Boracay is in the middle of the Philippine Islands. This island is a favorite destination
for both the Koreans and Taiwanese tour groups. Other foreigners come here as well
but usually not as a group. In general this is an island to relax and enjoy life.
For the tour group members they come here for banana boat rides, sail rides, driving
ATV on paved roads ( I found that to be ridiculous -
Information and comments:
Americans do not need a visa to get into Philippine.
In February 2011 the exchange rate is about P40 per US$1.
Standard tipping is P20 for the hotel cleaning lady, bell boys, taking a picture of a sand castle (if they put your name on it, pay P50), P100 for masseur if the massage is 2 hours or more, 5% to 10% for waiter. If in doubt give P20.
Weather is always warm and the rainy season is from April to the end of the year.
I found the people here are very friendly and the street vendors are not aggressive like some other tourist area. They know that Koreans and Taiwanese are good negotiators and will bargain with you with a sense of humor.
For the motorcycle converted tricycle (I thought they call it to-