Carabao Island

Carabao Island sits quietly in the shadow of Boracay. It’s been described as ‘Boracay 20 years ago …’. To me, it was a welcome relief to the crowds of her sister island. However, that’s all slowly changing:

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Living In Boracay Island

Boracay Island in the Philippines has been one of the favorite tourist destinations for people visiting the country. Its white sandy beaches, clear blue sea, delicious food and accommodating people make it seem like a paradise. No wonder that it has been voted one of the best places in the world a few times. Because of this, a lot of people are considering to relocate and live on this beautiful island.

Blue Waters of Boracay, Philippines at dusk.

Blue Waters of Boracay, Philippines at dusk. (Photo credit: Wikipedia).

There are already quite a number of foreign expats currently living in Boracay, some own beach resorts or they own/rent a house for themselves. But living in Boracay Island needs a lot of consideration. You need to do a lot of research before you make the move.

The first thing you need to consider is in terms of money. Because Boracay is a well-known tourist spot, you can expect that owning land or property is very expensive. The cost of houses and properties are more expensive than many other places in the Philippines. Even though the cost of living is cheaper compared to other countries, it is still considered as expensive if you compare it to other cities within the country.

In terms of transportation, you have to travel by plane, bus and a ferry just to go to the island itself. It can take some time before you can go to other areas outside the island. But travelling within the island itself is not really a problem. There are plenty of tricycles, passenger jeepneys and vans to use.

When it comes to internet and phone access, there’s really no problem at all, since major telephone and broadband companies provide services in the island. There are plenty of markets and restaurants, so getting food is not a problem. And if you are a type of person who likes going to clubs and bars to get some drinks and have a party from time to time, there are plenty to choose from in the area.

The Pros And Cons Of Living In Mauritius

Mauritius is a beautiful island in the Indian Ocean just east of Madagascar. It is around 1250 miles from Mozambique. Nestling there in the ocean it has recently become a popular destination for South Africans but not just to holiday there. They want to get a new start for themselves and their families living in Mauritius.

Mauritius

Mauritius (Photo credit: Samovar Group)

First of all it is closer to ‘home’ in South Africa with friends and family than to Europe or America. The island itself is now officially a middle income country and ranks 67th globally and second in developing countries in Africa.

The climate is perfect, the Mauritians themselves are a friendly folk, the crime rate is low and there is great food to be had. No wonder it is very appealing.

However, while salaries for ex pats are good in comparison to South Africa, the cost of living in Mauritius is relatively high, with all the basics like food and accommodation being at the top of the list. Roads can be good or nasty with potholes and the islanders have their own way of driving. Crime, on the other hand is quickly and efficiently dealt with by the local police force but the crimes are minor in nature, such as theft.

On the positive side, they have world-class schools, private of course. As the language of choice here is French, many South African children on the island become easily proficient in both French and English, which is a great advantage for them in the future.

Many immigrant ex patriots tend to settle together in the same area. Bel Ombre, Black River and Grand Baie are typical places on the island where they enjoy living. Floreal, about thirty minutes’ drive from Bel Ombre has the best clinic on the island with excellent medical care and facilities.

There are pros and cons of living anywhere and Mauritius is no exception, but for a great lifestyle it is the choice of many South Africans and travelers the world over. At Fab Mauritius Villas we’ll do our best to ensure your transition to island life is as stress-free as possible.

Boracay Island FAQ’s

boracay beach

boracay beach (Photo credit: Dave Borghuis)

Boracay Island is among the world’s most beautiful holiday destinations. In recent years the island has soared in popularity, which has led to a growing cosmopolitan population and rapid development. This brief article will touch on common tourist FAQ’s:

Where Is Boracay Island?

Of the 4,000 islands that constitute the Philippines, Boracay is arguably the most beautiful. The island is based in the north-west and resides on the northern tip of Panay. The island is around 7km long, its shape is often likened to a dog bone or dumbbell.

How To Get To Boracay Island …

Traveling to Boracay isn’t without complications. The island’s location means you’ll need to stagger your journey in stages. European and American tourists typically travel by plane via Manila and Caticlan airport, based in Aklan. Tourist’s who wish to stay for over 3 weeks will need to file an application with the Philippine Embassy in their country of origin.

For smooth transfers, we recommend Cebu Airlines and South West Tours.

Best Time To Go To Boracay …

Conditions on Boracay shift violently through the year and are distinguished by two distinct intervals; the dry and rainy seasons.

The dry season (Amihan) is from November to April, when Boracay is at its busiest. From Christmas through the Ati-Atihan festival Boracay is at siege. During this period accommodation prices soar. For competitive rates, consider visiting later in the year.

The rainy season (Habagat), is commonly referred to as the ‘Monsoon Season’. While the conditions scare away fair-weather tourists, it draws surfers and kite-boarding enthusiasts. On Boracay, activities abound the year through.

We hope this brief article has satisfied your quest for answers. For further information you can visit our sites, Boracay Apartments and Villas. We address these issues, competitive accommodation prices and more, in detail. Feel free to reach us with any questions.

Enjoy All Mauritius Has To Offer

Planning a vacation but you’re tired of the same old sights you’ve seen in the years past? Are all of your friends visiting Europe and talking about how old the buildings are, but that just really isn’t your style? Why not take a trip to one of the worlds most luxurious travel spots, Mauritius?

Vacationing in Mauritius ensures you are never without something to do. The environment is suited for all kinds of travelers, ranging from its tropical beaches to the milder forests in the mountainous areas. And if you’re looking for diverse activities, look no further!

Stop by Mauritius Safari Adventures and have your very own casual stroll with some lions. You don’t need to worry, it’s perfectly safe. Enjoy the company of lions in their natural habitat, and even pose for a photo with your favorite one. Once you’re done spending time with the lions, you can easily move on and enjoy the company of cheetahs or tigers as well.

Perhaps being inches away from a pride of lions isn’t exactly your thing. Well, how about scuba diving? Mauritius is famed for its crystal clear waters and beautiful undersea life. With professional diving centers dotting the entire coast line, any skill group can experience the beauty of the underwater life while on vacation. For the true newcomer, the diving centers offer a week long special training course to help even the driest of tourist earn their water wings.

With both underwater views and up close land animal adventures, what more could there be to do in Mauritius? Skydiving, of course! Once you’ve had your fill of events on land and in the sea, hop into an airplane and enjoy a 10,000 foot skydive above the island. Take home a view of the island that your friends visiting Europe can only dream of!

With all of the exciting activities you may easily get worn out and need a refresher. Well Mauritius has just the thing, top rated spas. With world class spa centers found everywhere around the island, you can be sure to release all that stress between your cheetah runs and skydiving sessions.

And what is better than a long day filled with adventure and a spa visit, than a nightlife filled with dancing, music, and gambling? Hit up the local casinos to try your hand at some extra spending cash. Then take to the night and experience the sega dance, the national dance and music form in Mauritius. Enjoy the nightclubs and have a tropical cocktail while the music parties on around you.

And before you leave for home, be sure to stop by the various shopping areas and purchase wonderful keepsakes from your trip. Mauritius is a duty free port, so there is no reason not to indulge in a trinket or two.

Visit and enjoy Mauritius today and make your friends jealous of your vacation stories for once. After all, who among them could ever recount a tale of skydiving and running with cheetahs after a serene dive?