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    Boracay: D'Talipapa Fresh Seafood Market and Paluto Restaurant

    Most friends and officemates of Tutubi when asked about Boracay will answer it's expensive there particularly food but when asked where they eat, they'll always answer they eat out at various restaurants on the beachfront, hence the pricey and touristy price tags.

    Tutubi will share his recommended "cheap place to eat" in Boracay particularly fresh seafood at a price much less than those in beachfront restaurants a few meters away

    D'Talipapa, located near Station 2 and walking distance from White Beach particularly near Boracay Courtyard, Sunset Beach Resort and Culpepper Lodge, is a public market where you can buy souvenirs, vegetables, meat, and other food items at a low price. There's also a service called "paluto" where you can buy your own ingredients, mostly seafood, fish and meat and have them cooked for you for a small fee based on "per kilo" price similar to Manila's Dampa and Seaside buy-your-ingredients-and-we'll-cook-them-for-you paluto system.

    Boracay's D'Talipapa public market

    Prices of seafood and other items:

    Tahong (mussels): P40/kilo
    Talaba (oysters): P25/kilo
    Sugpo (Lobsters): P750/kilo
    Hipon (Prawns): P220/kilo
    Alimango (Crabs): P380/kilo

    Paluto (cooking charge) at Plato D'Boracay:

    (for comparison US$1=P41 and €1 = P66)

    a kilogram of fresh lobsters at P750

    talaba (oysters)
    prawns with coconut milk and pineapple (tutubi wanted to add kamias but wasn't available at the market and substituted pineapple)

    tahong (mussels)

    mouthwatering pakwan (watermelon) at P20/kilo where you can have sliced at your restaurant

    On Tutubi's last night in Boracay, he met a Bulgarian enjoying life in the island with his Chinese girlfriend (sick due to SCUBA diving lessons) and told him many Europeans, including Bulgarians, come to the Philippines for cheap seafood (Bulgaria doesn't have seafood even if they have access to the Black Sea). It seems only people allergic to seafood won't enjoy Talipapa.

    Visiting and living on Boracay Island need not be expensive!


    Tourist Traps and Tips particularly for Foreigners:

    Ask a local to ask prices and buy for you. Asking vendors the price will cost you more. If you don't know anyone, linger around a particular vendor until a local inquires about the item you're interested in. That way, you will be quoted the local price and not a tourist's price tag.

    How to get to Talipapa, Boracay Island:

    From White Beach, you can just walk towards station 2 near La Carmela and/or Boracay Swiss Chalets until you see the signs pointing to D'Talipapa. Enter the narrow alley until you see souvenir shops and market about 50 meters from the beachfront.

    D'Talipapa is just a short tricycle ride from Station 1, Diniwid Beach, Bulabog Beach or from any point in the island.

    Related Posts:
    Boracay Budget Travel Guide
    Boracay: One of the World's Best Beaches
    Bulabog Beach Kitesurfing/Kiteboarding, Windsurfing/Boardsailing

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    posted by GingGoy @ 9:26 PM,


    At Apr 15, 2008, 12:39:00 PM, Blogger carlotta1924 said...

    yeah that's the place where you can get really cheap but great food. when me and my cousins went there it cost us a little over 500 bucks. did you happen to see the lab-golden retriever mix dog there? :D

    At Apr 15, 2008, 1:18:00 PM, Blogger escape said...

    great! i always love talipapa and dampa and even cebu's sutukil. fresh and tasty seafoods are the best.

    At Apr 15, 2008, 5:23:00 PM, Blogger Sidney said...

    I go there for the beach "babes"! ;-)

    At Apr 15, 2008, 5:24:00 PM, Blogger Sidney said...

    But I confess your seafood looks great.
    Will remember this when I go back to Boracay!

    At Apr 15, 2008, 10:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I love seafood! I guess in every country that we live in there'll be a place where we can find good food.


    At Apr 15, 2008, 11:23:00 PM, Blogger tin-tin said...

    yes, it's not really expensive to go to boracay, especially if it's all expense-paid trip. hehehe. that's what i experience for the both times i had been to boracay. hehe.

    but your post made me sad.. coz my friends will be going there next weekend. and i won't be able to join them :(

    At Apr 16, 2008, 8:12:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    good tip. really helpful.

    At Apr 16, 2008, 1:41:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    carlotta, nope.didn't get to see that dog you're talking about

    the dong, barato na lami pa!

    sidney, will post pictures of bikini babes later due to your insistent demand :P

    kyels, yep. you just have to know where to find those usually secret places.

    tin sarap naman may sponsor yung trip mo. sana ako rin next time

    photo-cache, nice place, eh?

    At Apr 16, 2008, 3:31:00 PM, Blogger Sidney said...

    My expectations are high, Tutubi ! ;-)

    At Apr 16, 2008, 9:22:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    sidney, don't get your hopes up. i don't have pictures worthy of FHM.honestly, 200 mm is too short for the job and there weren't many people when i was there (good thing for me for i hate crowds)...more posts about bora coming up plus goingback to zamboanga series. have lots of travels to blogbut little time

    At Apr 16, 2008, 10:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This is great:) Thanks for the post :)

    At Apr 17, 2008, 3:15:00 AM, Blogger pieterbie said...

    Hey, that fish market looks pretty neat!

    At Apr 17, 2008, 3:15:00 PM, Blogger Toe said...

    Wow, food is always a major focus for me on holidays. With those fresh lobsters and oysters (can't believe how cheap they are), Boracay is really a perfect destination!

    At Apr 17, 2008, 4:04:00 PM, Blogger Vlado&Toni said...

    hmmmm .. yummy and mouth watering post. can't help but think about those shrimps.
    hey - my husband is also bulgarian. he didn't know that a lot of bulgarians go to the philippines. i sure would tell him about that. however, he didn't like boracay, it was too touristy for him - he loves bohol though :)


    At Apr 18, 2008, 7:39:00 PM, Blogger Oman said...

    Bigla naman ako naglaway (excuse the word) sa lobster. i usually cook it in butter and lots of garlic. yummy.

    At Apr 18, 2008, 8:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    That looks soo good. I am leaving the office now to eat.

    At Apr 19, 2008, 8:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    cool--tips are great and so are the pictures. made me hungry.

    just dropping by to say hello, i have been out of circulation for a while, as i have been very busy.

    At Apr 22, 2008, 12:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    THe prices are quite reasonable.. I think :)

    Shrimps with coconut milk and pineapple ( make it a little spicy) is great. wooo. and fresh lobsters... tsk, substitute for fresh seafood. fresh is always better :)

    At May 19, 2008, 9:43:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hey this is a great post! i've always been going on about how one can get good food cheap in the philippines, but some friends who went to boracay were blown away by the 'resort' prices. will forward this to them. cheers!

    At Mar 30, 2009, 3:33:00 PM, Anonymous Marco said...

    Nagka diarrhea ako after eating there!

    At Mar 30, 2009, 3:58:00 PM, Anonymous delish said...

    it's been six years since i was last in Boracay...i see they've modernized the marketplace :)

    At Jun 28, 2010, 8:42:00 AM, Anonymous Mark Maranga said...

    I went to Boracay last February together with my wife. It's so disappointing that we did not visit this place and just stayed at Station 3. Thank you for the information you have shared. Hopefully I can visit the place once I get back there.

    At Dec 9, 2010, 9:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    visit at d talipapa boracay and u find plato d boracay resto accepting cooking service.

    At Jan 6, 2012, 3:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Just visited d'talipapa and they sell overpriced seafood.
    - P1,200 for a kilo of crab
    - P950 for 900 grams of live lapu-lapu
    - P1,000 for a piece of really large prawn


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