Boracay Island Warnings and Dangers
Whether you are traveling internationally or domestically, safety is a most important factor. It is important to be aware of the warnings and potential dangers to your dream travel destination. Although known as one of the safest places to travel, here are a few safety helps while enjoying the beautiful Island of Boracay in the Philippines.
High Tide and Steep Grotto
Be careful when you swim in the afternoon hours (12pm-3pm) because the waves can be so wild. During high tide, the whole beach is soaked in water and you can barely see the sand. Use caution also in climbing the grotto; someone died falling to the rocks.
No Lifeguards on Duty
There is red flag posted, but not everyone knows that the red flag means that swimming is prohibited. There are no lifeguards on call. The only help you may receive would be from other tourists.
Food Poisoning and Bad Water
You may get sick from food or bad water. Even if you are served water from a bottle, vegetables or salad could be washed with tap water, possibly making you sick.
Constant Vendor Harassment
As you walk the beach, you will be overwhelmed at the amount of vendors offering boat rides, foods, trinkets, etc. They don’t let up. In fact, we were doing a pre-wedding photo shoot and one guy walked right into the frame and wouldn’t leave until I got firm with them. Be polite but firm when you say no and they will go away most of the time.
Boracay is very close to the equator and the sun burns not only quickly, but can be very hot during the early afternoon hours. You’ll notice the beach is busy from just before sunrise (about 5:45 a.m. but after 10:00 am it’s pretty vacant. Then around 4:00 pm it gets busy again. The sun rises and sets at the same time all year round. Usually rises 5:45 – 6 a.m. and sets around 6:00 pm.
Don’t be Stubborn, Wear Your Life Vest
Banana boat riders must obey rules and wear the life vest at all times. Even on a smooth sailing paraw, you will be provided with a life vest. And even if you see that your skipper/captain and his assistant/balancer do not wear life vests, use yours for your own safety.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about areas to avoid in Boracay Island.