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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. 

Chairmans Golf Cup in Boracay

The Chairmans Golf Cup in Boracay is one of the most exhilarating and fascinating golf tournaments that are held on the island. Known for its fabulous cash prizes, it continues to become more popular as the years go by. 

Location 
 
The tournament is held at the Fairways and Bluewater Resort and Country Club. The event begins on the 11th and ends on the 17th. The resort is at Newcoast in Barangay Yapak. The tricycle drivers on the island know the place very well so you will have no problems getting there. 
 
What to See
 
Due to the popularity of the tournament, it is open to both professional and amateur players. Those who compete at professional levels will find themselves at home in the professional division. Those who are just starting out will be better off at the amateur division. Either way, both will offer challenges and a lot of excitement. 
 
For the players, the chance to play in this gorgeous course is the experience of a lifetime. The design and layout of the golf course is top notch and is at par with the rest of the world. Even those who have been there often cannot help but marvel at the beauty of the place. All this helps the golfer play better. 
 
History 
 
The Chairmans Golf Cup in Boracay was the brainchild of numerous businessmen and golf lovers. The first Cup was held in 1990 and proved very successful. The tournament was also set up so new golfers will get the chance to hone their skills while competing for prizes. These days, the tournament is considered as one of the biggest on the island. 
 
Cost 
 
The tournament is by invitation only, but the players have to register. The costs related to the event will vary from time to time. All those interested in participating should contact the organizer beforehand. 
 
Other Info
 
If you want to play golf well, take the time to practice. You should also visit the resort first to get a feel for it. Getting familiar with the course layout will definitely help. Of course that is only one step. You must also be willing to put in the hours to improve your game. 
 
The Chairmans Golf Cup in Boracay is one of the classiest golfing events on the island. It is a display of the finest golfers in the Philippines. This makes it one of the top sporting events in Aklan.

Boracay International Funboard Cup

The Boracay International Funboard Cup is what all windsurfing aficionados look forward to. As the years have gone by, the popularity of this event has rapidly grown. 
 
Location 
 
The event takes place on January 9. The event is held in Bulabog Beach. A tricycle can take you there in a matter of minutes. 
 
What to See
 
Windsurfing is one of the fastest growing water sport in the world, and it is a big hit in Boracay. During the event, you will see large throngs of people watching the competitors. Due to the strong winds in Bulabog Beach, the site has become ideal for the sport. For the participants, the competition is intense. For the spectators, it is a grand spectacle. 
 
Aside from the windsurfing competition, there are other events that make the Cup enticing to participants and spectators. One of them is the Boracay Cup Slalom. Another popular attraction is the Action Asia Speed Trials, kitesurfing and Winduro and Expression Session. These attractions add to the excitement and make the event worth 
waiting for. 
 
As any windsurfing fan will tell you, there is nothing like seeing the windsurfers in action. It is one thing to see them on TV or in pictures. But seeing them in action on the beach is truly breathtaking. As the event becomes more popular, even greater numbers are now participating. 
 
History 
 
The Boracay International Funboard Cup came about as the sport started growing in popularity. As the event proved popular, other features were added to make it more exciting. Today it is considered as one of the biggest sporting events on the island. 
 
An important part of the event are the parties after the games. For many this is the best part, as the spectators and the participants can get together. 
 
Cost 
 
The registration fee for those who want to participate is 5,000 pesos (about 100 USD). Those who are just interested in watching do not have to pay anything. 
 
Other Info
 
If you have no experience windsurfing, there are centers that can teach you the fundamentals as well as the advanced concepts. If you are new to the sport, take your time and just enjoy. As you gain experience, your skills will improve. 
 
In case you are wondering, the Boracay International Funboard Cup is not held at the famous White Beach. The reason is the wind and waters there are too mild. By contrast, Bulabog Beach has the right atmosphere. 

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. 

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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