Boracay is one of the best destinations in the Philippines. It is known for it’s fine powdery white sand and clear turquoise water. And it has topped a list of the nicest beaches in the world. The island is also noted to have a nice night life because of the many bars that is by the beach.
I actually have no plan of visiting Boracay yet, but since we attended Ati-Atihan festival in Kalibo, I agreed to do a side trip. It was not on my list because I know for a fact that it’s now commercialized and crowded, but there’s something about it that I still wanna see.
HOW TO GET THERE:
You have 2 options on how to get to Boracay,
- VIA KALIBO – Fly from Manila to Kalibo. From Kalibo, there are buses or vans that goes directly to Caticlan jetty port. The fare is from Php 100 -Php 120.
- VIA CATICLAN – Fly from Manila to Caticlan. From the airport, take a tricycle to the jetty port.
Once you’ve reached the jetty port, you still need to ride a boat to get off to the island itself. You can ride a tricycle going to your accommodation from there, they usually ask Php 20 per person.
*What you need to pay at the port:
Environmental fee – Php 75
Terminal fee – Php 100
Day – Php 35
Night – Php 40
WHITE SAND BEACH
You may be thinking what the beach looks like in person, if the photos on the internet gives justice of what the island really looks like. Well, the rumors are true, the beach was just enchanting. It feels relaxing by just looking at it. There’s no doubt why it remained to be on the top 10 best beaches in the country.
Boracay’s white beach is just 3.5 kilometers long and can be reach within an hour walk from end to end. Sun’s peak starts at 10am, which some would go sun bathing to achieve a nice tan.
There are a lot of things to try in the island, there’s paddle boarding, island hopping and other water activities. Though we were only able to avail few due to the Amihan, some of our activity were actually cancelled cos of the weather.
Activities to try:
ATV ride- Php 500 – Php 1,000
Helmet Diving – Php 500 per person
Parasailing – Php 1,500 to Php 2,300
Island Hopping – Php 1,500 (depends on number of pax)
Fly fish and Banana boat ride – Php 150 – Php 500 / person
Paddle boarding – Php 400 – 600 rent per board
Mermaid School – Php 1,500
You can also avail packages that has a combination of the activities. Most packages includes buffet lunch. You can contact Kuya Raeyan at +639273570860, he arranged most of our tours.
WHERE TO STAY?
I would suggest staying in station 2 cos it’s close to the restaurants and some other establishments. Station 1 has expensive hotels and station 3 is quite far, so station 2 is the best option. We stayed at Tan’s Guesthouse, which is near Johnny Rocket’s in station 2. It’s like a minute or 2 walk from the beach.
The room is big for 2 persons. It has a TV, small fridge, closet with hangers, and the shower has a heater. The CR is clean which for me is a key factor since I’m kinda OC. It also has veranda which what I liked cos there are times when I just wanna stay at the hotel and look at the sky. haha!
Our room cost Php 1,500/night good for 2 includes breakfast.
WHERE TO EAT?
The food in the island is overrated. I tried finding a restaurant that is under 100 pesos butI failed. HOWEVER.. I found a good place for a fresh and cheap food, which is called the “D’ TALIPAPA”. It’s a wet market that sells fresh seafood, if you’re familiar with Dampa they’re pretty much the same. You shop for some seafood first, then ask one the restaurants to cook it for you. The price for the cooking service would depend on how you want it to be cooked.
And oh, don’t forget to ty Jonah’s fruit shake, it’s one of the must when in Boracay. It’s located in Station 1 near the Willy’s rock. Price ranges from Php 100 – Php 120.
When the sun has set, the party begins. The night in the island was just full of life. There are a lot of bars that you can choose from along station 2, but we opted to stay at the EPIC BAR. Since we’re in time for the happy hour, we availed their buy 1 take 1 for every drink we order.
I ordered Mojito, a cocktail that’s consists of white rum, lime juice, mint, sugar and soda water. We also had steak in Epic bar, which is by far the best steak that I’ve had. I highly recommend it medium well.
Boracay is not my kind of place, but I cannot deny how beautiful it is. There’s still more than the loud music and overrated food. I love how scenic the place is, especially the sunset. <3