Monsoon Hideaways


By the look of this monsoon season, the country has yet to experience some more rain showers and thunderstorms brought by PAGASA’s predicted arrival of 25 typhoons per year. Boracay Island, however, is lucky in terms of typhoons coming from the east, due to its archipelagic geography. Nevertheless, when heavy rains and strong southwest winds strike, it is better to be stuck in a place where you can still enjoy a stress-free holiday.

At Nagisa Café, on the southern side of White Beach, is a quiet and sheltered place to relax and watch the simplicity of beach life amid the outpour of rains and cool inshore waves. The Japanese-run café opens up to the subdued view of Boracay’s White Beach, highlighted by cozy wooden interiors, international cuisine, and wonderful service by well-trained staff. It is a good place for breakfast, a Japanese meal or just a cup of coffee in peace without the congestion of tourists and those pesky vendors obstructing the view. They also have books and Wi-Fi to keep you busy indoors.

True Food Indian Restaurant, on the other hand, is characterised by its delightful native atmosphere, cushy low seating area, and sumptuous Indian flavours. This local’s favorite provides a comfortable and memorable dining experience along the hustle and bustle of White Beach’s Station 2. It offers a marvelous location for morning yoga classes, held daily at 9am on the second floor by certified teachers of True Yoga. 

For an evening of music and laughter, check out Bom Bom Bar and Pat’s Creek Bar in Station 2. Since 2004, these cousin bars have been making fun music together, showcasing nightly live acoustic performances every night on the beach. Lounge in their indoor area on a rainy night and enjoy a few shots of rum with the friendly Bom Bom and Pat’s gang.
Walk a bit further north to another water proof destination on White Beach. Ti Braz Crêperie and French Bistro offers a cheerful ambience where you can taste French cuisine and delicious crepes, unperturbed by the monsoon weather. Make sure to check them out on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday so you can indulge in 50% marked down crepes any time of the day. According to the sign behind the bar, if it is later in the evening, you might want to try out their “house wine”.
If you’re on the main road near D*Mall and you’re looking for a nice place to take shelter in from the rain, then go to PDKSP (Paddle Dive Kite Surf Pub). This all-in-one hangout is run by fun-loving Bugsay Boracay dragon boat paddlers who are passionate about food, friendly company, and sports. Join in the fun at PDKSP on the next sports event broadcasted through their large flat screen TV.

TJ Heaven Restaurant at the Boracay Terraces Resort is another great place to spend a rainy day and to take in the wonderful view of the northernmost beach. Order a cocktail or a meal and take pleasure in the 4.5km beach’s secluded atmosphere, bordered by the cliff leading to Din-iwid and by the most exclusive line of beach houses on Boracay.  
Visit these wonderful hideaways and experience the beauty of habagat on Boracay this season.

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