Safety is important whether you are at home are around the world traveling. That’s why it helps to note the warnings and dangers that might be present in your tourist destination. In this article, we give you tips and tricks on how to be safe while exploring the piece of heaven known to mankind as Boracay.
Useful Tips to Secure Safety
Tip #1: Make sure that you bring with you all the essential items that you need. Clothing, toiletries, and medicines should not be forgotten. Yes, there are shops all around Boracay that could give you one thing or two. But aside from being costly, that could also mean inconvenience to you.
Tip #2: Always be cautious with what you put into your mouth. You do not want to get sick in the middle of your vacation just because of poor quality of water or spoiled food. Always keep bottled water handy. When choosing a place to eat, make sure that it has a reputation and credibility for cleanliness as well.
Tip #3: Keep yourself protected from the sun’s harmful rays. Yes, Boracay is a place for sun worshipers. That does not mean, however, that you should expose your skin to the hot sun to enjoy it at the cost of its health. Cover up with sun block and appropriate clothing and accessories.
Tip #4: Secure the safety of your valuables. Always make sure that your things are placed in a corner away from the door of your hotel room. Keep your valuables – laptop, camera, purse – in a safe hiding place. When you leave your room, make sure that the door is locked. Keep an eye for your gadgets while you are out and about.
Tip #5: Beware of the offers you get. Tourism is the life of the island’s economy. It is not surprising to see locals addressing tourists as if they are merely ATM machines. Make sure that when you accept an offer, you are not being tricked to pay for more than you should.
Tip #6: As with theme parks, only indulge on activities that your health can handle. Do not attempt to do something too risky because you might end up regretting it.
Tip #7: If you do indulge in water sports and other activities on offer at the island, be sure that you follow the safety measures like wearing life vest, not going to the wrong side of the boat, etc.
Tip #8: As much as you love the white, powdery sand, restrain yourself from putting them into a bottle so you can bring home a piece of this heaven. That act is now illegal. If you are caught, you will be fined a good sum.
Other Warnings and Dangers
For foreigners traveling to the island of Boracay for the first time, there is no need to worry about your safety as Boracay is one of the safest islands in the Philippines.
There are no threats of terrorist attacks or anything of the sort since it is well-protected by the province’s local police, the Philippine Coastguard as well as the country’s national police.
While there are no serious threats to both locals and visitors in the island of Boracay, there are still a few things you need to consider regarding warnings and dangers around the island.
While the waters of Boracay are safe for swimming and a good number of other water sports; if you are not very confident about your swimming abilities, it is best to wear life vests while riding the banana boats, sailing or windsurfing.
Life vests will help you stay afloat when you get thrown off the banana boat or even while you’re sailing, windsurfing or enjoying a few other water activities.
If you are going to be diving, it is also recommended that you listen attentively to the instructions the dive instructors are giving you before diving down the waters.
There have been a few instances when eager divers are only half-heartedly listening to instructions that they found themselves unable to breathe properly underwater or getting cramps and other such incidents.
It is also advised that you always use sun protection to prevent getting sunburned or getting headaches from too much exposure to the sun.
If you have valuables with you, warnings and dangers in this regard would entail keeping your valuables safe under lock and key. You may ask your hotel to put these in their safety deposit box or always keeping your room locked whether you are in or out of the room.
Vendors and Hotel “Bookies”
Be prepared to be hounded by vendors selling all sorts of stuff the minute you step into the island. Warnings and dangers in this regard would cover vendors and hotel bookies not letting-up until you have given in to them.
It is therefore highly recommended that you book your hotel room prior to arriving in the island.
As for vendors, gently and politely say no. You will find that it will take for you to repeat this several times before they leave you well enough alone. It is best to keep your cool and simply keep saying no until they get the message.
Other than these 8 tips and the few and very minor warnings and dangers, a holiday in Boracay is safe, enjoyable and truly worth the trip.