Real Coffee and Tea Café is one of the pioneers in the Boracay food scene.

Image: Writer

Coffee is also good to enjoy in the cold weather. Try a cup of coffee at Real Coffee and Tea Café. They have been operating since the ‘90s, making them one of the earliest shops established on the island. You can pair their brewed coffee, priced at PhP120 per cup, with their popular calamansi (Philippine lemon) muffin, which is at PhP60 per piece. The store is located on the second floor of Sea World at the beachfront in Station 2. There is no Wi-Fi connection at the café, so you either enjoy your solitude or strike a conversation with a stranger.

June 2021 Update: Real Coffee and Tea Café is open on Monday to Saturday; 9:00AM to 7:00 PM

2. Next, check out the island’s giant pearl!

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The underwater view at Crown Regency Ocean Bar

Image: Crown Regency Boracay

Take a look at the world’s biggest pearl at the Boracay Oceanarium in Crown Regency Boracay Resort and Convention Center, located along the main road in Station 2. Weighing in at a whopping nine kilos, it’s no wonder the gem is dubbed as the “Pearl of the King.”

At Crown Regency you will also find an underwater bar called the Ocean Bar & KTV, where you can enjoy the view of various marine animals, including baby sharks.

June 2021 Update: Crown Regency Ocean Bar is open daily from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

3. Visit a living museum.

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This is one of the best ways to learn about the local culture.

Image: Motag Living Museum Facebook Page

If learning about cultures sounds fun to you, you can take a side trip to the mainland and visit the Motag Living Museum—the only interactive cultural museum in the Philippines. It is located in Barangay Motag, about 10 minutes away from Caticlan, and is recommended by the Philippine Carabao Center and the Philippine Conservation Society. The interactive farmer’s village is open from Tuesday to Sunday. Entrance fees are at PhP700 for adults and PhP300 for children or PhP1,600 for a family ticket (two adults and two children).

Guests can see the different stages of the farming cycle and even try their hands at ploughing, harrowing, and other farming methods. They can also eat local delicacies, learn how to dance the tinikling (a traditional Filipino bamboo dance), or ride a carabao (Philippine water buffalo).

June 2021 Update: Motag Living Museum is open on Tuesday to Sunday; 9:00AM to 5:00 PM

4. Take a dip in the pool.

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Alta Vista de Boracay’s beautiful pool

Image: Alta Vista de Boracay Facebook Page

When bad weather hits the island, swimming in the open sea is strictly prohibited, especially at White Beach. But if you can’t resist the urge to swim, you can take a dip in the pool at your hotel, or try the pool facilities of resorts that allow walk-in guests.

Alta Vista de Boracay in Barangay Yapak accepts walk-in guests for PhP500, a consumable amount for food and drinks. Their pool is open from 7:00 AM until 11:00 PM daily. The resort is located upland so guests can take in the grand view of The Fairways and Bluewater Golf Course from the infinity pool. Guests can also avail themselves of free shuttle service at the lake area in Station 2.

If you’re into sports, you can join a Tae Bo session at one of the hotels in the island. Tae Bo sessions are from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Patio Pacific Boracay Hotel Gym. Each session has a fee of PhP100, and by joining, you’re also helping local dragon boat teams to compete abroad. The activity helps provide funds for the Boracay Dragon Force and the Boracay Dragonflies when they join international competitions.

June 2021 Update: Alta Vista de Boracay is operational, while Patio Pacific Boracay Hotel Gym is open daily from 10:00AM to 6:00PM.

5. Beat the cold with some booze!

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Om Bar Boracay’s inviting facade

Image: OM Bar Boracay Facebook Page

Known for its nightlife, Boracay remains busy even during the wet season because some booze will keep you warm. One place to go to is Om Bar Boracay. Replacing the now-defunct Juice Bar in Plazoleta, Station 2, Om Bar Boracay attracts customers because of its artistic vibe. The bar serves a selection of local beers and cocktail drinks. On the menu, they also have different noodle dishes from Asian countries. Some favorites are Mie Goreng, Dandan Noodles, and Chow Mein.

Loco Frio at Boracay Uptown has cocktails to go for those who can endure frozen drinks even in the cold. You can have yours in different flavors, such as strawberry kiwi, lime margarita, mudslide, and bubble gum. You can have these juices mixed with the alcohol of your choice—tequila, vodka, Bailey’s, or triple sec. The store is open from 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM daily.

June 2021 Update: Om Bar Boracay is open daily from 10:00AM to 10:00PM

6. Go around and explore.

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Helmet diving is one of the main draws on the island.

Even when it’s raining, some water activities are still allowed so long as the water current is stable. One thing even non-swimmers can do is helmet diving. Using a helmet made of glass plates, you can breathe underwater and walk on the ocean floor. The rate per person is PhP600, which already includes a CD that contains your souvenir photo.

If you're traveling as a couple, try visiting Ocean Tower Boracay. The entrance fee to the top of Mt. Luho is PhP70. You can put your love locks at their viewing decks and see Boracay from the topmost portion of the island.

With guests coming from different parts of the world, Boracay has become a year-round destination. Businesses and activities are always open to serve tourists like you. Even when the sun is out, know that your much-anticipated vacation in Boracay would never become as dull as the weather.

June 2021 Update: Ocean Tower Boracay is temporarily closed.

Go to Yoorekka Consumer Magazine to discover more local places and tourist spots in Boracay!

Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions wherever you go. Have a great trip!

This article was originally published in Yoorekka on January 13, 2017.

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About Karen Bermejo
Karen is a writer, a traveler, and a volunteer. Her ultimate dream is to travel the world, master a foreign language, and learn how to swim. To keep her sanity while chasing her dreams, she’s scaling mountains on weekends.
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