I am hardly this excited about going back to visit a same place where I have no close friends. The sun, sand and the sea, topped with affordable yummy food in Boracay stole my heart. Yeah, I am such an island beach bum! >_< Several months back Tiger Airways had a good promo spotted by my friend and we three girls decided to take it up for a cheap getaway!
This little island in the Philippines is only 10km2 in area with a length of only 7km and the narrowest width of 1km. According to Trip Advisor’s “Best Beaches in Asia 2013”, Boracay was voted No. 1. Travel+Leisure magazine in its World’s Best Awards also listed Boracay as the best island destination. Lonely Planet Traveler’s Choice 2013 ranked Boracay 6th for the Top 10 popular destinations for meeting locals and 8th in value for money. So much is said about this little island.
Getting to Boracay was quite a journey. Our 3.5hr flight from Singapore landed us at Kalibo airport. We needed to take a van for about 2hrs to get the jetty. The 2hrs journey was extended by the St Nino Ati-Atihan celebration when there were road closures for street parade from 10-19 Jan 2014. We then took a 15min boat ride to Boracay island (250ps including the van ride + 100ps environmental fee + 75ps terminal tax). From Boracay island jetty, a 15min ride on a tricycle (only 100ps) to our hotel. Three transfers on four different kinds of transport to get to our destination! For my previous trip to Boracay, I flew into Caticlan Airport which cuts out the 2hr road journey to the jetty but on my return flight the airlines provided us a van transport to Kalibo airport for departure as the winds were too strong for planes to take off on Caticlan’s super short runway. Well, the journey there made the trip more interesting!
Boracay’s White Beach, which comprises of Boat Station 1, 2 & 3, is the main stretch of activities, where powder fine sand and clear blue & green sea awaits! Besides the idyllic beach, its gorgeous sunset is one that takes my breath away! I was not planning to do any sea sports for this trip but just wanting to relax by the beach to take in the beauty. There are tons of activities to do there, but be sure you do a good and hard bargain for the rates! We rode the ATV up to the look out point on Boracay island at 600ps while the listed price is around 3500ps.
Besides the beach, there are lots of food options in along this beach. From delicious Spanish food to local Filipino cuisines and seafood buffets by the beach. We were definitely spoilt for choice. We enjoyed the BBQ chicken at Inasal, a local fast food chain, nachos and fresh mangoes by the beach. The meal highlights we had were at Ole, the Spanish restaurant, Seafood dinner at D’Talipapa and a buffet dinner by the beach. The buffet dinner by the beach was of best value at 295ps (about S$ 9 or US$ 7) and we had tons of BBQ oysters. Dinner at D’Talipapa was also really enjoyable, having to do marketing at the seafood wet market and bringing our buys to a restaurant for them to cook for us.
There is quite a bit of souvenir and beach wear shopping available in Boracay too. The hat that I am wearing only cost 120ps (USD3) after bargaining. T-shirts are about (USD 2.50-4.00). You can get 7-8 keychains at about 100ps (USD 2.50). The key is ask around the shops and do not feel shy to bargain as many shops sell similar items.
I would love to stay a lot longer if possible! I am coming back!!!