Disclaimer – This is for hard core party peeps. Are you one? If your answer is “Hell yeah” read on..
Boracay is a tiny island in Philippines, boasting of pristine white sand beaches, palm trees and breathtaking sunsets. Since times unknown, Boracay has been a mecca for party goers from across the globe. People flock to this pretty party destination to rejuvenate at the beach every morning and indulge in debauchery and crazy shenanigans as the sun sets.
The white beach is lined with pubs, bars and clubs – There are so many that you will surely be spoilt for choice. If you are a first timer in Boracay, trust me you will be absolutely lost as to where to even start.
As a solo traveler in Boracay, my first night was wasted in simply getting a vibe of the place. I was roaming around the white beach, back and forth, several times, looking for the best place to grab a beer and a bite. With umpteen options, it can be quite a daunting task.
The next evening, I was smarter and booked the ‘Boracay Pub Crawl’ and that was the BEST decision I ever made (well, atleast for that trip). With their 100% guarantee of fun, you just cannot go wrong, now can you? Plus, who doesn’t wanna be a part of a wild moving jamboree on the beach? I know I do!
For just $14 you get free shots, entry to best clubs in town, free t-shirt, your own shot glass, a chance to meet awesome new people and play drinking games with a crazy lot of 50+ maniacs! Yes, I say maniacs because even though everyone seems pretty sane before the party starts, once the alcohol starts flowing, it turns out to be one of the wildest parties on the beach. The crawl carries on till wee hours of the morning (Though official time is midnight, you end up making tons of friends and since you are drunk as a skunk, you will surely not stop).
Friendly and enthusiastic tour leaders are the best part of the pub crawl. They ENSURE each and every person is being social and having fun. They would ask random questions about other crawlers and you kinda need to know something about everyone in the group, or you are penalized, sometimes with shots of Bacardi Rum *Hic*.
So let me quickly take you through the entire pub crawl process and what to expect –
As you reach the designated spot (their own shack on the beach), you are given your freebies and your first shot. Hey! You need to get in the mood for the party, right?
Next, you can redesign your tee. You can cut it in any funky way you want, make it a crop top or just cut off the sleeves/neck or draw something cool on it – be creative! You also need to write your name on it so that its easier for others in the group to remember.
Their are random “get to know” games so you can mingle and are literally forced to talk to others. So if you are an introvert – do it, you will learn so much and it would be a wonderful experience, I promise. You will be pushed out of your comfort zone for sure but end up enjoying this opportunity to interact with 30-50 people in one night. I know for someone who is anti-social this can sound intimidating but you need to give it a whirl.
Then you all, as a group, head out to the beach and do some bar hopping. There will be a lot of games, screaming, pictures, shots (A LOT of those) and a hell lot of – Dancing! You will even be going in tuk-tuks around town to other bars which aren’t by the beach, hence less touristy but definitely kick-ass.
The night ends with a headphone party… and the music is out of this world. This party alone can make you go from sober to sloshed, especially if you are like me and also get high on music!
Since I was traveling solo, I was more than happy to interact with others and make new friends. So, personally for me, it was one heck of a night!
Tips – Be social! Smile! Talk to others! Make new Friends! Have fun and prepare yourself for a wild night. Follow this equation and you will not be disappointed.
So, tell me have you ever done a pub crawl and how was your experience?