Call me cynical, however aren’t Boracay’s new no-drinking zones (to fight litter, apparently… significantly?) simply one other ploy by the most overrated a part of the Philippines to seize extra money from dumb drunk foreigners?
As the supervisor of GNTours, a stag and bachelor social gathering operator in the Philippines, Boracay might be our second hottest vacation spot for stag excursions… however I’ve to say, that each time we get an enquiry for there, a little bit a part of my soul dies, and my mind thinks ‘why?’
Yes, Boracay is a fantastic island, and I’m certain that earlier than it acquired found by the lots, it was a terrific place to social gathering… however as of late? It’s overpriced, packed, and seems like you might be in a police state.
The police, we’re advised, exist to defend and serve. But, in the Philippines, it’s not all the time unreasonable to suppose their primary job is to extract cash from you.
One of our visitors was caught peeing in a bush (there are no public bathrooms) and was provided a 300 peso effective by a safety guard. He declined, so was taken to see a policeman. The case was reiterated, by which period the effective was 500…
But he was not alone, there have been perhaps a dozen different foreigners who had been caught by the piss police, in order that’s 5,000 pesos we had witnessed in 10 minutes. How a lot goes in pockets (we requested for a receipt) and the way a lot piss tax goes to the authorities is anyones guess, however it’s actually a pleasant little earner.
Now maybe chances are you’ll name me cynical, however I can foresee poorly, or under no circumstances, marked zones surrounded by police (or different uniformed entities) mendacity in wait to pounce on unwitting vacationers to administer an “on the spot” effective.
It works wonders with the piss tax, in any case. Or maybe I’m flawed, and it will all be achieved on the up-and-up. We shall see.
But whether or not I’m proper about this obvious bottle tax, the truth stays that Boracay is an efficient place in case you like overpriced islands aiming for the household market. But if you would like to social gathering there are rather a lot higher locations on the market that not solely don’t have bottle and piss taxes, however welcome us social gathering animals.
Cebu would possibly be sleazy, however it is aware of how to social gathering, Sabang has every thing Boracay has beach-wise, however with a much better nightlife, and Palawan, whereas quiet, is extra stunning, with much less policemen in bushes.
But in case you really need to social gathering simply head to Angeles City, not solely do they now have a bar crawl like Boracay, its nightlife is wonderful, and its full lack of seashores means rather a lot much less sand in everybody’s vaginas, together with the cops.
Cheers, Gareth. GNTours