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Borocay Island, Philippines


7 Tips for Living in Boracay Island

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Boracay Island or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Boracay Island or thinking about moving there.

As an expat or digital nomad, living in Boracay Island can be an exciting adventure. This tropical paradise offers a unique blend of natural beauty, vibrant culture, and a thriving digital community. However, to make the most of your stay, it's important to understand the local customs, lifestyle, and opportunities. Here are seven key tips to help you navigate life in Boracay Island.

1. Understand the Local Culture

Respecting and understanding the local culture is crucial when living in Boracay Island. Filipinos are known for their hospitality and friendliness, but they also value respect and good manners. Learn some basic Tagalog phrases, respect local customs, and always remember to smile. It's also important to dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites or local communities.

2. Choose Your Accommodation Wisely

Choosing the right place to live can greatly enhance your experience in Boracay. The island is divided into several areas, each with its own unique vibe. Station 1 is known for its luxury resorts and tranquil atmosphere, while Station 2 is the island's commercial and party hub. Station 3 offers more budget-friendly options and a laid-back vibe. Consider your lifestyle and work needs when choosing your accommodation.

3. Explore Local Cuisine

One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the local culture is through food. Boracay offers a wide range of dining options, from street food stalls to high-end restaurants. Don't miss out on trying local specialties like adobo, sinigang, and lechon. Some popular local restaurants include D'Talipapa for fresh seafood, Smoke Resto for budget-friendly meals, and Dos Mestizos for Spanish-Filipino cuisine.

4. Stay Connected

As a digital nomad, staying connected is crucial. While the internet in the Philippines may not be as fast as in some western countries, it's generally reliable in Boracay. Many cafes and restaurants offer free Wi-Fi. Consider getting a local SIM card for data on the go. Globe and Smart are the main telecom providers in the country.

5. Enjoy the Natural Beauty

Boracay is renowned for its stunning natural beauty. Make sure to take time off your digital work to explore the island. Enjoy the white sandy beaches, go snorkeling or diving in the clear waters, or hike up to Mount Luho for a panoramic view of the island. The Bulabog Beach is a popular spot for kite surfing and windsurfing.

6. Be Aware of the Climate

The Philippines has a tropical climate, which means it's hot and humid most of the year. However, there are two distinct seasons: the dry season from November to April and the rainy season from May to October. Be prepared for sudden rain showers during the rainy season and always stay hydrated.

7. Get Involved in the Community

Finally, getting involved in the local community can make your stay in Boracay more fulfilling. There are numerous opportunities to volunteer or join local clubs and organizations. Whether you're interested in environmental conservation, community development, or arts and culture, there's likely a group that aligns with your interests. Do some research and find a cause you're passionate about.

Living in Boracay Island, Philippines as an expat or digital nomad can be a rewarding experience. By understanding the local culture, choosing the right accommodation, exploring the local cuisine, staying connected, enjoying the natural beauty, being aware of the climate, and getting involved in the community, you can make the most of your stay in this tropical paradise.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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