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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 Dive Olympics

The Boracay Dive Olympics is one of the most renowned and popular events on the island. The event attracts so many visitors that hotels and resorts experience a jump in bookings and reservations. 
 
Location
 
The event is typically held on March 30 up to April 1. If you are already on the island, just take a tricycle ride. Tell the driver you want to go see the Olympics, and you will be taken to the venue. 
 
Those coming to Boracay from the nearby areas can go to the Caticlan jetties. There are many boats that can take you to the island. Aside from the boats, you can also take the ferries. 
 
What to See
 
The Boracay Dive Olympics of course is all about diving. The divisions and rules are patterned after those used in the Olympics. However, there are differences. 
 
Here, there are separate categories for the professional and amateurs. Just like the Olympics, there are qualifying sessions which the participants must pass before they can move on. 
 
During the competition, the crowds will get to see the divers in action. Similar to the Olympics, you will be amazed at the skill, dexterity and artistry of the divers. Part of the fun of course, is cheering your favorites on to victory. 
 
History
 
The event was established not just for the sake of competition and winning. It was designed primarily so professional and amateur divers will get the chance to bond. 
 
As the competition is open to participants the world over, the event would become even more popular. Today, the event has become one of the most anticipated events during the peak summer season. 
 
Cost 
 
The entrance fee to the site varies from year to year. However, it is affordable. Keep in mind that events leading up to it usually last a week. If you want to be there for all the action, it is best to book early. The total costs for the fees, transportation, food, hotel stay, etc will be around 10,000 to 20,000 pesos. 
 
Other Info
 
Just like other diving events, you need to get ready for the competition. Even at the amateur level, physical conditioning will be necessary. All of the hard work will pay off when you qualify and win the top prize. 
 
The Boracay Dive Olympics is an exciting event that never fails to draw huge crowds. If you are looking for thrills and spills, this is the event for you.

Nestea Beach Volleyball

The Nestea Beach Volleyball has become a fixture on the island of Boracay. Ever since it began, the event has come to symbolize all that is fun and great about this island paradise. 
 
Location
 
This volleyball tournament takes place in various parts of the country. However the grand finals never fails to happen in Boracay. This championship takes place in April, right at the peak tourist season. The jetties at Caticlan provide the quickest way to reach the island. With the speedboats, the journey will take around 15 to 20 minutes. 
 
What to See
 
The event is noted for its sizzling volleyball action right on the beach. You will see top caliber players slugging it out, hitting the ball with all their might and making spectacular dives. 
 
The huge crowd that it attracts is also part of the fun. Adding to the fun is the setting, right in the beautiful beaches of the island. Watching the volleyball games is an exhilarating experience. 
 
Watching the players spike and volley the ball can take your breath away. Matching the intensity of the players are the cheering of the crowds. The combination of the beach, the crowd and the volleyball action will pump you up. For the volleyball fanatic, this is an experience you will not want to pass up, ever. 
 
History
 
The Nestea Beach Volleyball has grown exponentially throughout the years. Today it is not uncommon to see dozens of teams participating. These come from the different schools and universities around the Philippines. 
 
Today, the event has grown to such an extent that it is considered one of the grandest volleyball tournaments in the land. More than ever, teams are lining up to join and be declared the best volleyball team in Boracay. 
 
Cost 
 
The costs will vary from year to year. The registration fees may differ so the best option is to get in touch with the organizer. 
 
Other Info 
 
The tournament is also famous for its prizes. The winning team receives thousands of pesos in cash. Aside from that, there are other items given away. Among them are sports equipment and of course the trophies. The participants and audience can also look forward to the parties that take place after the championship.
 
The Nestea Beach Volleyball has come to represent summer fun in Boracay. The excitement generated at the games has few equals. It is something that you are not likely to forget. 

Golf Courses in Boracay

There is a Boracay golf course available for those who want to play the game while on the island. It is known as the the Fairways & Bluewater Golf Resort. This goes to show once again, that there is more to the island than just its stunning white sand beaches. 
 
Location 
 
The Fairways & Bluewater Golf Resort is located at Brgy. Balabag, Newcoast in Boracay. The course is 15 minutes away by boat if emanating from the Caticlan port. From there you can ride a trike and go to the course. 
 
What to See
 
The course is world class. Apart from the lush greens, the course has a stunning view of the landscape and the sea around it. Many prefer to play there during the morning just as the sun makes it way up the horizon. 
 
Playing in the afternoons at the Boracay golf course is also a treat. You will see the sky paint the course in vivid scarlet and orange hues. 
 
History
 
The course was designed by Graham Marsh. The course was inaugurated in 1995 and was created to blend in with the environment. The 6524 yard, 18 hole course is a par 72. It is open all year round. The clubhouse is situated on 6,000 sq m hills. 
 
There are over 100 units where people can stay in. As its popularity spread, numerous establishments were set up to accommodate their needs. There are now bars and restaurants at the western side. The eastern area is more quiet and secluded. 
 
Cost 
 
The cost ranges from 60 to 70 USD. This charge will inlcude the caddy and the power cart. 
 
Other Info
 
The regulations state that the caddy and cart are required always. Proper dress code is needed. Cutoffs, sleeveless shirts and denims are not allowed. 
 
Golf looks easy, but it is not. If you are new to the game, take your time and learn the basics first. In due time, your skills will improve. And do not forget that you are here to enjoy. Take the time to appreciate the scenery as well. It is too easy to get caught up in the game and lose track of everything else. 
 
The Boracay golf course is ideal for those who still want to relax and enjoy their stay at the island. But make no mistake about it; the course can also be used by golfers who want to hone or keep their skills sharp. 

Dragon Boat Festival

Of the various fiestas and celebrations held on the island, the Boracay Dragon Boat Festival ranks as one of the best and most watched. For many people, no visit to the island would be complete without seeing this event. 
 
Location
 
The competition is held in Boracay island on the second week of July. You can reach any point on the island by riding a tricycle. Just tell the driver you want to see the festival; you wil be taken to the site. 
 
What to See
 
The participants emanate from different countries around the world. When you go watch the event, you will see celebrities, tourists and other personalities amongst the crowds. You will feel the excitement in the crowd as they cheer the competitors on. Those watching the event will see that up to 50 teams compete. 
 
Prior to the competition itself, there are other events held. One of the most popular exhibitions is the paraw boat sailing. The paraw is a traditional Philippine boat. 
 
Skimboarding exhibitions are also held regularly. Also worth checking out are the sand sculpture competitions. The sight of these displays will delight everyone watching. 
 
The competition is conducted a day after the preliminaries. The man's division starts the action followed by the women’s division. The mixed division is the final event held. After the competition, the participants can indulge in the Food Festival. The festival has numerous vendors, eateries and food. You can sample a lot of the food there. 
 
History
 
The Boracay Dragon Boat Festival has its origin in water boat racing in China. In ancient times, the event was a religious ritual / ceremony held in honor of the dragon god. During the competition, festive atmosphere prevailed.
 
Eventually, the sport spread throughout Europe, America and the Philippines. It has become an international sport. Today, you can watch the teams slug it out in all their glory. 
 
Cost 
 
There is no entrance fee. You can watch the event for free. However, you need to pay for the food and drinks. 
 
Other Info
 
Many of the participants are from the Philippines. They typically represent a group, but others are school or university representatives. The contingents from abroad are mainly from Australia, Europe and Southeast Asia. 
 
On the surface, the Boracay Dragon Boat Festival would seem to be about competition, and it is. But there is more to the event than that. It is also about having a party and a good time. 

Jetski in Boracay

Riding a jet ski in Boracay is proving to be one of the more popular watersports activities in the Philippines. There are now many companies that offer these services at affordable rates. 
 
Location 
 
These rental companies can be found all over the island. When you contact one, a speed boat will take you from the beach to the float. The float is where the jet ski is set. These are usually not more than a couple of kilometers from the beach. 
 
What to See
 
The waters around the island are beautiful, but there is nothing like being on a jet ski in Boracay. The rapid pace will make you feel like gliding or flying across the waves. 
 
If you picked the half hour ride, it will pass by very quickly. In some cases, the rides are divided into 10 or 15 minute rounds. This will give first time riders the chance to get used to it. 
 
History 
 
The jet ski services have been offered on the island for a long time now. The quality of the services have improved along with the quality of the vehicles too. Today, these services are offered by many tour operators along with parasailing, boat riding and island hopping. 
 
Today, there are guides that provide the riders with instructions and a life vest. The guides will tell you what and what not to do. Foreigners need not worry as the guides will provide the instructions in English. They will instruct you on how to rev up the engine. The guide will accompany you in the first round. On the second, you can go solo. 
 
Cost 
 
The price range is currently 600 to 1000 pesos for a half hour ride. A 60 minute ride will cost 1200 to 2000 pesos. Keep in mind that the costs will vary depending on the season. During high and peak season, the rental costs will probably be higher. 
 
Other Info 
 
Here are some reminders. Ensure the life vest is fit before starting the engine. When riding for the first time, do not engage the throttle too quickly. Make certain both hands are on the handlebars. When heading back to the dock, slow the vehicle down. 
 
Some people may feel hesitant about riding a jet ski in Boracay. The most common fear is that they will fall off. But it is actually quite easy. Once you get the hang of it, you will come back for more. 

Caddie Shack Golf Tournament

The Boracay Caddie Shack golf tournament ranks as one of the most popular golf tourneys on the island. Ever since the competition started, it has become synonymous with exciting golf action. 
 
Location
 
The event is held at the Fairways and Bluewater Resort and Country Club. This is at Newcoast. A tricycle can take you to Barangay Yapak where the resort is located. This journey will only take a few minutes. There are also jetties at Caticlan that can take you to Boracay. There are also ferry services that will bring you to the site. 
 
What to See
 
The tournament has many features that make it attractive to many players. For example, the Boracay Caddie Shack golf tournament allows amateurs to play. There is also a division specially made for professional players. There are separate divisions for the pros and the amateurs, so the playing field is equal. 
 
The players get to use the 18 hole golf course fully. Its world class setting provides for world class play making. At the same time, the lovely environment provides for a relaxing atmosphere. The picturesque surroundings helps keep distractions away. 
 
What the Tournament is About 
 
The tournament was established so startup Filipino golfers will have a chance to make a name for themselves. At the same time, the tournament helps to build the character and the confidence of the golfer. 
 
As the years have passed, more and more players started joining the tourney, including well known professionals. As a result, the prizes have increased steadily as well. Today, it is one of the biggest attractions at the Fairways and Bluewater Resort. 
 
Cost
 
The cost of playing in the tournament varies. The best way to avoid misunderstandings is to contact the organizer. They will give you the proper information with regards to the cost. 
 
Other Info
 
Even if you enter at the amateur division, do not expect the game to be easy. Other players will be competing just as hard as you. To get ahead, brush up on your game first. 
 
Getting familiar with the course will also be necessary. Above all, do not get frustrated; you are on the island to have fun, so enjoy it. When you are relaxed, the better your swing will be. 
 
The Boracay Caddie Shack golf tournament is not just one of the many golf tournaments being held on the island. It is one of the best, and is a showcase of the finest Filipino golfers. 

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. 

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. 

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.
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