Finally, in Boracay Island
Yes, it was my first time in Boracay! It was my local dream destination then but I wonder why only now? I never raved for Boracay as my destination whenever there’s an airline seat sale, maybe because it’s always sold out? I wonder but thank you airline promos I was able to book round trip tickets for only PHP 500 less.
It was high school friends trip to Boracay but since the tickets were booked a year ago, things have changed. From 8 down to 2 who went to Boracay. But that didn’t stop us from enjoying the beautiful island of Boracay.
Me and my best friend had different flights, mine was 5:30 AM and hers was at 6:30 AM so I still waited for her at the Caticlan Airport before going to the port.
Going to Boracay
From Caticlan Airport, we rode a tricycle going to Jetty Port. There are already tickets being sold for both tricycle and boat for PHP 50 each person. Travel time from Caticlan Airport to Jetty Port is 10 – 15 minutes. Once we arrived at the Jetty Port, we paid the Terminal Fee for PHP 50.00 and Environmental Fee for PHP 75.00. Travel time from Jetty Port to Cagban Port is 25 minutes. When we arrived at the Cagban port, we rode a tricycle for PHP 20 each to D’ Mall. You may ask the driver to drop you off wherever your hotel or accommodation is, special trip is PHP 100.00
We didn’t have any room reservation. I just researched for some affordable rooms / guesthouses located at Station 2. Our first choice was Tans Guesthouse but since we can only check in at 2:00 PM, we looked for another accommodation nearby. We stayed at Madid’s Inn for PHP 1,000 per room for 2 persons.
Madid’s Inn is also located at the alley where Tan’s Guesthouse is. It was an alley with 4 or more guesthouses. If you were to ask if it is near the shore and D’ Mall. Yes! For 3 minutes walk, you are already at the shore, and for 10 minutes walk, you are already at the D’ Mall. For directory going to Madid’s Inn, you may check on Nina’s blog here. Thanks Nina!
Me and my best were feeling sleepy that time (me not having a sleep then because of my early flight), so we slept for awhile before moving to our itinerary for the day.
We woke up at around 3:00 PM, we skipped lunch! I was feeling hungry so the first thing on our mind was to eat. But things have changed when we went out from our room, we strolled along the beach. It was a beautiful day! I was really in Boracay! The long stretch of the beach in front of me, so awesome! Can’t wait to take a dip, beach!!!
I looked for Paraw (sail boat) with Havaianas ad on it but couldn’t find it. But there were lots of Paraw docked on the beach. You can rent the boat for PHP 500.00 but we opted not to. I was already happy looking at the Paraws from the shore. 🙂
While walking, me and my best were talking about para sailing and we wanted to try it. I told her that the best to contact is Diamond Water Sports, exactly we passed by their office when we’re strolling. We got their numbers and will just contact for the reservation.
Jonah’s Fruit Shake
Afterwards, we looked for the famous Jonah’s fruit shake! The one we went to is located at Station 1. The store is almost full, which only shows that their fruit shakes are really famous. I ordered Choco Banana for PHP 110.00 and my best ordered Mango (something) for PHP 110.00. Their fruit shakes prices were increased by PHP 20 (I read from blogs that it only cost PHP 90.00 then). We had our fruit shakes take out since we’re already hungry, and we need to look for somewhere to eat at the D’ Mall.
At first sip of my Choco Banana Shake, I love how it was tasted (pero nakakaumay din pla). I wasn’t able to consume it all. The flavor was too thick but it was a must try, indeed. The Mango (something) shake of my best friend is even better than the Choco Banana shake, there was no disgusted taste factor. Maybe because it’s a tropical flavor.
Moving on, since it was already 4:00 PM, we just decided to eat at Mang Inasal and had some sumptuous dinner later. Can’t wait! 🙂
Afterwards, we contacted Diamond for para sailing reservation at 5:00 PM. (para sailing on separate entry).
Before we went for dinner, me and my best decided to have a Henna Tattoo. First time!!! You can have a Henna Tattoo for PHP 100.00 or PHP 200.00, depending on the size. I got mine on my upper arm, feeling macho lang nasa beach eh! 🙂
Our first day didn’t just end there. What’s Boracay without experiencing night out, right!? (next entry).
- Book hotel room or accommodation in advance. It was off peak season when I went to Boracay but there are still a lot of guests, better reserve a room in advance to avoid hassle.
- If you are on a tight budget, there are affordable guesthouses located in Station 2. You can get a room for 2 for as low as PHP 1,000. Check this link on cheap accommodations in Boracay listed by Nina Fuentes. Thanks Nina for the list! 🙂