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Glass Bottom Boat in Boracay

The Boracay glass bottom boat tour is perfect for those who want to see the beauty of the island waters without getting soaked. It also has none of the complexities of the other water sport activities. 
 
Location
 
The booth of the organizer is not too far from boat station 3. From the complex you just have to walk over to the boat station. The tour starts at 2:00 pm and lasts until four in the afternoon. Visitors have to be there at 1:30 pm. 
 
What to See
 
From within the comforts of the boat you will be able to see the denizens of the deep. There are yellow, black and white, blue and multicolored fish. You will also see the lovely blue starfish and beautiful coral reefs. The Boracay glass bottom boat also lets you see pastel colored fish and assorted sea creatures. 
 
Not only do you get to enjoy the beautiful underwater views, but snacks are provided on board. Chips, candy, pizza and water are well stocked. 
 
The best occasion to take this ride is during the high season. During the low / lean season the waters can get rough, making navigation very difficult. 
 
History 
 
The boat is so-called because some components are comprised of glass or similar see-through materials. These transparencies are under the waterline, allowing people to view the underwater scenery. This is a better option than watching over the waterline. 
 
These types of recreational boats first came out in LA, California, specifically at Catalina Island. It would prove popular among tourists. 
 
These boats would find their way to Boracay. The small version can hold 6 to 8 people. There is a bigger boat that can hold up to thirty individuals. 
 
Cost
 
The trip costs 800 pesos for people over 6 years of age. For children 5 years and under, the fee is 350 pesos. There is also a Sunset Trips option. This costs a bit more than the standard tour. But the bar is stocked and there is all you can eat pizza. 
 
Other Info
 
The tour also goes by the Crocodile island, a famous diving site. You have the option of getting off the boat and going snorkeling. This is for those who want to see the fish up close and personal. 
 
The Boracay glass bottom boat has always been a hit with children and adults going to the island. On the boat, you can marvel at the fish and coral reefs while relaxing and eating some food. 

Fil-American Friendship Golf Cup

The Fil-American Friendship Golf Cup is one of the most awaited sporting events in Boracay. It has proven to be so popular that thousands now want to participate. 
 
Location
 
If you are on the island, you can just ride a tricycle and ask to be taken to the golf course. The driver will know where it is being held, as the island is not really that big. 
 
What to See
 
Those who want to participate in the event should decide if they want to play in the amateur or professional division. The participants will also see that there is an American and Filipino division. Regardless of the division you choose, you need to have considerable skills to be competitive. 
 
Apart from the game, the players will also enjoy the scenery. The course is encompassed by lush greens and also the blue skies. The cool breeze adds to the atmosphere as well. Of course, there are big prizes given away at the event. This no doubt adds to the excitement of playing in the game. 
 
History
 
The Fil-American Friendship Golf Cup began in the 1940s. Its purpose was to celebrate the friendship of the American and Filipino people. The initial staging of the event proved highly successful, leading to more editions. In its first few years, only Filipinos and Americans participated in the event. 
 
As the tournament grew in popularity, the organizers opened its doors to participants from other countries. This step would lead to a dramatic increase in the participants. Today, thousands of people join the event. 
 
Cost 
 
There are registration and entrance fees to the event. However, the rates vary. The costs will also vary for each of the divisions. Since the price is always fluctuating, you should get in touch with the event organizers before joining. The inquiries should be made prior to joining the event. This will give you plenty of time to prepare. 
 
Other Info
 
Some of those who join the tournament do so just for fun. Others are in it to win the whole thing. Whatever your case may be, it is best if you take the time to work on your game. Working on your swing and posture will go a long way towards improving your chances of winning. If you are more competitive, your chances of winning will increase. 
 
The Fil-American Friendship Golf Cup is more than just a golf tournament. It is symbolic of the continuing bond between the two nations. 

Goma Golf Cup

The Goma Golf Cup in Boracay is one of the most popular golf tourneys on the island. The golfing event is as famous for the game thrills as much as the celebrities that participate in it. 
 
Location
 
The event takes place in the Fairways and Bluewater Resort. You can get to the resort in the following manner. Go to the Caticlan municipality seaport. Board one of the boats and head to Boracay island. From there, you can take a tricycle and ask to be taken to Newcoast at Barangay Yapak. The tournament is held every February. 
 
What to See
 
The golf tournament is well known for the Philippine celebrities that attend the event. The presence of movie celebrities, politicians and other personalities has made the event very popular. Many people come to watch the event as much for the golf as for the celebrities. Professional golfers also take part in the event. 
 
History 
 
The Goma Golf Cup in Boracay was established by Filipino movie actor Richard Gomez in the year 1990. The idea behind the event was to celebrate and enhance the friendship between movie actors, directors and other celebrities in the country. 
 
Since its inauguration, the participants have steadily increased in number. Usually, over 100 people participate in the event. In some cases, greater numbers join. 
 
As the number of participants grew, so have the number of companies that support the event. Major companies in telecommunications, electronics and garments have all sponsored the event. Companies with golf and other related products also sponsor the event. This has helped spread its popularity even more across the country. 
 
Cost 
 
There are registration and entrance fees required before you can participate in the event. The rates are not constant; they can change from year to year. If you are going to participate, it is best if you get in touch with the organizers first. They will inform you of all the requirements needed to join the festivities. 
 
Other Info
 
The prize given away at the golf tournament is 1 million pesos. Many other consolation prizes are also given away. The participants in the event also get to avail of the amenities of the Fairways and Bluewater Resort. 
 
The Goma Golf Cup in Boracay continues to attract golfers from ail around the country. The exciting competition, the glitz and glamor all combine to make it one of the events to watch out for on the island. 

Boracay Invitational Golf Tournament

The Boracay Invitational Golf Tournament is one of the most enjoyable and thrilling competitions that is held in the Philippines. Its combination of fun, action and excitement have captivated players everywhere. 
 
Location 
 
The tournament commences on April 1 and concludes on April 8. The competition is conducted at the Boracay Fairways and Bluewater Resort Golf and Country Club. This resort is in Newcoast. 
 
A tricycle can take you to the site. If you have been island hopping, you can get to Boracay via one of the boats at the jetties in Caticlan. They will send you to the island in 20 minutes or so. 
 
What to See
 
The Boracay Invitational Golf Tournament is divided between two divisions, the professionals and amateurs. The abilities of the golf player determines which one they belong to. Regardless of the division, the competition is always tight. 
 
The 18 hole 72 par golf course is world class, which makes playing enjoyable. The lush environment and the surroundings make it an enjoyable place to play in. 
 
What the Tournament is About 
 
The purpose of the tournament is to showcase the golfing skills of a golfer and build camaraderie. Since the inception of the tournament, it has been giving out invitations to select players to join in. As time passed by, the event would increase in popularity. Today, it is considered an honor to be invited in this tournament. 
 
Cost
 
As this is an invitational tournament, there is no registration fee required. The only costs will be for the accommodation when staying at the island. The costs of lodging on the island will vary depending on the accommodation chosen by the player. 
 
If you want to come and watch, it is best to book early; the rooms get full early as the tournament takes place during the peak season. Booking early will also mean savings as costs go up during peak season. 
 
Other Info
 
Playing golf requires skills and confidence. Even at the amateur level, it is necessary to devote time to practice. This will improve your game. The more you improve, the more you will enjoy the game as you will go further and deeper into the competition. As long as you keep working on your game, it will definitely improve. 
 
If you are interested in joining the Boracay Invitational Golf Tournament, contact the resort first. They will provide all the necessary information required of the participants. They will also provide information about the reservations. 

Boracay Beach Soccer Cup

The Boracay Beach Soccer Cup is one of the most highly anticipated sporting events on the island. As one of the premiere attractions on the island paradise, it has a strong following among residents and the tourists that visit the place. 
 
Location 
 
The sporting event takes place at White Beach. It is a three day event beginning March 12 and culminating on March 14. White Beach is very accessible. If coming from Caticlan, take a ride to the seaport. Next you have to ride on one of the boats on the jetty. You will be taken to White Beach. 
 
The tournament is held at Cocomangas Resort. The ferries are an alternate option for those who do not want to use the boats. 
 
What to See
 
The Boracay Beach Soccer Cup is of course, all about soccer. Throughout the three days, several soccer games take place. Cocomangas Resort, the sponsor, has its own team. There are also many Philippine teams that participate. 
 
But it is also open to clubs from all over the world. Many foreign clubs take part in the event, giving it an international flavor. Just like anywhere else in the world, the crowds make up a big part of the game as they cheer every move. 
 
History
 
The tournament was created mainly to attract tourists. Its sponsor, Cocomangas Resort, saw the possibilities given the immense popularity of soccer all over the world. Since its initial staging, the event has proven to be incredibly popular. Tourists who come to the island fell in love with the game instantly and word spread quickly. 
 
However, the event is not just about winning the championship; the event also builds friendships among players and clubs. This is by far the more important aspect of the event. 
 
Cost 
 
All teams that will play require a registration fee. The amount varies however, so one has to contact the resort first. Aside from the fees, there may be other requirements, so interested participants should get in touch with the organizer first. 
 
Other Info
 
The Cup is not just about the games. Once the championship is over, a party is thrown out by the organizers. There are food, drinks, music and entertainment for all the teams that participated in the tournament. 
 
Even if you choose not to play, just watching the Boracay Beach Soccer Cup will excite you. The cheering crowds will leave you breathless as much as the action between the teams slugging it out.

Boracay Food Festival

The Boracay Food Festival is without question one of the most anticipated fiestas on the island. Since it began, the event has been eagerly anticipated by residents and the tourists that flock to the island every year. 
 
Location
 
The festival begins on May 11 and lasts until the 13th of May. There are many tricycles on the island that can take you to the venue. Just tell the driver you want to see the food fiesta; they will take you there pronto. 
 
What to See
 
Just like other fiestas in the Philippines, the event is filled with music, dances, laughter and fun. Songs, dancing and other shows are presented to make the event as lively as possible. The biggest attraction at the Boracay Food Festival of course, is the food. 
 
One of the highlights is the competition between some of the finest cooks on the island. Once their recipes are cooked, they are proudly displayed for all to enjoy. The food cooked ranges from traditional to modern Filipino dishes. Kare kare (ox’s tail with sauce), lumpiang ubod, pancit molo and other original Filipino delicacies are available. 
 
For the tourist, the food selection is truly a sight to behold. It gives them an opportunity to see the range and diversity of the food. Even Filipinos who are not familiar with all the dishes in the country will enjoy it. 
 
What the Festival is About 
 
The festival is a showcase of the finest Filipino delicacies. It is a celebration of the Filipino’s love for fine food. At the same time it gives foreigners a chance to witness how these cuisines are prepared and how they taste. While the event is mainly about showing Philippine culinary wonders, it also showcases the Filipino’s love for the good life. 
 
Cost 
 
The cost of the food will vary. This being a fiesta, they are very affordable. Most also allow you to sample the food that is being displayed. 
 
Other Info
 
There are literally dozens if not hundreds of food that are displayed on the festival. One of the most popular is the adobo. Adobo consists of pork or chicken spiced up with soy sauce, garlic, veggies and other seasonings. Lumpia (spring rolls) and lechon (suckling pig) are also present. 
 
The Boracay Food Festival also has many other delicacies. These include pinakbet, composed of squash, bagoong (fermented fish sauce) okra and bitter melon. Stuffed chicken (relleno) is another delicacy you will see at the festival. 

2014 Asian Beach Games

The upcoming 2014 Asian Beach Games in Boracay will show once again that there is more to the island than just beaches. Today it has become a staging area for world class sports. 
 
Location
 
The event will take place during the summer in May 2014. Several games will take place all over the various beaches around the island. 
 
What to See
 
The event offers the beach sport fanatic plenty to see. There is beach volleyball, probably the most popular event in the calendar. Also popular is swimming and sailing. You can also watch beach soccer. Extreme water sports will also be featured. 
 
Dragon boat racing will be one of the most avidly followed. Also worth watching out for are water polo, the jet ski competition and windsurfing. 
 
Aside from the sporting events, the island will provide an added attraction. The beaches, the resorts, the trees and the waters will enhance the scenery. Because the event will take place during peak tourist season, expect to see large crowds to be there. Part of the fun definitely, will be egging on your favorite athlete or team to victory. 
 
History
 
The Games are held every two years. Indonesia was the site for the first staging of the Games. At the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), it was decided that the 2014 Asian Beach Games be held in Boracay, Philippines. The island was chosen for several reasons. It has proven itself capable of staging international events. 
 
A good example is the International Dragon Boating Festival. Due to the popularity of the event, it is expected that more countries will participate in the upcoming competition. More athletes are expected to participate also. 
 
This event is also an opportunity for the island to show their hosts what Filipino hospitality is all about. Those visiting the island will no doubt be enchanted by the surroundings and amenities on the island. 
 
Cost 
 
The costs are still being determined at this point. It is expected that an announcement will be made as the event date approaches. 
 
Other Info
 
There are many events to watch out for. Woodball, wrestling and triathlon are also scheduled to take place. Many more events are being prepared. This is guaranteed to make things more interesting. 
 
From all indications, the 2014 Asian Beach Games in Boracay will be the biggest ever for the event. This will show once again that the island is world class and more than capable of holding major international events. 

Boracay International Beach Festival

The Boracay International Beach festival is one of the more popular festivals held on the island yearly. Its plethora of activities and fun atmosphere combine to lure tourists both foreign and local to the event. 
 
Location
 
The festival takes place in October every year. If you are in a nearby island, you can book a flight and head to Caticlan. From there you can board a jeepney or tricycle to the seaport. The boats there will take you to the island. 
 
There are also ferries that can transport you to the jetties. The speedboats will send you to the island in a matter of minutes. Tricycles at the jetties can bring you to the venue. 
 
What to See
 
The Boracay International Beach festival is known for its diverse presentations and shows. During the festival, the residents of the area will showcase musical numbers and dances. 
 
The topics covered are diverse, but most of them focus on the way of life of the island inhabitants. These cultural shows are all intended to give the crowds an idea of what life on the island was like before modern times.
 
Just like with the other festivals on the island, days leading up to it are very enjoyable and filled with many activities. During the festival, many food and drinks are served. 
 
What the Festival is About 
 
The festival is a celebration of the cultural heritage of the island. The songs and dances in the show are meant to showcase the rich history of the island. It is also a celebration of life itself. 
 
The festival also shows how life on the island has improved. Those watching the fiesta will realize just how much life on the island has changed, and how much the people have managed to keep the traditional ways alive. 
 
Cost 
 
The show is free; there is no entrance fee. However, you do need to pay for the food and drinks. To avoid the high costs of booking in peak season, make your hotel reservations early. 
 
Other Info
 
The festival is also famous for its beach games. These games are not just for the Filipinos; these are interactive and tourists can join in. Also not to be missed is the food festival. The food festival showcases the finest and most delicious food in Aklan. 
 
The Boracay International Beach festival is an immensely enjoyable activity. It is free, so you can truly enjoy the events without worrying about the costs. 

International Paraw Cup Challenge

The International Paraw Cup Challenge is one of the major sporting events on the island of Boracay. The many elements in this event make it one of the most memorable in Boracay. 
 
Location 
 
The sporting event is held every February in Boracay. Tricycles are the most common form of transportation and they will take you to the venue quickly. You can reach the island by taking one of the boats at the jetty in Caticlan. If you like, you can travel to the island by way of ferries. Once you are in Boracay, you can ride a tricycle and get to the venue. 
 
What to See
 
The Cup has many activities designed to make it enjoyable for the participants and also the spectators. The main attractions are the water sport shows. The highlight here is the kayaking competition. The crowd will also get to see the sailing skills of the participants. 
 
The event is mesmerizing to watch, and making it even more so are the crowds that watch the event. What makes it even more exciting are the parties and shows associated with the event. 
 
There are also many other gatherings and goings-on that take place before and after the event. That is another reason why local and foreign tourists absolutely love it when the Cup comes around. 
 
History
 
The International Paraw Cup Challenge was launched to promote sailing and kayaking on the island. Thanks to the beauty and ideal water conditions at Boracay, the competition became a hit with kayaking fanatics. 
 
In no time at all, the event would attract followers all over the world. This would lead to an increase in the number of participants and the cash prizes as well. 
 
Cost 
 
All interested participants have to pay a registration fee. The costs are not fixed however, so you should contact the show organizer for the specific details. The tricycle fare is usually 60 pesos. 
 
Other Info
 
If you plan to stay and watch the event, book as early as possible. The hotels and resorts usually get filled up when there is a major event like this. Booking early also means you get to avoid the high rates that appear when you book late during peak season. 
 
Since its inception, the International Paraw Cup Challenge has become one of the premiere kayaking events in Boracay. It is now considered one of the biggest water sport shows not just on the island but in the Philippines. 
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