Given the wanderer in me, people are often surprised when they find out that I’ve never been to Boracay – not until now. Hooray! 🙂 Gel surprised me with tickets to Boracay by using up his Mabuhay Miles from Philippine Airlines so we ended up paying for the tax only which was roughly P600 bucks. Steal! 🙂
PAL only flies from Manila to Kalibo so that’s where we landed.
Early flight and I’m so sleepy. There are already lots of shuttles bound to Caticlan when you go out of the airport. No need to book in advance unless you’re arriving in Kalibo late at night. We got our shuttle and ferry package for P250 but you can get something as low as P200 or maybe even less.
It’s a 2-hour land trip from Kalibo to Caticlan and it was the worst 2 hours of my life. Maybe it was my lack of sleep, hormones or the driver was just a badass on the road but I had to barf a couple of times and my tummy was wreaking havoc. This happened not just on our way to Caticlan but on our way back. 😦 Why oh why? Imagine, I had to put the van to a halt just so I can use the toilet. Hehe!
Anyway, we got there when people were already leaving the island on an Easter Sunday. I guess it was a little less crowded than the Holy Week.
Of course, my expectations were high because THIS IS BORACAY. It recently ranked 2nd best beach in the world by TripAdvisor and Asia’s best. I must say the sand lives up to its promise, so fine like powder!
It’s Gel’s first time too. Does he look happy or ang init lang kasi?
Because it’s our first time, we had to try the famous Jonah’s Milkshake – the drink that made Boracay, that’s what they say.
We had lunch at Astoria Plaza, all because we wanted a free buffet! Haha!
Seafood galore! My favorite would have to be Prawn in Butter and Garlic. I can eat this all day!
Burger and fries from Bite Cub – D’Mall Station 2
Isaw and other grilled food everywhere including the Chori Burger that I’ve been hearing about. Tried it and it was okay. No picture nga lang, sorry!
Stayed in La Carmela on our 1st night. The room was big enough to suit 4 persons. The air-conditioning was really good, we were freezing by 3am! The only thing I can’t use was the hot shower. Was in a hurry so had no time to call the front desk and complain. Over-all, worth the price of P3k since they’re located in front of the beach.
We transferred to Fat Jimmy’s the following day for our 3D2N stay. It’s located at Station 2, D’Mall area. If you don’t mind a leisurely 2-minute walk to the beach and passing by the market on your way, then I think this is pretty ok. I scored a good deal from Groupon because we only paid P2,400 for our entire stay. Not to mention that we were pampered by the hotel crew, even allowing us to have an early breakfast the day of our check-out so we can catch our flight. This is very homey and I really liked staying here.
What we did:
This trip was all about eating and eating and eating so apart from that, all we did was to be lazy. Bask in the sun and on our last day, try out Helmet Diving.
I don’t know how or why I did this considering I am no swimmer. I am claustrophobic. I just had an ear infection which bans me from swimming. But then again, it was worth the try 🙂
A lot of other activities are available so if you have the time, the cash and the guts, you can try the other things like:
And a whole lot more.
Just be careful and choosy since there are lots of ‘commissioners’ offering these. I suggest you go to Station 3 since the operators are there and you can deal with them directly.
What I love in Boracay:
There’s food everywhere, you’ll never go hungry.
Massage by the beach.
Koreans are all over the place. Restaurants and most establishments have their signs in Korean, market vendors can even speak Korean. What I found funny was that the locals eye foreigners so fast that they’ve mistaken Gel as one.
Boracay, for me, isn’t your ‘relaxing’ beach. It’s more of your ‘party’ beach. Much like Puerto Galera but way better crowd. To each its own, right? I’m not much of a fan of congested beaches but Boracay has something to offer that others don’t have. The dynamism, the vibe, the life.
So, to cap it off, here’s the list of expenses for this 4D3N trip: