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2013 • 2 • 19

I followed them blindly, for I had no idea what else Boracay could offer other than the beach and the nightlife. Micaela and Doyzkie, who both had been here before, led the way as we walked under the burning sun.

“Where are we going again?” I asked.

“We’re having some fruit shake,” Mica answered. And without any more questions, I just trailed them even though at the back of my mind, I was wondering why we had to amble almost the entire length of the island just for a cup of fruit shake. This must be a hell of a fruit shake.

When we finally reached the place, I was surprised to be greeted by an unassuming, little store just by the road. “They have another store by the beach,” my companions said. I guess they chose this one to avoid long queues. Jonah’s Fruit Shake is probably the most well-known refreshments store in Boracay and their main store is almost always packed with both local and foreign tourists. If you’re going to sample their offers, be prepared to wait a long time. Whether it’s the freshness of the ingredients or the wide selection of possible fruit combinations, something about it makes patrons keep on coming back.

Beachfront store of Jonah's Fruit Shake
Beachfront store of Jonah’s Fruit Shake

They handed me the menu and while they instantly gravitated towards the more fruity options, I picked Choco Banana. Most of the items on their menu were combos of two types of fruits, or fruits and milk — mango milk, avocado milk, mango banana, mango lemon, and more. Prices range from PhP 75 to even PhP 160 (strawberry options). But most cost around PhP 90.

Since we needed to be back at the hotel immediately, we decided to have them to go. I was a little bit surprised that they served it in plastic bottles with a little hole on their caps. I was expecting paper cups, to be honest.

Mango Milk Shake and Choco Banana Shake
Mango Milk Shake and Choco Banana Shake

When I finally had my first taste of it, I knew exactly why it became a hit. The fruit shake I had was rich and tasty. My only concern was that mine was too sweet and I thought it was just because of the chocolate. But when I returned to the store the next morning to have a glass of avocado milk shake, it was as sweet as my previous order. When I talked to some of my friends who had been here before and didn’t like it, it was also the excessive sweetness that kept them from giving it more love.

As for me, I liked both the choco banana shake and avocado milk shake despite its overpowering sugary taste. While it really did not quench my thirst — if anything, I longed for water even more after — it was really refreshing. Again, the only thing that I did not appreciate was the plastic bottle for I kept imagining how many of those they use every day and where they go. The wise thing to do is to have it for dine in. Or just bring your own glass or cup or tumbler.

Jonah’s Fruit Shake and Snack Bar
Station 1, Balabag, Boracay Island, Aklan

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Jeff Smith

Jonahs shakes are the best on the Island. I doubt that there are many that I didnt try on my 2 trips to Boracay. Its worth the walk. Try the Mango. Philippine mangoes are the sweetest mangoes that I ever have eaten. Maybe thats why I didnt think the shakes were extra sweet. I’d like to know if you tried any others on the Island because I have had many and Jonahs is the best.

The Poor Traveler

Hi Jeff! Haven’t tried any other shake stands but I will be back in August and I should make it a goal! Haha.

Ke Xiao

Jonah’s Fruit Shake my favorite shake while I was in Philippines. I love the sweetness and milk.

The Poor Traveler

Woooot! I miss you, Ke!!! I feel bad that I wasn’t with you when you visited Boracay! Come back to the Philippines quick! I’ll tour you around!

Pek uy

So dapat paper cups nlang?