Shopping in Boracay is never easy, especially for souvenir. It’s not because there is nothing to buy, though, but because there’s just so many to choose from. The opportunity to stock on keepsakes is available in almost every corner of the island. But stations 1, 2, and 3 of the White Beach are the storehouses, so to speak. If you’re a budget traveler, here are some souvenir options and places you can check. Just be sure to have the stamina for a long walk.
Talipapa for shirts and other souvenirs (PhP10 to 500)
The word talipapa, which means market, is widely used in Boracay. Thus, you have to really specify which talipapa you are going to when asking the locals. Two of the most popular talipapa for souvenirs here are D’Talipapa in Station 2 and E’Mall Talipapa in Station 3.
Strips of souvenir shops at D'Talipapa (Photo by Writer)
D’Talipapa houses more than 100 stalls selling shirts and various kinds of souvenirs. One place worth checking in the area is stall No. 43, which offers shirts and sando at 6 pieces for PhP500. Other stalls in the area sell shirts at the range of PhP150 to PhP180 for two. However, they differ in the quality of the shirts so you really have to go around.
Stall No. 43 at D'Talipapa (Photo by Writer)
If you are looking for more popular brands of shirts, one of the five Happy Planet branches in the island is also located in the area. Shirts are sold at a bargain price of PhP180 to PhP200. The store is just across Andok’s, a roasted chicken stall.
Happy Planet branch at D'Talipapa (Photo by Writer)
Just like D’Talipapa, E’Mall Talipapa also houses a number of souvenir stalls. It was actually the original site of the first talipapa in the island, but due to a big fire in 2005, the vendors were transferred to their present site in D’Talipapa. Some of the vendors, however, decided to stay in E’Mall.
Shirts at E’Mall Talipapa are much cheaper and are sold at PhP150 to PhP170 for two pieces. But you can also just get one for as low as PhP80. Aside from being a cheaper option, stalls in E’Mall are mostly direct sellers so you can still ask for discounts.
Buy these souvenirs in bulk to get discounts. (Photo by Writer)
Other usual souvenirs like key chains, ball pens, and bracelets are also sold in both talipapa. For PhP100, you can already buy at least seven key chains, five ball pens, or 10 bracelets. Mini-bottle key holders with white sand inside are sold at PhP100 for 8 pieces.
D’Talipapa can easily be accessed from the main road, or through a small alleyway next to Victory Diver’s Resort if you are coming from the beachfront. E’Mall is also accessible via the main road, or from the beachfront through an alleyway next to Boracay Sands Hotel.
Shop from locals for accessories, display items, organic products, and keepsakes (Php35 to P600)
You can also save on souvenirs if you prefer local products. One favorite souvenir from Boracay is the anklet made of Puka shells, from the equally famous Puka Beach. You can buy it from the members of Malay Boracay Vendors Peddlers Masseurs and Manicurists Association at three pieces for PhP100.
Anklets made of Puka shells from Puka Beach of Boracay (Photo by Writer)
The vendors’ group has scattered stalls along the beachfront but most of them are situated at a vacant lot adjacent to El Centro Hotel in Station 2. They also sell miniature Boracay kubo in a bottle for PhP300. Other members of the group are frequently found at the beachfront in Station 3, just in front of Fashion Rack Exchange.
Kubo in a bottle (Photo by Writer)
Snack bites from Aklan at Hugod (Photo by Writer)
If you crave for some local delicacies, you can buy some snack foods like banana and camote chips at three pieces for PhP100 at Hugod Home Lifestyle in D’Mall. Aside from the delicacies, other local products like pouches and bags made from Aklan’s famous abaca fiber are also sold here from PhP100 up.
Choose your own strap when buying Boracay slippers. (Photo by Writer)
For PhP50, you can buy a Boracay slipper at Kirsten and Corinne Footwear and Shoe Repair Shop inside D’Talipapa. You can also find other kinds of personalized slippers. The shop also has a branch along the beachfront in Station 2.
With your PhP35, you can buy an organic Noni soap at Gloria’s Souvenir Shop located inside D’Talipapa. The handmade soap contains local and natural ingredients and is created by Aklan women. Aside from soaps, Gloria’s also sell canvass bags for PhP200; earrings made by locals for PhP120; and, locally produced organic red and black rice for PhP120 per kilo.
Cocomangas Souvenir Shop at D'Mall (Photo by Writer)
Another famous local shop here is the 28-year-old Cocomangas Souvenir Shop located at D’Mall. It is one of the shops along the entrance of D’Mall from Budget Mart. Cocomangas shirts and jerseys with prices ranging from PhP300 to PhP600 are famous because those who could finish 15 shots at Cocomangas Shooters Bar get them for free.
For artsy and environment-friendly stuff (From PhP85 to PhP2,000 up)
For some artsy finds, visit Galleria Kulay inside D’Talipapa. They have sarong, dresses, shorts, and ornaments mostly imported from Indonesia. You can also get a Buddha painting there for as low as PhP550.
Things you can buy at Galleria Kulay (Photo by Writer)
Meanwhile, you can bring home unique souvenirs while doing something good for the environment: get some bags, wallets, and accessories made out of recycled materials at Here and Now at D’Mall, just a few steps from Budget Mart.
A bag made from soda cans with old jeans used as straps (Photo by Writer)
From the same store you can get key chains (PhP85), pouches (PhP280), and bags (from PhP1,750) made out of tetra packs and soft drink tin cans handcrafted by the indigenous people of Cebu. There are also bags made from the old kites of kiteboarders from Boracay. It is usually sold at PhP2,000.
With the vast selection of souvenirs in Boracay, you can always bring something home for family and friends. One final reminder, though: aside from cash, haggling skills is also needed when shopping in Boracay. Good luck!