Sunday, October 23, 2011

Loving Boracay

Boracay is an island of the Philippines located approximately 315 km (196 mi) south of Manila and 2 km off the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines(
Another recall....last Dec. 2010, me and my boyfriend together with our friends went to Boracay.  We have been planning this get away for quiet some time and we were fortunate to grab a promo fare from Cebu Pacific for only Php 499.00(Cebu-Caticlan). I can say that this magnificent island is indeed a Philippine treasure.  The white, powdery and clear waters will really make one speechless.   

Before our trip, I searched for information about affordable accommodation, activities to do, food and tips in going to Boracay.  I came across this blog, which indeed was very helpful in planning our trip. Checking out the accommodations mentioned in the blog, we eventually stayed at Jerome's Bungalow in Station 2. Each room cost Php1,200 for 2 persons, already cheap for an airconditioned, w/ own CR and cable TV in Boracay.  The place is safe and more importantly, just a walking distance from the beach.  Food is not a problem in Boracay in terms of kinds and price.  There are Eat All You Can every night for (250-500 pesos), more affordable than Panglao.  There is also Mang Inasal with their unlimited rice, very suitable for budget people.  Oh, don't forget to taste Jonah's Shake, the most delicious shake I've ever tasted.

How to Get There

The most convenient way to reach Boracay is by plane.  There are plenty of airlines that fly to  Caticlan which is your jump-off point going to Boracay island.  Upon arriving at the Caticlan airport, you can either walk or ride a tricycle to the Jetty Port.  Here in this port are small boats that will take you to Boracay island for 15 minutes for P20.00.By the way, you will also be asked to pay the environmental fee for Php 75.00.    When you reach island, there are motorcycles or mulitcabs going to White Beach for Php 10.00.  This long stretched of whites, powdery sand is divided into three stations namely, Station 1, Station 2 and Stations 3.  Accommodation in Boracay is not a problem since there are plenty of resorts that you can choose from and affordable.  Most of the time, airfare promos are only Cebu-Caticlan or Manila-Caticlan and no available promo for going back.  The regular fare for this is expensive, so the most budget friendly is to travel from Caticlan to Iloilo which is 5 hours by bus and a little lesser if you take the V-Hire or vans.When you reach Iloilo City, the bus will finally dropped all passengers in their terminal and from their you can take a taxi going to the airport.  The airport is a bit far, so make sure you depart early from Boracay advisably 6-7 am.

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