Health & Education
For Medical Services there are a number of clinics on the island, e.g.
The Boracay Medical Clinic (tel: 288 3147) is open round the clock.
Dangers & Annoyances The influx of tourists has attracted a few
shady characters who want their share in the boom. Keep an eye on your
valuables and lock your cottage, especially at night. If possible, use
your own lock. It's a sad fact that, in security as in other things,
Boracay may be approaching the end of its time as the second Garden
Attacks have already been made on individuals at night (usually drunk),
and women have been sexually molested on their way back alone late at
night from a bar or disco. It's better to wait a few minutes and have
some company for the way back to your accommodation.
It's not a good idea to arrange snorkeling trips with people who are
not from Boracay, as they neither know the dangerous currents nor where
the good coral can be found.
The tap water on Boracay is not suitable for drinking at all. I even
avoid brushing my teeth with it. Nearly every store carries drinking
water in plastic bottles, but be careful, make sure the seal hasn't
been broken before you buy any! The best alternative is to have your
own water bottle and to treat the water with iodine. This is l00% safe.
Batteries are consumed at an enormous rate on Boracay, with the result
that disposal of used batteries is becoming a real problem The island
would benefit greatly if people took their used batteries with them
to the next big town.