The world-renowned island of Boracay in the Philippines comes complete not only with activities and accommodation but also with shopping options.
Budget shoppers can head to D’Talipapa in Station 3 for cheaper merchandise, but those who want to remain close to Station 1 while killing time strolling can opt for the only touristy shopping center on the island: D’Mall.
Located in Station 2, D’Mall is an open shopping lane flanked by a line of stores alongside a central walkway. The area resembles a park because of the dividing benches and decorative islands from which rose lamp posts and coconut trees. Tourists go here to dine at the restaurants (Cyma, Ole, Hama, Aria, Lemon Cafe) or re-supply needs from the commercial establishments selling local and imported delicacies, medicines, tickets, sunglasses and eyeglasses, and school supplies. There are also ATMs, money changers, spas, internet cafes, dental shops, and optical shops.
A trip to Boracay is incomplete without dropping by D’Mall. It is the place to go before departing in order to buy hand-made souvenirs or anything that can be kept as a little piece of the beautiful island, from keychains and home decors to beachwear and jewellery. Prices vary from store to store, so it is advisable to look around before making your final purchase. Haggling is also a good practice, which allows tourists to get items at costs sold in the more affordable D’Talipapa.
For those who dislike the sound of nightlife at the bars and restaurants, they can go to D’Mall to climb a wall, ride a wheel, or shoot balls. D’Mall Boracay is popular for its adrenaline impact, as the wall is tall enough that successful climbers consider reaching the bell on top a great achievement, with proud applause from below as reward. Boracay Showdown challenges by requiring players to shoot 20 balls in 40 seconds; victors can take home a bull cap or jersey if they met the condition. Those who want a bird’s-eye view of D’Mall can get on to the Ferris wheel—a good way to usher the drowse before going back to their accommodation to close the night.
Staying near D’Mall
Many wise tourists who foresee shopping, as well as trips to all stations on White Beach as major components of their Boracay vacation, choose to stay in Station 2 near D’Mall. Some of the Boracay resorts close to this shopping enclave are Fat Jimmy’s, Hey Jude, and Panorama Hotel. In fact, any hotel in Boracay that lies in proximity to D’Mall gets the advantage of being next to supplies and resources. Some choose to stay close to this open mall for the massages and fresh seafood, while others only for the accessible ATMs and money changers.
Visiting D’Mall is one of the activities in Boracay that tourists must do. It is an essential reference point for first-timers who are still memorising the locations of places on the island. Because of its central position on White Beach, it is an alternative go-to place for experiencing the nightlife as well as for strolling and feeling the island’s modern, commercial vibe.