Believe it or not, there have been sightings of foreign tourists wearing high heels and long dresses walking along the white beaches of Boracay. They may have their reasons, but you should not be the one caught in inappropriate and uncomfortable beach-wear if you really want to enjoy your stay. It is wise to know exactly what apparel to pull on when visiting beautiful Boracay.
Boracay is a resort-island with magnificent white sand beaches. The most anticipated activity when visiting a beach is to swim and engage in several kinds of water activities. Bring a swimsuit. While the Philippines is very conservative as a country, Western tourists wearing the skimpiest swimsuits are nevertheless a common sight in Boracay and are not looked down upon or stared at by locals. Local Filipino tourists actually get into their most daring swimwear only when in Boracay.
While walking along the shops and dining at restaurants, people are comfortable with staying in their swimsuits and covering these only by means a thin, see-through piece of cloth or tanga.
For other island activities that do not involve water, a comfortable cotton shirt and thin trousers are perfect in Boracay. Do not forget that Boracay, as in most parts of the Philippines, is almost always hot and humid. There are also mosquitoes and flies, so it is practical to bring and wear repellants for these pests.
Accessories add fun to your look and help you blend in. Buy shell trinkets from one of the local vendors lined along the beach and underneath the coconut trees. Wear puka shell necklaces, bracelets or anklets. Of course, the best accessory is still a camera. Do not visit Boracay without a camera with which to take photos of the sunset, white beaches, lush jungle, and beautiful people – including yourself.
Different fun activities call for the different appropriate clothes. Here are some of the popular activities in Boracay that you can prepare and bring clothes for: golf, zorbing, horse riding, trekking, hiking, biking, parties on the sand, dining, island-hopping, a visit to a volcano or the bat caves, or simply strolling by the world-famous White Beach of Boracay.
The general atmosphere is pretty much relaxed and laid back. Walk along the sands barefooted and then dry off at a nearby food shop, eating ice cream with white sand all over your feet and legs. Boracay can truly spoil and transform you into a beach bum. At nights, however, the island turns into one big party place. There is music, dancing and drinking along the row of shops and bars by the white sand shore. But you don’t need to dress up for anything just yet. Bar-hop in your most comfortable shirt, shorts and sandals. Wearing jeans and sneakers already looks too formal in Boracay.
Unless coming in for business meetings at the Regency Hotel or Shang-ri La, there are no practical reasons to bring a formal dress or suit to Boracay. Bringing only light clothes will also help you travel light, which is the only way to go when visiting this island paradise. Also, since you want to look fashionable for fitting in, you might want to Buy Contacts and lose the glasses.
So, you ask, what to wear in Boracay? Go for light, casual clothes. Swimsuits, T-shirts, shorts and flip-flops topped with braided hair and henna tattoos are the norm.