Travel Tips in Boracay, Philippines

Infrastructure

Cellphone Bands
GSM 900, GSM 1800
Electricity
V ( Hz)
Power Outlet Types

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Emergency

  • Boracay Island Emergency Hospital

    +63 36 288 3041

  • Boracay Police Station

    +63 36 288 6940

  • Fire Department

    198 and 194

  • Boracay Fire Rescue Ambulance Volunteers

    +63 36 288 2338

  • Philippine Coast Guard

    +63 36 288 6150

  • Lifeguard Command Center

    +63 36 288 3689

  • Philippine Red Cross, Boracay

    +63 36 288 2068

Safety

  • Heat and sun

    The most common danger in Boracay is the heat and sun , so drink lots of water to stay hydrated and wear sunblock if you have fair skin. A reminder that alcohol dehydrates the body, so drinking alcohol is no substitute for water! You should try to drink bottled water, as there was an outbreak of coliform in 1997 and is still sometimes prevalent, causing stomach cramps, diaorrhea and vomiting.

    The Metropolitan Doctors Medical Clinic [tel. (141) 288-3041] is located on the island, which is open 24 hours, as well as a police station [tel. (166) 288-3066].

  • Money Matters

    Major international currencies can be exchanges for Pesos at Banks, the Boracay Tourist Center and some resorts, restaurant and bars. Credit cards are accepted at most big hotels , resorts, restaurants and bars. The five banks on Boracay are open weekdays, 9 AM to 4 PM.

  • Electricity

    Voltage is 220 volts with 60 cycles. Electricity is stable and good. There are sometimes "brownouts" however, bt they seldom las longer than an hour. Many establishments have back-up generators.

  • Food

    Freshness and quality are quite good during high season when the island is busy. During the low season, do check the displayed seafood,

  • Swimming

    The sea of White Beach during the high season is mostly calm. The sea is often rougher during the low season and off other beaches. Always check the direction of the tide and any currents before swimming offshore.

  • Valuables

    Boracay is quite safe. Passports, money and other valuables, however should be deposited upon arrival for kapeseeking at your resort or hotel. Safe deposit boxes can be rented at the Boracay Tourist Center.

  • Emergencies

    Government authorities and business sector on Boracay Island both operate search and rescue groups. The police station maintains a 24-hour Hotline. Auxiliary police, called tanodsare also available 24-hours. Visitors however, should always exercise appropriate safety measures and insist on being provided necessary safety equipments, especially for diving, boating and other water sports.

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