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Q&A with Andrew, a Boracay Local

Exactly how do you plan an authentic travel experience? You ask the people who know the place by heart, of course. On our Living La Vida Locals series, we feature trusted locals and their insider tips and experiences.

For Boracay, we interviewed the General Manager and Executive Chef of Dos Mestizos, Andrew Malarky.

What’s the best way to get around Boracay?

WALKING! Walking is the best way to get around Boracay by far. With the beautiful shore beside you, how can you argue?

What’s a local dish that every traveler needs to try?

The local dish to try in Boracay is the Bistek Tagalog on the secret menu at Dos Mestizos, an old family recipe from my lolo. Only a few know about this, so shh!

What’s a big no-no for those traveling there?

A big no-no would be to litter on our island. It's a small place with high traffic and we are very protective of our very fragile environment.

What’s the best tip you can give to a first-time traveler to Boracay?

The best tip would be to not pack too much and don't rely on plans.

Most of the time, let the day come as it may and you'll find adventure on the way.

What are some of its secret spots or hidden gems?

Definitely Diniwid Beach and a favorite of mine, Baling Hai.

What are the best ways to get to know the locals more?

The best way to get to know the locals would be to hang out in Bolabog with the kite schools. It's a great op for pictures too!

What are the real souvenir(s) that one should bring back from Boracay?

Memories! Haha. Puka shells also, anklets in particular for the girls. Support the locals!

What do you love most about Boracay?

What I love most about Boracay is the quality of my time here.

I can accomplish so much in a day and still find time to hit the beach before work. And as my friend says, "the beach is free".

If you can describe Boracay in just one word, what would it be?

Alive. Boracay is always changing and adapting. It's very different from day to day or month to month if you choose.

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